Introducing Night Owl

We are super excited to launch Night Owl today with a brand new show, Retake, and a brand new episode of an existing show brought over to Night Owl, Top Brew.

As our about page says, Night Owl is a hobby-driven podcast network for people that love creativity, technology, the arts, and enjoy a delicious cup of joe. In the coming weeks we hope to add a few more podcasts produced by both us (the founders) and some friends who have been waiting (very) patiently for us to boot up this network.

My friend’s Joe Darnell and TJ Draper launched their new podcast network Night Owl today. Joe and TJ are amazing gentleman who are producing some really great podcasts.

Here are some ways you can show support:

  1. Follow Night Owl on Twitter. This way, you’ll never miss a new show or announcement from them.
  2. Share the episodes and recommend them in Overcast. At the end of the day, word-of-mouth are really the lifeblood of any podcast.
  3. Subscribe and Review on iTunes. No matter what app you use to subscribe to the shows, as soon as you see they’re on iTunes, go leave a review. Not only does that make the hosts feel great about what they’re doing, but it also helps others find the show.

A huge congratulations to Joe and TJ for launching this network, and I really look forward to all the awesome shows to come.

Hey, Apple: It’s Time to Rethink iCloud | Macworld

Dan Moren writing for Macworld on the problems with iCloud:

It’s not just that the amount of space is a little sparse—especially for people looking to store, say, all the data that fits on their phones—it’s that iCloud can be pretty obnoxious about making sure you get the message.

Inevitably, when my friends and family talk to me about tech problems, iCloud is among the most prominent culprit in their tales of woes and frustration. Of late, I’ve especially heard several friends’ tales of being constantly bugged by messages that there’s not enough space in iCloud to store their backup, along with a wheeling dialog box encouraging them to upgrade their storage plan.

Dan makes a lot of sense here. The 5GB iCloud limit looks pretty ridiculous at this point, especially since the quality of the camera continues to increase with every iPhone update. Not to mention, we live in an increasingly digital world, where not only us computer geeks are managing many of our documents through the cloud.

While of course, there’s the argument that for .99¢, you could get 50GB of space, I think the argument of increasing the free space still holds water. Very much like we’d been clamoring for Apple to increase the space on the smallest iPhone, this seems a natural move. We just saw them increase the base model to 32GB. To me, that means Apple is listening when it comes to this stuff, but it happens very much on their timeline.

How to Make Money From Your Tiny Podcast by Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson:

The general consensus right now is that if your show doesn’t have 30,000 – 50,000 downloads per month, you can’t get any sponsor to look at you seriously. To really get the big advertisers (MailChimp, Squarespace) you need 50,000 downloads per episode.

If you’re looking to earn an income from a podcast with smaller download numbers, here’s what’s worked for me.

Let’s be honest here. Your podcast probably doesn’t have 30k to 50k listeners. Don’t feel bad about that, none of my podcasts ever reached those numbers and I still made some nice side income from them. Justin here has some great ideas on how you can do it too. The crux of the matter here isn’t really the size of your audience, it’s how engaged they are with you.

Webfonts on the Prairie | A List Apart

Richard Fink on A List Apart:

If you can only be certain of what’s under your control on your server, which would you rather have—the certainty of webfonts that are precisely what you and your users want and need, or the crapshoot of fonts preinstalled by makers of operating systems that present you with moving targets that vary from platform to platform?

Webfonts—the ones designers choose—are the true “web-safe” fonts. They always were. If ever there was a time when, by chance, system fonts offered a safe and simple haven for web designers, those days are long gone.

Richard does an excellent job of arguing in favor of webfonts. I for one, completely agree. It seems crazy to give up one of the most useful and important design tools when with a little bit of work, we can make the experience great for the user. Yes, webfonts aren’t where we want them yet, but waving a white flag will only stall the great progress already made.

Rocket — Slack-style Emoji Everywhere on Mac | Tools and Toys

Chris Gonzales on The Sweet Setup:

Back in early July (2016), Australian designer and developer Matthew Palmer released Rocket, a Mac app that gives you Slack-style emoji autocomplete everywhere you type on your Mac. It’s as simple as it sounds, and free to download. (It also feels like something that should be a default part of OS X/macOS. Maybe someday!)

Once Slack introduced this simple way to write emoji in their app, I know I’ve been wishing it’d be available everywhere. My wish has come true.

Burnout. That Word Doesn’t Mean What You Think it Means

Let’s clarify what’s actually being said.

I saw this tweet thread, and it really inspired some thoughts in me. Here were the parts Sarah Mei said that really resonated with me:

As an industry we’ve been talking quite a bit about how to avoid burnout & how to come back from it. But we’re using the wrong word.

When we pathologize the non-involvement side of the cycle as “burnout,” we imply that the involvement side is the positive, natural state.

Cycles of involvement & non-involvement in extracurricular tech are natural (and healthy) in any developer’s career.

This is the stage I find myself in. I’m not super involved in the conversations inside the web space, and its kind of been like this for about 3 years now. Guess what? I regret nothing!

I regret nothing!

What Sarah brings out so eloquently is that you go through ebb and flows of activity—it’s normal. Even more importantly, trying to diagnose it as burnout just reinforces the idea that you somehow need to “prevent” it. You don’t need to prevent it, do what you want to do. The consistency of change in life is something you can count on. Priorities will change, and things that were important to you at one point, will no longer be. Being involved in important web conversations was so important to me at one point, but it’s not anymore.

I wrote articles, spoke at conferences, podcasted, made all sorts of things—spent every waking moment thinking about the web, and it didn’t make me happy. I made some pretty high profile friends, and was at the table with some amazingly smart people, but the void in my life only grew. There I was in the middle of my 15 seconds of web fame, feeling like I was missing out on something better.

I understand, the pressure to do this is huge. Some employers put words like “passionate” in their job descriptions to not-so-subtly say they want someone who lives for the web and tech. In their eyes, only people who have an unhealthy obsession over a product they didn’t even create are valuable. These are the same people who think that 80-plus-hour weeks lead to a pile of money, so they’re obviously not that smart to begin with.

And hey, this means that your job applications are laughed at sometimes because you don’t have any articles published, there doesn’t seem to be a web design podcast you host, and your GitHub profile doesn’t show any open source contributions. Be thankful these companies didn’t give you a second glance, because you’re too good for them. And I’m not just saying that.

In the end, it’s ok. Forget about all of these people and just be you. Work on things you want to work on, write what you want to write about, spend your evenings and weekends on whatever the hell you like.

But don’t fall into the trap of doing all these extra things because you’re supposed to. You’ll be just fine, you’ll still have great opportunities, and your personal life will be a lot happier.

How We Designed Our Interview Process | ReadMe.io Blog

Gregory Koberger on the ReadMe.io Blog

Hiring is a broken system in the startup world.

Whether it’s hiring a product manager, a sales rep, or an engineer, employers often neglect to think about the experience from the interviewee’s perspective. They’re so worried about finding the most impressive candidate that they don’t bother exposing them to the day-to-day work or telling them about the inner workings of the company. As a result, the candidates who interviewed well are asked to take the job with no clue about what they’re getting into.

As you may have noticed, hiring processes are on my mind a lot these days. ReadMe.io is doing something right here, and I’m sure will result in them hiring some really great people.

Get the Original Image from a Data URL | CSS-Tricks

Chris Coyier:

Someone wrote in asking how they might get the “original image” when all they had was the data URL version of the image. I’m not exactly sure how you get into that situation, but hey, I woke up in a trunk more than once.

This is why Chris Coyier is Chris Coyier. He writes about the stuff you’ve encountered so many times, but think everyone else knows how to do.

I had a very “duh” moment with this one that’s sure to get me out of a bind at some point.