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Author Topic: NANY 2012 Idea Suggestion: Change Monitor  (Read 1817 times)
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« on: October 09, 2011, 09:12:03 PM »

Ill expand on this in the morning, just wanted to get the basic idea down before I forget!

Monitor, Track, and Document ALL Folder and file moves across all HDD's.

EG: 

If I move a folder named "Photos" which contains 3 other folders with X files in, and the folder has X files in, the software will track exactly where that folder and all its contents has been moved to, and store them in a log listed by date and time.

So basically, if I move a file on the 12th October, and forget where I put it, but know roughly when it was moved (even if its only a "It was last month I think", you can search for any file and folder changes in that month.

Should have a powerful search option, should also have a folder content listing, so you can see what files where in said folders.

This should track EVERY MOVEMENT of EVERY FILE AND FOLDER

Anyway, like I said, ill explain more tomorrow.  If I didn't write this now, I would have totally forgotten!
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2011, 10:30:32 PM »

It'll be of interest to see whether you want mealtime tracking, or, say, a twenty-four huh hour summary, i.e., a regular scan to determine - and log - current location, or an activity summary scan.  That latter one could get pretty intense, methinks  Wink.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2011, 08:37:13 AM »

whether you want mealtime tracking, or, say, a twenty-four huh hour summary, i.e., a regular scan to determine - and log - current location, or an activity summary scan.  That latter one could get pretty intense
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2011, 08:41:39 AM »

It'll be of interest to see whether you want mealtime tracking, or, say, a twenty-four huh hour summary, i.e., a regular scan to determine - and log - current location, or an activity summary scan.  That latter one could get pretty intense, methinks  Wink.

Perhaps having an option for both would be fun, but realtime seems the most realistic smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2011, 09:06:23 AM »

Stephen, there are many folder monitoring applications out there.  Here's a few:

http://www.technixupdate....o-monitor-folder-changes/

http://www.deventerprise.net/Projects.aspx
http://www.watchdirectory.net/
http://blueproject.ro/systracer/
http://www.classic-softwa...o/Files/HDD-Profiler.html
http://www.monkeyjob.com/FoldMonk.html
http://leelusoft.blogspot...07/watch-4-folder-22.html

Do none of these fit the bill?
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2011, 09:09:42 AM »

Seems like there are plenty of folder monitor tools, but they seem to fall into 2 camps:
  • Watch for activity in order to take some action when it occurs
  • Watch for activity in order to diagnose some issue

What seems different and interesting about stephen's request is the idea for a more permanent watcher, whose job is to log certain activity in a permanent store that can be sorted and searched perhaps months later.
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2011, 09:20:59 AM »

Monitor, Track, and Document ALL Folder and file moves across all HDD's.

Should have a powerful search option, should also have a folder content listing, so you can see what files where in said folders.

This should track EVERY MOVEMENT of EVERY FILE AND FOLDER

When I put these three together I see some serious security implications regarding data leakage. File names might not seem important, but much can be gleened from them especially when (long names allow...) users are a bit too specific.
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