Where get darkroom timer (for timing PC use)

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Lars, Aug 14, 2007.

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    Lars Guest

    Lars, Aug 14, 2007
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    Palindrome Guest

    How about a chess clock?
    Palindrome, Aug 14, 2007
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    Asle Bjerva Guest

    Download this free program (If you are using MS Windows)
    PC Usage Viewer shows the times your computer has been active with no
    previous setup required.
    Asle Bjerva, Aug 15, 2007
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    Mikey Guest

    Just tried the PC USAGE TIMER, but does not seem to be working.

    All dates logged are 2005, loads of them, and it's not tracking me.

    Hope the other software they sell on the site is better than that.


    Mikey, Aug 15, 2007
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    Mr Magoo Guest

    Which part of "(I do NOT want anything which runs on a PC.)" is hard to
    Mr Magoo, Aug 15, 2007
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    Palindrome Guest

    To be fair, Asle replied to my suggestion and not the OP. And I had
    snipped that particular line for the sake of brevity.. He may not have
    even seen the OP.

    Although I could have asked why he seems to think that I should download
    this piece of daftware...
    Palindrome, Aug 15, 2007
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    Jupiter Guest

    Consider a decent analogue alarm chronograph watch. Most will do
    split timing (what you want) up to 24hrs total with accuracy often to
    1/5 sec, with a 12 hr alarm. You can also extrapolate average time to
    complete a number of repetitive tasks, calculate average speeds with a
    tachymeter scale, and work out aircraft fuel consumption, distance
    travelled etc. if you get a very complicated one, which is a good idea
    because working out everything it can do and playing about with the
    buttons will inevitably mean you spend less time playing with the
    computer. However, on this point, the watch could come in useful for
    motor sport games and flight simulators.
    BTW, most darkroom timers nowadays are electronic with digital
    displays. The old analogue ones were pretty simple, just a 60 minute
    countdown timer which tinged a bell at the end of the set time. Car
    boot sales or eBay probably best for them.
    Jupiter, Aug 15, 2007
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    Adrian C Guest

    How about a Chess Clock?
    Adrian C, Aug 15, 2007
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    Allen Guest

    here are many battery-powered cooking timers on the market, most at
    quite a low price. One of these might serve the OP's needs.
    Allen, Aug 15, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Like this
    They turn up on eBay pretty regularly, typically sell for around £10-£20
    inc. delivery and never seem to wear out.
    Rob Morley, Aug 15, 2007
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    Lin Chung Guest

    I suspect you are worried that you may be addicted to computers and
    you want to be rid of the obsession. If not, skip the rest of this post,
    and accept my apologies. To have a word with your doctor is the more
    appropriate solution; to have a timing clock is not, for that relies heavily
    on your will power/self discipline, again. If your present doctor is not
    sympathetic, change your doctor. Meanwhile you may like to browse
    through these pages:

    "Computer / Internet Addiction - Self Diagnosis"

    "Computer Addiction Services"
    Lin Chung, Aug 16, 2007
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    Allen Guest

    My interpretation of his post (did not want software, did not want an
    external power source) was that he is using a machine in a location with
    a time limit (perhaps a public library) or using some rental service or
    equipment. I didn't pick up on any psychological issues.
    Allen, Aug 16, 2007
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    Lin Chung Guest

    I think the OP wants the clock "noisy" is significant. Use of that in the
    library is not envisaged. To emphasis, this could be annoyingly loud and
    clear, perhaps even continuous with the tic-tok as a constant reminder that
    he has taken a deliberate step in setting up all that for a well meaning
    purpose at the start of the on-going computer session, and that he has
    perhaps symbolically made a promise to himself that on this occasion the
    computer usage will be short and limited. What else could be the
    that the mechanical clock is required to be heard?

    That the clock should not be a computer programme, but detached from the
    machine altogether is also significant.

    Well, only the OP knows the real answer.
    Lin Chung, Aug 16, 2007
  14. I would imagine that its to time the kids and he feels their hacking skills
    exceed his security skills.
    Its a common belief that kids know more about computers than adults..
    IME it is totally wrong but YMMV.
    [email protected], Aug 17, 2007
  15. What I don't understand is why he needs to use the comuter in the dark ...
    Appelation Controlee, Aug 18, 2007
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    Lin Chung Guest

    The functions and operations the OP wants can be provided by what he
    remembers a darkroom timer he was familiar with years ago. The one he has
    in mind most probably is the Smith's analogue timing clock depicted in the
    link sent in by Rob Morley above. These were ubiquitous before the 1980's.
    Virtually all darkrooms used these.

    I may venture to suggest that most probably too the OP is in his 50's or
    Lin Chung, Aug 18, 2007
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    Adrian C Guest

    I may venture to wonder... where has the OP gone????
    Adrian C, Aug 18, 2007
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    Lin Chung Guest

    Maybe, Lars (or Larson?) has now returned to Sweden. <g>
    Lin Chung, Aug 18, 2007
  19. Aw shit, you're taking me seriously, aren't you?

    FWIW I used to have a close working relationship with such clocks, when I
    began my working life in the early sixties. Therefore, I suppose I may
    venture to suggest that you stuff your patronising explanation up your
    Appelation Controlee, Aug 18, 2007
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