Core Intuition

Core Intuition

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


399: It Could Be Brilliant
Dec 5 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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,…
380: A Poetic Gesture
Jul 10 • 36 min
Manton follows up on his efforts to establish regular email newsletters with his customer base, sparking a discussion about finding other ways to reach customers aside from social media. Daniel tries to convince Manton to revive his original Twitter…
379: Sifting Down To The Masses
Jul 4 • 50 min
Daniel and Manton react to Jony Ive’s departure from Apple. They remember his achievements, and wonder where it leaves Apple moving forward. Daniel talks about making his Mac crossword app accessible via VoiceOver, and Manton marks the occasion of…
378: Hi, I make Macintosh Software
Jun 28 • 54 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Apple releasing the Catalina public beta, and the relatively high risk/reward ratio to beta testers. They consider the $100/year developer fee required by Apple to ship App Store or Developer ID releases, and whether that…
377: Just A Tiny Company
Jun 20 • 41 min
Daniel and Manton talk a bit more about WWDC announcements, and about having the discipline to put off playing with shiny new technologies while focusing on making progress with current projects. They talk about the practicality of adopting Catalyst in…
376: I Had A Vegan Quesadilla
Jun 12 • 49 min
Manton and Daniel catch up after WWDC. Daniel’s talks about coming to terms with Apple’s size and power, after visiting Apple Park. They revisit their opinions about San Jose as a city for conferences, and agree the electric scooters are a nice touch.…
375: This Podcast Goes To 11
May 30 • 51 min
Daniel and Manton celebrate 11 years of publishing Core Intuition. They recall the earliest years, and answer listener questions pertaining to the anniversary. The discussion includes wondering how they’ve lasted this long, examining the ways they’ve…
374: Good Thing I Have A Calculator
May 23 • 45 min
Manton talks with Daniel about Micro.blog’s mention in The New Yorker, which leads into a discussion about being on the lookout for PR opportunities, and “answering every call” even if you don’t particularly feel like talking to the press. Daniel reviews…
373: The Two Dollar Referral
May 19 • 39 min
Daniel talks to Manton about his experience adding MarsEdit to the Setapp subscription software service, and connects it to a general thrust of trying new things to expand his indie business revenues. They talk through a number of issues relating to…
372: Tech Support For All Problems
May 11 • 42 min
Manton checks in with Daniel’s impression of his Amazon Echo after finally cracking it open. They compare and contrast with the HomePod/Siri experience. In response to a listener question, they talk about the tradeoffs of being publicly accessible to…
371: Time’s Gonna Fly
May 4 • 41 min
Daniel and Manton continue looking forward to expected WWDC announcements, while also keeping their hopes and dreams in check. They discuss Steve Troughton-Smith’s adaptation of several 3rd-party iOS apps to Marzipan. They explore the changes Apple might…
370: Just Fix It And Ship
Apr 26 • 36 min
Manton and Daniel talk about keeping in the indie software release habit even while much of your time is taking up by a “day job.” They discuss the merit of optimizing release workflows to remove friction from shipping. Manton talks about Micro.blog’s…
369: Little Steps In The Right Direction
Apr 19 • 42 min
Daniel and Manton react to a 9to5 article detailing purported changes coming in iOS 13. They weigh the significance of multi-window support on the iPad, and what it means for Marzipan and the future of the Mac. Daniel anticipates using his unopened Amazon…
368: Everybody Has A Story
Apr 11 • 48 min
Manton and Daniel catch up after Manton’s road trip to the Peers Conference in New Orleans, and his simultaneous launch of a major new video upload and hosting service for Micro.blog. Daniel talks about his efforts so far to balance the time demands of…
367: This Is Impossible
Apr 7 • 41 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s cancellation of AirPower as a rare example of Apple failing to deliver on a high profile product. They compare with more fraudulent examples of vaporware such as the medical products promised by Theranos. Manton hints…
366: We Kind Of Weren’t Surprised
Mar 27 • 34 min
Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s March Special Event. They question the merit of Apple Card with it’s higher-than-expected interest rates. They weigh the benefits of a closed system like Apple News versus the completely free web. They talk about Apple…
365: A Pretty Big Update
Mar 21 • 37 min
Daniel talks to Manton about shipping a substantial MarsEdit update in the wake of being busy at his new job. They talk a little bit about one of the Micro.blog features MarsEdit now supports, and how MarsEdit still needs to support a jumble of loosely…
364: The Normal Job Part Of It
Mar 13 • 37 min
Manton catches up on Daniel’s impressions after working the first few days at his new job, which is a “perfect fit” in many ways. They react to Spotify’s “Time to Play Fair” public challenge to Apple, and question how Apple might react to it. They touch…
363: An Edge Case On An Edge Case
Mar 8 • 56 min
Daniel reveals to Manton that he’s (on the verge of) taking a part-time job. They assess the likely impacton Red Sweater, and how it might affect Daniel’s self image as an “independent developer.” Manton talks about updates he’s making to Micro.blog’s…
362: Existential Business Crisis
Mar 3 • 51 min
Manton and Daniel talk about how Austin IndieWebCamp went, and reflect on the virtues of the diverse “open web” community. They react to a debate between Jeff Atwood & David Heinemeier Hansson about their purportedly different approaches to business.…
361: This Is An Opportunity
Feb 20 • 45 min
Daniel and Manton talk about this weekend’s Austin IndieWebCamp, and new rumors about Apple’s plans to support a single binary format for apps to run on Mac, iPad, and iOS. rumors, WWDC speculation. The explore the possible impact such plans would have on…
360: That’s Not Really The Business
Feb 16 • 66 min
Manton and Daniel react to MacRumors’s discovery that WWDC will likely be held on June 3. They talk about the increasing price of hotels in San Jose, some options for more affordable accommodations. and the impact of high cost on the diversity of…
359: Quote-unquote Free
Feb 10 • 58 min
Daniel returns from Paris and Manton shares his plans for WWDC 2019 accommodations. They talk about Spotify’s acquisition of Gimlet and Anchor, and the possible implications for the diversity of podcasting ecosystem. Finally, they react to Angela…
358: Accidental Dark Mode
Jan 25 • 39 min
Manton finishes Dark Mode support for the Mac Micro.blog app. He and Daniel discuss the merits of supporting bleeding edge features, and the difficulty in gauging demand for features that people want but are not complaining about. They speculate about…
357: It Was Actually Kinda Fun
Jan 20 • 31 min
Manton’s premature release of Micro.blog for Mac with Dark Mode enabled release spurs him to work on an official update that supports it. Duck Duck Go announces they are now using MapKit JS for their maps, reminding us that Apple offers a web-based…
356: Reach For The Stars
Jan 10 • 45 min
Manton and Daniel talk briefly about Apple’s revenue shortfall, and then more extensively about Apple’s announced deals with Samsung and other television makers to bundle iTunes and AirPlay 2 functionality. They talk about the company’s shift towards…
355: Stupidly Confident
Jan 5 • 56 min
Daniel and Manton greet the New Year with a vague sense of optimism, as Daniel moves closer to serious iOS development, and Manton remains confident and focused on Micro.blog. They talk about finding a balance between optimistic enthusiasm and realism…
354: Undeveloped Piece Of Land
Dec 22, 2018 • 59 min
Manton and Daniel discuss the expansion plans of Amazon, Apple, and Google, as they add office space in cities around the United States. Following up on last week’s rundown of Riverfold Software’s product lineup, Manton takes Daniel on a talk-through of…
353: It Had A Lot Of Potential
Dec 14, 2018 • 56 min
Daniel regales Manton with tales of his latest “waste of time,” as he spends days trying to put the finishing touches on a FastScripts feature 12 years in the making. They talk about the balance time invested in actual development vs. fighting to get code…
352: It Could Be Useful For People
Dec 8, 2018 • 54 min
Manton and Daniel respond to listener feedback about focusing more on marketing and self-promotion of our apps rather than ourselves, and compare the virtues of the two types of promotion. Daniel talks about his decision to do more public speaking, and…
351: Here’s The Downside
Nov 23, 2018 • 55 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Panic’s release of Transmit for the Mac App Store, and the gradual evolution of Apple’s stance on sandboxing. Daniel talks about his dubious prioritization of quieting deprecation warnings. They both take stock of progress on…
350: Inspired To Look At This
Nov 15, 2018 • 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…