- Record yourself talking about something, anything. Most computing platforms have some way to record your voice.
- Publish the MP3 — or other audio file format — somewhere.
- Create an RSS file with an enclosure element and put that somewhere on the internet.
You don’t need special services. You don’t need Apple or iTunes but their directory is a great way to get the word out about your podcast. You don’t need a website just for your podcast. If you have a weblog that publishes an RSS feed, you can use that!
Here’s an example podcast. I recorded this with an iOS App called Ferrite, saved it to Google Drive, then copied it to a location on my own server.
If I’ve done everything right you should be able to subscribe to my RSS feed on this site and play it in your favorite podcast player, assuming it supports standard podcasting methods.
Here it is. Enjoy.
The bottom line is this: It’s really EASY to be a podcaster.
I love me some ATP. The guys consistently teach me something and I really love it when John and Marco get into their rants about the Mac Pro. If you’re not subscribed go subscribe now.
The guys have introduced a new feature to the podcast recently called Ask ATP. I really loved episode 255’s Ask ATP. They got three really interesting questions and I couldn’t resist talking about them a bit. Please listen to the episode for their answers. I’m going to give mine for two and talk a bit about the third one.
Question #1: What if you had to use iOS?
I love this question. With iOS 11 Apple focused a great deal of effort on iPad specific features, but it’s no macOS.
So, what would I need to use iOS as a daily driver? Assuming Xcode existed I’d like a version of iOS that can pair with a full size keyboard, mouse, and display. That’s right, I’d need a mouse. I’ve heard talk of a MacBook-like device running iOS. That would be pretty incredible.
The mythical iBook could be fine for developing iOS Apps, but what about Mac Apps? I suppose they could generate code for a Mac from an iOS version of Xcode but it sure would make testing difficult. I also use VM’s as a part of my day job. Those would go away and that’s fine for an iOS only development platform. I’d probably try it.
Question #2: What if you had to use Windows?
This one is easy for me. In the late 80’s I started my development career writing DOS applications in Microsoft BASIC (not GW BASIC.) In the early 90’s I started learning C and the Windows API — later moving to C++ — and spent the next 25-plus years developing native Windows applications.
I’d be fine moving back to Windows. I think it’s a great operating system. I prefer MacOS these days but I could go back to Windows quite easily. Heck, I still use it in a VM for some backend services work at Agrian.
Question #3: What if you didn’t have advertisers?
This question, in a way, was kind of a bummer. It’s clear the guys do this as a business. That is not a bad thing, at all. A fellas got to make a living but it would definitely stink to see it disappear or go to a subscription model. Not that subscriptions are bad because they’re not. I just have a bit of subscription fatigue so I’d have decide if it were worth subscribing to. Yeah, I’d most likely subscribe.
It sucked, because Trump.
Bloomberg: “Starting as early as next year, software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware, according to people familiar with the matter. “
This is something I’d welcome. I’d love to see a 12-inch MacBook sized laptop running iOS that allowed touch input and mouse input. That would be amazing.
I know that’s not what the article says, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a very long time. I think Microsoft Surface Pro is a wonderful computer and I don’t see why Apple couldn’t make something like it. Of course there will be much gnashing of teeth, but it seems an obvious compromise for a hybrid experience.
Guess I’d better hurry up and finish up my Mac App so I can get started on the iOS version?
Newsweek: “On Thursday, House Republicans issued a fact sheet about their new tax cut plan that referred to Americans earning $450,000 a year as “low- and middle-income” — even though that income level would put those taxpayers in the top 0.05% of all individual Americans.
The median household income in the United States is $59,039, after all.”
This telling of a classic story is so good I had to post it here so I could read it over and over and over.
Click on it to read the entire thread. It’s glorious.
1. All of this recent Trump stuff reminds me of the parable of the Scorpion and the Frog.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 23, 2017
The Fresno Bee: “But there is so much promise. Nowhere else in Fresno contains such great architecture, buildings that give you a sense of place and history. And few California cities, if any, boast Fulton Street’s amazing collection of mid 20th-century sculptures and fountains, all beautifully conserved.”
It’s been a long time coming but Fulton Street in Downtown Fresno is finally, finally, ready to be used. They’ve done an amazing job and I’m pretty excited about seeing the changes in person.
If I were looking to build I’d look downtown first. There are many beautiful buildings downtown just sitting empty. The architecture is varied and beautiful. There is also a great opportunity to fix some of the mistakes of the past, like covering beautiful materials with ugly facades — watch the video with shots of old Downtown Fresno and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I hope building owners take this opportunity to improve their buildings and make the “less ghetto” as one of the folks in the article put it.
If you live in Fresno you owe it to yourself to spend a bit of time downtown with open eyes. Focus on the improvements. Check out Bitwise South Stadium and Hashtag Fresno in the old Hotel Virginia on Kern Street.
If you’ve ever lived in a vibrant city you’ll understand my desire to be a part of downtown. I continue to hope it can become a thriving place in the valley. It sounds like it has a chance. We have some true believers, we just need that extra little push to get over the hump.
Check out the video of years past. Fresno had a vibrant Downtown, complete with street cars! How cool is that?
Cities are fun when they work. I had the pleasure of working in Downtown Seattle for a number of years and it’s so nice to step outside the door of your business and be able to choose from hundreds of places to eat and shop without getting in your car and dealing with traffic.
Like I said above. If you have a business and are considering a move, or want to build your own place, you should consider Downtown Fresno. Become part of the solution, restore a building, or a floor in a building and help attract others downtown.
If I were a business owner you can bet I’d build downtown.
Curbed Detroit: “Big news yesterday as Google has decided to ditch their suburban Birmingham offices for new digs in downtown Detroit.”
If you’ve followed me over the years you know I love cities and I have a real thing for Detroit. I can’t explain my fascination other than to say it’s full of beautiful architecture. Beautiful architecture that’s rotting.
I hope Google finds a great space in downtown Detroit to bring back to life. People bring life to cities. It’s nice to see Detroit coming back to life.
After yesterdays announcement I decided I’d rebuild RxCalc with the iOS 11 SDK. I figured things would rebuild and my app would fully embrace the new iPhone X without change, but it didn’t work. When I built the app it ran in what I’d call letter boxed mode. The top and bottom were cropped. It was like running an older app on iOS 7, if you’ve ever seen that.
I was puzzled. I tried all kinds of jiggery-pokery and nothing worked. So I finally did what any self respecting lazy developer would do. I asked Twitter for help, and Jeff Johnson saved the day.
You need to add a new 1125 x 2436 launch image.
— Jeff Johnson (@lapcatsoftware) September 14, 2017
I was — quite honestly — surprised something so little could make it work, but darn it, you gotta trust the experts. I added a new launch screen at the recommended 1125×2436 size and it worked! Yippee!
So, thanks Jeff! Also, if you’re looking for a bonafide Mac and iOS Developer you should consider reaching out to Jeff — he’s available for work — and has a history of shipping great Mac and iOS Software.
And remember — EMBRACE THE NOTCH!