Author Archives: manton

Editing some more Jekyll themes for Micro.blog. It will ship with 6 default themes and custom CSS to tinker with the design.

→ 2017/02/19 9:22 am

Washington Post’s new exclusive today that Flynn lied to the FBI, following their exclusive last week about the transcripts. They clearly have a great source. Reminds me so much of All the President’s Men.

→ 2017/02/16 5:16 pm

Posted Core Intuition 271. Recorded before the WWDC announcement, so we dissected Planet of the Apps, plus an updated Siri vs. Alexa debate.

→ 2017/02/16 3:23 pm

WWDC moves back to San Jose

I have a tradition when I go to San Francisco for WWDC. I arrive early on Sunday before the conference, drop my bags at the hotel, and take a cab to the Presidio. The weather is usually beautiful. I visit the Walt Disney Family Museum, maybe sit in the grass with a coffee, then go for a walk to take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I’ve done this the last handful of years. It’s always a perfect reset to whatever stress was happening with my own coding projects and business. You can find blog posts and tweets from past years.

I attended WWDC in San Jose a few times. Moving WWDC back there will probably end up being fine. If you’re at the convention center, or hanging out with attendees at a restaurant, or taking a break to work at a coffee shop around the corner, or even going to a party — many cities will suffice for that. I’m sure the conference will be great.

I’ll still miss San Francisco. I know it’s not a perfect city. But it’s historic and unique. That’s why I recorded a podcast episode about it over 10 years ago, and I’ve learned much more since. I always get something out of the trip.

I attended WWDC in San Jose a few times. Moving it to SF was the right call. But a city can change in 15 years too. Maybe worth a chance.

→ 2017/02/16 10:58 am

After hearing the WWDC San Jose news, had to go to a dentist appointment. Tried to use that time to think about this means. Still not sure.

→ 2017/02/16 10:21 am

I’ve had some flakiness with my WordPress site over the last few months. Updating to PHP 7 (no FastCGI) seems to have fixed it.

→ 2017/02/15 1:49 pm

Twitterrific Phoenix on Kickstarter

I use Twitter much differently than most people. I haven’t returned to my @manton account in over 4 years, and instead I cross-post all my blog posts to @manton2. I reply and like tweets when I get mentions, but I don’t actually follow anyone.

But despite this weird use of Twitter, I follow the company closely and still maintain the Tweet Marker timeline syncing API. So I’m excited to see Iconfactory launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund new work on Twitterrific for Mac.

I’ve backed the project. It’s a good opportunity to support one of the pioneers of Twitter development.

Working on API documentation. Haven’t shared it yet because the API needs to be better. Even just writing it up helps me decide what to fix.

→ 2017/02/14 5:32 pm

I’ll give Planet of the Apps a chance, but what a missed opportunity. Even more over-dramatized and gimmicky than expected.

→ 2017/02/14 12:50 pm

Piezo and Dash without the App Store

Great post from Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba about Piezo sales for the year after leaving the Mac App Store, and how it suggests that Dash’s post-MAS sales weren’t a fluke. Rogue Amoeba’s data points to this key point:

Far from the Mac App Store helping drive sales to us, it appears we had instead been driving sales away from our own site, and into the Mac App Store.

For me, the question of whether to use the Mac App Store is also closely tied to using in-app purchases in addition to Stripe. As I work to get Micro.blog shipped to Kickstarter backers, and eventually launched to a wider audience, I’ve wondered whether there should be an in-app purchase to make subscribing to Micro.blog from iOS easier. Of course the Mac App Store and in-app purchases are different things, but both require juggling multiple payment systems with the hope that it will be easier for users.

And it would be a little better for customers in the short-term. The problem is that it would be much worse for me as a solo developer trying to do too much. The backend systems would be more complicated, and I think the product would suffer because of it.

Someone’s been trying to reset my Apple ID password all week. Started to get worried when I got an email that they called Apple Support, so I called too. Everything seems okay. I have 2-step verification on.

→ 2017/02/10 2:42 pm

Sent an update to backers with a date for Micro.blog usernames. It’s not ready, but had to draw a line so it doesn’t drag on.

→ 2017/02/09 2:40 pm

Started using a couple of my most-used apps like Slack and BBEdit in full-screen mode. 13-inch MacBook Pro, so your mileage may vary.

→ 2017/02/09 11:09 am

Timetable 37

I’m taking some time to resume Timetable recording. From the latest episode:

Now that the Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up, I move to the next phase of getting Micro.blog ready, planning for invites, and focusing on the Slack community.

I started Timetable over a year ago to document what it was like to build Micro.blog and figure out how to launch it. Each episode is about 4-5 minutes long. Reaching this point with the Kickstarter finished is a huge milestone, but there is plenty of work still to do and talk about.

Safe search on Twitter

Twitter made an announcement today about stopping abusive accounts and hiding low-quality tweets. I think filtering search results in particular is a very good step in the right direction:

We’re also working on ‘safe search’ which removes Tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. While this type of content will be discoverable if you want to find it, it won’t clutter search results any longer.

As I work on Micro.blog, I’ve tried to be mindful of where users can stumble upon posts that they don’t want to see. Replies is a big one, and I’ll be focusing most of my attention on that. But search, trends, and hashtags are also a problem, because they let anyone’s posts bubble up to a much wider audience. I’m launching Micro.blog without them.