Dan Counsell

I write about life, work, technology, and everything in-between.

How to Update the HomePod

March 31st, 2018

I saw people posting about a HomePod update on Twitter, and I thought, oh cool I should probably update mine. I then realised I had no idea where the “Check for Updates” button would be as the HomePod doesn’t have a dedicated app. I thought again for a moment and decided it was probably in the Home app, …

Buying a Commodore Amiga 30 Years Later

January 2nd, 2018

When I was younger we had an Atari ST as our home computer, and while it was a great machine and I loved it dearly, I always found a lot of the games weren't quite as good as on the Amiga that a lot of my friends had. I routinely used to go to my friend's house, and we'd play for hours on the…

Think Before you Grow your Business

November 6th, 2017

When you say you run your own company people always ask how many staff you have. The higher the number, the more impressed people seem to be and I can understand that. I fell into this trap myself, the trap of thinking bigger is better. I thought to be classed as a successful company I needed to…

Going to a Conference will Help Your Business

October 27th, 2017

Going to conferences is one of the best things you can do for your business (especially if you're just starting out). It's your chance to meet other developers, designers, people from Apple, and get to know members of the press. I'm introverted, but I know going to conferences has helped me out so…

How to get Featured on the App Store

October 27th, 2017

I think it’s pretty much every app developers dream to be featured in the App Store, and with the right planning (and a great app) this goal is very much within reach. I’m the Founder of Realmac Software and I’ve been lucky enough to have every one of the Mac and iOS apps I’ve worked on featured in either …

Setapp Thoughts & Numbers

October 19th, 2017

Every so often something comes along that tries to change, or shift the way things are done. Setapp from MacPaw is that something. I believe it has the potential to change the Mac app market in a big way. What is Setapp? At its heart, Setapp is a Mac app subscription service. Very much like…

How to Get Press Coverage for Your App

September 9th, 2017

Every developer dreams of launching their app and getting it featured on all the most significant tech news sites, then watching as their app rockets up the charts. Unfortunately, this doesn’t just happen out of the blue. To get this type of coverage you need to work with the press, get to know t…

Employees Will Leave. Don't Panic!

July 27th, 2017

When I first started hiring people it was all very new and exciting. The company was finally growing after many years of just me working alone. I was looking forward to getting more people on board so we could do more, build better products. I certainly wasn't qualified to interview and hire…

I finally fixed my Wi-Fi issues

July 26th, 2017

I wish my house had ethernet in every room as I’ve been plagued with wifi issues for years and years. I don’t want to get ethernet retrofitted throughout the house as it would be a massive undertaking and something I’m just not willing to do. Thankfully, over the last few years, new wi-fi routers have …

Why there’s no upgrade pricing for Transmit 5

July 24th, 2017

Last week Panic released Transmit 5, and as a long time user of Transmit, this was an instant purchase. I love the app and have used it since the good old days of the Classic Mac OS. I did, however, find it interesting that Panic went with no upgrades and a discount for one week at launch. After…