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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Comet Watch-n-stuff

Comet Watch-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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Of dollars and cents and M&Ms

Of dollars and cents and M&Ms

I had an interesting encounter a little while ago. A 10 year old asked me how much does Distant Suns cost in the App Store. I said “10 bucks.” “Why so much?” he responded…. One of the many paradigms that shifted when the App Store first opened up was the pricing model. It was obvious that the apps would cost less then their CD-ROM/store shelf variants. But how much was underestimated. Apple expected games that might retail for $30 to drop down...

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