Core Intuition

by Daniel Jalkut and Manton Reece · · · · 13 subscribers

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

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. Finally, they reflect on how Apple and …
417 Episode 417: My Small Part April 18, 2020
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 on ambitions on pertinent goals that will both help …
416 Episode 416: Wait Ten Years April 10, 2020
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 time to MarsEdit for maximal PR benefit, …
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 publishing system to MarsEdit. They react to Apple's …
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 and Mac updates, including …
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 are going on in the world. They acknowledge …
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 disease-mitigating actions many businesses are taking. Finally, they consider the …
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 lose a lot of money or possibly go out …
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 PR risks of putting on a conference in the coming months.
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 marketing person sometimes has in being …
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 describes his experiment with running a Twitter ad and looks forward …
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 the growing problem of spam accounts on Micro.blog. Finally, they talk …
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."
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 whether Planetary could help Manton by increasing awareness of the need for …
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 on his growing sureness that he will drop support …
403 Episode 403: I Can’t Do This Jan. 11, 2020
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 latching onto growing platforms instead dying platforms.
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 Manton’s 2005-era ambitions, and Daniel's 1999 New …
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 products for "everyday people." Finally, …
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 and recovery.
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 your own work more. Next they consider the difficulty …