Jun 3rd 2008

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Tagalog - the unobtrusive time tracker

A while ago the management of a company I was working for decided it needed to keep track of the time its employees were spending on various tasks and projects. The solution that was arrived at was that we would all use dotproject, a project management web app written in PHP.

Since a typical day at that company consisted of hundreds of interruptions with brief bouts of actual work permitted in between, using a web app to track time turned out to be too unwieldy to be really practical. I quickly resorted to retrospectively filling my timesheet with plausible but largely fictitious entries.

I was motivated by this experience to write tagalog, a small gnome/python app which allows you to track your time easily without interrupting your flow any more than necessary. Here's its homepage.

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