Distant Suns for iOS+10 Years

Distant Suns for iOS+10 Years

Ten years ago, this week, I got this message from Apple: 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 That was a Monday. That Friday the Appstore would surpass 10,000 apps! I thought “my goodness! How could I compete against 10-freak’n-thousand apps! Back then it was easy. Quality apps got featured and promoted by...

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“Welcome to my planetarium!” – Distant Suns (VR) Released

“Welcome to my planetarium!” – Distant Suns (VR) Released

Ever wanted to travel through space? Me too. Growing up in the 60s, it was hard to ignore the moon program. If there was a launch in the morning, my teachers knew I’d be late to school. My penance? Bring my models and explain the latest mission. Every Friday evening you would find me at a local observatory or planetarium. They were magic. I’d sit in the back row trying to “catch” the stars as the planetarium’s projector rotated the sky against...

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Creating addictive… anything, from catchy songs to software

Creating addictive… anything, from catchy songs to software

I am always looking for tips on how to make DS a package people may want to use even if there is no astronomical event coming up or if the nights are cloudy for example. I was thinking if there was any possible link to anything that is catchy: music, potato chips, movies, books, and of course software. With just relatively dull tools such as MS Word, or Excel, this is not necessary as these are task driven and not emotionally driven. But the...

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50 years ago…

50 years ago…

Fifty years ago this month of November, the Saturn V moon rocket, took to its wings for the very first time. T-minus-Zero of this unmanned flight came at precisely 7 AM Florida time. Walter Cronkite would yell “Our building’s shaking here. Our building’s shaking!” as pieces of his set started to fall apart. But who can blame him, as the most powerful rocket that has ever flown took off a scant 3 1/2 miles away. The USSR’s N-1 moon rocket had...

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