Episode 399: It Could Be Brilliant

Daniel celebrates the successful launch of Black Ink 2.0, while Manton acknowledges the two year anniversary of Micro.blog’s public debut. They talk more about the virtues of setting deadlines, and about setting goals and meeting them as a way of meriting your own work more. Next they consider the difficulty of putting on a confident marketing persona, and the pleasure of being able to honestly claim superiority in some market niche. Finally, Manton gives us a progress report on his goal to finish his microblogging book, and we compare several expressions that effectively mean “it is what it is.”

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  • Black Ink 2 – Daniel’s freshly-updated crossword-solving app for the Mac.
  • Into the Unknown – Manton’s Timetable podcast episode acknowledging two years of Micro.blog.
  • AppleVis – Community site dedicated to empowering blind and low-vision Mac and iOS users.
  • The Fastest Way to Blog – Manton’s blog post from earlier this year focusing on a key benefit of Micro.blog.
  • Elf – IMDb entry for the popular holiday comedy.
  • Indie Microblogging – Home page for Manton’s book.
  • NaNoWriMo – Non-profit dedicated to inspiring people to write novels.

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December 5, 2019 at 1:51 pm.

Episode 398: Beat The Boss

Manton talks to Daniel about embracing the power of deadlines as he reviews his success in “meeting with his boss.” They compare the strategy Daniel is using to more formalized methodologies such as Agile and their use of “sprints.” Manton talks through his excitement and anxiety over meeting the January 2 deadline for his Indie Microblogging book. Finally, they talk about various scenarios where “getting it good enough to ship” helps to both get the job done and edit a potentially oversized project.

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  • Black Ink 2 Public Beta – Daniel’s blog announcement announcing the Black Ink 2 Beta.
  • Agile Sprints – Atlassian offers a synopsis of the meaning of “Sprints” in this context.
  • The Six Week Cycle – Bascamp shares their strategy for breaking work down into 6-week stretches.
  • Indie Microblogging – Manton’s Micro.blog site dedicated to his forthcoming book.
  • NaNoWriMo – National novel-writing month, an organization dedicated to helping people tackle writing a novel.
  • Just Enough Objective-C – Daniel’s 20-minute dotSwift talk from early 2019.
  • Inessential – Brent Simmons’s personal blog.

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November 27, 2019 at 5:15 pm.

Episode 397: We Didn’t Make A Decision

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s newly announced ship date for the Indie Microblogging book, on the anniversary of his original Kickstarter. Daniel looks at refining his plans for Black Ink 2’s freemium pricing approach. Finally, they look forward to episode 400 and wonder if they should shake things up with the podcast for episodes 401 and beyond.

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November 21, 2019 at 10:51 am.

Episode 396: It’s Better Than It Was

Manton and Daniel rejoice in Apple’s announcement of an all new 16″ MacBook Pro, and look forward to a bright future for Mac portables. Daniel catches Manton up on the latest meeting with “his boss”, and the resulting deadline he has agreed to in order to get Black Ink 2 shipped. Finally, Manton shares that he has also given himself a deadline to ship the microblogging book he started writing almost three years ago!

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  • The Best for the Brightest – Apple’s promotional page for the all-new 16″ MacBook Pro.
  • Marco’s Review – Marco Arment writes about his early access to the portable computer.
  • Happy 20th! – Brent Simmons celebrates 20 years of writing for his blog.
  • Black Ink 2 Beta – The blog post 1.5 years ago that kicked off the long public beta of Daniel’s crossword app.
  • Did You Know? – Daniel’s announces his intention to ship Black Ink 2.0 by December 1.
  • Indie Microblogging Kickstarter – Manton’s campaign to kick off funding for Micro.blog and the affiliated microblogging book.

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November 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm.

Episode 395: No Strengths Whatsoever

Daniel and Manton try to take stock of long-term personal goals, thinking of how they align with and overlap with money-making goals. Manton reports back after watching Matt Mullenweg’s “State of the Word” talk at WordCamp US. Manton reflects on the important of simplicity for Micro.blog in contrast to WordPress, while Daniel considers that MarsEdit also serves as a more complex interface to Micro.blog. Finally, they digest the latest Apple announcements, focusing on the merits of the new AirPods Pro, and whether Apple TV+ is a justifiable pursuit for the company.

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  • The Theme System – Personal productivity system from Myke Hurley and CGP Grey.
  • Black Ink 2.0 beta – The neverending beta…
  • WordPress.org – Open source project behind the popular web publishing technology.
  • WordCamp US 2019 – Home page including the State of the Word video by Matt Mullenweg.
  • Ghost – Web-publishing software that takes a different tack than WordPress.
  • ClassicPress – Branch of WordPress that rejects the Gutenberg block-based editor.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s web-based blog-publishing service.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blog authoring application.
  • Ulysses – Popular writing app for the Mac and iOS.
  • iAWriter – Another writing app for Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android.
  • WordPress Desktop Apps – Electron-based “native” apps.
  • AirPods Pro – Apple’s latest edition of their wireless headphones.
  • Apple TV+ – Apple’s subscription video streaming service.
  • The Morning Show – One of Apple’s new Apple TV+ shows.
  • Disney+ – Forthcoming streaming service from … Disney.

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November 9, 2019 at 8:19 am.

Episode 394: Facing Hard Facts

Daniel reports back after his first meeting “with his boss,” deciding he’s a little strict, but not too bad. They talk about the goals of trying to be more accountable even if you’re working for yourself, and adding structure to an indie business plan. Manton shares details about the new Micro.blog feature supporting easy domain name registrations.

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  • FastScripts 2.8 – Daniel’s blog post announcing the new update to his Mac scripting utility.
  • Register Your Domain Name – Manton’s blog post about a new registration feature of Micro.blog.
  • Name.com – Domain registration service which Manton uses to implement the feature on Micro.blog.

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November 2, 2019 at 6:56 pm.

Episode 393: Make Up Random Deadlines

Daniel returns from Amsterdam with cookies and Dutch Pokemon magazines, and talks a bit about the work-sponsored trip. Manton helps Daniel take stock of his challenges with Red Sweater, and prioritizing the right work to do given his limited time. Finally, Daniel shares his plans for a strategy to be a more effective self-manager.

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  • Stroopkoeken – A recipe for making them at home.
  • Mixed in Key – The company Daniel is working for.
  • Buffer – Company blog with many stories about running a remote company.
  • Automattic – The company behind WordPress.com, also famous for managing a large, remote workforce.

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October 21, 2019 at 9:37 pm.

Episode 392: A Very Strange Rollout

Daniel and Manton talk about the public release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, question the wisdom of Apple doing it without any warning, and wonder about why they might have done so. They talk about Manton’s experience notarizing Micro.blog for Mac, and the importance of notarizing for all Mac developers. Finally, they react to the first crop of Catalyst apps on the Mac, and guess at whether the future of the Mac will be more like iOS, or something of a compromise.

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October 14, 2019 at 12:26 pm.

Episode 391: Stuff Just Looming Over You

Daniel and Manton talk about Microsoft’s special hardware event, and the new Surface tablets they announced. They compare Microsoft and Apple’s modern approach to multi-platform support. Manton considers adding Search Ads for Micro.blog in the App Store, in an attempt to overcome shortcomings of App Store search results. Finally, they talk about Daniel’s efforts to fix very long-standing bugs in FastScripts, and strategize a plan for getting Manton out of customer-support debt.

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  • Surface Neo & Duo – The Verge’s take on Microsoft’s newly announced hardware devices.
  • SwiftUI – Apple’s long-term strategy for multi-platform developer support.
  • Microsoft Edge – Microsoft’s latest web browser, based on the Chromium open-source project.
  • Apple Search Ads – Apple’s solution for getting aps to the top of search results lists.
  • Getting Real – Free PDF book from 37signals/Basecamp including advice about ignoring some bug reports.

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October 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm.

Episode 390: There’s A Communication Problem

Manton finds a workaround to his Sign in with Apple email problems! Daniel argues first that DTS should support pre-release software, and they discuss possible compromise approaches. Finally, they remark on Apple’s vigorous marketing push, and the thrill of promoting products we are proud of.

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September 27, 2019 at 9:47 am.