Episode 460: How The Game Ends

Manton and Daniel talk about the upcoming Apple Event and how excited they are, or are not, about it. Especially since it’s not likely to be “live.” They also talk about the strange mechanics of Apple’s DTK refund credit, and how many people might not even notice they have a refund pending. Finally, they gripe about the continuing lack of multi-user support on many Apple devices.

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  • Spring Loaded – Apple’s Greg Joswiak teases the special event on Twitter.

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April 16, 2021 at 11:39 pm.

Episode 459: A Tyranny of Sorts

Daniel and Manton talk about obsessing over vaccine appointment registration, and the state of vaccination efforts in the US and the rest of the world. They react to Tim Cook’s interview with Kara Swisher and what it says about Apple’s essential “goodness.” Finally, they talk about the unfathomably high percentage of US teens who allegedly own iPhones.

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  • MA Covid Vaccines – Site-scraping aggregator site for vaccine availability in Massachusetts.
  • Very Different Choices – Kara Swisher’s interview with Tim Cook for the New York Times.
  • 88% of US Teens – Horace Dediu’s tweet about the market domination of iPhone among younger Americans.

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April 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

Episode 458: Who Invited You?

Manton and Daniel discuss Apple’s announcement of WWDC 2021, think about the possibility of a future hybrid model combining the best of in-person and virtual conferences, and question whether Apple has lost its “youthful vitality”, and whether that spirit can be reinvigorated.

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Links:

  • WWDC 2021 – Apple’s official news release.
  • Úll – A less-conventional Apple conference that was based in Ireland.
  • Success Hides Problems – Article about Ed Catmull’s famous talk on the subject.
  • Think Different – Wikipedia article about Apple’s classic advertising campaign.

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April 2, 2021 at 7:26 pm.

Episode 457: The Ripple Effect

Daniel and Manton celebrate Ulysses 22 launching with added support for Micro.blog. They talk more about competition and how all parties can win by collaborating to solve customer problems. Finally, they react to Apple addressing one developer’s Small Business Program woes, while acknowledging the larger issues that remain.

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  • Ulysses 22 – Major update to the Mac and iOS editor, including new support for Micro.blog.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s blog publishing and hosting service.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blog publishing app.
  • An Alternative to Competition – Jason Fried of Basecamp shares his feelings about competition in business.
  • An Update – Sean Harding shares that he has been admitted to the Apple Small Business Program.
  • Potential Witnesses – TechCrunch story on the release of witnesses for the Epic vs. Apple lawsuit.
  • Hey Apple… – David Heinemeier Hansson on the Screaming in the Cloud podcast.
  • Building Companies to Last – Jim Collins with an article synthesizing ideas from his book “Built to Last.”

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March 27, 2021 at 12:17 am.

Episode 456: Find Another Flea Market

Manton and Daniel talk about Google’s new, straightforward 15% fee structure for App Store sales, and how it shines a light on the sharp edges of Apple’s Small Business Program. They talk about the unfair aspects of Apple’s plan, and how Apple might feel pressure to improve it. Will they? Finally, they talk about whether Apple can and should decouple the costs of running the App Store from the payments made by customers to developers.

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Links:

  • Google Undercuts Apple – Ars Technica on Google’s new 15% developer commission for revenues under $1M.
  • How I Got Rejected – Sean Harding shares his tale of being denied admission to Apple’s Small Business Program.
  • Stratechery – Ben Thompson’s email newsletter.
  • A 95% Cut – 9to5Mac on Micrsoft’s policy, announced last year, to take only 5% from some App Store sales.
  • Where Apple Went Wrong – Manton’s 2011 post about Apple’s attitude toward free apps.

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March 19, 2021 at 12:26 am.

Episode 455: I Don’t Need To Go Viral

Daniel and Manton talk about Basecamp’s new Hey World blogging service, based on their email service. They think about the merits of attempting to leverage marketing exposure by interfacing with other products or services that have a larger audience, talk about trying to “fill the void” in popular services’ offering, and striving to get a good amount of PR without necessarily “going viral.”

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  • Hey World – Email-based blogging from Basecamp.
  • Rework Episode 0113 – Basecamp founders Jason Friend and David Heinemeier Hansson talk about Hey World.
  • $1000 to the First Person – Jason Fried offers a bounty for the blog post that united him with DHH.
  • Hello World – Manton setting up his Hey World.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service.
  • TextSoap – Text-cleaning Mac app from Unmarked Software.

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March 12, 2021 at 9:03 pm.

Episode 454: It Almost Doesn’t Matter

Manton asks Daniel about his first week back on the job full-time at Red Sweater. They talk about Daniel’s recent work on FastScripts and whether he should revise its freemium business model. Finally, they talk about an Arizona bill that would impose new requirements about the limits companies like Google and Apple can apply on App Store sales.

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March 5, 2021 at 8:29 pm.

Episode 453: Go Find The Answers

Daniel talks with Manton about the thrill of being self-employed again, and about the merit of seizing on that possibly-fleeting enthusiasm. Manton talks about coming out of his own micro-slump with Micro.blog, and celebrates recent news that Ulysses will support Micro.blog. They both look forward to being more aggressive in marketing their apps in the coming weeks and months.

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Links:

  • Beta Ulysses 22 – The popular text editor announces beta support for Micro.blog.
  • A Fresh Start – Daniel’s post announcing his return to full-time indie work.
  • Almost Anger – Daniel tweets about the level of enthusiasm he is feeling.
  • Episode 355: Stupidly Confident – A previous episode in which Daniel and Manton discuss Jared Sinclair’s business, among other things.
  • Jared Sinclair – iOS developer who formerly made Unread and Riposte.
  • Out-Heart the Competition – Daniel’s 2015 talk at NSConference in Leicester, UK.
  • 512 Pixels – Stephen Hackett’s blog, which Daniel and Manton have both recently sponsored.

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February 27, 2021 at 3:23 am.

Episode 452: One Unfolding Disaster

Manton updates Daniel on the state of things in Texas, where a disastrous winter storm has wreaked havoc. Switching gears back to tech, they point to confirmation of the vague problems Daniel recalled hearing about building apps on M1 Macs. Finally, they reconsider how and when they’re likely to spend the $500 DTK credits they are expecting.

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Links:

  • Winter Storm – Houston Chronicle weather page covering the impact of the storm.
  • Signing Code on Apple Silicon – Quinn from Apple provides an overview of the problem and workaround for signing code for older versions of macOS.
  • I’m Coping and Okay – Dan Rather tweets from the midst of Austin, TX during the winter storm.

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February 20, 2021 at 5:03 pm.

Episode 451: I Was Expecting Nothing

Daniel and Manton catch up on last week’s news from Apple that they will offer $500 instead of $200 to DTK leasers. They discuss the general state of Apple’s Developer Relations compared to other companies such as Microsoft, and challenge Apple to strive to outdo their competition. Finally, they compare notes about what they each plan to spend their respective $500 credits on.

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February 10, 2021 at 10:32 pm.