Monitoring Your PC’s Usage with WhatPulse

Have you ever wondered how many clicks you clicked and where are these clicks landed on your screen? Or how much you downloaded and uploaded during the day or yesterday? How many words you typed in a day? It would be interesting knowing all these facts and see if these facts would ever help you realize how much time you have wasted.

WhatPulse is a small free application that does all these. It monitors your PC activities in real-time, measures your keyboard/mouse usage, download/upload bandwidth and sends these data to a web portal where you can use to analyze your computing life, or even compete against or with your friends and compare your statistics to other people.

It’s a simple but feature-rich program that when it runs sits quietly in the system tray collecting any activities at non-stop. The main program comes with 6 tabs, including an overview tab that displays all basic info in one screen.

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The Input tab shows input info including keystrokes and mouse clicks with a heat map that displays what are the keys used the most. There are 4 separate sub-pages you can slide back and forth to get more details about your input habits.

The Network tab shows about the network activities occurred on your Network Interfaces, in real-time, daily usage, and All time usage. You can also get the application level to see which applications are consuming the network bandwidth the most. What’s interesting is that it even provides a breakdown showing bandwidth per country.

The Uptime tab shows obviously with the uptime info, not only the computer uptime info but also the applications’ uptime as well. It even keeps a history of my reboots.

Overall, WhatPulse is a nice little application with a lot of monitoring features that could be useful and handy when monitoring PC usage is needed. It works on Windows XP all the way up to Windows 8 and 8.1. Both 32-bit and 64-bit are supported. By the way, it also works on Mac and Linux.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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