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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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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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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Distant Suns licenses the real sky from God

Distant Suns licenses the real sky from God

First Light Designs announced today that they’ve licensed the real sky from the Almighty for use in the award winning astronomy program Distant Suns. Mike Smithwick, the author of the popular iPad app, says that the Lord will help integrate his unique ReST technology, Real Star Technology technology, into his own software over the next era. “While Apple’s devices have terrific capabilities on their own, it became necessary to reach out and find...

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Distant Suns Astronomy App Makes Tracking Comet Pan-STARRS Easy

Distant Suns Astronomy App Makes Tracking Comet Pan-STARRS Easy

In the next couple of weeks you will likely hear much about a comet with the decidedly unglamorous name of “Pan-STARRS” (or technically: “Comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS”). The first significant naked eye comet since Comet McNaught in2007, Pan-STARRS is already visible to the southern hemisphere and brightening steadily each day. Dozens of comets are discovered each year, most quietly anonymous, meekly shining at magnitudes that require very good...

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