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Scirocco Take a Break

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This extremely basic but free program helps you avoid repetitive-stress injuries at work by periodically reminding you to take a break. The tiny utility sits in your system tray and pops up a message box or flashes when it's time for you to step away from your computer. You also can set the program to remind you via one of the included sounds or your own WAV files. Although the easily configured interface can't be spruced up with skins or different color schemes, you can at least choose from several different system-tray icons. You simply enter the amount of time before your next break, then press Play. Once the time expires and you begin your break, you can view another timer that tells you how long before you need to get back to work. When you go back to work, the program will automatically begin ticking down to your next break. Though it doesn't do anything particularly special or boast any exciting bonus features, Scirocco Take a Break can be useful to anyone who regulary toils at a computer terminal.

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    out of 36 votes

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    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and efficient"

    December 27, 2012  |   By semtheul

    Version: Scirocco Take a Break 3.1

    Pros

    Easy settings for breaks/notifications
    Conveniently minimizes to the task tray
    Calculates stats over the working session (breaks vs working)

    Cons

    Would like more graphs for stats
    More options to save my user profile and see my working patterns over long periods of time

    Summary

    Well, I needed an app to help me make regular breaks when working at my computer. I got it. No extra charges, no extra functionality. Of course, it's not fancy, but it's a fine little tool that does just what it's meant to do and doesn't cost you anything. Give it a try!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works but clunky"

    October 28, 2012  |   By crosjn

    Version: Scirocco Take a Break 3.1

    Pros

    Does what it says
    Multiple Options
    Tracks Usage

    Cons

    Annoying to access options
    Multiple steps required to set time

    Summary

    We use this to make sure our two kids share the computer. You can set the amount of time on the timer via "Options". You can also set how it behaves (just a reminder, lock the screen, etc...) Wish it were quicker to set the timer value/options. But otherwise, I installed on Win7 64bit - it works fine and does what it says. Easy enough now to force the kids to share time. :)
    (It's not mommy or daddy, it's the computer saying it's time to share!)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very very very good for what it does"

    August 16, 2012  |   By donnorvell

    Version: Scirocco Take a Break 3.1

    Pros

    works for me. saves me from falling down after a couple house work session

    Cons

    I don not have any cons

    Summary

    been using it for years and will continue using it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent software"

    August 9, 2012  |   By h1592913

    Version: Scirocco Take a Break 3.1

    Pros

    I have been using this software for a few years now and it has improved my health. The new statistics form makes it even better. I can keep track of my work/break ratio and try to improve it over time. Thanks again Scirocco for this great utility.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

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