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I want to know how I'm really using my computer, and where the time goes (I have an English paper due, and I intend on getting it done, it's 2:30 PM... no wait, it's 8:30 PM...).

Which software can tell me:

  1. What programs I use, and when
  2. Within programs like Google Chrome or Firefox, which tabs I spend the most time on. (I would then know if I'm spending the time playing a game, or watching a movie on Hulu...)
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Wakoopa is quite cool for this. –  8088 Nov 22 '11 at 2:28
@Gareth Why not add that as an answer? –  wizlog Nov 22 '11 at 5:10
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Procrastitracker is free & suits your needs well.

Is there a program that can give me a detailed report on how long certain processes run per day?


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Thanks (+1). Can either of these help me figure out which tabs I focus on the most? –  wizlog Nov 22 '11 at 20:52
Procrastitracker will give you all the details. Wakoopa is a good aggregator of programs that you've run, Procrastitracker will give you the details @Wizlog –  Sathya Nov 23 '11 at 4:12
Intended to check out Wakoopa, but it turns out that it have been shut down. –  TrolleFar Oct 1 '12 at 15:56
@TrolleFar yeah, sadly it shut down few months ago. I'll edit it out, thanks for reminding –  Sathya Oct 1 '12 at 15:59
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I found this application from a lifehacker article: RescueTime. It has both paid and free services with analytics available.

I also found this one: Kiwi, but it seems to be more of monitoring memory and CPU usage than applications and browser tabs in the way you need.

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"I just signed up for the free version of RescueTime, so I will update this answer with further findings." Thanks very much (I don't think I've ever seen someone so dedicated to an answer before)! I doubt it will be necessary for you to be bothered with my software updates for software updates you may not even want. Again, thanks alot, and welcome to SuperUser –  wizlog Nov 22 '11 at 2:20
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Checkout Time Tracker Pro (www.timetrackerproapp.com) for Mac.

It's an app that automatically tracks what apps and documents you're working on. So no reason to enter all that manually.

(Disclosure: I'm the author)

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Do you also have one for Windows? –  wizlog Apr 4 '12 at 19:06
Not yet, but we're planning to release one soon. You can signup on our mailing list (bottom link on the website), and we'll email you when it's ready. –  Maverick Apr 4 '12 at 21:36
I think you mean "disclosure." ;) –  Patrick S. Apr 4 '12 at 21:45
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