Best Timesheet Software for Mac

Cloud solutions for time-tracking are really popular today, but still, there are users who prefer desktop software: some consider it secure to keep all their time and billing data on their local computer, and some just want the application to track time spent in windows and browser tabs automatically in the background. So we made a list of time-tracking software for Mac OS X that will help you monitor your productivity and collect accurate data to bill your clients.

1. actiTIME

actiTIME is a time-tracking and work management application for teams of any size. The app allows you to submit work and leave time, manage projects, control budgets, and calculate billable and payable amounts. Its reporting functionality is helpful when it’s necessary to analyze a team’s performance, project profitability, compare estimates with actual time expenses, get an overview of employees’ absences, and more.

Flexible configuration options allow you to adapt the tool to almost any company’s requirements. You can set up your custom work schedules, overtime and leave balance calculation rules, data access restrictions, currencies, etc.

The tool works as a web application in the cloud or on the company’s internal server, so it’s accessible from any device. The developer also provides a free mobile app for iOS and Android to track time away from the desk.

2. Timing

This app tracks your daily activities automatically. It monitors how you use your Mac and categorizes all detected activities. This way, you get an informative report on your time expenses. The app also supports manual time entry and keeps track of when you are most productive.

Collected data is represented in a timeline (it even makes suggestions for time blocks that belong together) and in reports. Colorful charts show when and how you spent your time throughout the day. Timing also provides special reports for calculation of billable amounts directly in the app.

Timing works in the background, so it is unobtrusive and allows you to focus on your work, not on tracking time. And it provides you with detailed data on your time expenses to improve your productivity in the future.

3. On The Job

On The Job is an app for tracking time, billing and invoicing. It allows you to record time spent on different work assignments, create clients’ profiles, and organize your data into folders. The app counts time expenses with a timer. An automatic idle time detector helps to calculate time intervals when no activity is performed on the computer and shows it when you return – with an option to subtract idle time from the total value.

For client billing, the app provides multiple currencies and custom hourly rates. Once the billable amount is created, you can issue an invoice directly in the app. Customize your invoices as you need by adding graphical elements and editing texts.

4. Tyme

Tyme is a simple and clear app that tracks your work time, allows you to add costs and mileage, provides you with time-track statistics, and keeps track of mileage and expenses. An interesting feature of the app is workload forecast based on the collected statistics data. Multiple active timers and several time-tracking modes are supported.

The app allows you to sort projects and tasks by their specific parameters to eliminate chaos from your work. Tyme also keeps track of already billed periods to prevent you from accidental double billing. The tool synchronizes the data between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, allowing you to track time from anywhere and from any device.

5. HR Task Timer

HR Task Timer is a minimalistic app that counts your work time. It runs in the background and opens when you need it from the menu bar. The app records time with a timer (it is possible to start several timers simultaneously) that can be automatically paused when detecting idle time or after a specified period of time – according to the Pomodoro technique.

The tool allows you to categorize your projects to keep your project list organized. You can export your data from the app into a CSV format by task or by category for further usage and analysis.

6. Timecop

Timecop is a small app that records your time expenses and allows you to modify existing records. It runs in the OS X menu bar, supports multiple timer sessions, and allows you to assign customizable hotkeys to any actions.

The tool provides you with a daily, weekly, or monthly view. What’s more, all recorded data can be exported to a CSV file for further processing.

7. Minco

Referred to as a minimalist time-tracker by its creator, the tool is a lightweight application with robust features, including reminders, calendar events, or current location. Minco is optimized for energy efficiency and low CPU and memory usage. It sits in the menu bar, so it won’t distract you from your immediate tasks.

Minco provides rich integration options with applications and services on your Mac. Its additions and extensions extend its functionality, turning it into a powerful personal time management tool.

8. Caato

The tool is designed to release users from manual time-tracking chores: it provides an easy way to break down your projects by tasks and track time against them with a timer. Entries can be later edited, and new entries for the future can be added.

Caato allows you to track billable time down to a second and get totals for necessary projects or date ranges. Excel and CSV export are available too. The tool is really helpful both for freelancers who need to calculate billable time and office employees who track their personal time to measure their productivity.

9. Time Sink

Time Sink is a time-tracker and organizer for Mac OS X that tracks your activity throughout the day and helps you understand where the time goes. The app automatically records the time you spend in applications and windows on your Mac. You don’t need to enter anything manually. If a non-Mac activity needs to be tracked, you can start a separate timer, unrelated to an application on your computer.

The tool allows you to get an overview of time expenses for related activities. With the Pool feature, you can keep track of how long you have been working on a specific project – or learn how much time you spent on all types of distracting activities. A Pool is just a collection of related windows, created by dragging and dropping them to the app’s Pools section. This feature proves to be helpful for productivity analysis.

10. Qbserve

Qbserve is a time and productivity tracking app that automatically records and analyzes the time spent on different websites, apps, and games. On the basis of opened web pages and documents, the app can track time for your projects. The collected info can be later summarized and used for billing your customers – the tool has an invoicing feature.

Track only the data you really need – the app provides options to ignore private tabs and to pause time tracking. Create detailed reports with activity summaries and history, and export them to JSON and CSV.

11. Timelime

Timelime is a personal time-tracking app available for both Mac OS X and iOS. You can use it on your desktop and on your phone to record your time expenses from anywhere – the data is synchronized in iCloud or Dropbox.

The tool offers many helpful features, such as undo/redo, notes to tasks and timings, data import and export, backups, and more. Timelime is a robust tool for everyone who needs to monitor their daily activities: freelancers, independent contractors, students, office employees, and anyone who wishes to visualize their time expenses and increase productivity.

12. TimeThis

TimeThis is a desktop app for Mac OS X developed by MerryFools. It offers a simple time-tracking procedure and integrates with nine major project management and invoicing tools. You can post your time records to these tools directly from the app for more accurate timekeeping and invoicing. Create your projects and tasks directly in the app or pull them from your project site – both options are supported.

The tool provides flexible configuration options, timer lists, and saved timers for an easier and quicker time-tracking procedure. If you work on several tasks at the same time, the app allows you to use multiple timers. TimeThis is a convenient way to keep track of time spent on different work assignments and use the records in your daily workflow.

 

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Tips for Better Software Releases

Tips for Better Software Releases by Gary Stafford

 

Introduction

Although the process of releasing software varies considerably from application to application, we would probably all agree there are common reasons releases tend to fail. Lack of planning and preparation, defective code, infrastructure and release tooling failures, and poor communication all transcend technology choices and industries.

Indeed, no one can guarantee a release’s success each and every time. However, there are steps we can take to improve the odds of executing consistently successful software releases. Based on my experience with a diverse set of enterprise software organizations, I’ve collected following suggestions for improving release success.

Manage the Release, Don’t Let the Release Manage You

Engage an experienced Release Manager, someone who schedules the release, coordinates the resources, runs the release call, leads the release team through the plan, and communicates status to stakeholders. The Release Manager serves as a single point of contact (SPOC) for the release. Having a Release Manager allows other release team members to focus on their specific tasks without needless distraction.

A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish

Always have an implementation plan (IPlan). Whether a single page of paper or a hundred-page Microsoft Word document, script the entire release in advance. What are the required tasks? What is their order of execution? What resources are needed to complete each task? What is the test plan? What is the contingency plan, if or when something goes awry?

Don’t Boil the Ocean

Releases should have specific goals; the fewer, the better. Release goals should be clearly stated at the beginning of the implementation plan. If you feel you need to compress several goals into a single release, you are probably not releasing frequently enough.

For simplicity, separate software-centric releases from infrastructure-centric changes. Don’t tie the success of either, to the success or failure of the other.

Expect Success, Plan for Failure

Channel your inner Boy Scout and always be prepared. Have a contingency plan. Plan for multiple failure scenarios. Individual task failures only lead to release failures when we don’t have a plan to correct for the individual failures quickly. Are additional resources required in the event of a failure? If so, they should be available, and aware of the release plan and the contingency plan, in advance.

Seek the Understanding and Approval of Others

This is one of those times when seeking the understanding and the approval of others is a good thing. Review the plan in advance with all of the required resources and stakeholders. Ensure there is a complete comprehension of the plan, goals, resource requirements, and timing. Discuss the plan’s level of risk to the organization and their customers. Seek the support and approval of stakeholders when required.

The More I Practice the Luckier I Get

Do a dry run of the plan, even if it is just a verbal walkthrough with the release team. Better yet, do a live run in a production-like staging environment. Adjust the plan if necessary. Also, don’t forget to practice your contingency plan.

Should I Pack a Lunch?

Part of the plan’s review should be a discussion of timing. Release resources should know the estimated total time for the release (release window)—best case and not-so-best case. Also, if individual stages are expected to take more than a few minutes to complete, those times should be understood in advance. There is nothing worse than staring endlessly at the third stage of a 10 stage continuous integration pipeline for 15 minutes, with no idea of how much long the task is expected to take.

Don’t Start the Game Without the Whole Team on the Field

Never start a release without all the required resources present and prepared. A quick release can turn into a long and painful experience if you are waiting on resources. In my experience, the longer a release takes to complete, the greater the risk of failure.

Make a Plan and Stick to It

You wrote the plan, you reviewed the plan, you practiced the plan, and you received the approval of your stakeholders for the plan. So, follow the plan.

If you absolutely must deviate from the plan, take the time to consider the impact and potential risks. Document the deviation for the post-mortem and for planning the next release.

Test Early, Test Often

Testing should not be the final step to confirm the release’s success. Testing should be done continuously and automatically throughout the release process. Test after each significant stage of the plan. It’s easier to find and correct issues the early they are discovered.

Mute is Your Friend; Always Be on Mute

Emotions will flare, words will uncontrollably leap from your lips on occasion, background noise makes following the release call difficult to follow, and diagnosing release issues isn’t best done in front of an audience. Keep the release call focused on the plan and free of emotion.

Are We There Yet?

Consistently communicate before, during, and after the release. Let stakeholders know in advance when the release is starting and how long it is expected to take. Keep stakeholders aware of significant deviations to the plan, especially with customer-facing impact. Let everyone know when the release finishes and give a final release status. Keep communications germane.

Ensure that everyone understands how the release status will be communicated, be it email, IM, persistent chat, or a web-based status page.

Mistakes are Meant for Learning, not Repeating

Successful or otherwise, follow each release with a blameless post-mortem. A post-mortem might only require a quick five-minute chat. Or, the whole release team might need an hour with a therapist (that’s a joke). Discuss what went right and what did not work as well as expected. Be keen to focus on repeat problems and problems that were not caught during the release. Most importantly, consider how to improve the release process continuously.

Releasing Is a Game, Keep Score

Know your release’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and your Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Understand what matters most to your stakeholders and your customers. Always know how you are performing against your KPIs and SLAs and what you need to do to improve them. Dashboards are great tools to display KPI and SLA performance transparently.

Is your failure rate increasing or decreasing? Is one type of task responsible for a majority of your release failures? Is your release taking longer or shorter to complete each time? Did you experience an unexpected outage during the release? For how long? What is the volume of post-release issues caused by, but not discovered during the release?

File Compression and Archiving with Gzip, Zip, and Tar in Linux

Compressing with Gzip and Zip

Compressed files use less disk space and download faster than large, uncompressed files. You can compress Linux files with the open-source compression tool Gzip or with Zip, which is recognized by most operating systems.

By convention, compressed files are given the extension .gz. The command Gzip creates a compressed file ending with .gz; Gunzip extracts the compressed files and removes the .gz file.

To compress a file, at a shell prompt, type the following command:

gzip filename.ext

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Install UNetbootin in ubuntu

UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can create live USB systems and can load a variety of system utilities or install various Linux distributions and other operating systems without a CD.

USB Install

This installation mode creates bootable USB flash drives and bootable USB Hard Disk Drives; it is a Live USB creator.

Multiple installs on the same device are not supported.

It is worth noting that UNetbootin’s meta-data is very out of date. For example, the latest version of Linux Mint offered in the drop-down menu is version 10, whilst the latest official release is version 14 (at time of writing, February 2013). However, UNetbootin can still be used to write a bootable Mint 14 ISO file onto a USB device, if the user first downloads the ISO file manually.

How to install UNetbootin in Ubuntu :

Using these few commands, downloading and running it will work.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
sudo apt-ge.t update
sudo apt-get install unetbootin

have a nice try