Avoid accidental killings with GoneIn60s

GoneIn60s is a little program built to save you from accidentally closing programs and losing valuable information.

GoneIn60s rescues programs you've accidentally closed. (Credit: CNET Networks, Inc.)

GoneIn60s is a neat little program that makes those Homer Simpsonesque "D'oh!" moments where you close Firefox instead of iTunes a thing of the past. Weighing in at a hefty 206KB, Gone keeps closed programs running in your RAM for an additional 60 seconds after you hit that tantalizing red X, just in case you hit the wrong one.

Once running, Gone lives in your Taskbar as a yellow lightning bolt. After you close a program, right-clicking on the icon will give you a list of recently closed programs that you can reopen, without any information being lost. Double-clicking on the icon will rescue all recently closed programs.

Despite the program name, you can set it for longer than 60 seconds. (Credit: CNET Networks, Inc.)

The program has a lot more going for it than the obvious. First off, although the name says "60 seconds," you can actually customize that time period. I was able to successfully fend off closing my mail client for 200 seconds. I would've tested it for longer, but there are only 86,400 seconds in a day.

What else? Gone has a customizable blacklist of programs that you don't want it to save when you close them--it comes preloaded with Notepad.exe--and it has a "kill windows" option that prevents Gone from saving changed documents. When I exited the program, it reopened the last closed program within the 60-second limit--a strange bug, but not one that interferes with the program's use or effectiveness.

Lightweight, effective, and loaded with some useful features, GoneIn60s will help you keep your cool under the pressure of accidental red X clicks.