Application to browse time stamped data of different types (email, phone call, sms, photo, document, web browser history, ...) as one timeline to scroll through.


  • OS: Linux, preferably Ubuntu
  • Platform: x86

Manual workaround (inconvenient)

  1. save each email, phone call, sms, ... as one separate file (setting the time stamp of the file according to the time stamp of the data element)
  2. copy all files in one folder
  3. then browse the folder with a file manager, sorting by date

What the application should do

  1. scan a given directory tree and/or mobile device or other data source (network)
  2. combine all scanned data in one visual timeline to scroll through continuously
  3. display some thumbnail/excerpt for each item
  4. display relevant meta data such as time stamp, sender, recipient, ... for each item
  5. allow clicking on the item to open it (with the preferred application for the respective data type)

I guess intelligence agencies already use such software, but I haven't yet found anything on the net.

  • 2
    Might be useful to add what OS you want that for. – Izzy Mar 9 '16 at 23:48
  • 1
    This is a very interesting question - just specify what OS / platform it needs to run on and it'll be perfect. – Undo Mar 10 '16 at 4:56
  • Fixed? Still need to be on hold? – hedgehog Mar 11 '16 at 0:04
  • I think the current title doesn't really express well what is meant ... I'd rather give the following title: Application to browse diverse time stamped data (email, sms, photo, web browser history, ...) merged in a timeline – hedgehog Mar 11 '16 at 20:28

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