Here is a small collection of strange things I've written over the years. These are all Windows programs, and all were developed in Borland's Delphi, certainly the most advanced RAD system I have had the pleasure to use.

If your browser is configured right, it will warn you these files may contain viruses. I can certify they don't, or at least they didn't when I uploaded them.  Still, I certainly advise you understand the risks before you download any executable from the web. Also, get a good virus scanner and use it often.

So, getting on with it:

First up is my version of the world's most challenging game. This invincible program, which (I promise!) could not be defeated even by the
combined intellect of Deep Blue and Kasparov, is available for free: Here it is: Alan's Tic Tac Toe. It's lean, mean and ready to win. It utilizes a brute force approach to the game; amazing though it may seem it actually reviews every possible Tic Tac Toe game before it makes it's first move.

Next is a personal favorite of mine. It's the ultimate multimedia program. You've seen the virtual CD players, RealAudio players and MPEG viewers, but you've never seen a
real virtual VCR for a computer until you've seen this one.

Finally, for the programmers in the audience, here is my Solid Code Reminder program. Every half hour you will get a new message from a master of the trade, such as

Or perhaps some wisdom from Microsoft,

Or, from Fred Brooks himself,

See the whole set in Alan's Solid Code Reminder. Comes complete with an ASCII text file of over 150 reminders, including references for most of them. The program allows easy addition of new thoughts and browsing the whole list.