Core Intuition

Core Intuition

www.coreint.org
A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.


430: A Little Bit Of Controversy
Aug 8 • 42 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Sunlit 3, and Manton’s decision to make it open source. They discuss the pros and cons of managing an open source project. Daniel talks about his efforts to convert his iOS app Swish from OpenGL to Metal, so it can run with…
429: You Have Shipped It
Jul 31 • 31 min
Daniel ships MarsEdit 4.4, and talks with Mantonb about taking stock of bugs and examining the anxiety around shipping updates. They look forward to MarsEdit 5, Black Ink for iOS, and the potential business models Daniel might adopt. They talk about…
428: Nope, Nope, Nope
Jul 18 • 35 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Twitter’s massive security breach, and scrutinize CEO Jack Dorsey’s public image in the wake of it. Daniel wonders whether Twitter’s idealistic employees could be more empowered by another leader, while Manton points out that…
427: Probably A Mistake
Jul 4 • 42 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s Developer Transition Kit … without really talking about it. They weigh the possibility of apps breaking on ARM based Macs even if frameworks aren’t technically removed. Manton shares his renewed enthusiasm about…
426: Sticking With The Mac
Jun 25 • 44 min
Manton and Daniel review some of their biggest takeaways from WWDC. They balance the excitement of all the attention on the Mac while coping with some of the old-timer concern about how things are changing. They discuss the ARM transition and how some…
425: Expect More And Demand More
Jun 18 • 44 min
On the brink of WWDC, Daniel and Manton take stock of various issues shining a light on Apple’s App Store review and in-app purchase policies. They talk about Basecamp’s new Hey email service and the high-profile rejection of its iOS app. They imagine the…
424: The Worst Transition
Jun 12 • 39 min
Manton and Daniel start to anticipate WWDC announcements, imagine the rumored ARM Macs, and think about opportunities to gain a competitive advantage by embracing whatever is new. They talk about the possible challenges of migrating to ARM as a developer,…
423: What Are You Going To Work On?
Jun 5 • 53 min
Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s statement against racism, and also talk a bit about the Accidental Tech Podcast’s statements. They talk about trying to figure out what we can all do as individuals in the wake of this. Daniel talks about getting a Black…
422: It Wasn’t Perfect
May 29 • 40 min
Manton checks in with Daniel about progress with MarsEdit 4.4, and Daniel explains his lack of focus has led him down a new crossword obsession. Manton talks about Shutting down Micro.blog’s Slack, and they discuss whether a comparable decision for Core…
421: Replacing It With Nothing
May 24 • 46 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Automattic’s investment in Vector.im, makes of an open approximation of Slack. Are there implications for Micro.blog? Daniel asks Manton to consider what he would do if a company like Automattic offered to acquire Micro.blog.…
420: The Last Release Ever
May 15 • 35 min
Manton and Daniel talk about iA Writer’s new support for publishing directly to Micro.blog, and segue in to a conversation about the pragmatism of trying to improve SEO for pertinent terms such as “Micropub” and “WordPress.” They talk about the…
419: A Wave Of Relief
May 9 • 44 min
Daniel and Manton review Apple’s updated details about WWDC, speculating about whether it will truly be “free for all developers,” and how Apple can manage demand for scarce resources. Manton announces the launch of Micro.blog for teams. The two react to…
418: The Way Things Were
Apr 23 • 38 min
Manton and Daniel react to news of an online “Accessibility Event”, which seems to hint at how Apple might conduct online WWDC sessions in June. They wonder about the possible benefits Apple might offer to paying attendees, and what the price might be.…
417: My Small Part
Apr 18 • 30 min
Daniel and Manton compare notes on leaving the house for take-out and curbside pickup during the pandemic. They express their fascination with the ways companies are adapting to the changing world, and consider the ways they might focus their own business…
416: Wait Ten Years
Apr 10 • 43 min
Manton and Daniel talk about their collaboration on updates to the XML-RPC based API that MarsEdit uses to communicate with Micro.blog. They talk about the long history of blogging APIs, about the merit of focusing on adding one new supported system at a…
415: The Positive Side Of This
Apr 3 • 46 min
Daniel and Manton check in about the state of the Covid-19 crisis, celebrate Powell’s bookstore rehiring many employees, and take stock of the massive changes going on all over the world. Daniel talks about his efforts to add support for the Ghost…
414: Everybody’s Looking For Answers
Mar 28 • 32 min
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…
413: You Still Need People
Mar 20 • 44 min
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…
412: Things Are Changing Quickly
Mar 13 • 36 min
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…
411: There Are People Who Are On It
Mar 6 • 51 min
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 abut the challenge for event planners in balancing the risk of people getting hurt vs. the potential to…
410: I Have Everything Booked
Feb 28 • 36 min
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…
409: We Know Rome Too Well
Feb 24 • 37 min
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…
408: Just Throw Money At It
Feb 13 • 33 min
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…
407: The Last Person To Buy AirPods
Feb 9 • 43 min
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…
406: Where I Can Shove It
Jan 30 • 35 min
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.”
405: Certainly Less Than One Percent
Jan 24 • 37 min
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…
404: We’re Never Doing This Ever
Jan 16 • 38 min
Manton and Daniel talk about the FBI’s renewed demand that Apple provide iPhone-cracking services. They discuss when it would be acceptable, if ever, for Apple to provide such assistance, and the slippery slope of saying yes even once. Daniel follows up…
403: I Can’t Do This
Jan 11 • 41 min
Daniel talks to Manton about his ongoing struggle to support Google’s Blogger platform in MarsEdit, and his inclination to drop support for it. They talk about weighing the merits of supporting one platform or another, and the virtue in general of…
402: A Bespoke Failure
Jan 6 • 60 min
Manton catches Daniel up about his looming book deadline, taking stock of the effect of overworking oneself. Daniel talks about getting past his hangups that might be blocking business success. And in the spirit of the New Year, they revisit a list of…
401: It’s Not A Bad Computer
Dec 27, 2019 • 46 min
Daniel and Manton talk about the 2019 Mac Pro and the shocking price of high-end configurations. They debate whether the company who makes “the computer for the rest of us” should be selling $50K computers, or if it risks taking focus away on selling…
400: With The Help Of Mark Zuckerberg
Dec 20, 2019 • 52 min
Manton and Daniel celebrate episode 400 by inviting Oisín Prendiville to join them for a conversation ranging from Oisín’s podcasting app Castro and the virtues of selling it to Tiny, to the state of the podcasting industry, to a story of bicycle theft…
399: It Could Be Brilliant
Dec 5, 2019 • 49 min
Daniel celebrates the successful launch of Black Ink 2.0, while Manton acknowledges the two year anniversary of Micro.blog’s public debut. They talk more about the virtues of setting deadlines, and about setting goals and meeting them as a way of meriting…
398: Beat The Boss
Nov 27, 2019 • 42 min
Manton talks to Daniel about embracing the power of deadlines as he reviews his success in “meeting with his boss.” They compare the strategy Daniel is using to more formalized methodologies such as Agile and their use of “sprints.” Manton talks through…
397: We Didn’t Make A Decision
Nov 21, 2019 • 39 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s newly announced ship date for the Indie Microblogging book, on the anniversary of his original Kickstarter. Daniel looks at refining his plans for Black Ink 2’s freemium pricing approach. Findally, they look forward…
396: It’s Better Than It Was
Nov 14, 2019 • 52 min
Manton and Daniel rejoice in Apple’s announcement of an all new 16” MacBook Pro, and look forward to a bright future for Mac portables. Daniel catches Manton up on the latest meeting with “his boss”, and the resulting deadline he has agreed to in order to…
395: No Strengths Whatsoever
Nov 9, 2019 • 52 min
Daniel and Manton try to take stock of long-term personal goals, thinking of how they align with and overlap with money-making goals. Manton reports back after watching Matt Mullenweg’s “State of the Word” talk at WordCamp US. Manton reflects on the…
394: Facing Hard Facts
Nov 2, 2019 • 43 min
Daniel reports back after his first meeting “with his boss,” deciding he’s a little strict, but not too bad. They talk about the goals of trying to be more accountable even if you’re working for yourself, and adding structure to an indie business plan.…
393: Make Up Random Deadlines
Oct 21, 2019 • 39 min
Daniel returns from Amsterdam with cookies and Dutch Pokemon magazines, and talks a bit about the work-sponsored trip. Manton helps Daniel take stock of his challenges with Red Sweater, and prioritizing the right work to do given his limited time.…
392: A Very Strange Rollout
Oct 14, 2019 • 44 min
Daniel and Manton talk about the public release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, question the wisdom of Apple doing it without any warning, and wonder about why they might have done so. They talk about Manton’s experience notarizing Micro.blog for Mac, and the…
391: Stuff Just Looming Over You
Oct 5, 2019 • 57 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Microsoft’s special hardware event, and the new Surface tablets they announced. They compare Microsoft and Apple’s modern approach to multi-platform support. Manton considers adding Search ads for Micro.blog in the App Store,…
390: There’s A Communication Problem
Sep 27, 2019 • 40 min
Manton finds a workaround to his Sign in with Apple email problems! Daniel argues first that DTS should support pre-release software, and they discuss possible compromise approaches. Finally, they remark on Apple’s vigorous marketing push, and the thrill…
389: It Feels Like A Big Release
Sep 18, 2019 • 42 min
Daniel orders an iPhone 11, while Manton decides to wait for the dust to settle. They touch on strategies for handing down, recycling or selling old phones. Manton prepares to ship an update for iOS 13 to support Dark Mode and Sign in With Apple. Finally,…
388: This One Dealbreaker Shortcoming
Sep 14, 2019 • 55 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Apple’s September event, and weigh the allure of new iPhones and Watches. They examine the impact of Apple Arcade on game developers, and whether it foretells a future where Apple creates subscription bundles for other types…
387: Write The Code And Ship It
Sep 7, 2019 • 45 min
Daniel talks to Manton about his decision to open source some Mac software, and making a conscious choice to publish it under the Red Sweater name. They talk about the balance of promoting onself vs. promoting one’s company brand. Manton talks about two…
386: Just Say The Word Privacy
Sep 2, 2019 • 52 min
Manton and Daniel review Apple’s updated policies on Siri “grading”, how they reflect Apple’s values, and the extent to which Tim Cook’s personal reputation is on the line. They compare the policies to other companies including Amazon and Faceboo. Daniel…
385: Have Some Faith In Myself
Aug 23, 2019 • 45 min
Danel talks to Manton about his reflections on the merit of seeking to “revolutionize” something with a software product, vs. simply trying to “make a nice thing.” They discuss the relatively revolutionary ambition of Micro.blog, and the sometimes…
384: A Much Bigger Megaphone
Aug 15, 2019 • 45 min
Manton and Daniel react to news that Automattic is acquiring Tumblr. They talk about the potential pros and cons for Tumblr and Automattic, as well as for Micro.blog and MarsEdit. They talk about Matt Mullenweg’s optimism about the future of the open web,…
383: Working For The Weekend
Aug 9, 2019 • 66 min
Daniel catches Manton up on his ongoing VoiceOver challenges with Black Ink 2. Manton encourages him to balance perfectionism with the virtue of getting the update out and “showing his work.” They respond to more follow-up about Manton’s changes to…
382: Unlock The Secret
Jul 31, 2019 • 43 min
Manton and Daniel react to listener feedback about Manton’s new emphasis on asking for credit card information. They assess the challenge of pursuing philosophical ambitions such ass supporting the open web, while also ensuring that sufficient profits are…
381: Get Invested In This
Jul 18, 2019 • 41 min
Daniel and Manton review Manton’s decision to rename his cross-posting Twitter account in order to emphasize its purpose of promoting his blog. They talk about Manton’s decision to be more proactive in asking for the customer’s credit card at sign-up,…