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Just me or is the fedex package tracking alias no longer working?

Google is not happy that I have not told them the target audience age so it removed all my apps.. Going through them now to make sure no kid accidentally downloads an app to make checklists and resubmitting so the google god's will deem them worthy.

Living Room / The frog and the scorpion
« on: October 20, 2021, 07:49 AM »
Alternative tellings.  I found some of these strangely moving:

I will be releasing these as part of NANY 2022:

Code is now available on github:

Some of you know I've gone pretty far down the rabbit hole of video editing for my latest project, a Boardgame YouTube channel (see this thread).

I've actually spent a lot of time creating custom After Effects (motion graphic) scripts and templates for the channel, to speed up the process of creating nice looking edits and overlays.

This week I decided to learn how to code an Adobe Premiere extension, to automate the generation of YouTube timestamps and to make it easier to navigate around the interesting parts of nested sequences.

Here's a teaser screenshot of my extension called "TimeStamper":


From the README:

Scans your active sequence and builds a timestamp list of "notable" clips and mogrt item times in your active sequence.
Mogrt items are listed with text field values.
The timestamp list is presented on the extension panel as a clickable list to quickly jump to locations.
The timestamp list is exported to a timestamp text file in your project directory in YouTube timestamp format, for easy copy+paste into a YouTube video description to provice clickable timestamp links for your video.

Nice long essay on ArsTechnica
Google Talk, Google's first-ever instant messaging platform, launched on August 24, 2005. This company has been in the messaging business for 16 years, meaning Google has been making messaging clients for longer than some of its rivals have existed. But thanks to a decade and a half of nearly constant strategy changes, competing product launches, and internal sabotage, you can't say Google has a dominant or even stable instant messaging platform today.

DC Website Help and Extras / Server being updated today 8/24/21
« on: August 24, 2021, 02:11 AM »
Just a note that I will be doing some server software updates tonight; you might expect some hiccups and downtime.

Try showing this to your cat:

My cat doesn't care what's on tv/monitor EXCEPT if there is some big circle comes on the screen, then she panics like it is a horrible monster?

The video above is just an example of one that scares her -- but it doesn't have to be a moving animation -- any giant circle will do.

What's up with that?

Living Room / Who here makes ice cream?
« on: August 04, 2021, 04:09 PM »
I've been on an ice cream making kick lately.  Anyone else enjoy making it?

Favorite flavors: Coffee, Mint, Strawberry.

I started with the "Perfect Scoop" book:
But it's a little too custardy (egg yolk) heavy for me; I prefer my ice cream a little more airy.
Ben and Jerry's older book has a recipe that uses 2 whole eggs, whipped (not cooked), that I have really been enjoying:

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / NANY 2022 Pledge - Oculus Quest VR Game - Withdrawn
« on: August 03, 2021, 02:24 PM »
I posted here my experience buying an Oculus Quest 2 recently: https://www.donation...ic=51544.0;topicseen

I'm working on a game for it, which will be a NANY 2022 release!

Living Room / Trying to remember an old flash game?
« on: August 02, 2021, 01:07 AM »
Does anyone remember a game we discussed on this forum MANY years ago.. I think it was Flash-based, set in a train, very atmospheric and mysterious.. i think as a player you were supposed to be dead, traveling to the afterlife or something..  I think it was kind of like an adventure game.. or maybe it was just a mini flash animated movie?

I feel like I need to say a public thank you to the mods who have been working hard to keep the forum spam free. Especially Deozaan lately.
This work is almost completely unseen by everyone, because it happens behind the scenes, but I can see from the moderation logs that every day, multiple times per day, tirelessly, the spammers are being removed before they are ever seen.
On behalf of everyone here, thank you!

 :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

So I bought an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset ($300 amazon).

Screenshot - 7_11_2021 , 4_09_26 AM_thumb002.png

I was just blown away by the experience.  Both the quality of the experience inside the VR world, and also how painless the whole process is.
It's a standalone device, no need for cables to a computer (essentially powered by a phone-grade android cpu).

I have not been keeping up with the progress in VR technology.  I'm still in shock how cool the experience is.  I think we are going to see mass adoption of this stuff in the coming years.  As someone who is not really a video gamer and is mostly a board gamer, I really do think this is all going to change with VR.  Very cool stuff.


(I've decided to try some tinkering with coding for it using Unity).

Gizmo's Freeware (Tech Support Alert) website put up a blog post today announcing they are shutting down.


Screenshot - 7_3_2021 , 10_16_04 PM.png

I've told this story before, but when I put up the DonationCoder website 16 years ago to ask for donations for a couple of programs I had written, Gizmo's was one of the 2 or 3 websites that were just immediately supportive and friendly, and the community around gizmo's was so encouraging of the idea.

Ian Richards (Gizmo) was always super supportive and friendly and encouraging of independent freeware developers, and gizmo's site has remained *THE* site to send people for recommendations of what freeware to use.

If Gizmo's is really shuttering up shop it will be a major loss to the freeware community, and the site will be sorely missed.

I've spend the last 7 months or so plugging away at my new YouTube project.. Learning a bunch of new skills, having a bunch of fun.
I recently decided to make a fun retro intro for the YouTube channel, heavily inspired on the intro theme to The Odd Couple, one of my very favorite sitcoms (from the 1970).

I began with a copy of the intro which was about 118 seconds, and got down to 20 (still a bit long), but here it is, scored with the original television show theme music:

So here's my challenge -- I can't really use that original amazing 1970s music by Neal Hefti.. I need to have some original (or licensed) music, but I'd love for it to have a similar sound and feel so it mirrors it's original inspiration.

Is anyone here capable of that or know where I could find someone who was?

I need the full rich sound, so a soloist on the piano or guitar is not going to work.. It needs some horns, drums, etc..


Who can understand the crazyness of NFT idea?

Whoever can understand let's make an official one for DonationCoder just for fun.

Living Room / MOVED: convert image to pages
« on: February 16, 2021, 09:22 AM »

I am CONSTANTLY, and I mean many times per day, inadvertently changing the scaling of text in all manner of applications (especially web browser but also text editors), by scrolling the mouse wheel while the control key is held down.
Is there a way to turn off this evil behavior?

While doing a livestream on my youtube channel i realized it would be nice to have a dedicated little light bulb that could be triggered to turn on in certain events, like if a certain person used a certain keyword in the chat, etc.

It would be nice to have a programmable little piece of lightup hardware (arduino? raspberry pi?) for such purposes..

Special Newsletter for Jan 10, 2021
"Codename: NANY 2021 AND A NEW PROJECT"

Greetings, and welcome to a short but special DonationCoder newsletter, containing only two items:

1. NANY 2021

Since 2007 site we have run a friendly event called "NANY" (New Apps for the New Year), where we invite forum visitors to help us celebrate the new year by releasing a new freeware program on the first day of the new year.  We typically get a variety of entries -- some are genuinely useful tools designed to be shared widely, and some are programming exercises for new users.  There's no winners or losers; all participants receive a free and fancy DonationCoder NANY Mug.  The 2021 entries are in and we've posted a long wrap-up describing them.

2. Co-op for Two: My new YouTube channel

The second item is a secret project I’ve been working on for the last few months, that I'm really excited to unveil. It’s a YouTube channel where a good friend and I play and discuss cooperative board games. The channel is called “Co-op for Two” and it just now went live:

I realize it’s completely different from the programming content you are used to seeing from me on DonationCoder for the last 15 years, but I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think.  Be gentle, I’m not used to having my face and voice out in public!

ps. We’re trying the Patreon thing (link here) -- where we ask people to pledge a couple of bucks a month to the channel if they want to support it.  My co-host Gregg doesn’t believe that anyone will want to do that, but I am hoping you guys will prove him wrong and throw a few bucks our way.  Or at least consider subscribing to the channel if the content interests you, to help me convince Gregg not to give up before we get it off the ground.

Here's hoping that 2021 will be a year of less stress and more interesting new projects for everyone!

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / NANY 2021 Wrap Up
« on: January 10, 2021, 01:50 PM »
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 one of the most fun things 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. Read on for the full list..

The first three entries I'll talk about are by me.

TheCrew/TheDieCrew - Game module for Tabletop Simulator

This is a scripted workshop module that you can use to play the cooperative board game "The Crew" with friends over Tabletop Simulator.  You will need to have Tabletop Simulator installed in order to play.  It's a unique trick taking game where your team progresses through a series of increasingly challenging goals as you play multiple games in a campaign.


Cahoots - Game module for Tabletop Simulator

This is a scripted workshop module that you can use to play the cooperative board game "Cahoots" with friends over Tabletop Simulator.  You will need to have Tabletop Simulator installed in order to play.  It's a light game where you try to complete goals with limited communication.


ps. You can watch me and my friend Gregg explain how to play, then play and then review, Cahoots, here:

The third and final "entry" of mine into NANY is not a piece of code, but a larger project, and we've decided that such projects are close enough to qualify (you'll also hear me regularly talking about board game programming projects on the channel).

It's a YouTube channel called "Co-op for Two" , where a friend and I will be playing, discussing, and reviewing cooperative board games.

Here's our little 2 minute patreon teaser:

And a sample playthrough:

And a sample review:

I'm nervous, excited, and proud that it turned out the way it did.  The episodes are long, often rambling, and will *NOT* be bearable to watch by most people. (HA!)
But I feel like they are their own honest thing, and might be appealing to a tiny tiny sliver of people who want to pass the time with some company, and just listen to friends talk in the background.

If you know someone who you think might appreciate the channel, please pass on the word.
My co-host and friend Gregg doesn't think anyone will ever watch it or support us, so if you like what we're doing and want to see more, please consider supporting us on patreon:

Incipitor by BGM:

The author writes: "At my workstation I like to use Open Shell (revamp of Classic Shell) and to manually organize my Start Menu so it works as an effective and efficient program launcher.  Since I often need to add items to the Start Menu's folder structure, I wrote Incipitor (incipit is Latin for "start").  This allows me to add those not-installed applications to the menu."

  • Settings for adding and removing Incipitor in the Windows context menu for all files.
  • Drag-n-drop onto the main window.
  • Customizations for the context menu.
  • Allows for renaming of the shortcut file before creation.
  • Maybe I'll make an installer so that the context menu can be added/removed without the user having to do it manually from the application.


Visit forum thread to download and learn more: https://www.donation...ndex.php?topic=50539

Battery Icons by AnandK:

The author writes: "Well the default windows battery icon is white and is very difficult for me to understand how much battery percentage is left. The white battery bar is too small to perceive if it is 40% or  below. I wanted windows to show color coded battery icon but could not find any option, so I created Battery Icons. Further I found that when I am engrossed in my development, I even miss to see the red battery icon, (my customized one). So I made it to flash. Also I added a Tool-Tip at mouse cursor position to show when battery level is below 25% or battery is fully charged, so that I can switch on/off the power."


  • Colorfull tray battery icons
  • Select battery icons for battery level up to 25,50,75 and 100 percentage
  • Flash battery icon when battery level less than or equal to 25 percentage
  • Show tool-tip at cursor position when battery level less than 25 percentage
  • Show tool-tip at cursor position when battery is fully charged


Visit forum thread to download and learn more: https://www.donation....msg442279#msg442279

Free Movies website by App103:

The author writes: "This is a directory of movies that can be streamed online, for free. No movies are hosted, instead links to sites are provided, with an emphasis on sites where the movies can be streamed legally, for free. Occasionally, Youtube links are included, especially when they are of good quality and the video players can be embedded into the page, regardless of if they are officially licensed by the uploader or not. Movie providers are sites such as Pluto, Crackle, TubiTV, Plex,, Youtube, Roku, Popcorn Flix, Peacock, IMDBtv, and a few others. I built this mainly because I was automating the importing of things I watch to one of my social media profiles, and there was an interest from subscribers there for links where they can watch those movies online. I figured if I am going to go through the trouble to do that, I might as well go all the way and build a movie website."

  • List by genre or year.
  • Search for a movie using title or keywords
  • Editor's Choice list (these are movies I really liked)
  • Alphabetical list page
  • Facebook page where you can subscribe to be alerted to a new movie every day, 6PM EST.


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50783.0

yaydl (Yet Another YouTube Downloader) by Tuxman:

  • Can download videos.
  • Can optionally keep only the audio part of them.
  • Could convert the resulting file to something else (requires ffmpeg).
  • Comes as a single binary (once compiled) - take it everywhere on your thumbdrive, no Python cruft required.

Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50691.0

ClipUrlCleaner - by Tuxman:

Problem: Sharing shortened URLs like or URLs with trackers like ?utm_something=abc (or even both) is annoying.
Solution: Watch the clipboard and clean URLs automatically.


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50488.0

UrlLister by PublicDomainVic:

The author writes: "Say we have a list of 100 URLs, and want to load these one at a time in Chrome.  Not in different tabs, but in the same tab.  Suppose that only one tab is needed, and only one tab will then be open. I'd like to manually move through these URLs, spending as much time as I want on the opened page, then clicking or pressing a button and moving on to the next page. Preferably the pages already visited can be deleted from the list, at some point. Preferably the list can be saved, and brought up again, so that progress can be continued with the remaining URLs. Preferably one can have more than one such list."


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50899.0

BibleProgress (website) and Lightning Bolt Quiz by Relipse:

"For those who read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, enter your progress!" and a quiz to test your abilities.


Visit forum threads to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50898.0 and https://www.donation...ndex.php?topic=50850

Bible Chapter by shinkarom:

The author writes: "It allows you to select a random chapter, verse or book from the Bible (for example, for your daily reading routine); Features: Select a random book, Select a random chapter, Select a random verse, Several algorithms, Several languages."

Bible Chapter.png

Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50788.0

TitleBarBattery by skwire:

Add battery percentage to window titlebar text.  Also adds a battery icon to the system tray to show battery life.

  • Currently, it updates every fifteen seconds (will be made configurable at some point).
  • A plus in front of the battery glyph (+🔋) shows that you're charging (plugged in) while a minus (-🔋) shows that you're discharging (not plugged in).
  • Exiting from the tray icon should clean up the title bar text.
  • Not all title bars are modifiable, so some windows won't show the battery percentage information.
  • Windows that constantly update their title bar text, like some text editors, will remove the battery info. However, the fifteen second timer will bring it back.


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50897.0

Wox Rolz Die Roller Plugin by wraith808:

The author writes: "I just started using the Wox Launcher, and think it might be my new launcher of choice. I use a lot for rolling dice for RPGs, and figured that a good project for a plugin was to allow the use of the API from within Wox Launcher."

Rolz Roller Screenshot.png

Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50895.0

MoveFileHere by Nod5:

The author writes: "A very small hotkey tool that I use all the time, now released for NANY in case other people also often move files soon after downloading them and find the sequence Right click, Click "Show in folder", Ctrl+X, Alt+Tab Tab Tab, Ctrl+V way too long :). With MoveFileHere you press F7 to move the latest downloaded file to the active Explorer folder. The hotkey and folder can be changed in settings. Copy and rename MoveFileHere.exe to e.g. MoveFileHere2.exe to set up multiple hotkeys and folders. See GitHub README for more details."


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50889.0

Zever2TFT - Display solar production on TFT or eInk display (IoT) by Ath:

The author writes: "Having installed a solar systems a few years back, using a ZeverSolar inverter and connected to Zevercloud for easy overview of generated power, and an interest in IoT, I found ESPEasy, and the rather affordable ESP controllers, I thought it would be nice to combine these. The availability of very affordable TFT display (I bought a 4.3", 65k colors unit), and the requirement for the Zevercloud web interface to re-login every 30 minutes or so to be able to view the current production graph, I searched for, and found, an API to retrieve the graph data in json format. Now to turn that data into a nice graph... enter: Python :tellme: I've only sniffed a little at python a few years back, but never actually done anything serious with that, so I took this as an challenge opportunity to learn a few things: - Python programming - Turning a bunch of data into a graph"


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50894.0

PaintedGlass (decorate your desktop) by GrumpyCoder:

The author writes: "This is purely decorative, I just thought it would be nice if you can decorate your desktop with something like painted glass."


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50759.0

One-Time Grid by c.gingerish:

The author writes: "Description: Provides a grid for making secure passwords. Thought behind it: It was late at night and I was watching Star Trek (the new movie with Chris Pine as Kirk) and I dozed off. Had a dream that I had shuffled off this mortal coil and my wife needed to get into one of my accounts. She didn't have access to my password manager account. So, I was thinking of a way that I can not only have them as hard copy (stored in a notebook in the safe) but also have them in my password manager. Every time you visit the page, the grids are different and no grid repeats... at least it shouldn't."


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50586.0

Elevation CheckUp by KodeZwerg:

The author writes: "Here is a small tool that might be usefull if you are a developer. This tool simply just visualize wich Rights a new opened Application get. Also a small feature to run more instances or open a URL is included. By clicking on Image, whatever is selected by RadioButtons, something will be executed. The executed will get all credentials and elevation level of current running process."


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50292.0

RaptureReplica by KodeZwerg:

The author writes: "This program is made to capture a region from your display and copy that region into a new Window."


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50320.0

SendKeys32 by KodeZwerg :

The author writes: "This application may be used to Send Keys x times to other applications."


Visit forum thread to learn more:  https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=50441.0

All participants will receive a DonationCoder commemorative NANY mug with the traditional design, or this year's special alternate design by DC member HamRadio:

Living Room / My new project is now live: Co-op For Two on YouTube
« on: January 01, 2021, 02:56 AM »
You may have noticed that I've been largely absent without leave from the DonationCoder forum for several months now.  As some of you know I've been working on a new project, a YouTube channel with a good friend of mine.

It's a channel where we will be playing and discussing cooperative board games, aptly named "CO-OP FOR TWO".

Finally after several months of filming and editing, it's just gone live today:

Here's our little 2 minute patreon teaser:

And a sample playthrough, for your convenience:

And a sample review, for your convenience:

I'm nervous, excited, and proud that it turned out the way it did.  The episodes are long, often rambling, and will *NOT* be bearable to watch by most people. (HA!)
But I feel like they are their own honest thing, and might be appealing to a tiny tiny sliver of people who want to pass the time with some company, and just listen to friends talk in the background.

If you know someone who you think might appreciate the channel, please pass on the word.
My co-host and friend Gregg doesn't think anyone will ever watch it or support us, so if you like what we're doing and want to see more, please consider supporting us on patreon:

Server may go down tonight for 30 minutes or so 12/27/20 for a hard drive replacement.

Living Room / Happy xmas, holidays, etc.
« on: December 25, 2020, 03:02 AM »
Happy holidays to everyone.  Because of the state of everything some of you may be spending it alone.. Nothing wrong with that but if you don't want to be along just remember we are in the modern age where there is always a way to connect with others online. Stop by the donationcoder chat room, or post on the forum, etc.  Or just watch a good movie.

However you spend the day and this coming week, I hope you have a wonderful next couple of days.  :up: :Thmbsup: :-*

ps. It's freezing here in Illinois, I'll be hiding under a blanket today.

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