I've attached a cool program my son wrote originally to fetch a random image from Flickr (Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing
) and set it as your desktop background. I thought it was so cool that I added a few new features and thought I'd post it here for feedback. Flippr.zip
Here's the content of the readme.txt file:
Flippr is a SmallBasic program that "flips" the desktop background to a
(optionally) random image from Flickr (www.flickr.com).
Flippr [/window] [taglist]
/window Show a status window in the upper right corner of the
desktop while Flippr is working.
tagist One or more Flickr tags to search for separated by
spaces. If the tag contains spaces surround it with
This program was originally written as a test of Microsoft SmallBasic
(http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/devlabs/cc950524.aspx) by my 16 year
old son following the "Getting Started Guide" included with the
product. The program name was his idea -- Flickr/Flippr -- clever...
"Hey, Dad. Check this out! Look what I wrote!"
I was blown away. He'd never written a line of code in his life and
somebody on the internet turned him on to this one day and the next
he's writing cool programs. Show it to your kids.
I added command line parsing, the status window and created a Windows 7
Task Scheduler XML with an installer script. Oh, and this readme file.
Flippr.exe Main executable. Depends on
Flippr.sb SmallBasic source code for Flippr.exe
Flippr.xml Task Scheduler task for installation with
Install.cmd Task Scheduler install script, edit Flippr.xml
per the instructions below and run this to
automatically change your desktop background
on a schedule.
readme.txt this file
SmallBasicLibrary.dll SmallBasic runtime DLL, leave in same folder
Hopefully you know something about XML by now. If not, it's just a
fancy text file. For those of you that know about XPath just change
to the full path to Flippr.exe
to the desired command line arguments and
to the run interval i.e. PT1H is 1 hour, PT10M is 10 minutes, etc.
If you're lost at this point read on otherwise just run Install.cmd
to install the scheduler task and happy Flippn...
Rather than explaining what XML is in detail just do the following to
1) Open Flippr.xml with notepad.
2) Search for "<Interval>" without the quotes.
3) Replace the text between <Interval> and </Interval> with PT1H if
you want the desktop wallpaper to flip every hour, PT2H every two
hours, PT10M every 10 minutes, PT30M every 30 minutes and so on.
4) Search for "<Command>".
5) Replace the text between <Command> and </Command> with the full
path to Flippr.exe. If you move it later you'll have to edit this
file again and rerun Install.cmd to update it.
6) Search for "<Arguments>".
7) Replace the text between <Arguments> and </Arguments> with the
desired program arguments as documented in the Usage section above.
8) Save the file and run Install.cmd to install the scheduler task.