Archive for September, 2010

Windows Phone 7

Monday, September 6th, 2010

So … I got an email the other day from someone at Microsoft. He was like, “Hey, you’ve got a nice dice app! What do you think of porting it to Windows Phone 7?” And I was like, “What? I don’t know anything about it.” Then he proceeded to tell me all about it and offered to help me get started.

As it happens, there’s a one-day workshop in learning how to write an app for Windows Phone 7 this coming Saturday in my general area. So I’m going to check it out.

Do you know anything about the Windows Phone 7? Are you thinking about getting one? If Mach Dice was available for it, would you buy it?

Updates and Sales

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

I recently pushed out a little update for Mach Dice that added one of the most often requested features: Fudge Dice. It was simple to do and it gave me a chance to add a couple other feature that were easy to do as well (iOS 4 app switching and rounded dice). I was also curious to see if it would give me a slight bump in sales and the answer is … no.

As you can see from the graphs (the bottom one is a zoomed in version of the top), several thousand people upgraded to the new version but my sales stayed around a dozen or so each day.

On the one hand, it’s too bad that the update didn’t actually make a difference financially. On the other hand, it’s nice to know that thousands of people still have Mach Dice on their iOS devices! Also, I’ve gotten a few nice emails from people who like the new Fudge Dice.

Morale of the story: updates may not help you make more money, but it makes people happy. Fortunately, I do this as a hobby so I’ll probably do a few more updates in the future.

Troubleshooting Network Issues

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I was having problems with one of my PCs giving me a “Limited or No Connectivity” error after I switched around some cables to try to get my WiFi to work better. Normally, my wife handles all the computer hardware issues, but since I broke it by switching around some cables, I felt responsible for fixing it.

Fortunately, the first hit on my search turned up a web page that was pretty helpful. In my case, I just had to set my network settings to 10 Mbps and Full duplex.

“But Mach, why write a blog post about all this?” Well this way, if I run into a similar issue again, all I have to do is remember that I blogged about it and search for “troubleshooting”. Brilliant! Right? Of course, if I’m having network issues, I might have problems reading my blog. Hmm, maybe not so brilliant…