an application for Mac OS X that 'observes' every user interaction with sofware applications such as Safari, Mail & iChat, by creating a 'personal shoebox' of all visited web pages, read emails, written documents & much more. onlife then makes the contents of this shoebox searchable & displays all the interactions between the user & the applications over time. its concept is based on the assumption that 'one day we will be to compile a personal repository of all the books we read, letters we write, movies we watch & calls we make'.
4 different visualizations exist: by day, month, year or as a table view. every application that is observed is identified by a different color. the 'dots' in the graphical views correspond to different items. their length refer to the observation duration of the item & their location to the observation time.
the resulting visualization resembles a combination of a calendar & those typically dotted genetic maps. unfortunately, I cannot readily test this application by lack of a personal Mac, but any reviews are always welcome in the comments section. [ethomaz.com]