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Help me track my mother's computer usage

My mother is 90-years-old and lives alone. We worry when she doesn't pick up for the phone or we haven't heard from her for a couple of days. She is actively-opposed to any sort of regular check-ins by phone or e-mail to us, and she also does not want to use any type of monitoring service for the elderly (such as Lifeline) She does, however, use e-mail and her computer on a daily basis. Is there any software I can install that would send out e-mail alerts to us when she has (or hasn't) used her computer in x amount of hours? I would, of course, ask her permission to do this, and I am fairly sure she would be okay with it. (Don't ask me what exactly the difference is between this and Lifeline, I think it has to do with the stigma of aging that a service like Lifeline implies, something she is quite sensitive about.)
posted by nanook on Sep 21, 2014 - 21 answers

Is there an iOS app you can customize to check things off?

I am tracking what I eat by type of food and I am looking for an app to help me track it. For example, I want to eat 7 veg servings, 3 protein, 4 whole grains, etc. is there an app where I can enter the category and number that I want to eat per day and then as I eat them I can check them off? I can think of other uses, too, like tracking pills and vitamins or even household chores.
posted by jules1651 on Sep 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Seach engines store search history

I think we know that the search engine providers store a history of your searches. We hear about law enforcement checking someone's search history for the poison and bomb-making searches they have done, etc. etc. But some search engines now do predictive search as you type out the letters. Auto suggestion or instant match or whatever they call it. So as you type .... b-o-m-b-, the suggestions and sometimes results appear (bombay bicycle club, bomber jacket, bomb timers, etc.). You can certainly get the search results you may be looking for without ever press enter. And with some, the search result change as you scroll up and down a list that it has suggested for you based on the first few letters typed. So when/what is the record of your searches made? It is every letter you type? or only when 'enter' is pressed? or the position of the cursor as you scroll through a list? Or only whatever's in the search box when a link is clicked (so you see read the page summaries without that being tracked, but if you click a link, then that's a search 'hit')? I don't know. Could you help me understand please?
posted by Xhris on Sep 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Usage tracking in digital asset management software?

I'm looking for software that will help track usage of digital assets such as photographs, as well as stories contained within Word documents. For instance, if a photograph is used in a publication, I'm looking for a way to easily document that so that others in my organization can also see a record of this. Does anyone know of any software / workflows that makes this simple and straightforward? Or even the language to describe this to help better guide my search of this software?
posted by perpetualstroll on Aug 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Google Analytics doesn't register events in IE if link opened in new tab

Is there any info on why Google Analytics doesn't register events in IE if the link is opened in a new tab? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Aug 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Flexible time and task tracker needed

I need to track my time and activity at work, and I suspect there may be ways that my computer could help me with this. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Jul 7, 2014 - 5 answers

At work I need a way to track job folders without 'seeing' them.

We have a physical job folder that moves from department to department along with a database system. As much as I want to give up the paper folder, we need to keep it. So I ask you how best to tag each so I can walk in a room and some device tell me what job numbers are in this area? [more inside]
posted by usermac on May 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Logging/tracking blood test results, (just) beyond Excel

I have about 8 years worth of standard, and usually repeating (basic panels), blood test results. Right now I've got them logged in to Excel; I'm fine with having to enter results manually. At the least, I'm just looking for a format that shows side by side results by date for comparison and can be printed out in this format for health care professionals perhaps more cleanly than just Excel tables. [more inside]
posted by blue suede stockings on May 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Which Nutrition/Calorie Tracker does all this?

I'm on myfitnesspal, and I love it because if I search for pretty much any food I can find in the grocery store, somebody has very likely already added it to the database. The big problem- it is very limited in its ability to track beyond the basic macronutrient groups and the major vitamins. Is there something like myfitnesspal that has a huge user entered database of foods *as well as* a way to see big pretty colorful breakdowns of vitamins/minerals, etc in a given day of your diet? If it has an app for ios & a website even better!
posted by long haired child on May 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for a windows taskbar notification program.

I am looking for a simplified calendar app, I suppose. I want to tell this program to pop up a notification at 10:30pm every day. I want this notification to stick around, on top of all other windows, until I actually dismiss it. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Apr 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Track ALL THE THINGS

I see lots of writing submissions trackers, such as Duotrope and Assignmint, and job application trackers like Huntsy and StartWire. Is there a web app that helps me track multiple kinds of submissions? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 16, 2014 - 1 answer

Small business owners: how do you keep track of contacts,leads,etc.?

Do you have suggestions for a system that will help me track the many new contacts I'm making as I start up my business? At the moment it's a mish-mash of notebooks, my phone, email, google docs and my (increasingly full) memory of conversations and phone calls. These might be people who've contacted me for a proposal, or it could be someone who says 'You should talk to my friend who does X - I'll put you in touch' and I want to remember to follow up with them later. [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Mar 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Can an iPad that's been turned off be tracked?

My company recently issued iPads to my colleagues and me. Most of us are pretty happy about it, because, among other things, they will replace a lot of paper we had to lug around. There is a vocal minority, however, that fears the iPads will allow the company to track us, even when they're turned off. [more inside]
posted by dinger on Mar 4, 2014 - 12 answers

What is the best way to track ebook price drops?

I have a new Kindle, I have a Goodreads account with dozens of books I'd like to read. There are probably hundreds of books I'd buy for the right price. What is the best way to track ebook temporary sales and price drops? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Feb 11, 2014 - 10 answers

What kind of Resource Management Tool would help my company?

I'm a Project Manager at a web company that makes websites, apps, etc. We are pretty small so any solution needs to be affordable and easy to use. There are so many project management tools out there and we have evaluated many. I have a short list of things I'm looking for which I'll outline inside but mainly there seems to be a lack of resource management at an hourly level. So, either that is too high level for the price/ease of the tools we are looking at, or people are managing that some other way. Data and management geeks, please help!! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 24, 2014 - 8 answers

How do you organize your health records?

How do you keep track of your health information? Having lived in a dozen different places during the past decade, I've lost track of all of the doctors and specialists I have seen. Realizing as I filled a prescription that Walgreens still remembers things about me from college that I had forgotten, I want to get organized. [more inside]
posted by troytroy on Jan 10, 2014 - 3 answers

How to track a specific series of photos?

How can I best track photos of a medical issue, to see changes over time? The photos need to be taken many times a day, and easily compiled so I can see the variation between them. They should not be public, but ideally I'd like to share the photos with my doctors. The photos need to be time stamped, or the resulting archive needs to make the times and dates clear. The process should be as simple and fast, as it will be repeated 6x a day or more. Any ideas on how to make this as painless as possible? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Jan 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Mood tracking app for iPhone

My young adult daughter, who suffers from depression, was advised by her therapist to track her moods, to be better able to identify what triggers them. I suggested that she use an iPhone app, since she has her phone with her at all times. Does anyone have a recommendation for a specific mood tracking app? [more inside]
posted by merejane on Nov 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Need help locating a mysteriously vanished package

I ordered a package last winter and just realized that I never received it. I was out of town for a bit and traveling so it slipped my mind and I just assumed my partner had brought it in. Now, over six months later, I contacted the company that shipped it to me, and they were able to track down the USPS routing number, but USPS' website is not helping. How can I track this down? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Oct 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Google Analytics: _linkbypost() on non-form cross domain links?

I'm just curious is it possible (or advisable) to use _linkbypost() instead of just _link() on cross domain links with Google Analytics to avoid the problems I'm having with the long query strings that _link() produces. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek on Oct 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me make bugging people fun!

I send a monthly e-mail to my department at work, reminding everyone to update their records in our project tracking system. I've been trying to make this fun and get everyone's attention by using jokes or funny pictures in my messages. However, I'm running out of ideas! [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on Oct 1, 2013 - 16 answers

How many things can be tracked over the internet?

In addition to the well known sites for tracking Planes and Ships I've recently discovered I can track SHARKS! What other things can be tracked on the internet? I'm specifically keen to see sites with a map of the world (or I suppose a more local region if that is appropriate) with all the things moving around in real time, but any aggregation of real world data would also be interesting.
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Sep 26, 2013 - 27 answers

Where can I find a word-count tool to track my writing goals?

I'm looking for a word-count tool that will allow me to: set a goal for words written by a specific date, enter in the words I have written each day, see how many words I remaining toward my goal, and how many words I will need to average each day to reach my goal. [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Aug 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Help track my tool

I’m looking for a reasonably priced (GPS?) device that will remotely track an object's whereabouts and share that info with the public, online or via smartphone. [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Aug 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Storing info about images of paintings?

What's a good way to keep track of information about images of paintings I've downloaded (artist, title, year, museum, and so on)? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Aug 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Software/websites to help manage a scientific project

What software/websites would you recommend to help a team of not more than a dozen individuals at different sites manage a collaborative project? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Aug 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Tracking Changes in Google Calendar

I swear I found an answer to this before but I am stumped now. I have a scheduling conflict at work and I use Google Calendar for staff scheduling. Two people have requested vacation on the same day and I need to know who entered the request first.
posted by zzazazz on Jul 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Can a company track web usage on a company laptop not on the network?

I recently took a job for a new company and received a company laptop. However, I'll be a remote employee working from home and travelling. The company is a small independent subsidiary of a large Japanese company who hires out their IT functions to an independent contractor. I won't be googling any super-weird stuff, but hey, it gets boring in hotels sometimes. How can I know if my company can monitor any web usage remotely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2013 - 13 answers

How does a small non-profit track emails of 7 different users?

The manager of a non-profit owner wants to track inbound and outbound emails of 7 different users. [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jun 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Looking for GPS-workout tracking app with many features

I currently use Endomondo to track my skating workouts. I like it a lot, but miss two things: 1) I would love to be able to analyze part of the workout as if it was an entire workout. Say, if I skated from point A to Z, I want to see the average speed over part L to R. 2) I would love more personal bests. For skating, Endomondo starts the personal bests at 3 miles or 5 km. I want to see my personal best 1 km or mile too. With time, they track most kms in one hour, but I rarely skate one hour, I want to track half hours. I know that I could switch my activity type to a different one for which they do track other distances/times, but I don't want to do that. I am looking for either a web application that accepts .gpx files that I can export from Endomondo, or a new app (should work on both iOS and Android) that can also export to .gpx.
posted by blub on May 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Resume tracking for the job hunter

My oldest cousin is job-seeking and solicited my help to find an app or website that will help her track and manage the versions of resumes and cover letters she sends out to employers. The best advice seems to be that you do a customized resume (and obliviously a custom cover letter) for each job applied for - so how to track those? She tells me that it's important to be able to match the resume version to the job ad when the recruiter does make contact (I guess so you can get the various little white lies straight!). And also to know what version you sent to the same company previously when they have new or a multitude of vacancies. I can't find anything out there. Any advice please? Any apps or websites that do this? What do other job seekers do to manage this problem? (spreadsheet? or something better?) Thanks
posted by Xhris on May 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Extract XY coordinates from Apple Motion5?

How to extract XY coordinates from Apple Motion5? [more inside]
posted by dhruva on Apr 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Online Days Since counter for many recurring tasks?

Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Is there a good iOS/Andriod app for car mileage tracking?

I'm iPhone, wife is Android, and we both use both of the family cars. Is there a good service, with smartphone apps for both platforms (or web interface that plays nicely with a low-end Android device and i5) for entering the current mileage, gallons purchased, price, ect for tracking fuel costs for each vehicle? I'd like to do what my dad did with a notebook in the glove compartment, but with the math and cloud-sync goodness parts handled by the pocket computers. Maybe this is a job for a Google Docs spreadsheet?
posted by Steve3 on Mar 31, 2013 - 6 answers

options for mapping celebrities on websites

I am interested in building a website that will track public appearances for multiple celebs (think stars of a reality show) and I'm not sure what frameworks I could use. [more inside]
posted by zug on Mar 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Now that WeEndure is shutting down...

Now that WeEndure is going away, I need somewhere to track my exercise. There are a number of places that have biking and running, but not swimming. I'd prefer simpler to the more complex sites like MapMyRun (which, again, doesn't do swimming, from what I can see). I have seen this and wondered what things are out there, four years later. Bonus: a place that I can dump all my WeEndure data into so I hit the ground running. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

How to hide my Internet usage

The Router At my new apartment tracks all my Internet usage. Is there a way to hide it? I don't know much about vpns, But are they the solution? If so I would be willing to pay for a good one. Suggestions?
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 29 answers

How do I keep Google from seeing which search result I clicked?

Can I make my Google search results not pass through Google? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

App to track how long it took your recipient to respond?

Are there any Google Apps or browser plugins/add-ons or scripts for Gmail that can track the length of time it took for a contact to reply to you? Something that would show you weekly/monthly/yearly stats which of your contacts replied the fastest and which replied the slowest. [more inside]
posted by querty on Nov 13, 2012 - 1 answer

Can someone tell me how I can confirm my location (in the UK) of where I was a couple/few weeks ago please. At the time I was using an HTC Hero phone on the O2 network.

Can someone tell me how I can confirm my location (in the UK) of where I was a couple/few weeks ago please. At the time I was using an HTC Hero phone on the O2 network. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Oct 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Cepacol purchases tracked/rationed?

I bought a pack of Cepacol lozenges at my local neighborhood pharmacy here in Massachusetts, and was surprised that I was required to scan my driver's license to get it. Active ingredients are listed as Benzocaine 7.5 mg and Dextromethorphan Hbr 5 mg, none of which I recognize as chemical precursors to drugs with a high potential for abuse, like (for instance) Pseudoephedrine. Dextromethorphan does have some potential for abuse on its own, but the ingredient is common to most cold formulations, none of which are tracked or rationed. Does anyone here have a good explanation for the driver's license requirement?
posted by The Confessor on Sep 19, 2012 - 5 answers

It is especially bad at night when I am heading to the bathroom

I switched to a wheat-based litter and now it is tracking everywhere despite my best efforts. Any suggestions for combating this? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Sep 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Too much noise in my data

Putting on the math signal: calling the statistics-literate. Trying to change my weight/body composition and track progress in a useful way, but I'm having trouble separating normal daily variation from actual real change. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Sep 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Apps for tracking restaurant recommendations?

Is there a good app for tracking restaurant recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bibbit on Aug 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Best way to track migraine data?

My doctor suggested I keep a written diary to try to find migraine triggers. I'd like to improve on the concept and make it digital, trackable, and graphable. What would be the best method to use? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Glendinning on Aug 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Tracking exercise minutes

I'm looking for a simple iPhone app: I want to start exercising for 30 mins./day most days of the week, but I may not always get in the 30 mins. at once. (Apparently, it doesn't matter.) I want an app that tracks my daily minutes of exercise (e.g., 10 mins. here, 10 mins. there) and tells me how much more I have at that moment till I get to my 30-minute daily target. It'd also be nice if it told me my weekly minutes up to that point. I track my food in another app, so I don't need it to track calories.
posted by trillian on Jul 21, 2012 - 4 answers

GoodView?

I am looking for a Goodreads-like site for movie tracking. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Jul 18, 2012 - 6 answers

I want to generate some stats on my monthly spending

I'm interested in calculating monthly expenses. What's the best way of doing this, keeping in mind security concerns? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jun 19, 2012 - 12 answers

what websites/apps for tracking the nutrition of my actual diet?

Nutrition website/app filter: I want to track the nutritional values of what I actually eat in relation to accepted norms of good health. I've used this website: http://​www.​myfoodrecord​.com/​mainnat.html, which sorta does what I want, but I'm left feeling there's probably something better out there these days. [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Jun 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Need advice on work-order software.

My very small office is looking for Windows software suggestions for tracking work orders. I know nothing about this kind of software, only that someone suggested BMC (Numara) Track-It. Are there others you have used that you can suggest to me? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on May 17, 2012 - 6 answers

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