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Suggestion - Computer Hours - Beardie27 - 03-15-2009 10:59 AM

Well i was thinking to myself about how long i spend on my computer, i download a simple program that tells me how long and when i have been on my computer. Well i was thinking about well could this feature be incorporated into Whatpulse.

In a way such that Whatpulse gathers time on how long since the computer has been turned on for (then pulsing it when you want), course a down side to this would be that you may get people leaving the computer on just so there hours can go up, abusing the system really.

Well a similar thing is what Xfire does by measuring the amount of hours you have been on games. So i was thinking maybe a way to expand this idea is to have it measure how many hours i am on my web browser, hence browsing the internet.

Also just wondering has this idea been suggested before?


Suggestion - Computer Hours - bobL - 03-15-2009 11:20 AM

I actually like this idea!

Would it be best just to have WhatPulse open time? Or just go for a whole system uptime stat?


Suggestion - Computer Hours - Beardie27 - 03-15-2009 11:29 AM

Humm thats a good question really, well the thing is generally when people have the computer on they would have Whatpulse open a equal amount of time because they would want to get as my keystrokes.... etc.

But i do know that windows (don't know about Linux or mac) stores info about when the computer is on or not automatically. See the program i have on my PC tells my my PC usage data for the last 40 days, but when every day comes i loose a day on the graph (because it moves on) and really want to see when i have been on and stuff so i thought of this idea.


Suggestion - Computer Hours - doubledope - 03-19-2009 12:42 PM

I really like this idea, but I have my computer on all the time. Like now I am at work, but my computer at home is still running like a beauty Smile


Suggestion - Computer Hours - Shawn - 03-19-2009 04:57 PM

I don't really like this idea since you don't really have to do anything to get the count higher, just let your computer run. The other 3 counts you've got to physically type/click/or move the mouse. This one seems like it would be a waste of time to add.


Suggestion - Computer Hours - Quarzi - 03-19-2009 07:11 PM

This could be a great help the fight against cheaters since you'll even get the time the whatpulse client have been on, thus if anyone pulse large key amounts with questionably high KPS, you can also look at the time whatpulse has been running on his/her computer.
If it's on 24/7 the KPS will remain like it is on the site right now, but if the computer and user in question only have the computer running say 12 hours per day (with whatpulse), the KPS doubles.

If someone pulse one time and then pulse 86400 keys 24 hours later, the KPS will be precisly 1 (60*60*24 = 86400). If the admin who checks suspicious cheaters then know for how long whatpulse have been on, lets say 12 hours just to keep the math simple, the KPS now lands on 2 "real" KPS for that particular person, or 4 KPS if whatpulse have been running 6 hours. (86400/12/60/60 = 2 or 86400/6/60/60 = 4)

This could help with cheaters as long as they don't have their computers and whatpulse on 24/7, then it would be the same as it is now.

However... With this new client and that you soon can't pulse with version 1.4.7, my personal guess is that cheating will be greatly reduced either way.

Shawn Wrote:I don't really like this idea since you don't really have to do anything to get the count higher, just let your computer run. The other 3 counts you've got to physically type/click/or move the mouse. This one seems like it would be a waste of time to add.

You shouldn't have to "do anything" to get your keys and everything else counted either, you should just have the program running and tend to your normal usage of your keyboard and mouse.

Yes, many people leave their computers on over the night or when they go to work/school, but for those who don't, I think it would be really fun to know just how long their computers have been on. =)


Suggestion - Computer Hours - Beardie27 - 03-19-2009 10:10 PM

I think you have a great view on this Quarzi, about it helps to find cheaters, but it also helps to see if anyone has been on my computer when i am not there Big Grin.

Maybe this can be incorporated into some kind of timeline on your web page, which also shows when you pulsed and what with (keys and clicks etc).


Suggestion - Computer Hours - Shawn - 03-20-2009 01:33 AM

Quarzi Wrote:you should just have the program running and tend to your normal usage of your keyboard and mouse.
My computer is on constantly weather I'm here or not, and many other people leave theirs on 24/7 aswell, so counting the hours it has been on is not very practical and it would not be counting their hours of 'useage' like it does with the keyboard and mouse, but counting every hour their computer has been sitting doing nothing as well.


Suggestion - Computer Hours - Quarzi - 03-20-2009 04:43 AM

I personally don't see the bad in that.

So what if you don't have to work for your uptime, it's still a fun thing to know.
If it's not too much trouble (get everything working as it should in 1.6) it's probably gonna be a fun thing for people to know/watch in like version 1.7. Whatpulse should all be for fun and in no way a competition IMO, I use it to know my own stats, keep count on how long my keyboards and mices hold up.
And one fun thing to know would be how long my computer have been on. Tongue

If people don't want it on, or if you want your uptime to be according to when you are at the computer, just turn the uptime counter off when you go AFK and turn it back on when you are there.


Suggestion - Computer Hours - X-Kal - 03-20-2009 05:07 AM

Thinking about it, I don't think we're going to see a lot of variation with this one. First, everyone who really wants to compete on this will keep their computers running 24/7, which means that the people in the lead will have the top score.

However, if the pulse profile stats are combined, then you start to get into real trouble. What will happen there is that someone will install whatpulse on ALL their computers and keep them ALL running. Then, the top score just goes to whoever has the most computers.

Perhaps this idea is something that can be worked into something more final - preferably something with more interaction and less predictability on the stats.