Chrome for a cause

Posted: 16/12/2010 in Programming
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Yesterday, google has created a new initiative called “Chrome for a Cause” that asks you to download a Google-made Chrome extension and notes your tab opening activity and allow you to donate to one of five charities at the end of each day based on your usage. So, just browse the web, and donate to charity. The charities involved in this are: The Nature Conservancy, charity: water, Doctors Without Borders, Un Techo para mi Pais, and Room to Read. Here’s Google’s breakdown of how much you have to browse to donate to the various charities:

  • 10 tabs = 1 tree planted
  • 10 tabs = 1 book published and donated
  • 25 tabs = 1 vaccination treatment provided
  • 100 tabs = 1 square foot of shelter built
  • 200 tabs = 1 person’s clean water for a year

The initiative will run for five days from December 15 to the 19. Google says they’ll donate up to a million dollars on behalf of the extension’s users.

Well, I downloaded the extension from here, opened Visual C#, created a console application that has the following code:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Diagnostics;

namespace chromeClickFraud
{
class Program           {
static void Main(string[] args)   {

int i;
Process Chrome;
for (i = 0; i < 500; i++)
{
Chrome = Process.Start(“C:\\Users\\Assaad\\AppData\\Local\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe”);
System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(10);
}

}    }}

This opened the google chrome browser 500 times, unfortunately I scored just 250 because it is the maximum score allowed per day. They are limiting the donation to 250 tabs per person per day to protect themselves from this kind of clicking Fraud.

Piece of Cake ☺

Impressive you've raised the maximum number of tabs for today

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