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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Links:

  • 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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Links:

  • 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.

Episode 412: Things Are Changing Quickly

Manton and Daniel take stock of Covid-19’s increasing impact. They follow up on the JocoCruise, including news that John Hodgman was not allowed to sail because of past travel to Italy. They react to suspensions of sporting leagues, and the disease-mitigating actions many businesses are taking. Finally, they consider the viability of working remotely for Apple teams including app review and hardware engineering.

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Links:

  • JocoCruise – Entertainment cruise that is popular among nerds and musicians.
  • Holland America – The cruise company that JocoCruise uses.
  • Touch the Same Screen – Daniel’s quip about POS terminals and transmission of disease.
  • Incredible Response – Jason Friend updates his previous offer to refund anybody who purchased their Remote Work book.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service … it does support editing!

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March 13, 2020 at 2:04 pm.

Episode 411: There Are People Who Are On It

Daniel and Manton take stock of the week’s coronavirus-related cancellations, and the events that are going on as planned despite concerns. They talk about the challenge for event planners in balancing the risk of people getting hurt vs. the potential to lose a lot of money or possibly go out of business. Finally, they follow up on Manton’s plans to strip metadata from Micro.blog images, and the ways in which urgent issues sometimes displace other goals for a given week.

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March 6, 2020 at 6:29 pm.

Episode 410: I Have Everything Booked

Manton and Daniel talk about the looming COVID-19 public health threat, and its potential impact on tech conferences including WWDC 2020. They examine some possible outcomes, and imagine the challenge companies such as Apple have in weighing the health and PR risks of putting on a conference in the coming months.

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Links:

  • Coronavirus – CDC info page on the COVID-19 emergency.
  • WWDC – Apple’s developer conference page, still pointing to 2019.
  • Mobile World Congress – Home page for the Barcelona conference that is canceled this year.
  • F8 – Facebook’s developer conference, also canceled.
  • WordCamp Asia – Another cancellation.
  • GDC 2020 – Microsoft pulls out of the annual San Francisco conference.
  • Google I/O – Google’s May conference is still a go as of our recording date.

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February 28, 2020 at 2:47 pm.

Episode 409: We Know Rome Too Well

Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s recent blog post on the Red Sweater Blog as an example of getting back into the marketing groove. Manton compares it to his strategy for getting a weekly newsletter out every Monday. They touch on the advantages a marketing person sometimes has in being somewhat removed from the details of app developmnet. Finally, they talk the privacy implications of Daniel’s blog post and how it motivated Manton to revisit the hosted images on Micro.blog.

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February 24, 2020 at 4:38 pm.

Episode 408: Just Throw Money At It

Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s revised plan for weekly “meetings with his manager.” They touch on the challenge of striking a balance between following a strict work regimen vs. allowing oneself to “break the rules” when appropriate. Manton describes his experiment with running a Twitter ad and looks forward to IndieWebCamp in Austin.

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February 13, 2020 at 2:29 pm.

Episode 407: The Last Person To Buy AirPods

Daniel gets Manton’s impressions after finally buying AirPods. They discuss the pluses and minuses compared to wired headphones. Daniel follows up on his problem being identified as a potential spammer by an email marketing company, and Manton talks about the growing problem of spam accounts on Micro.blog. Finally, they talk about Manton’s decision not to seek venture funding for Micro.blog, and revisit the notion of “a rising tide lifts all boats” with respect to Micro.blog’s competiton.

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Links:

  • AirPods – Apple marketing page for the wireless headphones.
  • ToothFairy – AirPods utility for macOS by Michael Tsai.
  • AirBuddy – AirPods utility for macOS by Gui Rambo.
  • Planetary – Forthcoming ad-free social network.
  • Luminary – A $100 million dollar podcast company.
  • Tofurky – Longstanding vegetarian “meat” company.
  • Impossible Foods – A newer vegetarian “meat” company.
  • Beyond Meat – Yet another vegetarian “meat” company.
  • I’m Quitting Facebook – Author Stephen King announces his choice on Twitter.

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February 9, 2020 at 9:07 am.

Episode 406: Where I Can Shove It

Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s success in finally sending an email to customers, and the negative repercussions of sending too infrequently to be considered “permitted.”

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Links:

  • Red Sweater News – Sign-up form for Daniel’s company mailing list.
  • Mailchimp – Popular email marketing service.
  • Mandrill – Mailchimp’s transactional email service.
  • Planned Downtime – Mandrill’s announcement about a several-hours downtime.
  • SendGrid – Marketing and transaction email service.

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January 30, 2020 at 4:27 pm.

Episode 405: Certainly Less Than One Percent

Daniel talks with Manton about the just-announced Planetary social networking startup, and how it compares with Micro.blog both in terms of vision and execution. They talk of the challenge of changing human habits when marketing innovative products, and whether Planetary could help Manton by increasing awareness of the need for more social networks. Finally, they examine Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods and the comparable marketing challenges they have in “preaching to the choir” of core supporters while trying to attract the attention of less likely customer bases.

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Links:

  • Planetary.social – An “open and humane alternative to Facebook,” by Tom Coates and crew.
  • Decentralized, Open and Humane – Twitter post from @tomcoates announcing the service.
  • Excited to Invest – Biz Stone of Twitter announces his investment in Planetary.
  • @rabble – Tom Coates founding partner in Planetary.
  • @blaine – Early Odeo/Twitter employee who tweeted in support of Planetary.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s decidely different alternative to Twitter and Facebook.
  • Scuttlebutt – The centralized social platform on which Planetary is said to be based.
  • Ello – Another alternative social network that has not been a huge draw away from Twitter or Facebook.
  • Beyond Meat – Plant-based meat company for which Biz Stone is an investor and board member.
  • Impossible Foods – Another popular plant-based meat company.

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January 24, 2020 at 5:06 pm.