Episode 294: I Remain Unconvinced

Manton and Daniel react to Chris Lattner’s move to Google Brain, and whether it affects his continued involvement with the Swift project. They also talk about news divulging Apple’s focus on self-driving technology research for project Titan. Finally, they follow up on the subscription software conversation, and discuss Crashplan’s announced shutdown of their consumer backup service.

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August 24, 2017 at 7:00 am.

Episode 293: This Might Make Sense To You

Daniel and Manton react to the Ulyssess text editor’s switch to subscription pricing, and debate whether users expect subscription software to require obvious ongoing developer investment. They also compare notes as they look toward finishing up on summer goals, and tacking all the “little things” that get in the way of completing a project.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Digimarc: The best mobile scanning solution today. The only solution for tomorrow.
  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.


  • Ulysses Switches to Subscription – Blog post from the developers announcing the change.
  • TextExpander – Mac based keyboard expansion tool that went subscription last year.
  • Sketch – Mac design app with an annual payment approach.
  • Scrivener – Mac and iOS writing app that is committed to remaining subscription-free.
  • Setapp – Mac subscription service providing access to many apps for a set price.
  • An Upwards Trend – Numbers from Dan Counsell reflecting his experience as a developer participating in Setapp.
  • Screens – Mac based screensharing app that is also part of Setapp.
  • help.micro.blog – Manton’s Jekyll-based FAQ for Micro.blog.
  • Micro.blog App – Now available in the iOS App Store.
August 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm.

Episode 292: People Arriving Slamming Doors

Daniel and Manton are finally both at home again. Well, sort of. They compare notes about time spent working on JavaScript-based text editors, and the challenge of supporting two high level modes in an app. They talk about the new “Freelance” channel on the Core Intuition Slack, and reflect on the allure of and challenges of balancing freelance work with full-time indie ambitions.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.


  • Markdown – Text-based HTML generator for the web.
  • TinyMCE – Open-source, rich text HTML editor.
  • Ulyssess – Popular Mac and iOS writing app.
  • Editorial – iOS editing app that Manton uses.
  • Scotty – Friend of the Mac and iOS community, and suggester of #freelance Slack channel.
  • Core Intuition Slack – Join the conversation.
  • WeWork – Manton’s coworking space.
August 11, 2017 at 12:01 pm.

Episode 291: Driving Home In One Day

Daniel catches up with Manton in Santa Fe, NM, on his way home from buying a used Volvo in Seattle. They chat about Micro.blog’s slowly expanding user base, the difficulty of working on the road, and options for crossposting from various services to and from Micro.blog.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:


  • James Kim Family – Story of a family that was misrouted by navigation to a deadly fate.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s short-form blogging platform.
  • Wilco – A rock band with a diverse fan base.
  • Instagram API – Media endpoints for the API with notably lacking ability to upload new photos.
  • Micro.blog photos from MarsEdit – Manton’s post about the enhancment of Micro.blog to support the MetaWeblog API.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s blog-editing app for the Mac.
  • Micropub – An open API for publishing blog content.
  • OwnYourGram – Cross-posting service for content published to Instagram.
  • Connecting with Instagram – Micro.blog help article about autoposting Instagram content.
August 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm.