Here's a little program for all you office
clock-watchers out there.
This application will turn your mouse cursor into a working clock.
Note that this setup includes the Microsoft VB5 runtime library which is why this setup is over a megabyte. If you have the VB5 runtime already on your system then Cursor Clock will take up less than 50K when installed.
Download this Full Setup version if you don't know what to do.
Email me if you have any other problems with downloading.
Use this if you know that your system has
the Microsoft VB5 runtime installed. This is the same as the heavyweight,
full setup, but it does not include the 1.5M VB5 runtime. This setup is less
than half the size and should be much faster to download.
This software is "Spare-ware". If you can spare it, then please send it to me at:
ATTENTION: Noah Spurrier
1004 Revere Avenue, Suite B-45
San Francisco, CA 94124
Just reach into your pocket. What'd ya got in there? A five? Some quarters? Lint? Well, don't even think about it -- just stuff a little bit of money into an envelope; write my address on it; and (here's the hard part) stick a stamp on it and mail it today! Checks, money orders, barer bonds, stock certificates, foreign currency (this would be very cool!), poetry, art, post-cards, deeds and titles, anything friendly -- they are all welcome. Or, if you want to use PayPal to send me $5 then got for it! In fact, I get a kick back from PayPal if you do this. Just click here:
If you have any questions about this then just email me. PayPal is a very cool service and is all the rage right now for sending money over the Internet. All the online auctions systems are using it. The advantage for you is that you can easily send money using your credit card through a large, trusted company using cryptographically secure internet connections. The advantage for me is that I don't have to sign up with a bank to process credit cards or bother with building my own secure Internet ecommerce web site. Plus, I get the aforementioned kickback ($5 for any new "PayPals" I bring in).
What do you get for you money? Well, you already have the program, and the source code, and the risky license disclaimer... Okay, so you don't get anything. You've already got it all. If you don't want to pay then it's free. What can I say? It's a big scam. You get a dorky little clock on your cursor, some crappy source code written by a big-shot programmer, and a warranty worth squat. This software wasn't even developed by a certified ISO9000 organization. It's probably not even Y2K compliant. Until then you get to tick-tick-tick away the minutes of your life and be constantly reminded of the time spent in your cubicle wasting away for the boss in the corner office. For all this, I want your lunch money. If every office-worker in the USA went on a fast during one lunch and sent me their money instead then I'd be able to eat lunch for the rest of my life. (That would be so cool!)
Okay, if you do send me $5 I will try to help you out if you have any problems with this software. It's a pretty tight, well written little program, and I have not had anyone have any real problems with it.
If you can't spare it and you still want to use this software then all I ask is that you distribute this software to as many friends, acquaintances, colleagues, known associates, and strangers as you can. Maybe one of them will come up with some money. I'm not asking for very much! I've gotta work the volume here.
Send your questions and comments by email to
Download the Cursor Clock setup program. Save it anywhere. Run the setup. It will extract and install itself. The setup program will ask you where you want to install the software. Normally use the location it will suggest. After the Cursor Clock is installed you can delete the setup program.
Open the Control Panel and click on "Add/Remove Programs". You should find the application listed under "Cursor Clock". Select it then click "Add/Remove...". This will delete all the program files.
Note the following installation Check List (nobody really trusts uninstall
software, do they?):
There is not much to using the Cursor Clock. Once it is installed and running you can just leave it alone. There are only two display options: 12-hour or 24-hour clock formats. The default is 12-hour format.
When the Cursor Clock is running its icon will appear on the tray of the taskbar. This lets you know it's active and this gives you a way to access the Cursor Clock menu. To display the Cursor Clock menu just double-click or right-click on the Cursor Clock icon.
|double-click or right-click on the Cursor Clock icon to display the popup menu|
The popup menu is self-explanatory, but just to be pedantic I'll explain the selections anyway:
This source code is written entirely in Visual Basic 5. Extensive calls are made to the Windows API (user32, gdi32, kernel32, and shell32.dll).
One interesting thing you should notice is that I coded all the bitmap resources in the Basic source code itself. I was trying to cut down on the library dependencies. Coding the bitmaps inline let me avoid the Standard OLE types. Specifically, I was trying to avoid using StdPicture. The bitmaps are small and black and white so they were easy to code manually.
The Cursor Clock applications is made up of the following files.
I am aware of only two minor, harmless bugs.
This occurs because the pointer shadow is turned on. The pointer shadow is incompatable with Cursor Clock. The pointer shadow is easily turned off by following these instructions:
This occurs under the following situation:
The bug is that the original animated cursor will not be restored. Instead, a static cursor will be restored that shows a single frame of the animated cursor. This change is not permanent. If the user logs out the animated cursor will be restored when the user logs back in.
There was a Bug in the 1.0 version that caused CursorClock to leak memory only under Windows95. The leak was pretty slow, so you would only notice it if you left your machine on over night. Under WinNT the SetSystemCursor() function will automatically delete the cursor resource after it has been set, but under Win95 it does not. The resource must be deleted manually or a memory leak will result.