Idea: user monitoring
dobey at novell.com
Sat Jun 4 00:51:49 EEST 2005
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On Fri, 2005-06-03 at 17:16 -0400, Michael George wrote:
> I've been thinking that a framework for monitoring my use of various
> applications would be useful. I would like to implement something that
> could be useful for the following kinds of use cases:
> - Joe has no self-discipline. He wants to monitor the amount of time he
> spends reading slashdot and playing games, and possibly pop up a notice
> if he's wasting too much time
> - Mary's children are only allowed to use the computer for one hour a
> day, unless they are working on a school project. She wants the desktop
> to enforce these rules.
> - Bob loves free software, and is trying to decide what projects to
> donate to. To help him think of good possibilities, he wants a list of
> all the applications he uses regularly, and how much time he spends
> using them.
> I imagine this being implemented as a service which makes an educated
> guess as to what task the user is focusing on, and then records the time
> spent on each task. There would also be an API that allows applications
> to provide more information (for example, a web browser might say what
> page is being visited (perhaps via a plugin), or an xterm would tell the
> system that the user is really using emacs). In addition, an API would
> be provided for querying this information, or to be notified when
> certain events occured.
> Such a framework would almost certainly need to be desktop-neutral in
> order to monitor all applications, which is why I am proposing it here.
> Does anyone have any comments on this idea, especially how I might start
> building such a thing? It's a little underspecified right now because I
> don't have a good feel for the technologies that would help support it.
> For example, I think this would work really well on top of DBus, but I
> don't know much about DBus. Any comments would be appreciated.
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