Make Before Break

A podcast about doing meaningful work.

About the show

Frank and Angelo discuss some of the wins and woes they come across in trying to focus on —and even define— meaningful work, in the context of Apple-based software development. Join them in the struggle.

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  • Episode 21: The One About Stream Decks

    February 20th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  42 mins 5 secs

    Frank and Angelo discuss the daily diary of small steps, Angelo's return to Swift, the value of guidance when learning complex things, and Frank's new Stream Deck.

  • Episode 20: Digital Hoarders, Unite!

    January 31st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 19 secs

    Frank and Angelo discuss the weird ways that software creates breadcrumbs of your life, and the idea of digital hoarding.

  • Episode 19: Do The Evernotion

    January 27th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 33 secs

    Frank and Angelo discuss backpacks, pulling stuff out of OmniFocus, and returning to Evernote, Notion, and good ol' textfiles.

  • Episode 18: Goooooaaaaal(s)

    December 30th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  39 mins 58 secs

    Following up on last episode's discussion of annual retrospectives, Frank and Angelo think about setting SMART goals for 2020.

  • Episode 17: Retrospecting, Annually

    December 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 49 secs

    Frank and Angelo discuss annual retrospectives — why they're valuable, how they prepare, and what their process is.

  • Episode 16: An Escape Key for the Masses

    December 7th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  42 mins 47 secs
    apple, development, gtd, ios, macos, planning, productivity, self-care, software, tools

    Frank and Angelo discuss workshops, releasing a thing to the world, Drafts, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

  • Episode 15: Books Are A Waste Of Time

    November 6th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  54 mins 5 secs

    Frank and Angelo discuss a variety of things that are on their minds, including Hey Siri, activity rings, AirPods Pro, open source task management, and why books are a waste of time.

  • Episode 14: Released to Production

    October 24th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 19 secs

    Frank talks to Angelo about how big changes help shake out your priorities, creating better travel systems, and why he finally decided to get his first iPhone case after 7 years.

  • Episode 13: Tabula Rasa

    September 12th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 32 secs

    Frank and Angelo discuss attention audits, clearing the decks, and shorthand.

  • Episode 12: Potato Farmers

    August 28th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  52 mins 2 secs

    Frank and Angelo discuss introspection, notifications, and giving it all up to become potato farmers.

  • Episode 11: Only the Sith deal in absolutes

    July 24th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  38 mins 25 secs

    We're back with season 2 of Make Before Break! In this episode, Frank and Angelo chat about how they're rebooting the show, and revisit their progress since the last episode aired over two months ago.