My Progress Bar
As I've mentioned in the past, I'm a big fan of the on-line game Progress Quest, a parody of MMORPGs in which you don't have to actually have to do anything to get your character to increase in level. If you really want to, you can watch the progress bar for your character slowly move towards 100 percent completion, but since that can actually take a few months at the higher levels, that's probably something that only government employees will be able to find the time for.
It seems that someone has taken the idea of a progress bar and applied it to another situation that many people might find useful: counting down to the end of their working day. The application that does this is My Progress Bar. Here's a screen shot of this fine application in operation.
It even has a "Disguise" setting, which labels the application's window as "Critical Patch Installation" instead of the default "Work Day Progress." Here's what that looks like.
If your company's security policy allows it, this is definitely the sort of application that you should consider installing and running.