Episode 484: Midnight Blue Dungarees

Manton and Daniel talk about the expected MacBook Pro announcements coming on Monday, and whether they’re likely to buy one if announced. Manton shares some details about the new Micro.blog Subscriptions feature he teased, and Daniel asks him to consider whether the word Subscription has unwanted connotations. Finally, they talk about Manton’s switch of mobile providers and the various ways to avoid overage charges with data tethering.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Linode: Instantly deploy and manage an SSD server in the Linode Cloud. New accounts get a $100 credit.
  • RevenueCat: In-app subscriptions made easy. Also check out the Sub Club Podcast!

Links:

  • Months of Mac Rumors – The Verge reports on rumors of Mac announcements and more.
  • ATP 451 – Episode in which the Accidental Tech Podcast gang discuss rumors of upcoming MacBook Pros.
  • Little Screenshot – Manton’s teaser post for a forthcoming “Subscriptions” feature.
  • Substack – Service for supporting writers with paid subscriptions.
  • Ghost Members – Native features of the Ghost CMS that facilitate Patreon-like functionality.
  • Jean MacDonald – Marketing guru and Manton’s associate at Micro.blog.
  • Truphone – Service providing mobile data via eSim activation.

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October 15, 2021 at 8:32 pm.

Episode 483: Clean Up The Mess

Daniel and Manton revisit the etymology of the word “engineer”, discovering that it runs much deeper than trains. They talk about Paddle’s new iOS in-app purchase offering and whether Apple will allow it or not. Finally, they talk about Daniel’s lost momentum with his index-card motivation, and his plans to get back on track.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • TextExpander: Communicate Smarter.
  • Linode: Instantly deploy and manage an SSD server in the Linode Cloud. New accounts get a $100 credit.

Links:

  • Paddle In-app Purchase – An alternative to Apple’s in-app purchases, coming soon from Paddle.
  • RevenueCat – Another company with plans to facilitate third-party in-app purchases.
  • Skirting Apple’s Cut – CNBC article about developers such as Paddle and RevenueCat.

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October 9, 2021 at 7:46 pm.

Episode 482: Accidental Train Podcast

Manton catches us up on whether he ended up splurging to trade up to the iPad Mini. They talk more about Manton’s upcoming train trip, and about the little-known fact that Manton once released a train-oriented podcast episode! They talk about the allure of trains and other technical systems to computer programmers, and how nerds have always had to find their interests in the realm of what was possible at the time.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

  • MacStadium: Leading provider of cloud solutions built on Apple Mac hardware.

Links:

  • Pacific Surfliner – An Amtrak train line that runs along the Southern California coast.
  • Trains Podcast – Manton’s 2005 podcasting effort on the subject.
  • Rail Modeller Pro – A Mac app for model train aficionados.
  • Manton Recording – 2006 photo by Willie Abrams of Manton in San Francisco.
  • Engineer – Etymology of the word – not rooted in train engines!
  • Dr. Drang – A “real” engineer with opinions about “software engineers.”
  • So Happy – Picture of Manton’s acquired model train project.

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October 1, 2021 at 3:44 pm.