There are many things that we do everyday without actually noticing how much we do them. We only jump with surprise when we have a look at the statistical data for those activities. For example, some of us do not realize that we breathe about 20,000 times a day. Now that most of us are working with computers in everyday life, it would be interesting to know how many times we click with the mouse or how many keystrokes we press on the keyboard. The freeware WhatPulse does exactly that – it records the statistics about your input activity – how many keystrokes you pressed, how many times you clicked, where you clicked most on the screen, which keys you press most of the time etc.
WhatPulse is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can download and install the WhatPulse client in your computer. Before it begins to collect the data, you need to create a new WhatPulse user account (you can create one from within the WhatPulse application). Now when you launch the WhatPulse in your computer, it shows an overview of your system.
But much more interesting data is displayed under the Input tab. It shows the keyboard input activity for your system, including the keystrokes made and a heatmap of the keystroke activity (which keys are pressed more often). The keystroke activity can be seen for any time duration – today, yesterday, this week, past 3 months and so on.
Similar to the keyboard heatmap, a mouse clicks activity heatmap is also shown under the same tab. It shows where on your screen you have clicked most. The heatmap can also be exported in form of image files. Just like the keystroke activities, you can see the mouse activity for any time duration.
In addition to the keystrokes and mouse clicks, WhatPulse also collects data about applications activity, network usage, boot statistics and more. You can visit the WhatPulse website, login to your WhatPulse account and check your stats as well as see where you stand in the world rankings about number of keystrokes, mouse clicks and so on. My stats show that I am ranked at 127902nd and 132521st places for keystrokes and mouse clicks activity respectively in the world.
In the settings for the WhatPulse, you can choose to run it automatically at Windows startup, choose pulsing options (pulsing means uploading the collected data to WhatPulse servers), choose what sort of data you want to be collected e.g., keyboard, mouse, application, network etc.
Conclusion: WhatPulse gives you an idea about how many keystrokes and mouse clicks you are making everyday. It also records the heatmap of your mouse and keyboard activity along with the network and application usage. You can even check your rank for the number of mouse clicks and keystrokes on the WhatPulse website.
You can download WhatPulse from http://www.whatpulse.org/.