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A while back I saw a piece of software you can install that would track what windows you had open. Every week, the software would compile a list of what software you had open and how much time you spent in it. I think it even included tabs in Internet Explorer / Chrome / Firefox.

From here you could break down if you spend most of your time in your productivity tools (for me, Visual Studio) or most of your time on Stack Exchange websites. ;)

Anyone seen this? I need this to analyze my daily computer usage...

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Try out True Time Tracker or RescueTime – blsub6 Sep 3 '11 at 5:15
Visual TimeAnalyzer works great. – user1344 Sep 4 '11 at 13:01
I use RescueTime and would recommend it. It keeps track of tabs in each brower, as well. – Gabe Sep 4 '11 at 17:59
Wow - what does it mean that these programs scare me? – eflat Feb 23 '12 at 17:43
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RescueTime is the best. It offers both a free version that is very good and an even better paid one.

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awesome! Thanks. Another one I found was Chrometa. – Killnine Sep 7 '11 at 14:21

There's also ManicTime. It's great... and free.

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I use TimeSnapper Pro. This program automatically takes screenshots at a pre-determined interval but is smart about it so that only a limited amount of disk space is used. It also records the program being used or the web site being viewed and characterizes the time as productive or unproductive.Screenshot #1Screenshot #2

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This article lists some browser plugins. The software blsub6 proposed is probably better since it includes non browser activity. Assuming it can track tabs of course (didn't look.)

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I've used TimeSprite (Windows) for a few years now. It lets you categorize/combine different activities into groups. E.g., if you look at 10 different web pages and 5 are for work and 5 are for personal reading you can categorize each accordingly.

Free 45 day trial.

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