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Have Fun with this Collection of 10 Kilobyte (or Less) Web Apps

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If you would like some fun web apps to play with in your browser, then you should definitely take a few moments to look through this small collection of 10K Apart Contest entries. There are two games, one graphing, one 3D object creation, one canvas painting, and a note taking app for you to have fun with.

What makes these webapps stand out is that they could not exceed the 10 kilobyte limit in order to be considered for the contest. Yes, that is right…10 kilobytes or less. These are really awesome to play with considering their small size, so head on over and have fun!

10K Apart [IEBlog]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/4/10

Comments (6)

  1. Hatryst

    Impressive, some of these are really amazing, and it is really unbelievable that all of these are 10K apps…
    Awesome skills of the programmers ;)

  2. J. Rice

    For the likes of me I can’t find a link to download the 10k applications. Help anyone. Email me at

  3. Jer

    Some of us are still in disbelief at the grossly, grossly, grossly inefficient compilers of today. I was a programmer back in 1968, on ancient IBM 1401 mainframes, and we had exactly 16K of memory to load our programs into. That’s 16 thousand, not 16 mega anything. We had to do all our programming in an assembly language that was so geeky it was almost machine language, and often we had to work directly in machine language when there was a problem, dialing in the new instructions right through the console controls, because there were no monitors in those days, just console controls and IBM Selectric typewriters that interfaced with the processor and memory. Still we managed to write sophisticated programs that handled all the accounts and transactions of a large bank. By the way, the word “patch” was once a filthy dirty word, and no programmer wanted to be seen allowing a patch to remain in use more than a day or two. Think of Microsoft’s present Windows update system, forever inserting patches into the operating system while pretending that it’s a good and wholesome practice. Forty years ago one’s program would be cleaned up and reassembled as soon as possible and a new program deck would be punched. Yes, the program was loaded from a deck of punched cards, not from a file on a tape or a hard drive. It was digital Jurassic Park.

  4. larryi8

    I remember taking a computer class in college around 1960. The “computer” took up a whole house! There were dozens of AC units running to keep all the electronics cool. Programs were “typed” into punched cards which were loaded like a deck of cards into the reader.
    Later, in the mid-1980’s, we programmed an Intel 8081 processor using “assembly’ language. Actually the instruction set was so small that we actually typed in the 8 bit machine code for each instruction. I don’t remember how much code we were limited to, but the 8081 had 8 pins that allowed for the addressing of data and reading the data from an external memeory chip.
    Wow! Those were the fun days!

  5. msainani

    u guys are inspiring me to become a programmer myself…:)

  6. Camilo Martin

    Speaking of such times, when I see pictures of those computers one thing seems so odd and unexpected – there are young WOMEN close to these computers! I mean, doing nerdy stuff! Maybe even – gosh – programming!!! O.O

    …Or were they just helping punch all those cards? :P

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