Core Intuition

Core Intuition

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Daniel Jalkut and Manton Reece discuss Mac and iOS programming, independent development, Apple news, and more.
350: Inspired To Look At This
Nov 15 • 57 min
Manton reports back to Daniel about the first week after adding Mastodon integration to Micro.blog. They talk about the merit and necessity of spending time marketing after all the coding work we do. Daniel talks about his recent struggle implementing…
349: Too Ambitious And Crazy
Nov 9 • 1 min
Daniel catches Manton up on his experience at Swift by Northwest, and about his positive outlook on public speaking after participating in the show. They talk about accepting their role as the increasingly “old guard” in a community that is always gaining…
348: A Surprising Amount Of Success
Oct 19 • 61 min
Manton and Daniel check in on the eve of Daniel’s Swift by Northwest speaking engagement. They talk about the challenge of biting off topics for speaking, articles, books, etc., that sound good but turn out to be harder to pull off than expected. Manton…
347: One Of Those Time Warps
Oct 12 • 47 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s recent blogging series on Dark Mode. They encourage each other not to get too bogged down worrying about the impact of doing the work we want, whether that’s blogging, developing software, or whatever. Daniel frets…
346: Doing The Best I Can
Oct 5 • 67 min
Manton and Daniel talk about coming to terms with the challenge of juggling too many things, making our indie businesses more efficient, and the tough question of how to cut projects and commitments that are stealing time from the main focus. THey also…
345: I Can Haz Blog?
Sep 29 • 44 min
macOS Mojave is out! Daniel an Manton talk about the ephemeral nature of App Store features, and the wisdom of not investing too much stock in being featured, or any other external recognition. They catch up on the state of the Mac App Store and wonder…
344: No Time For Betas
Sep 21 • 44 min
Manton and Daniel follow-up on their scrutiny of Apple’s new Watch-based EKG feature, and try to evaluate whether the hype surrounding it is warranted or not. Manton reports back after finally installing iOS 12, and Daniel talks about putting the…
343: I Am Now An Expert
Sep 13 • 51 min
Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s September 2018 event, announcing the Apple Watch Series 4 and new iPhones. They compare notes about appreciating the new products but feeling relatively unpressured to upgrade. Finally, they talk about the incentives for…
342: Complaining For Ten Years
Sep 7 • 55 min
Manton and Daniel catch up after a couple weeks off. They talk about Manton’s release of Sunlit 2.2, and return to inevitable complaints about App Store Review uncertainties. They compare notes on their mutual lack of interest in developing for Android,…
341: This Went Pretty Viral
Aug 20 • 45 min
Daniel and Manton follow up on RapidWeaver 8 shipping without Mac App Store support. Daniel talks about his recent work on FastScripts, and they talk about the sometimes surprising value of “less successful” apps. They react to Marco Arment’s announcement…
340: Going Back To Blogging
Aug 11 • 50 min
Manton and Daniel react to sandboxes woes for RapidWeaver 8 on the Mac, and speculate about changes coming in Mojave that might have enticed Panic and Bare Bones to return to the Mac App Store. They talk about Twitter’s continued support for Alex Jones,…
339: Now’s The Time To Do It
Aug 3 • 64 min
Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s latest earnings announcement, on the eve of the company reaching a $1 trillion valuation. They assess the company’s rising services revenues, and how it relates to Apple’s 30% App Store cut, and stingy pricing for…
338: I’ll Try Not To Do That
Jul 28 • 41 min
Manton and Daniel talk about the new MacBook Pro, and how it affects Manton’s purchasing plans for his daughters’ college computers. Daniel talks about his experience with macOS Mojave, the increasing stability of the OS, and the improvements to dragging…
337: A Quote Unquote Blog
Jul 19 • 54 min
Daniel and Manton react to rumors that Apple has site-licensed 1Password to its entire workforce, and what such a move might mean for the future of Apple’s own Keychain features. They talk about the recent uptick in Lime and Bird-style scooter and bike…
336: Bringing Webrings Back
Jul 13 • 47 min
Manton and Daniel talk about migrating Manton.org to run on Micro.blog. They reflect on the nostalgia and inspiration of old web conventions like webrings and blogrolls. Finally, they talk about macOS Mojave’s forthcoming AppleEvent sandboxing and the…
335: Kind Of A Challenge For Newcomers
Jul 6 • 67 min
Daniel and Manton catch up after traveling to Portland and Chicago, respectively. Manton reflects on the IndieWeb Summit and the inspiration he took away from that event. They talk about learning to balance “business emergencies” with other obligations,…
334: Manton Reece Misses You
Jun 29 • 39 min
Manton and Daniel talk about the upcoming Dark Mode in macOS Mojave, and the challenges and joys of accommodating it as a developer. They bemoan Skype’s emotionally intrusive notifications, and reflect on other overly-touchy-feely interface designs. And…
333: I Will Be Speaking Briefly
Jun 22 • 49 min
Daniel and Manton talk about upcoming travel plans, and the challenge of carving out time for work during the summer. Daniel shares his experience hacking on macOS Mojave’s new “Marzipan” support for iOS apps. They both talk about the deprecation of…
332: We Should Be Slapping Our Foreheads
Jun 15 • 69 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s latest MarsEdit updates and the speed record of one’s App Store review. Daniel talks about a quick fix he made to a crashing bug, and whether using Swift would Swift have prevented it. They reflect on Dominik Wagner’s…
331: No Complaints Really
Jun 7 • 68 min
Daniel and Manton catch up on WWDC announcements. They weigh the likely impact of UIKit on macOS, try to get a handle on the extent of SiriKit improvements, and appreciate Apple’s renewed emphasis on iOS automation. Next they talk about Apple’s…
330: It’s A Big Fun Surprise
Jun 1 • 55 min
Manton and Daniel check in just before WWDC to talk about expectations from the conference, and strategies for saving money on the trip. They indulge in a bit more Siri criticism, hope that Apple will announce new MacBook Pros, and question whether Apple…
329: Have All The Things Be Better
May 24 • 58 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Twitter’s latest API updates and the impact on 3rd party developers. They follow-up on Ghost’s lack of an API, and Samuel Goodwin’s offer to build one for them. Daniel shares news of MarsEdit 4.1’s support for direct drags…
328: It Wasn’t My Job
May 17 • 68 min
Manton and Daniel talk about the upcoming GDPR regulations from the EU and what the implications may be for indie software companies. They react to the Pocket Casts acquisition by NPR and partners, assess the financial incentives that may be involved, and…
327: Only The Rich Can Have Robots
May 10 • 72 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Google’s recently announced Duplex AI for telephone conversations, and Microsoft’s announcement that it will share a larger percentage of revenues with its app store developers. They consider the merits of each announcement…
326: Ready To Drop Some Nerd Wisdom
May 4 • 68 min
Manton and Daniel catch up after Manton’s speaking experience at Peers Conference. They talk about preparation techniques for public speaking, and how to adapt your talk to the audience at hand. Next they discuss the latest rumors about Apple’s…
325: If I Acquired Tumblr
Apr 26 • 58 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s surprise speaking git at Peers Conf in Austin. They discuss the challenge and allure of finding niche markets for indie software, and wrap up with reflections on SmugMug’s acquisition of Flickr and what it might mean…
324: Definitely A Business Mistake
Apr 18 • 62 min
Manton and Daniel talk about the public reaction to the Wavelength launch, and about Micro.blog’s new user onboarding experience, and the challenge in general of making product pages more inviting. They react to reports that HomePod sales have been…
323: That’s What The Web Is About
Apr 13 • 70 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s somewhat-impulsive Black Ink beta release, and the merits of maintaining a diverse lineup of apps to provide varying technical challenges. They talk about the Increasing challenge of attracting attention to indie…
322: I Think You’re Wrong, For The Record
Apr 5 • 66 min
Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s news release about expectations for the Mac Pro coming in 2019. They speculate about what could explain such a long delay, and Daniel devises a theory, or pipe dream, that the Mac Pro may be ARM-based. They also discuss…
321: Those Cheeseburger Moments
Mar 30 • 72 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s Chicago education event, and Apple’s challenge in breaking into the education market so dominated by Google. They scrutinize whether the special event was “event-worthy” or not. Daniel talks about his motivation…
320: Go Past The Cows
Mar 23 • 56 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s plans to speak at Swift by Northwest in October, and weighing the appropriateness of speaking at one type of conference or other. They explore the idea of buying ads or sponsorships for their own apps, and consider…
319: I’m Going, Always
Mar 15 • 75 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s announcement that WWDC is officially happening in San Jose again. Daniel struggles to make a financial case for attending, while Manton continues to believe it’s essential to at least be in town for a few days. They…
318: Kind Of A Litmus Test
Mar 8 • 64 min
Manton and Daniel celebrate Sunlit 2.0’s release, and talk about the decision to make it a free app that supports the Micro.blog platform. Daniel admires Manton’s proclivity for shipping new things, and they both despair the difficulty of canceling…
317: Everything Is A Tradeoff
Mar 2 • 44 min
Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s open-sourcing of SwiftNIO at the trySwift! conference. They catch up on their respective enthusiasm and lack thereof for Swift. Manton prepares to ship Sunlit 2.0, supporting direct publishing to Micro.blog. The two…
316: They’ve Dialed In To Something
Feb 23 • 73 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s HomePod experiences so far, including the best and worst of Siri’s behaviors. They speculate about how important the audio quality of the device will be to “regular people,” and compare it to other qualitative…
315: Causes For Celebration
Feb 8 • 67 min
Daniel talks to Manton about starting to use Micro.blog more in earnest, and fleshes out a rough strategy for what “weaning himself off Twitter” looks like. They talk about the struggles of Mac development, and working around bugs in an increasingly buggy…
314: The World Does Need That
Jan 27 • 51 min
Manton launches a new iOS beta for Sunlit, redesigned with support for Micro.blog. Following up on Manton’s support burden. Daniel talks about ambition to follow up with customers after fixing bugs they’ve reported.
313: While We’re Complaining
Jan 21 • 60 min
Daniel and Manton talk about digging oneself out of customer support debt, and strategies for improving the efficiency of support mechanisms. They react to Apple’s disabling of free In-App-Purchases, and speculate about whether it was intentional or not.…
312: Unlock That Mystery
Jan 12 • 53 min
Manton talks to Daniel about just missing jury duty during a busy work week. They talk about the virtues of differentiating a product by both features and personality. Finally, they react to the Stellar cryptocurrency’s surprising value, and the potential…
311: It’s Been A Year
Jan 5 • 46 min
Daniel and Manton react to Intel’s “really bad bug.” They talk about Manton’s recent surges of PR, and balancing the desire to capitalize on that against the importance of preserving site stability. They talk about Apple’s acquisition of Buddybuild and…
310: A Non-zero Amount Of Dollars
Dec 22, 2017 • 74 min
Manton and Daniel talk about the major update to Micro.blog, and how to cope with demand as it either meets or doesn’t meet daily limits. They opine about the virtue of having a baseline product on which to build future updates. They react to Mark…
309: Can We Turn On This Money Faucet?
Dec 15, 2017 • 62 min
Daniel and Manton catch up on MarsEdit 4’s progress a week after releasing. They talk about the anxiety and fear of making a huge mistake when releasing, and the relief of discovering you haven’t. They reflect on the effectiveness of direct email to…
308: Why Is Daniel Weeping?
Dec 7, 2017 • 57 min
Manton and Daniel celebrate the launch of MarsEdit 4. Daniel shares the unlikely experience of literally weeping at his keyboard as he released it. They take stock of the challenges of getting 4.0 done, and talk about planning for a more predictable…
307: Wave Of Disbelief
Nov 30, 2017 • 56 min
Daniel and Manton discuss Apple’s massive root access security flaw, Apple’s reaction to it, and what the internal repercussions at the company might be. Daniel catches Manton up on his ambition to ship MarsEdit 4 as early as next week!
306: Unbending Wall Of Shame
Nov 23, 2017 • 42 min
Daniel commits to wrapping up MarsEdit 4 by December 1. Manton also looks towards wrapping up for a public micro.blog release. They reminisce about Apple’s abandoned system-wide help systems, and review Daniel’s approach to going freemium with…
305: Every Week I’m Adding Something
Nov 18, 2017 • 46 min
Daniel and Manton close in on committing to release dates for MarsEdit and Micro.blog. They weigh tough, last-minute decisions about keeping or cutting features. Manton admits to taking on new commitments as an event organizer. Finally, they talk about…
304: In Your Face, Literally
Nov 12, 2017 • 64 min
Manton got his iPhone X, while Daniel patiently awaits his. Daniel admits fault for having been dismissive about Face ID, and Manton concedes the iPhone 8 and X seem to be complementary hits. They talk about Daniel’s decision to migrate his web server,…
303: Apparent Lack Of Judgment
Nov 3, 2017 • 57 min
Daniel and Manton recap their experience placing pre-orders for the iPhone X, discuss Apple’s unusual PR strategy for iPhone X reviews, and debate the appropriateness of Apple firing an engineer for letting his daughter film a YouTube video of his…
302: I Don’t Actually Have A Boss
Oct 26, 2017 • 35 min
Manton and Daniel anticipate the night of iPhone X pre-orders, and the shame of waking in the middle of the night or order a phone. They catch up with their faltering ambitions to ship MarsEdit and Micro.blog, and acknowledge the merit of sharing…
301: I Was A Little Exhausted
Oct 20, 2017 • 54 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s switch from PayPal to Stripe and choosing which version of macOS to require for our apps. Manton catches us up on his time at the Release Notes conference, and the two reflect upon Twitter’s latest troubles.