Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Great eGadget

My kids have a time limit on the computer, but we have soooo many excuses why we can't get off when it's time -- the timer stopped, I forgot to set it, I'm not done yet, etc.  After throwing away two El Cheapo wind-up Sunbeam kitchen timers, we discovered this: yTimer, a free, junk-free download from Spacejock.com. This is great!  yTimer has solved the broken timer problem!

With yTimer, you enter the amount of time 'til the bell (minutes, hours, or days), leave yourself a note reminding you what the timer's for, then blog or play away.  When your time's up, a nice loud, schoolish-sounding bell sounds (you can adjust the volume), then a little window pops up with your reminder. There are forty different simultaneous countdown timers, so you can set it to remind you to make a phone call at 8:00 a.m., stop your kids' blogging time (not yours, of course!), or even check your eBay auction!  It's pretty neat.  We like it.  (I especially like that eBay reminder feature, because I am so good at forgetting to bid at the last minute!)

Click on the link above, then click on the "download" link on the left.  It's a small file and a simple set-up.

5 comments:

  1. boo hoo! :( No more contests for me?


    This timer thing sounds great... but what about me?! I really do need to have one that will make the computer self-destruct if I don't get off of it.


    (The code is 988881... I had to triple-check it to make sure I had the right number of 8's. LOL!)

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  2. Yes, I know I'm up late... I can be quite the night owl.

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  3. Yes, we have gone through two or three el cheapo timers too! Sounds great, we will have to try it hear too. I think there is a lot more fudging on time going on lately.

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  4. homeschoolshelterJuly 18, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    I'm so glad you posted this. It is working out great here.

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  5. (sigh) Fine, I will go check this out. It's like you don't even want me on the computer anymore. (kicking the ground with toe)


    LOL!!! Great tip - seriously, I *need* this. The boys aren't the problem, I AM!!!

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