Any suggestions for Really Annoying Alarms !!?

Nifty Fedora Mitch niftyfedora at
Wed Jul 16 05:40:38 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 02:32:54PM +0200, Andrew Kelly wrote:
> Sender: fedora-list-bounces at
> On Wed, 2008-07-09 at 08:15 -0400, William Case wrote:
> <snip>
> Been there, done that. 
> > There is lots of alarm programs out there, but I want something that is
> > simple to set, then grabs you by the throat and won't let you go until
> > you do whatever it is you are supposed to do.
> > 
> > Years and years ago I used to have one in dos that was, in the jargon of
> > the day, Terminate and Stay Resident.  Once you set that sucker it would
> > never let you ignore it -- a rising crescendo of flashing screens and
> > beeps and baps -- really fffing annoying. 
> Cron and a script. 
> Beans and rice of the *nix diet. 
> Use a while(1) loop to alternate between sleep and calling xmessage or
> something of that nature. That'll pretty much give you your TSR
> behavior, and keep firing alerts at you that you have to click away.

With cron, or at  play a gaggle of noxious sounds.

	$ cat `which sound-alarm`
	#! /bin/bash
	# GPL with credit 
	/usr/binplay `locate sounds/gong.wav`
	/usr/bin/play `locate gallery/sounds/train.wav `

	at now + 2 min
Looks like:
	$ at now + 2 min
	at> sound-alarm
	at> <EOT>
	job 2 at Tue Jul 15 22:39:00 2008

And here comes the dog to see what the fool is doing this time.

	T o m  M i t c h e l l 
	Looking for a place to hang my hat :-(

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