Core Intuition

Core Intuition

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A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.
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…
349: Too Ambitious And Crazy
Nov 9, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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…