romaco timeout.pngThe demand for parental controls on computers is rapidly growing as kids continue to get their own personal machines. That’s why Microsoft started to include some of that functionality in Vista and Windows 7, but it is generally pretty basic when it comes down to limiting the amount of time a user can spend on the machine.

Romaco Timeout is a free application that is a little different than other parental controls in that it doesn’t focus on filtering out web content or controlling what games a user can play. All it does is enforce usage time limits in a variety of different ways:

  • Daily quota: Specify how much time the user is allowed to spend on the computer on any given day.
  • Session time limit: Specify how much time the user is allowed to spend on the computer each time they login.
  • Online usage restrictions: Specify how much time the user can spend online before their browser is locked. It considers you “online” when you have a web browser running. If you close the browser the quota will be paused.

If you’re going to use Romaco Timeout I highly recommend grabbing the Beta version because it has some extra features and bug fixes that previous versions don’t have. I don’t expect everyone to go out and grab an app like this, but there quite a few scenarios where I could see this being useful. The obvious use is if you have kids, but it may also be helpful for shared computers and/or kiosks that are in public places (which is where the “per-session” limits would really apply).

Romaco Timeout Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)
Thanks Tomas

There Are 3 Comments

  1. Nice piece of software, but I advise you to use regedit to disable access to the task manager.
    Otherwise, your kids could easily quit the program. You should also modify in the prefs panel the minimum amount of time, and set it to 1 minute. Otherwise, you will be given 15 extra minutes each time you quit and relaunch your sessions.

  2. Some other ways to use Romaco Timeout includes:
    1. Logoff or shutdown a pc automatically after a certain time
    2. Limit employee’s Internet usage
    3. Limit PC usage time for a Cybercafe user
    4. Limit student’s usage on a school PC
    5. Limit kid’s time online

    via: [wareprise.com]

  3. Would be more useful if it gave the option to just leave the applications running rather than logging the user off i.e. Windows logo key + L to switch immediately to the login screen

    Also if you actvate the help file when the program is centred on the screen a helpful hint box comes up that you have to OK before you can do anything else with the program UNFORTUNATELY it comes up hidden by the program screen, which is always on top and cannot be dragged or closed until you OK the Hint Box – which you can’t do without revealing it by dragging the program screen…

    At this point it is not possible to access the program or the help file from the screen or the task bar and you have to close the program from task manager — Which you can’t do if you have disabled it

    A neat good looking program let down by a couple of things that could be so simple to offer as an option and a simple fix

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