Merry Christmas, Earth

Well, tomorrow’s Christmas – and tonight is Christmas Eve. To everyone out there (whether you celebrate Christmas or not), I hope you have a happy one.

And speaking of “peace on Earth” and all that, today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day really choked me up – as it always does.

earthrise

I know it’s just a picture, but… remember, we all – THAT’S ALL OF US, EACH AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US – share that little blue marble you see there. So, y’know, be good to one another, don’t be afraid of strangers, and try to keep the joy of this season with you all year ’round.

Merry Christmas, Earth!

A Christmas Countdown Timer

Yes, that’s right. A silly little program, really, but one I’ve released (for free) before – and now I’ve re-done it, using .NET.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • The program runs in your system tray (sorry… taskbar notification area)
  • Double-clicking on it shows you how many days are left until Christmas
  • Right-clicking brings up a menu where you can choose to display a different screen with the countdown on it, get “about” information, or exit the program.
  • I’m a nice programmer, so I did not make this program add itself to your start-up group. You have to start it on your own.
  • The program does check for updates each time you open it – you can’t turn this off, but you don’t have to install updates if you don’t want to. It won’t install them without your permission.
  • The source code is available for anyone who wants to see how it’s done.

The requirements are simple:

  • Windows 98 or higher
  • .NET Framework 2.0 or greater

Some screenshots:

Christmas Countdown icon

That’s the icon there, the yellow and green balls. Yeah, I’m not good with icons, I know.

Christmas Countdown menu

Right-click on the icon and this is what you get. Simple, eh?

Christmas Countdown window

Clicking “Show Countdown” gets you this fun screen. The rest you can figure out on your own.

Click here to download the Christmas Countdown Timer. Enjoy!