One minute review of your wasted time

It’s easy to throw around the accusation that you waste time throughout the day. Now you can prove it by reviewing everything you did on your computer, all in just one minute. [Dan Paluska] ground out some code to take screenshots and assemble them into a video.

His script ties together the open source tools FFmpeg, ImageMagick, and scrot. It takes a snap every 15 seconds in a 10 hour period for a total of 2400 frames. He even outlines the process to automatically upload these clips to YouTube. Just remember, if you’re doing something naughty, there’ll be a record of it.

Comments

  1. Matt says:

    Hope my boss never finds this script, but could be interesting to see your habits change over time.

  2. jeditalian says:

    everybody too busy trolling chatroulette? if you’d have read this first then you could upload your trollachievements on youtube, share it for the world.. except if it was chatroulette it would be too full of penises to last very long on youtube…..

  3. jeditalian says:

    lol if it were used for that purpose, monitoring the workplace.. unemployment rates would skyrocket:D

  4. jeditalian says:

    if it were used for that purpose, monitoring the workplace.. unemployment rates would skyrocket

  5. jeditalian says:

    damn duplicate entries that didnt show up so i typed it again.

  6. jeditalian says:

    About that time, eh chap?

  7. None says:

    Oh dear Lord that man has a boring voice! Interesting post tho

  8. jeditalian says:

    lol if it were used for that purpose, monitoring the workplace.. unemployment rates would skyrocket :D

  9. bolke says:

    Great, wasting time by watching how you wasted time. Guess what I think of it?

  10. rob says:

    kind of like timesnapper, which has been around for a while.

    http://www.timesnapper.com/

  11. Loeb says:

    So he made a program that can take screenshots periodically and compile them into a video and then post them to youtube. I bet the first thing that guy thought was, I should my monitor.

  12. rick says:

    @Loeb
    The whole thing?

  13. chrome says:

    So why didn’t he use it to make this movie then?

  14. Whatnot says:

    Might be interesting to get a new view of yourself, but posting it on youtube?.. no.
    I would not need his setup though, there’s a million ways and utilities to do this.

  15. Josh says:

    I’m going to have to remember to set this up first thing when I buy a new mac.

    Can you imagine how entertaining it would be to watch a video of your computer’s life 5 years after owning it?

  16. Chatroulette has taken me by suprise. An idea from the 90’s has taken off again. It blows my mind.

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