Sunday, March 6, 2005


EclipseCrossword has now been downloaded half a million times. I've already written about this before so I won't go on about it again. But, I'm excited. That's pretty wacky. I mean, that's like 2% of the downloads of Firefox. I wonder how many free Microsoft files never get downloaded 500,000 times. I wonder how many times the Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition betas have been downloaded.

If I got a dollar every time someone downloaded it, I'd have half a million dollars. I wonder how long I can keep giving this thing away for free.


Matthew Beermann said...

I wonder why, given your employer, you couldn't get the actual answers to those questions. :P

Anonymous said...

I hate to be a wet blanket, throwing you off of cloud 9 here, but eclipse crossword has been there for how many years just to get 2% of the downloads of firefox in less than 12 months ...

Although half a million is a lot more than any software I've ever written, so congrats!

Travis said...

I probably could find out the answers to those questions, but I think they work nicely as rhetorical questions, don't you? :)

And, of course I realize that EclipseCrossword has been around much longer than Firefox (although even that's kind of fun to say). Also, I think that the 25,000,000 figure on their website just includes 1.0 and 1.0.1, but I'm not sure. Just trying to put that number into perspective. :)

Travis said...

Actually, I was curious about some Longhorn details last Thursday. The internal Longhorn site had a hundred or so enticing little screenshot thumbnails each leading to PowerPoint slides about various Longhorn features, but all of the links were dead to me, so I decided to ask the person in charge about it. The email exchange went something like this:

Her: What's your business justficiation for accessing this information?
Me: I didn't know if business justification was required or not. How about personal curiosity?
Her: I'm sorry, that doesn't quite meet the requirements right now.
Me: Ah, well, it's like Mom always said, "Curiosity leaked the confidential OS details."
Her: Mom was a wise sage. :)