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Old Coding Snacks


In 2005 we started an experiment -- we asked coders who hang out on the site to engage in what is now known commonly known as a "coding jam", a short period where peopole write new programs and share them.

We eventually formalized this idea as a section on our forum called "Coding Snacks", where people can request small utilities and coders on our site write them and share them. All but the very earliest coding snacks are available on on our Coding Snacks page.

This page collects the very oldest coding snacks that were submitted before we established that section.

Title: TBFader
Programmer: CPilot 
Requester: m_s
Download Version: 1.00.01 (2/28/06)
View Readme: here.

Render the TaskBar transparent and show it on mouseover.

Requirements: For Windows XP Only.
Title: Dkmy
Programmer: Ethan 
Requester: mouser
Download Version: 1.00.00 (2/06/06)

Hide or show the close box of a window to avoid accidental closure

New In This Version: C++ source code included(!).
Title: Maomi
Programmer: Ethan 
Requester: noth(a)
Download Version: 1.00.02 (1/31/06) (updated 2/6/06)

Start screensaver or different programs when mouse is moved to certain areas on the desktop.

New In This Version: C++ source code included(!).
Title: RRunner
Programmer: philKC 
Requester: jovejupiter
Download Version: 1.00.01 (11/28/05)
Requires: .net2 runtimes
runs a specified program once randomly within some time interval.
Title: Drive Name
Programmer: philKC 
Requester: babybox
Download Version: 1.00.01 (11/28/05)
Requires: .net2 runtimes
give names to your drive letters (useful for telling at a glance what a drive is for).
Title: jazper's Suntime
Programmer: jazper 
Requester: LuckMan212
Website: jazper's software for the masses page
calculates sunrise/sunset/civil twilight/etc times given a latitude and longitude.
Title: jazper's ShoutcastConcierge
Programmer: jazper 
Requester: brotherS
Website: jazper's software for the masses page
keep track of shoutcast streams and much more.
Title: jazper's QuickMacro
Programmer: jazper 
Requester: vbmark
Website: jazper's software for the masses page

hit a hotkey to start recording; hit another to replay it whenever you want (see also Skrommel's DoOver utility).

Title: DFC: Dummy File Creator
Programmer: seedling 
Requester: Sentinel
Download Version: 1.00.01 (09/27/05)

Create dummy file of aribtrary size with specific byte value.

Title: DoubleClickQuote
Programmer: mouser 
Requester: pretendmouser
Forum Link: visit/visit
Download Version: 1.00.13b (07/28/05)

Double click this tray icon to show a random quote (comes with 16000 quotes from, but you can easily make your own quotes files).

This program has now been superceded by a full application called PopUp Wisdom
Title: DropCount
Programmer: jibz 
Requester: fhoyos
Download Version: 1.05 (05/23/05)

Tiny app that you can drag and drop folders onto to get a report of file count, folder count, total size, presence of hidden/readonly subdirs, and max path size (useful for cd burning).

New In This Version: commandline arg support, smoother performance/progress display, realtive+absolute path stats.
Title: DYDLO (Dad You Didnt Log Off)
Programmer: mouser 
Requester: mtp
Download Version: 1.01.03 (05/06/05)

DYDLO (Dad You Didnt Log Off) shows a small window on top of your screen when you are connected via dial-up, showing time online. Useful to remind people to disconnect from their modem to avoid high phone bills.

Title: Kansas
Programmer: Edvard 
Requester: dtrud0h
Download Version: 1.00.00 (06/30/05)

When experimenting with alternative shells one often needs to get back to Explorer quickly and easily without having to edit the registry and reboot. Kansas is an AutoIt3 script (and a compiled executable for those who don't have or want AutoIt) which changes the shell back to Explorer and logs off (which is much faster), without any user interface. It's called "Kansas" after Dorothy's home from "The Wizard of Oz". Like Explorer, Kansas was dull and grey, but it was Home, and that's where she wanted to go.

Title: Random Submitter
Programmer: mouser 
Requester: scott
Download Version: 1.00.06 (05/21/05)

Periodically (or on request) submits user-defined urls to the internet, with optional random components.

Title: ROFUS (Run On Fast User Switch)
Programmer: db90h 
Requester: JeffK
Download Version: 1.00.00 (05/01/05)

Windows provides the ability to start specific program on initial login, but not when switching between already logged-in users. This tool can be useful for example to change the sound volume or screen resolution to suit particular users, each time they switch.

Title: TemporalityScreens
Programmer: mouser  and jibz 
Requester: nudone
Download Version: 1.00.02 (06/08/05)

Wallpaper manager that allows you to schedule specific images for specific date and time ranges (i.e. specific hours of the day, or days of the year, etc.)

New In This Version: No longer uses Active Desktop; uses open source ImageMagick to convert formats (user can customize effects and other commandline image processing).
visit the Coding Snacks section of the forum..



The idea of Coding Snacks is not a competition or a programming exercise - it's an attempt to bring users and coders together to have some fun, and in the progress create some interesting or humorous programs. The requested programs don't necessarily have to be useful, as long as they are fun and strike the fancy of a programmer.

Many requests are simply beyond the scope of a few hours of programming, but the Coding Snacks section can still serve as a useful way for users to get feedback on ideas, and learn how complicated they would be to implement.

Based on our first Coding Snacks weekend it's clear also that the Coding Snacks section of the forum is a useful place for users to share information about existing programs that already fulfill the needs of a request.


We got an email from someone who wondered if writing and submitting a coding snacks program meant that the program became the property of; The answer is No.

Any code written by a programmer for Coding Snacks Weekend is absolutely their software, in every sense of the word. We don't want any rights to it, you can put it anywhere you want, sell it, discontinue it, etc. We will host it for you on the Coding Snacks download page, and if you want to write a separate html page for the app, we'd be happy to host that too, but the program is entirely yours to do with as you wish.

And if you want to set up a donation account at paypal or amazon we'd also be happy to list the donation button next to the program on the coding snacks page, etc. Our view is that the more useful content we have on the site, the more useful the site is to people, which is what we are trying to achieve. And if we can do anything to help make the site a good experience for you we will try.

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