What is it?
Track your (computer-related) activities. Search. Tag. Figure out where you spend your time.
How does it work?
You run a small agent on your computer. (This agent is currently Windows-only.) It monitors your active and idle time, and the title of the active window, and sends this to a remote server. You log in to the remote server with a Gmail ID, and get a scrolling list of your activity.
It looks something like this:
You can create one or more tags, which is just a saved search. Each tag can have a different color (like “red” or “blue” or a hex value like FF0000).
Do I have to have a Gmail ID?
For now, yes. I’ll eventually implement login using any email address, but for now I’m punting to Google.
- Login to the website here.
- As mentioned above, for now you have to have a Gmail ID to log in.
- You have to log in at least once before you run the sensor anywhere.
- Click the settings tab and note your user key. It looks like this: 07c2b6dd17516beaa2680091b341ab5c6c5b1837c9f228fa2316915f5cc17f9d.
- Download the sensor, here. Currently it’s Windows only.
- Open a cmd window (Windows-R, cmd).
- Run the sensor: sensor_win64.exe <source> <your-user-key>
- The source can be any string, typically the name of the computer you’re on.
- The user key is from the settings tab, mentioned in step 2, above. Obviously you want to copy & paste!
- Go back to the Panopticon web page. You may need to reload to get things going.
- Obviously, anyone that knows your user key can send events “as you”. So don’t share it.
- I won’t look at or sell your data or email.
- I use Google to authenticate but do not have access to any of your Google account (email, etc).
- $1/month or $10/year.
- An unpaid account will only show the most recent 48 hours of events.
- Mention your gmail user ID in your Paypal subscription.
- Fulfillment is currently manual. Please allow 24-48 hours to be upgraded.