Sunday, July 13, 2008

Project Time Tracker Software?

Does anyone know of a program out there that you can install on your computer and have it track your active usage of specific software programs and databases? For example, there is a tool called Klok, but it requires manual entry of time spent on a project. Which makes it of little practical use in my estimation. Specifically, I'd like an easy tool to track how long I actually spend doing web design and Lotus application development projects. So say for example, I'm doing some work on our library home page (I know, I know, but don't laugh - yes, we use the decrepit Lotus to manage our website!), I would set it to track that template and it would automatically log when and how long I had it open and could then just spit out totals for me showing how much time I worked on it whenever I wanted it, and with virtually no conscious effort or forethought on my part. Even better would be the ability to log how much time was spent working on individual documents, like word docs and excel.

Does such a program exist? Any chance there is a free or cheap version out there?

Short-Attention Spanization Syndrome (SASS)

This blog, like many out there in the interwebs, has been dying a slow death due to one factor: I've joined the hoards of active Twitterers. The simple truth is that microblogging in abbreviated sentences of less than 140 characters and getting instant feedback is just so much easier than writing fully coherent, well-thought out blog posts that few ever read or comment on anyways. It's also a bit more fun and allows me to keep up with friends and colleagues in a far more interactive and effective way.

This is especially true since my work schedule has been beyond hectic for a while now and I don't even find myself with time to write up posts during my lunch break. But having said that, there is still a need for active blogs and I'm thankful so many smart librarians and other people with sharp wits and senses of humor and inquisitive minds continue to feed my ever-growing list of Bloglines subscriptions.

And despite my obvious shortcomings as a true library blogger, I'll continue to post to this blog those ideas and issues and thoughts about the world of distance librarianship that I deem of value or that may not be discussed in depth elsewhere by people far smarter than myself. I've always been short-attention span afflicted (SASA?) and Twitter feeds right into those inclinations, but I can occasionally crank out a few coherent sentences in a row.