SourceForge.net: premium archive of freeware and public domain code projects
March 20, 2006
Trying something new? Fifty to one someone else has already tried.
SourceForge.net is the world's largest Open Source software development web site, hosting more than 100,000 projects and over 1,000,000 registered users with a centralized resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code. SourceForge.net has the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet.
Check here first to see what you might be missing. Find code you can use without restriction, whole or in chunks. Some projects may be inactive, but even then their code could be of use. You could even revive the project if you wanted, and create the Next Great Code.
DOS Programming Utilities
March 6, 2006
Coded in an extinct shareware assembly language known as WASM, these now almost-archaic DOS utilities are still finding use with hardware and programming aficionados.
BIOS Reporter displays much of the (copious) system information available in BIOS data area; it can be run as pop-up TSR to report changes to BIOS values while a second program is running.
ScanCode Show reports scan and ASCII codes as well as keyboard BIOS values for any keystroke, in scrolling display.
KeyCount is another TSR, monitoring keyboard activity for security reasons, or for measuring productivity. A hotkey combination is used to present the number of key-presses made after program activation; program may be activated by hotkey combination or from the command line or a batch file.
Find them all at http://freeware.ars-informatica.ca/dosutil.htm
Composing and formatting blog text using HTMLArea Composer
March 6, 2006
We're still in the process of coding the engine to store and serve new content. Part of the process - developing an easy-to-use interface for integrating and formatting text, graphics, links, etc. HTMLArea Composer fit the bill perfectly, though on-going development seems nebulous. The SourceForge home page does not seem to link to downloadable code - I found it at www.alloysoftware.com.
See the Ars Informatica implementation, try it out, and read the full review ...