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« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2007, 04:01:21 PM »

nice idea  thumbs up
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« Reply #26 on: September 27, 2007, 12:52:16 AM »

I have written a similar timer some while back.
http://www.easyhr.com.au/...y_countdown_timer_pro.htm
Settings, TimerGroups is what we are sort of taling about.
Its not exactly the same, but sort of similar.


Also http://www.easyhr.com.au/...tware/easy_rest_break.htm
This has a smart timer built into it.
Basically if there is no mouse or keyboard entry for x minutes, the software assumes the person is not there and resets the break timer when hey return.
This also follows the WORK+BREAK Algorythm
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« Reply #27 on: September 27, 2007, 01:08:52 AM »

now this is the *ideal* program to be merged with Temptation Blocker, which has been sadly abandoned by its author. the program blocks your distractions ((firefox/IE mostly for me) on the computer, though it lacks a key feature: once you take a break, nothing stops you frmo making it two hours long! Read more about the program, with soutce available:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/temptblocker/
http://lifehacker.com/sof...tation-blocker-115429.php

Could someone bring both goodies together?


If someone could figure out how to make something similar, in 2 parts (one to lock, one to release) my next version of Instant Boss will be able to run them at appropriate times (run lock b4 work, release b4 break)

A user requested the ability to launch programs, open files, and run scripts at various points during the work/break cycle and it is something I will be adding.

This has a smart timer built into it.
Basically if there is no mouse or keyboard entry for x minutes, the software assumes the person is not there and resets the break timer when hey return.
This also follows the WORK+BREAK Algorythm

Option to automatically pause after a user specified length of system idle time will be added as well, but this feature will not be available for 9x users, since there is no easy way for me to do it for that OS without causing issues on slow machines. I'll still be thinking up some 'crafty' workaround so 9x users will eventually have a working substitute feature.
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« Reply #28 on: October 08, 2007, 02:41:14 AM »

You have a lot of fans over on Phinished.org with this program!  However, someone there has run into this problem:

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Basically, the Instant Boss application works (window comes up, and I get a little icon in my system tray, seems to function ok). But every time I restart my computer, I have to run the application from scratch. So, the total time worked ("total work to date") keeps resetting to zero and I have to start all over. (How can I keep track of the time I've worked over days, weeks, and months if it resets every time I restart? Maybe this is something IB is not meant to do.)

Am I doing something wrong in terms of installation? This is what I did: downloaded the program; when prompted, saved the zipped folder to my desktop; extracted all items from the zipped folder; then, double-clicked on the Instant Boss icon (yelling man); instant boss opens (after I get a message about whether or not I want to run this application) and I use the timer; the icon appears in the system tray. Once I exit the program and restart my computer, I click the Instant Boss icon again to start the program (promt asks me each time whether I want to run the app); all timers (including life timer) are set back to zero. What's the deal?

Any suggestions?
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« Reply #29 on: October 08, 2007, 09:22:43 AM »

Wouldn't that be somehow related to vista? It's not the first time i've seen trouble with settings not being saved/loaded with vista, IIRC.
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« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2007, 12:50:24 PM »

Wouldn't that be somehow related to vista? It's not the first time i've seen trouble with settings not being saved/loaded with vista, IIRC.

I don't know...the user didn't specify what version of Windows, and as far as I know, that Vista problem only occurs when the settings are saved to a file in the application's folder, which my program doesn't do. All settings are saved to the registry, under current user.

If it is a Vista issue, I don't think I can fix it. I wouldn't begin to know how, and I couldn't test it because I don't have vista.

This is why I don't officially support Vista in anything I write...I can't.

This is the first report of a problem like this since I released it over a year ago.

About the only thing I can suggest is to uncheck the box on the prompt that says "Always ask before opening this file" before clicking the 'run' button.

I don't know if that will make a difference or not.
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« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2007, 01:35:54 PM »

hey! I┬┤ve put you on Wired┬┤s Wiki:
http://howto.wired.com/wi...ion=display;category=Work

Any chances you will be implementing the web/app block feature soon? I would like to set up a bounty or something similar for these features to be implemented. Thanks for your support!

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« Reply #32 on: October 09, 2007, 03:55:29 AM »

I didn't ask what OS they were using...I'll find out. (duh...sorry.  embarassed)
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« Reply #33 on: October 09, 2007, 10:45:50 AM »

They are using XP, so that doesn't seem to explain it.  Apparently another person is having a problem with a mystery extra 23 minutes added on to their total time.

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I have tried unchecking the box on the prompt-- it keeps the prompt from coming up each time, but does not solve the 'system reset' problem.

I'd like to verify that I am saving these files to the correct folder(s). How can I check that mine are saved to the registry, as suggested?

The discussion thread about it is http://www.phinished.org/showthread.php?t=21218

Thanks for your help.
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« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2007, 10:58:38 AM »

About the extra 23 minutes...

Is that on every run that it is adding an extra 23 minutes each time? or did it just start on the first run with 23 minutes on it already?

If you could, please pass on the link to my contact page and tell them to get in touch with me directly so I can get all info needed about these problems:

http://appsapps.info/contact.php
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« Reply #35 on: October 10, 2007, 09:33:27 AM »

Thanks for your help, app! I appreciate it!
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« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2007, 09:56:16 PM »

You are more than welcome.  smiley
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« Reply #37 on: October 30, 2008, 05:53:32 AM »

try usefulrest at http://www.olympsoft.com/usefulrest.html, it's a freeware now...
i'm looking for a better alternative to it .


edit by jgpaiva: replaced the link with the link for the software page and not its unrelated parent site
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« Reply #38 on: October 30, 2008, 06:16:11 AM »

blisdom: the site you mention doesn't have a link for the software instalation, even though the page has its description. It was supposed to be at: http://www.olympsoft.com/...nload/UsefulRestSetup.exe
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« Reply #39 on: October 30, 2008, 06:49:37 AM »

blisdom: the site you mention doesn't have a link for the software instalation, even though the page has its description. It was supposed to be at: http://www.olympsoft.com/...nload/UsefulRestSetup.exe
im sorry i haven't check that page ....
you can try these download link on Chinese site:
http://jdz.newhua.com/down/UsefulRestSetup.zip
http://qymm.onlinedown.ne.../down/UsefulRestSetup.zip
http://gsts.onlinedown.ne.../down/UsefulRestSetup.zip
or more at this web:http://www.onlinedown.net/soft/67805.htm
try those link below "下载专区"
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« Reply #40 on: October 30, 2008, 06:53:43 AM »

i've found a workable at http://rbytes.net/software/usefulrest-review/ too
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