I haven't posted the link or the code due to, I'm not willing to have the program or its concept used in someone Else's name. I was thinking I could get to know any willing party before I shared.
Your status as owner doesn't go away just because you open up the code. Open licensed software still falls under copyright and there is a great deal of effort to make sure developers are honest about where they got the code from. For example, a thread over on PortableApps
shows just how strong this attitude carries, even for a terrific program that the community really needed. PortableFreeware also had a recent episode where a freeware developer tried to pass off other's software as his own (since deleted here on the site but there's a Google cache
After reading your advice, I'm guessing I have no choice, but to release it in the Open source community.
From experience, its hard to find collaborators for any project, even something you expect people would be very interested in. Its a question of who has the knowledge, desire, and time. However, there are some notable success stories out there such as Linux and Mozilla that have transformed the industry. For help in finding and maintaining collaboration in open projects, you might want to look into The Cathedral and the Bazaar
, which has a very optimistic view of open source software, but is useful.
That doesn't mean you have no choice in the matter. However, an open license can foster an attitude of co-ownership that can encourage collaboration. If you don't have money to fund an operation or the raw charisma to draw people, an open license can assure users you're here to stay.
I wouldn't say it solves any problems, but it does utilize XP Control Panel, services and more.WinTrol can also launch a program the user adds to any menu button.