With Apple giving away great loot ($10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro) when they reach the One Billionth Download (American, not British “billion”), what I want to know is when I need to start feverishly downloading apps or filling out the no-purchase-necessary entry form. Consequently I’ve written this little widget that uses Apple’s own statistics to estimate the crossover point. [Now that we’re past, I’ve locked the “prediction” down to the last posted Apple statistic before the crossover. -Rob]
We used CLIPS, a forward chaining production system in some artificial intelligence and cognitive engineering classes as well as Pyps, a sort of Python “CLIPS Light” that the professor Dr. Chris Darken worked up. Since I love TextMate so much, I wanted a more TextMate-like experience, so I worked up a bundle for CLIPS (and Pyps).