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Our friend Raphael Abrams from NYC Resistor needs to track the hours he works as a freelancer but none of the solutions out there work very well for him. He therefore decided to make his own hardware-based detonator-style time tracker which he calls “Puncher.” The source code and schematics are available to download if you’d like to start tracking your own hours with it. [via NYC Resistor]

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. T.P says:

    Tracking hours works is essential to freelancer where they are get paid for the number of hours of work. There are also lots of time tracking tools that can use all over the internet by freelancers. There are also different features of these tools and some also helps invoice clients easily like Freshbooks. The most important thing in a time tracking tool is it can track time accurately even when working on different tasks. Freelancers are working from different tasks from different clients. Tracking time accurately on different tasks can also helps a lot to freelancers when tracking their time on tasks. This way it will be a lot easier for them to bill each client for the number of hours work.

  2. Anthony says:

    People are always concern about their money they are paying in the business as salary. Who has too many remote workers working on projects and they are all in different places too tough to maintain the synchronization and put them in a tight eye sight. It is good to find your employee monitoring software to track the exact time of work and find what they are doing during the working hours.

  3. Carla Fotea says:

    Hey, you should also check out UpYourTime. It’s a really awesome time management tool because it has all the features you need if you’re a freelancer or an agency. And it’s really easy to use and customize and it’s also sort of fun to play around with.
    Give it a look on

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