After getting fed up with figuring out how to make the msg app work among 64-bit Windows 7 computers in my work-area LAN, I finally decided to make my own open source "net send" or "msg" utility. I dubbed it WinMsg and I deployed it among my colleagues for testing and adoption. I developed it in VB6 so it's not really a complicated app. I can even publish the source code among these pages, eventually though. For now, making the source code available through a download would suffice. I can see it work with most modern versions of Windows, which are Windows 2000 and later. This brave declaration includes Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc., but I never made any extensive platform tests, however.Download
I'll be updating this article eventually but in the meantime, here are the downloadables.
- WinMsg Setup.exe (1.5 MB, MD5 checksum afbfda7f7a3bf588cc5e2f513fc08183)
pre-compiled Windows platform installer for WinMsg Version 1.0 Revision 0.
- WinMsg Source.rar (4.66 KB, MD5 checksum c99cf8c5a00e293080d1d766bb78a7d0)
WinMsg source code.
I am hereby releasing it with a GPL license
, and the specifications of which can be found at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
. In the interest of non-committal "absolvency", I reserve the right to modify the license of my future revisions of this project. I'll still stick with community-based open source distribution initiatives though.Quick Usage Instructions
Usage: wm [switches] <remote host> <message>
Use "wm" or "wm /silent" at initial run to bypass this help screen.
add app directory to system PATH variable
install at startup
bypass this help screen
remove from startup
Note: Some switches require administrator privileges and may not work with some Windows versions.
"wm 192.168.1.1 hi, are you there?"
"wm kitchenpc mom, please make me a quick sandwich. thanks!"