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I have no programming experience myself, so I have no idea if this is really a "quick and easy" program to make or not.  Please forgive me if it really shouldn't have been posted here.

Here's what I need...something to help me fight the IGAD syndrome (You know IGAD..."I've got all day.")

I'm picturing a "live action" visual representation with two elements:  The time I have left (specified by me) and the time I have estimated I need for my tasks.  So in other words, I'd like to be able to tell it that, between 6am and 4pm, I have to do an estimated 5 hours' worth of chores.  I'd love to be able to see at a glance how much my "time bank" is being depleted, and how many hours/minutes of work I still have to fit into that remaining time.

It would need to be easily editable, so that when I complete a chore I'd allotted 15 minutes for, I can go delete 15 minutes from my estimated remaining chore time for the day.  Does that make sense?

Also, it would be great to be able to run multiple instances of this program, so I can track different time periods with their own allotted tasks.

Of course this is all moot if somebody has already made a cool freeware program that does this...

Thanks so much for considering this idea.  You guys are great!

What's the Best? / Best PC User Time Controller?
« on: June 16, 2007, 10:06 PM »
Please bear with the length of this question.  I just think that I need to explain my situation clearly so that people will understand exactly what I'm hoping to find.

I have three children, two of whom have autism-spectrum disorders and ADD.  They love their computer time, and would spend all day with their noses in the monitor if I would let them.

We have determined to limit them to 2 hours per day during the Summer months.  But they keep "losing track of the time," or "not hearing the timer go off," or "forgetting to set the timer," etc.  We tried using Stickies ( and setting them to pop up on the screen when their time was over, but on certain graphics-intensive games, the sticky won't come to the front. 

Since all three boys like to divide their two hours into 4 half-hour chunks, you can appreciate that it's difficult for me to keep on top of it all.

I'm really hoping to find a program that can do the following:

-Require each boy to enter his own password to access the computer
-Allow parents to set how much time each password can access the computer per day
-When time is up, divert the child to some sort of screen, which is all they will see for the rest of the day
-Automatically reset the timer every day for each child
-Allow the child to "log off" to stop his timer whenever he leaves the computer
-Auto logoff for that password if unused for a set period (for when the child forgets to log off)

Does anyone know of any program that can meet that need?


General Software Discussion / Is there such a thing...?
« on: February 08, 2007, 10:39 PM »
I have a website on freewebs, and I would love to know what other sites have linked to it.  Is there any program out there that could find that out for me?


LaunchBar Commander / Is this what I'm looking for?
« on: July 25, 2006, 11:47 AM »
I'm wondering if Launchbar Commander is what I'm looking for.  What I'm hoping to find is something that will take the place of all of the other items on the taskbar and organize those things for easy launching.  Have I come to the right place?

General Software Discussion / Systray manager
« on: April 01, 2006, 05:00 PM »
My systray is overflowing with icons.  Can anyone recommend or create a program that will organize everything in my systray into a pop-up window or something?  I get really frustrated clicking the little <<symbol to reveal the rest of the tray, only to have it open and close crazily before I can find and click on the icon I want.
Maybe all I really need is something to make my systray open and STAY OPEN when I click the <<symbol, and not re-close until I click the <<symbol again.
Can anybody help?

General Software Discussion / New Mozilla Firefox user
« on: December 01, 2005, 04:09 PM »
Hi all,
I've just switched over from IE to Firefox 1.5, and I like it.  Does anyone here write stuff specifically for Firefox?  If not, is there a site you recommend (besides Mozdev)?
I'm hoping to find an app that will cause Firefox to remember the text size for each site I visit.  I am getting tired of having to increase the text size of my homepage every time I visit it.

Betsy Markman

Yes, someone did ask me to come to the "living room" and talk about my experiences being published through PublishAmerica.  I will be glad to answer anyone's questions to the best of my ability.  My book doesn't officially come out until December 26th.  There are aspects of PublishAmerica that I haven't dealt with yet because my book isn't out yet.  But I am aware of some issues that have been discussed in other forums.  I'll try to be as fair and balanced as I can be, if anyone's interested.

Whether you're interested in PublishAmerica or not, I'd be delighted if you'd drop by my website!  :Thmbsup:

Find And Run Robot / Dumb question?
« on: November 15, 2005, 08:19 PM »
I'm wondering if FaRR can find and open URLs.  I didn't see anything in the help menu which explained how.
BTW, I'm new here, and I really like the software I've downloaded so far (FaRR, TicTocTitle).  This looks like a great group.

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