Source For Mini-Applet Development

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CDobyns

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Two years ago we employed a high school intern for the school year. This guy was pretty smart and at some point during the year I challenged him to find a better way for us to internally share and collaborate on files on our internal network and shared directories, in contrast to our strategy at the time, which was to just email files between end-users. In response, our high school intern took about an hour and developed a small program that installed a mini-applet within Windows Explorer under the Send To option, that would generate a universal hyperlink to a selected file, that could then be distributed to end-users to allow them to locate and open that file, regardless of the drive letter that users had mapped their individual directories.

Our high school intern went off to college, but his applet continued to work wonderfully for almost two years, and a number of other users heard about it and recognized the value and piggy-backed on the program and began to use it, which did wonders for not clogging up our exchange server from sending files back-and-forth between users using email. Unfortunately, we recently migrated all our files and directories to a different server (with a new server name/path), and our high school apparently hard-coded the original server name into his program, because the applet stopped working (ugh).

Regrettably we have no way to reverse engineer the original program and modify the source code. So, my question is two-fold. Is anyone aware of any existing freeware program that would enable us to replace the functionality that we lost? Alternately, it probably cost us about $10 of development time for our high school intern to develop his original program. Is anyone aware of any website that might allow us to informally connect up with someone who could replicate the work of our high school intern - for which we might be willing to pay up to $50? Any suggestions on a website like (especially since I'm sure something like this must exist).
 
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