Searchs several text files of "fortune cookie" sayings
What Zen does is search several text files of "fortune cookie" sayings, and display one at random. The fortune cookie files are just plain text; you can use your favorite text editor application to edit them file to include whatever pithy pearls of wisdom you like. Each message can be as long as you want; the messages are separated with two RETURN characters. A large collection of fortune cookie files is available for download from this site.
Zen was inspired by the program "COOKIE," first written in FORTRAN for PDP computers back in the day, and since then ported to almost every computer and operating system on earth. (I myself wrote a version of Cookie for the DECsystem-20 back in 1984, and for the TRS-80 in 1985.) Zen is very simple; on launch, it scans the ZEN.TXT file and chooses one of the entries at random. The "AGAIN" button chooses a different random fortune; the QUIT button quits.
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What's New in This Release:
- Version 3 also allows the ability to create fortune files which will print in italics, boldface, and underline. To make a part of a fortune print in italics, surround the part which should be in italics with and . (For example, if your fortune says "You will enjoy great success in this life," and you want the word "great" to be in italics, your fortune file should have a line which reads "You will enjoy great success in this life." To print a word or phrase in bold, use "" and " or to underline a word or phrase, use "" and "".