Only use the programs on your own computer. Do not annoy other people. Those programs are for educational use only! Use them at your own risk.
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This is a collection of small programs I made to teach my daughter how to have fun with computers. Make them do some interesting things, like draw random pixels or lower the sound volume, or rotate the monitor. The main goal of the cards is to teach kids that computers are not magic, and that they can be programmed to do what you want.
The idea is to print them on paper, and try them discussing various things, e.g. how to control the sound volume programatically, or how to kill a process or to draw a pixel.
Some of the cards are super mean, e.g. there is one card that will kill minecraft if it is running for more than 10 minutes, or one that stops half the internet discarding 126.96.36.199/1 or 0.0.0.0/1 every 10 minutes, it just happens that google and facebook are at different halfs.
Most of the programs work only on windows as they use pywin32, but the ideas are portable. I tested them on windows8, so some tweaks might be needed for windows10.
The purpose of some cards is to explain how easy it is to lose your privacy, how easy it is to write a program that listens to your microphone, or monitors your keyboard. For example this card which records the microphone and then uses openai's whisper model locally to transcribe the voice file and then prints the transcribtion on the printer. The code fits in one pokercard of text.
# pip install pyaudio win32printing # use https://github.com/openai/whisper # to see how to install whisper from pyaudio import PyAudio, paInt16 import wave, whisper, os from win32printing import Printer def microphone(name, seconds): with wave.open(name, 'wb') as wf: p = PyAudio() wf.setnchannels(2) sample = p.get_sample_size(paInt16) wf.setsampwidth(sample) wf.setframerate(44100) stream = p.open(format=paInt16, channels=2, rate=44100, input=True) chunks = 44100//1024*seconds for _ in range(0, chunks): wf.writeframes(stream.read(1024)) stream.close() p.terminate() # record 5 seconds into panic.wav microphone("panic.wav", 5) model = whisper.load_model("base.en") r = model.transcribe("panic.wav") with Printer(linegap=1) as printer: printer.text(r["text"]) os.remove("panic.wav")
# pip install pywin32 import win32gui as g,win32api as a import random sym = "ｵﾘｱﾎﾃﾏｹﾒｴｶｷﾑﾕ" sym += "日ﾊﾐﾋｰｳｼﾅﾓﾆｻﾜﾂ" sym += "0123456789" dc = g.GetDC(0) font = g.LOGFONT() font.lfFaceName = "Consolas" fnt = g.CreateFontIndirect(font) g.SelectObject(dc,fnt) g.SetBkColor(dc, a.RGB(0,0,0)) colors=[ a.RGB(0, 255, 65), a.RGB(0, 59, 0), a.RGB(0, 143, 17) ] w = a.GetSystemMetrics(0) h = a.GetSystemMetrics(1) while True: x = random.randint(0,w)//10 * 10 to = random.randint(0,h) for y in range(0,to,15): color = random.choice(colors) g.SetTextColor(dc, color) g.DrawText(dc, random.choice(sym), 1, (x,y,x+20,y+30),0)
Programming Time, which is a game to teach python and some more fundamental algorithms, from hash tables to RSA
The C Pointer Game - Pointers, Arrays and Strings, a game to teach kids to look at the computer memory and understand references and values
4917, a game to teach kids machine code and how the CPU works with memory and registers
The Unix Pipes Game, a game to teach kids to use
basic UNIX commands:
cat, sort, grep, head, tail, wc, uniq
The Unix Pipes Game - Process Substitution,
an expansion of the Unix Pipes Game to teach process substitution and also:
paste, tr, cut, bc
RunLength Encoding for Kids, small cards "game" to explain runlength encoding
PROJEKT: OVERFLOW, RISCV assembler boardgame
Programming for kids, a log of my journey of teaching my daughter how to code