Archive for the 'Bounties' Category

Bounty: gjots for Android

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

$300 to the first person who ports gjots to Android.

The Android app must have the same functionality as the latest version of gjots for Linux.

Bounty: PHP Function that Scrapes Google

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

I need a function to plug into a bigger piece of software that I wrote, that scrapes Google.

It should be pretty simple for an experienced PHP programmer. I initially wrote a function that scrapes Scroogle, but they ban IPs after 100 queries, and I’d like to cut to the source since the function has to be rewritten anyway.

Project requirements:
– Create a PHP function that receives $search_term, scrapes Google, and returns the resulting hostnames as an array. If there are zero results, the function should return FALSE.
– The function must be usable for at least 5,000 queries per day. Something more like 20,000 would be ideal, of course.
– This is not a requirement, but in order to be able to do 5,000 queries per day, it may need to support proxies. See the links below.

This is the function that I wrote, that you will be replacing. It’s perfectly functional, but isn’t usable in the long-term due to Scroogle’s IP banning.
This page outlines what you’re up against, and offers some solutions.
Another example PHP snippet.
Yes another example of working PHP code that scrapes Google.
– It has been suggested (but I have Not confirmed) that it’s easier to scrape Google while passing accessibility flags:

Initial bounty offer: $250. Let me know if you want to bid higher.

Contact me if you’re interested. Good luck!

$200 to the first person to create this simple app!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

I will send $200, via PayPal, to the first person who creates the following, very simple, application:


  • Create an application for Linux that searches an IMAP account for large attachments, and allows users to pick attachments to be downloaded and deleted from their IMAP account.


  1. Prompt user for IMAP login credentials.
  2. Search IMAP account for attachments.
  3. Present a list of attachments to the user, in descending order of file size (largest to smallest).
  4. For each item in the list, give user the option to download the attachment and delete it from the IMAP account (or to delete the attachment without downloading it).

Additional Requirements

  • Application must be made available, free of charge, to the public as open source software.

If you’re interested, simply post a comment to let myself and others know that you’ve started working. When you’re done, contact me and I will immediately send you the money.

(Inspired by IMAPsize, which is Windows-only and close-source.)

See for more bounties!

Code Bounties: An Explanation

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

For many years, I’ve told myself that if I ever had the money, I’d start creating bounties for the purpose of improving the software available to the Open Source community.

That day has come, and for this just purpose, I’ve created a new “Bounties” section of my blog.

My posted bounties will always be reachable at:

Here’s how it works:

1. I have an idea for a piece of software, or if I find an annoying bug that I know affects others.

2. Rather than waiting around, and doing nothing to improve the situation, I will create a bounty. Bounties will be posted in this new category, and I will probably also tweet them.

For example, I may post something like, “$200 to the first person who can fix this bug,” along with a link to the bug report.

3. If you see a bounty that you would like to take on, post a comment to let myself and others know that you’ve started working on it.

4. Once the piece of code, application, or bug fix is complete, I will immediately send you the money and announce in my post that the bounty has been awarded to you.

Watch closely or subscribe to my Bounty RSS feed for the first bounty! Good luck!