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Here it is, the newest version of your favorite task tracking software. Lets see whats new.

The new version includes MySQL and SQLite support. The previous ‘dump all to file and load them all’ approach, I must say, was ridiculous.

Also, the tasks are not loaded all at once (as before), but on demand, meaning that a task is fetched and displayed only when needed instead of loading all the tasks at once. This speeds up things a lot, but, I’ve added the ‘Show all’ and ‘Hide all’ buttons in order to display and search ALL tasks and to clear them from the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another nice thing is that now the tasks hold an unique GUID in the database and the current user is also recorded. Plus, the non-administrator user rights have been limited so that a normal user cannot remove and lock tasks. Hmm, do I see the first signs of 1984?

The software now logs (to a file only) the transactions between tasks, e.g. when the focus was shifted from one task to another and for how much time the focus was on the specific task (plus the number of key-presses). This is currently under development and will be used sometime later in order to display task transitions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ha, but the new perks come with a price: every 3 hours an annoying popup shows. Donate and it will go away ;)


 

 

Windows link: click

Mono link: click

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The updated version of the software, now with even more helpful features!

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Did you ever find yourself in a situation when you did a LOT of work but had no clue how much time it took? Look no further!

Window listener is a simple application that listens to the active windows and records the time, spent on that windon. This way it’s easy to see how much time was spent writing an email, reviewing a document, editing a picture.

Please note that the application also records key presses (this is more of a proof–of-concept) that will, at some point, be used to apply tags to tasks … But, more about that later. Believe me, there is no evil behind this. The library used can be found at CodeProject: Global Mouse And Key Library

The current version supports merging of the recorded tasks  – in case multiple windows of the same process are used to accomplish something and of course deletion of tasks. The tasks are remembered when the program is closed.

Download link (download, unpack and run): WindowListener.rar

PS: there is also a Mono port of the app available: WindowListener.Mono.rar

There is a lot more planned for future versions but let’s take it a step at a time.

I allow use for private purposes but I’m open to commercial proposals – it can, of course,  be used for evil corporate purposes as well …

It took me 5 and something minutes to write this post.

Music advice of the day: Alex Clare, Relax My Beloved

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I had to make some business cards. I choose MOO since they provide nice service for the price. I noticed they have an option of uploading up to 50 different images for the back side of the business card. It’s called printify.

Of course, I immediately had to make an algorithm that would make 50 images with something describing the work I do. Well, I took some quotes from Wikipedia Algorithm page, fired up Processing. The results can be seen here: alg_qoute_generator applet

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It should be noted that from today on I am also a freelancer with my own company.

The logo font is Unibody 8 (link)

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