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Mouser's Zone / Any new ideas for small utilities?
« on: March 14, 2005, 10:35 PM »
If anyone has an idea for a small little utility (the smaller the better!) that hasn't been done well yet, please post your ideas - i'm always looking for small little projects that can be written in a week or so.

ProcessTamer / ideas for process tamer
« on: March 14, 2005, 08:06 PM »
ProcessTamer is the latest little utility i've been working on.
there are several things i could add to it - if anyone has desired functions please let me know.

things that could be added:
  • a nice gui for configuring new rules/exclusions
  • more kinds of rules, for example to restart an app if it is found not running; to set time periods for running apps at certain priorities, etc.
  • ability to display current processes and priorities from tray click
  • ability to configure and switch between rule sets from the tray icon
  • customizable icons for tray
  • ability to add custom menus to tray icon for launching or stopping certain processes
  • features to let you use process tamer to collect a log of what programs were run and when (ie statistics on time spent)
  • better simple logging info
  • more options about configuring program, like turning off baloon hints, etc.
  • win9x suppper

ps. if you are a member of make sure you grab the latest release which is available for members only (see members only section).

very good suggestions.

we should have an award for tools that people didn't even know they needed.

speaking of best editor, i made another macro for ultraedit, im thinking of making a place for them;  the more i make ultra edit macros though, the more i see that this is the achilles heel of ultraedit..  it's macro support is HORRIBLE.

smiley's enabled  :)

General Review Discussion / Review suggestions
« on: March 13, 2005, 10:55 PM »
Here are the categories we plan on reviewing next:

Best File/Folder Comparison Tool.
Best Web Change Monitor.

Please let us know what you think we should review next..  Once we get enough members we can use a weekly poll to decide what categories we should judge, that way members can get reviews that are most useful to them.

we could also investigate getting more reviewers to increase the quantity of reviews.

We are still working out the best way to add new developers to this site.

We are interested in authors with high quality software (ideally more than one program), who are willing to provide some degree of informal support to users through our forums.  the software cannot be shareware, ie it cannot have any limitations that are only available on purchase.

I think we have some good ideas that would be fair for everyone  in terms of ways to split incoming donations - one approach would be simply to let people who donate to decide how to divide their donations among developers; would require a little bit of work setting up but has some real advantages in terms of fairness and in terms of avoiding people feeling like they weren't getting their "fair share".

if you expect to make lots of money from having your programs here, then you're better off trying to sell your programs as shareware.  very little money comes into this site, and we are not about getting rich.  of all the people that use the programs I wrote here, very very few ever donate.  this is more about having a nice home for your software, and getting the occasional donation from somone who likes your work.

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