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NANY 2019 Final Round-up of All Entries!

NANY 2019 FINAL RESULTS

Since 2007 we have held an annual event that we call NANY (New Apps for the New Year), where we ask the coders who hang out on DonationCoder to create some new piece of free software and share it with the world on January 1st of the new year.

NANY is really the funnest thing we do on this site, and it's one of the few times we can all play together.  There are no winners or losers, it's simply a celebration of programming and creating new software and sharing it with the world.  You can target any operating system (desktop or mobile) or even make a web-based tool.  It can be a game, utility, large application, whatever.  DC takes makes no claim on your software, it's just an event to encourage you to share a creation with others.  Best of all, everyone who participates gets a free commemorative coffee mug.



Thank you everyone who participated for a wonderful event!!! We had some really interesting entries this year.  Some of the entries are polished professional caliber apps, and many are just hobby creations.  Read on for the full list..



SCURLed
A very flexible tool for MS Windows that allows (mass) editing of shortcuts (.lnk or .url files), with ability to do search and replace, and flexible mass editing.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46985.0
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Author: Skwire


RegexCaptor
Simple tool for MS Windows that lets you extract matching regular expression patterns from multiple files, with list of favorites and patterns to ignore.. Extracting email addresses was motivational use case.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45497.0
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Author: mouser


Process Watcher
A bare bones minimal utility for MS Windows that watches and remembers and logs new and changed processes found running on your pc.  So you will easily be able to see a log of when a program has run for the first time or has been updated.  More features to be added soon.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46631.0
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Author: mouser


Fasting Schedule
Android app that lets you define a custom schedule of eating and fasting time windows and can remind you when each is opening and closing.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46721.0
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Author: mouser


Streak Tracker
A flexible Android application to help you track how long you can keep different streaks going.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46587.0
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Author: mouser


Point Motivator
An Android application that lets you keep track of your score, earning points for activities that you configure yourself.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46586.0
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Author: mouser


Rating List DC
A simple Android application that lets you keep a list (organized into tabs) of items that you can assign ratings to (from 1-5).
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46588.0
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Author: mouser


cStatus
MS Windows application for monitor network traffic and scanning networks.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46074.0
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Author: hugo Nabais


TextWorx
Tool for MS Windows that provides a nicely organized context menu of text manipulation routines (change case, search+replace, etc.) that can be used on text in other applications.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46970.0
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Author: BGM


Current Printer
Small tool for MS Windows that lives in the system tray and shows the default set printer on hover, as well as other connected printers when clicked.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46455.0
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Author: c. gingerich


startHERE
Open source portable application launcher that uses PortableApps data files to help you launch your portable applications.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46075.0
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Author: c.gingerich


DblEscClose
Background tool for MS Windows which lets you tap Escape key twice to close the current window or tab.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46749.0
Auhtor: c. gingerich


AHK Script Center
MS Windows utility to help you managing and run a collection of AHK (scripting tool) scripts.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46944.0
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Author: mat2016


Process Started
A tool for MS Windows that displays and continuously updates a window of recently executed processes.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46978.0
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Author: anandcoral


StringSimilarity
GUI tool for MS Windows to calculate text-similarity metrics between two snippets of text.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46653.0
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Author: Ath


FFFilterGUI
Early release of a tool for MS Windows that provides a GUI front end for FFMPG (video processor) filters.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46986.0
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Author: worstje


Shorthand 3_2
An open source GUI tool for MS Windows that uses the Everything search engine API to provide a nice way to search for files.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46878.0
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Author: Maestr0


Mass JSON Viewer
GUI tool for MS Windows that lets you easily view, browse, validate, etc. a large directory of json files.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46976.0
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Author: wraith808


AudioMarker
A languages learning helper tool for MS Windows that helps you keep notes on translated segments of audio files.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46583.0
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Author: Stephen66515


Explorer List
Small MS Windows utility to help you jump to your favorite directories in Microsoft File Explorer.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46846.0
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Author: limelect


DisplayOff
Simple non-gui tool to turn off the current monitor and exit.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46783.0
Author: SwanKnight


Cryptogram
Web based (javascript/html) tool to help you solve substitution ciphers (where each letter is swapped for another).
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46981.0
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Author: jroman


impd
GTK Application for Linux/mac that plays music through the mpd service
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46514.0
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Author: Sjc1000


remv
Commandline tool (open source with binary for MS Windows) to rename files using regular expressions.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45923.0
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Author: Tuxman


reddit Whisky expose
Racket language based tool to help you write whiskey liquor reviews on reddit (how's that for a niche application?)
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46809.0
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Author: Tuxman


libvldmail
Open source C library for coders that can validate e-mail addresses according to RFC 6531 with a fallback to RFC 5321.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45924.0
Author: Tuxman


logpad
vim/gnuemacs script for adding timestamps to top of log files
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45927.0
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Author: Tuxman


gdpr blocking for php
Simple php snippet social commentary script that blocks users from EU ips.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45926.0
Author: Tuxman


The Decision Sieve
Simple web based (html/js/css) utility to take a list of weighted items and remove all but the top n ranked items.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ndex.php?topic=45925
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Author: Tuxman


Net Console Program Generator
Programmer's commandline tool for MS Windows, that speeds up the creation of console utilities.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46408.0
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Author: kyrathaba


Huge text/Log file reader
MS Windows Utility that can be used to view huge files by loading only chunks of a file at a time.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45921.0
Author: chesterw


ScrabbleScore
Simple MS Windows utility that calculates the score of a word for the game Scrabble
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46465.0
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Author: dmytron


Color Mixer
Web based (html/css/js) utility for choosing a color that is a weighted blend of two other colors.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46662.0
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Author: shinkarom


Shiloh Feeding Metrics Panel
Niche use tool for MS Windows meant to aid people recovering from eating difficulties
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46752.0
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Author: camerb


Drive Letter Enumeration tool
Mini tool for MS Windows that just lists all connected drives
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45728.0
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Author: KodeZwerg


Process Lister
Simple tool for MS Windows that lists the running processes
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46551.0
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Author: KodeZwerg


Assignments Warlock
Simple tool for MS Windows to help a teacher create class assignments for the entire week (5 days) of classes that you teach.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46987.0
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Author: hamradio



You can show your support to the participants by sending some DonationCredits to an author whose entry you especially liked -- just click on their name and look for the link to donate to them.
Or browse the profiles of your NANY 2019 participants: here.
Or go directly to the page to send some of your donationcredits to all of the participants: here.


N.A.N.Y. 2019 Is Over -- Roundup of entries to be posted this weekend

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Since 2007 we have held an annual event that we call NANY (New Apps for the New Year), where we ask the coders who hang out on DonationCoder to create some new piece of free software and share it with the world on January 1st of the new year.

NANY is really the funnest thing we do on this site, and it's one of the few times we can all play together.  There are no winners or losers, it's simply a celebration of programming and creating new software and sharing it with the world.  You can target any operating system (desktop or mobile) or even make a web-based tool.  It can be a game, utility, large application, whatever.  DC takes makes no claim on your software, it's just an event to encourage you to share a creation with others.  Best of all, everyone who participates gets a free commemorative coffee mug.

You can browse and download the 2019 Nany forum section here: https://www.donation...ndex.php?board=328.0

But a proper round-up summary of all entries will be posted in the next couple of days.

Continue reading the rest of the entry and discuss..


What are your 2019 New Years Resolutions?

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    What are your 2019 New Years Resolutions? Here are mine:

  • Major update to Find and Run Robot
  • More regular updates to Screenshot Captor.
  • Major update and merge of my Process-related applications (process tamer, process piglet, process watcher)
  • Find a couple of dc members to try to make the DonationCoder blog a must-visit page by making it more timely/relevant/active/etc.
  • A new website project.
  • Experiment with new programming languages / frameworks (cross-platform mobile?)

How about you?

Continue reading the rest of the entry and discuss..


How much of the Internet is fake? Turns out, a lot of it

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It's not a bug, it's a feature.. The more clicks and views (fake or not), the more money can be made from advertisers.

How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,”



How's everyone doing this year?

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How are all our regular members of the site doing this year?  This is the season people can be affected by depression and loneliness.. Any site regulars need cheering up?


Surreal trip through the $175 B Amazon Marketplace

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(courtesy of The Verge)

When you buy something on Amazon, the odds are, you aren’t buying it from Amazon at all. Plansky is one of 6 million sellers on Amazon Marketplace, the company’s third-party platform. They are largely hidden from customers, but behind any item for sale, there could be dozens of sellers, all competing for your click. This year, Marketplace sales were almost double those of Amazon retail itself, according to Marketplace Pulse, making the seller platform alone the largest e-commerce business in the world.

For sellers, Amazon is a quasi-state. They rely on its infrastructure — its warehouses, shipping network, financial systems, and portal to millions of customers — and pay taxes in the form of fees. They also live in terror of its rules, which often change and are harshly enforced. A cryptic email like the one Plansky received can send a seller’s business into bankruptcy, with few avenues for appeal.

Sellers are more worried about a case being opened on Amazon than in actual court, says Dave Bryant, an Amazon seller and blogger. Amazon’s judgment is swifter and less predictable, and now that the company controls nearly half of the online retail market in the US, its rulings can instantly determine the success or failure of your business, he says. “Amazon is the judge, the jury, and the executioner.”

That and more on the specific instance in the article that sounds Hellish and arbitrary at the Verge.

I purchase a lot off Amazon.  I did the vast majority of my Christmas shopping there.  I use Subscribe & Save, Prime Pantry, Prime Reload, Twitch Prime, and a lot of other Amazon programs.  I try to stay away from Kindle, but even have books there now, and excised Alexa in favor of Google Home (though it's really two devils in that case, rather than a devil and an angel).  But seeing these articles, it makes it hard to support them.  But so far, the convenience outweighs my conscience.  That, and knowing people who make a lot more money in that way than they ever were able to through Mail Order, eBay, and Brick and Mortar.


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