This is what it means to be Amazon’s Free App of the Day

This is what it means to be Amazon’s Free App of the Day

When we released Distant Suns on the Kindle over a year ago, one of my hopes was that it would be selected as Amazon’s Free App of the Day. And suddenly a couple of months ago I was contacted by Amazon and told that they wanted precisely that and to expect between 75K to 100K downloads! In theory it would generate thousands of new users who would hopefully show their friends Distant Suns and inspire future purchases later on. After...

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CometWatch-n-stuff

CometWatch-n-stuff

Thanks to all of you who have picked up CometWatch (and to Space.com for reporting it). A couple of things I wanted to do missed the release simply because I found either no way to slow up Comet ISON for a few extra days, nor was I able to integrate iOS 7′s new CoreTimeTravel framework to zip me back a few days for that “extra edge.” But for the main task to help you located ISON, particularly after closest approach, it does...

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T+5 years and counting.

T+5 years and counting.

5 Years ago today, I got this fun little message in my mailbox: Dear Mike Smithwick   The status for the following application has changed to Ready for Sale.   Application Name: Distant Suns Application Version Number: 1.0 Application SKU: 2001   I sold 8 copies that first day. It’s been a fun ride, most of the time. At the start it was pretty easy, in spite of the Appstore crossing the boundary into the unknown land of more than 10,000...

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Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, 1.0

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, 1.0

Now for a semi-regular column that I am titling: Weird Crap in Mike’s place. Because, I have a whole lot of weird crap, nice crap, but still rather odd. So the first installment rolls the clock back to 2010. It was that fateful day that makes all Mac-heads go squeeee! April 3, 2010, launch day for the iPad 1.  Naturally I had to go and make the pilgrimage to the Palo Alto store and join the happy throngs waiting to get their collective mitts on...

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Distant Suns (max) Tabby award finalist

Distant Suns (max) Tabby award finalist

Gosh, where does one begin. A couple of days ago I received word that Distant Suns (max) was a finalist for the Tabby Awards as best Family oriented tablet application. Nice to see 28 years of work pay off. And what company! This humble one-man and 16 tablet shop is competing against the likes of The Learning Company and Nickelodeon. And my second favorite app (after mine of course), is History Channel’s Civil War Today is in the...

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