I've Got Nothing (Hypercritical 20)
I've Got Nothing is episode 20 of Hypercritical, a show ruminating on exactly what is wrong in the world of Apple and related technologies and businesses.
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John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss John’s upcoming trip to WWDC, Twitter’s strange gaps in functionality (and the third-party developers determined to fill them), the sale of NetNewsWire to Black Pixel, and dealing with changes to your favorite applications.
Initially Released June 4, 2011
Episode Page I've Got Nothing
Recurring Topics and Characters
Dan is studio-less, almost homeless, and recording with a USB microphone. The horror!
John's Upcoming Trip to WWDC
- John's longest airplane flight.
- Probably going to be John's only trip to WWDC due to costs.
- Wants to see the Lion videos before Lion launches.
- John is going for pleasure, not to work for Ars Technica.
- Twitter annotations were announced but never shipped.
- Twitter then announced Tweet Entities which are similar to annotations.
- Is it something that only Twitter can use or can 3rd party apps or the user work with it as well?
- Why isn't Twitter integrating Tweetmarks and Tweet Library?
- Joshua Topolsky mentioned that Twitter search doesn't go back past ~5 days. Why are they not accessible?
- Similar to how Apple didn't add obvious features to OS X for a while like the clock in the menu bar and WindowShade.
- John still uses classic window layering.
NetNewsWire Sale to Black Pixel
- Black Pixel is also the company developing the 5by5 iOS app.
- NetNewsWire changed the way John used his computer and he lived in the app.
- Used single keystrokes to do most commands in the app.
- Brent Simmons let NewsGator aquire NetNewsWire to give him support with updating the software.
- For quite a while, NetNewsWire was the most popular RSS client in the world.
- NetNewsWire's iOS apps have to compete much more with other iOS RSS competitors.
- John was concerned that NetNewsWire was going to move away from his needs and more to the mainstream.
- John hopes that this means that the next version of NetNewsWire will still nestle into his workflow while introducing new features.
- If Black Pixel has more time to work on it, then that can only be good.
Dealing With Changes to Your Favorite Applications
- A user starts to get a sense of ownership of the features they use a lot.
- BBEdit and Photoshop have radically changed over the years, but they have managed their transitions very well and shepherded their user base along with them without alienating too many.
- Final Cut Pro X may be another case of this type of successful transition.
You are the Linus Torvalds of Ars Technica.
–Dan Benjamin, to John Siracusa.
I think I can, as I usually do, turn this around and make it about me.
–John Siracusa, on the NetNewsWire acquisition.
In my pantheon of developers, there's a few little places in the Mt. Olympus of developers... And the people up there are Brent Simmons, Rich Seigel, Bruce Horn, and John Knoll.