Monday, August 28, 2006

KookieJar

What is KookieJar?

Kookie Jar is a program for Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 and XP which generates signatures you may use with your favourite email or news program. A signature is a small piece of text, automatically attached to every email message or newsgroup posting. It typically includes a random quote -— a so-called tagline (a sample tagline file is included with the program).

Very truly a very simple and straightforward application which adds signatures with random quotes selected from a collection. I have been using it for sometime now and its making a huge impression on people who are reading my emails. The signature with its random quotes and tag lines appended, creates a first impression like never before. The set-up is fairly simple - identifying the correct Outlook (or any other email client's) correct signature file from KookieJar and then formatting it with the required tags which will be later replaced by the correct text/data. Set the frequency of change and its done - get a unique signature on every desired scheduled interval. Wonderfully enough the application is available for Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 and XP which is usually difficult to see these days! The sad news is that this product is not going to be developed any further as the author has declared a "hobby programmer bankruptcy". Still the code is out in the open under the Mozilla Public License and is free for changes by anyone who would be interested. A great software, one of its kind, simple and small and openly available its something which speaks volumes of the philosophy of open source and its reach.

Another review on one more excellent software from the same author is KeyNote which will be talked about in my next posts. Till then happy signaturing using KookieJar!

I have also started a page http://opensourceforwindows.infogami.com/ where I will be segregating the applications I have discussed in separate sections for easier access. Infogami seems to be a great tool in the making which is definitely simpler and gives more freedom to us to make things the way we want to. Hopefully the page would be up and ready in a few more days. I am glad that the listible open source applications for windows page now has a considerable collection of open source applications for windows.

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