Software by Mike Robinson   
Software Laboratory
Free Programs

These programs are all completely free. I'm constantly working on new software and sometimes this leads to a useful program.


Lock
Lock your computer when you step away
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The Lock program can do these 3 things:

1. Lock your computer.
2. Shut off your monitor
3. Start your screensaver.

The basic program locks your computer and shuts off your monitor.

You can use optional command-line switches to turn any of these actions on or off:

Lock
Locks your computer and powers off your monitor.

Lock /L
Locks your computer.

Lock /P
Powers off your monitor.

Lock /S
Starts your screen saver.

Lock /L /P
Locks your computer and powers off your monitor.

Lock /L /S
Locks your computer and starts your screensaver.

I have a link to this program on my desktop so I can shut off my monitor when I step away from the computer.

This program started with experiments to write a program with a very small file size. Final file size is 49 kilobytes and this includes a built-in icon. You can download the program using this link:

linklock.zip   49 kilobytes

Copy the file to a folder and create a desktop link to it. There is no installation program nor help file.

This is a 32-bit program for Microsoft Windows operating system. There is no Mac version. It will run on Windows ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. It also runs fine on 64-bit systems.

This program is Copyright 2012 Michael Robinson. All Rights Reserved. Use this program at your own risk. No guarantees or warranties of any sort are claimed, made, or provided. You may give this file away free, but you may not sell it. Modification of the executable file is prohibited.



PREF - Programmer's Quick Reference
ASCII Reference Chart & More
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Around 1987 there was a program called PREF that was included with TurboPower Pro programming tools. It was a 16-bit DOS program that made an on-screen chart like this:

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On the right are codes to produce colored text when viewed through an ANSI.SYS driver included with DOS . On the left were codes for ASCII characters used in all versions of DOS. The slider on the left allowed you to scroll down through all 256 ASCII characters. I find this chart useful in programming even today so I made a version for windows and it looks like this:

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You can download the program using this link:

linkpref.exe   157 kilobytes

Copy the file to a folder and create a desktop link to it. There is no installation program nor help file.

This is a 32-bit program for Microsoft Windows operating system. There is no Mac version. It will run on Windows ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 It also runs fine on 64-bit systems.

This program is Copyright 2012 Michael Robinson. All Rights Reserved. Use this program at your own risk. No guarantees or warranties of any sort are claimed, made, or provided. You may give this file away free, but you may not sell it. Modification of the executable file is prohibited. None of the original DOS PREF source code was used to make this similar Windows program. The original source code to PREF in the link below bears this notice: Copyright (c) TurboPower Software 1987, 1992. Portions Copyright (c) Sunny Hill Software 1985, 1986 and used under license to TurboPower Software.

Turbopower Software went out of business in 2003 and released all of its tools as open source. The Pascal source code for the original PREF 16-bit program for DOS can be found here .


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These programs are completely free with no time limits, no nag screens, no advertising, and no spyware. They do not write to the hard drive or registry. They do not access the web. They do not install any other programs. They do not make any changes to your system other than the ones described in the documentation above.

I do accept donations. The PayPal links below are for a $1 (one US Dollar) donation but you can send more or less if you like.

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