Episode 422: It Wasn’t Perfect

Manton checks in with Daniel about progress with MarsEdit 4.4, and Daniel explains his lack of focus has led him down a new crossword obsession. Manton talks about shutting down Micro.blog’s Slack, and they discuss whether a comparable decision for Core Intuition would make sense. Finally, they talk more generally about the value of cutting out distractions and less important projects, in order to focus on the most important goals.

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May 29, 2020 at 3:49 pm.

Episode 421: Replacing It With Nothing

Daniel and Manton talk about Automattic’s investment in Vector.im, makers of an open approximation of Slack. Are there implications for Micro.blog? Daniel asks Manton to consider what he would do if a company like Automattic offered to acquire Micro.blog. Finally, Daniel pushes Manton to consider whether he should have an aggressive mission like “putting closed social networks out of business.”

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  • Welcoming Automattic to Matrix – Blog post from the open source technology powering some real-time communication tools.
  • Automattic – The company that owns WordPress.com and many other smaller services.
  • $4.6M in New Vector – Blog post from New Vector, who makes a Matrix-powered alternative to Slack.
  • Discord – Another Slack alternative.
  • Relay.fm – Membership gets you access to an exclusive Discord community.
  • Discourse – Open source forum hosting software.
  • How I Built This: Pat Brown – Guy Raz interviews the founder of Impossible Foods.

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May 24, 2020 at 7:17 pm.

Episode 420: The Last Release Ever

Manton and Daniel talk about iA Writer’s new support for publishing directly to Micro.blog, and segue in to a conversation about the pragmatism of trying to improve SEO for pertinent terms such as “Micropub” and “WordPress.” They talk about the forthcoming support for Micro.blog in MarsEdit, and the effects of the pandemic on focus and motivation. Finally, they celebrate the value of the written word in business collaboration, and the many ways that meetings, virtual or otherwise, fall short.

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May 15, 2020 at 10:33 am.

Episode 419: A Wave Of Relief

Daniel and Manton review Apple’s updated details about WWDC, speculating about whether it will truly be “free for all developers,” and how Apple can manage demand for scarce resources. Manton announces the launch of Micro.blog for teams. The two react to Apple’s new MacBook Pro, and Daniel casts light aspersions about Apple’s trustworthiness in the wake of the butterfly keyboard fiasco.

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  • WWDC June 22 – Apple announces dates and scant details about the online developer conference.
  • Micro.blog for Teams – Manton’s announcement post about the new feature.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac blog editing app that works with Micro.blog.
  • Ghost – An open-source blog publishing system.

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May 9, 2020 at 12:05 pm.

Episode 418: The Way Things Were

Manton and Daniel react to news of an online “Accessibility Event”, which seems to hint at how Apple might conduct online WWDC sessions in June. They wonder about the possible benefits Apple might offer to paying attendees, and what the price might be. Finally, they reflect on how Apple and others will adapt to the “new normal” of life after the pandemic.

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  • Interactive Accessibility Event – MacStories blog post about the Apple online event that some developers were invited to.
  • Six Years Ago – Manton’s blog post linking back to a post about the different eras of WWDC.

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April 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm.

Episode 417: My Small Part

Daniel and Manton compare notes on leaving the house for take-out and curbside pickup during the pandemic. They express their fascination with the ways companies are adapting to the changing world, and consider the ways they might focus their own business ambitions on pertinent goals that will both help the world and lead to financial success.

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  • Illuminate Coffee – Manton’s neighborhood indie espresso bar.
  • Squarespace – Web hosting company that offers e-commerce features.
  • Square – E-commerce company that offers web-payment features.
  • The Next Great Depression – Joe and Charles of the Release Notes podcast react to pandemic economics.
  • Instacart – American grocery-delivery company.
  • Airbnb – Travel lodging brokers turning to virtual tourism in pandemic.

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April 18, 2020 at 9:15 am.

Episode 416: Wait Ten Years

Manton and Daniel talk about their collaboration on updates to the XML-RPC based API that MarsEdit uses to communicate with Micro.blog. They talk about the long history of blogging APIs, about the merit of focusing on adding one new supported system at a time to MarsEdit for maximal PR benefit, and how much MarsEdit should adapt to some of the more unique features of Micro.blog.

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April 10, 2020 at 5:01 pm.

Episode 415: The Positive Side Of This

Daniel and Manton check in about the state of the Covid-19 crisis, celebrate Powell’s bookstore rehiring many employees, and take stock of the massive changes going on all over the world. Daniel talks about his efforts to add support for the Ghost publishing system to MarsEdit. They react to Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky, and wonder about the prospects of a future “WeatherKit” framework.

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  • Covid-19 Supplies – Amazon’s new store for supplies that are limited to government and hospitals.
  • Looking for Work – Brent Simmons writes about being laid off from The Omni Group.
  • Overwhelemed in a Good Way – Brent celebrates the positive reactions he’s had to his job hunt.
  • Can’t Promise Anything – MarsEdit tweets about forthcoming Ghost API support.
  • Ghost – A non-profit, open source publishing system.
  • A New Home – Dark Sky announces their acquisition by Apple.
  • MapKit JS – An example of an Apple API that is made available to web clients.

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April 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Episode 414: Everybody’s Looking For Answers

Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s huge donation of face masks in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. They assess the value of leadership in a crisis, and how various people elected and otherwise can rise to fill a void. They talk about Apple’s latest iOS and Mac updates, including the debut of Universal Mac/iOS purchases, and the challenges this poses to Mac developers. Finally, they question whether Apple bit off more than they could, or maybe should, chew by promising a “fully packed” online conference for WWDC 2020.

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  • 10 Million Masks – Tim Cook announces Apple’s donation.
  • More Protective Gear – Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post announcing the company’s donation of masks.
  • Free for Teachers – Manton’s blog post announcing free Micro.blog service for teachers.
  • iOS 13.4 – Apple’s release notes.
  • WWDC20 – Apple’s teaser page for this year’s online WWDC.

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March 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm.

Episode 413: You Still Need People

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s announcement that WWDC 2020 will be online-only, and what it portends for the future of the conference. They discuss the difficulty of staying enthusiastic about work and the podcast when so many more significant things are going on in the world. They acknowledge the virtue of the podcast as a familiar “friend” for listeners, providing some sense of normalcy while stuck at home. Finally, they discuss Apple’s product announcements this week, how the circumstances force Apple to be more restrained, and how tempted Manton is by the new MacBook Air.

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  • Coming This Summer – Apple’s teaser page for the forthcoming WWDC 2020.
  • End WWDC – Daniel’s 2013 post suggesting that Apple should move to an all-online format for the conference.
  • A Message From Emily Powell – The Portland, OR bookstore explains its decision to lay off the vast majority of its workers.
  • New MacBook Air – Apple’s product page for the new portable computer.
  • Free Microcasting – Manton’s blog post about free podcasting on Micro.blog through April.

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March 20, 2020 at 4:34 pm.