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davidg4781

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I currently use Awaken to wake me up in the morning from my Mac mini. I'm going to be taking my LED Cinema Display to Apple to see what's wrong with the USB ports and I'll be losing my speakers!

I have an iMac G4 with Pro Speakers I can use but need an alarm app to get me up. Does anyone have recommendations to use?
 

128keaton

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I did something similar, using an iMac as a bedside alarm clock, I ended up writing an applescript to play a sound.
 

tevion5

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I did something similar, using an iMac as a bedside alarm clock, I ended up writing an applescript to play a sound.

Beats the alarm function built into the clock app in System 1-5. It's hilarious on a 512Ke. It can only play a single soft "Beep". Depending on that to get you up on time for work would require an almighty degree of bravery.
 

eyoungren

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No alarm on a Mac is going to wake me up. Not only that, but it would require a running Mac to be present in our bedroom and there is zero way my wife is going to allow that.

It takes nothing short of a nuclear bomb going off to wake me up from my slumber…well, that and the fear of retribution from my wife if my alarm clock also wakes HER up.

I stick with the alarm on my iPhone with an alarm tone that is just annoying enough that if it goes on long enough will wake my wife (which motivates me to wake up), but not so annoying that it will wake her instantly and cause me grief. :D
 

jbarley

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All through my working life, and even still today on the odd occasion when I need a wake up alarm I use an old mechanical spring type wind up clock. It has never let me down over the 50 years I've counted on it.
I can still remember a lot of my work mates who were late to work because of power failures and their "clock-radios" did not work.
 

eyoungren

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Now if I could change society from being a 'day people' world into a 'night people' world I wouldn't need an alarm.

Unfortunately, most of the world seems hell-bent on functioning from early morning until late afternoon.

I do best when I go to bed at 6am and get up at 1pm.
 
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eyoungren

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I used to work for UPS. From 1992 to 1999 my shift was 9pm to 1am, but we often walked out the door at 2 or 3am. If you stuck around and doubleshifted Sunrise you'd walk out around 8 or 9am.

Totally worked for me. Then I got done with school and got hired by a newspaper. Turns out newspapers generally want you in around 8am. :(

Still spoiled with my first newspaper job though because it was large enough to have shifts and mine started at 1pm and went till 9pm. Then I moved to Arizona and encountered 8am only jobs. :(
 

LightBulbFun

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the guys in the MR iMessage group chat can confirm that I tend to stay up till 3AM (some times as late as 6AM) helping people in there with there issues wether it be hacking leopard to work on a G4 upgraded PowerMac G3 B&W to a Hackintosh going silly LOL (due to medical issues I basically go to sleep and wake up when my pain allows me to sleep LOL) I am more of a night owl heh
 
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eyoungren

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the guys in the MR iMessage group chat can confirm that I tend to stay up till 3AM (some times as late as 6AM) helping people in there with there issues wether it be hacking leopard to work on a G4 upgraded PowerMac G3 B&W to a Hackintosh going silly LOL (due to medical issues I basically go to sleep and wake up when my pain allows me to sleep LOL) I am more of a night owl heh
When I was a teen and on into adulthood and working for UPS my regular schedule had me in bed between 1 and 2 am, later once I started working for UPS.

Saturday mornings after work were the coolest, because I'd grab something to eat on the way home and make it home by the time Star Trek: Deep Space Nine came on.

I still get to bed around 11pm to midnight and often later on the weekends (2 or 3am). It's just how I function. I only get up before 6am because I have to - if I want to keep my job.

Totally get the pain aspect, btw.
 
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SkyBell

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Texas, unfortunately.
No alarm on a Mac is going to wake me up. Not only that, but it would require a running Mac to be present in our bedroom and there is zero way my wife is going to allow that.

It takes nothing short of a nuclear bomb going off to wake me up from my slumber…well, that and the fear of retribution from my wife if my alarm clock also wakes HER up.

I stick with the alarm on my iPhone with an alarm tone that is just annoying enough that if it goes on long enough will wake my wife (which motivates me to wake up), but not so annoying that it will wake her instantly and cause me grief. :D
I have that app I mentioned play some brutally loud death metal, and the eMac's speakers are more than adequate to wake me up with a heart attack. :p
 

Gamer9430

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the guys in the MR iMessage group chat can confirm that I tend to stay up till 3AM (some times as late as 6AM) helping people in there with there issues wether it be hacking leopard to work on a G4 upgraded PowerMac G3 B&W to a Hackintosh going silly LOL (due to medical issues I basically go to sleep and wake up when my pain allows me to sleep LOL) I am more of a night owl heh

Or troubleshooting my DOA PowerBooks :D
 
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eyoungren

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USPS loves to ruin PowerBooks :(
Hehehehe.

I once saw a large tote full of letters and smalls (small packages) get caught in a belt…

The belt made quick work of it all and the end result was confetti.

There is no such thing as hand to surface.

If your package is in the wrong place it gets to be the cornerstone for all the packages above it.

Tug drivers are human too. Every night someone will have forgotten to put the locks up on the dolleys and fully loaded air containers will go flying into things. A fireable offense, the tug drivers are the goldenboys of the sort. They'd have to murder someone before they even got written up.

Ever see what happens in the sort aisle when a package is caught against the slide rails and the volume pours in like a tidal wave? An accordian doesn't begin to describe how your package will look when the sorters finally get to it.

Just off the top of my head. ;)
 
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LightBulbFun

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the Last thing I sent via UPS was a 8ft Long Fluorescent light fitting it was a 1970s Thorn Pop pack a PP125 it was going to a friend in texas and the sight on the UPS guys face when he asked for the parcel was priceless (we live in a 3 story building from the 1940s with no lift and a narrow stair case) I handed him this (7Kg) 12 pound 8ft long stick of bubble rap :p (it was not cheap to ship LOL)
 

eyoungren

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(it was not cheap to ship LOL)
Next Day Air? Or 2 Day Air?

If so, then yes, not cheap. If it ships by air you are not only paying for the weight, you're paying for the volume the package takes up (UPS/FedEx/etc have to charge you for the limited space in an air container).

There's a whole formula for it. I used to work in bulk (irregulars) so we had auditors checking some of our packages (wood crates, tires, car parts, styrofoam coolers, etc) from time to time to make sure the price of shipping the item was correct.

I handled enough car parts in seven years to build a few cars myself. ;)
 
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LightBulbFun

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Next Day Air? Or 2 Day Air?

If so, then yes, not cheap. If it ships by air you are not only paying for the weight, you're paying for the volume the package takes up (UPS/FedEx/etc have to charge you for the limited space in an air container).

There's a whole formula for it. I used to work in bulk (irregulars) so we had auditors checking some of our packages (wood crates, tires, car parts, styrofoam coolers, etc) from time to time to make sure the price of shipping the item was correct.

I handled enough car parts in seven years to build a few cars myself. ;)

I cant remember which service we chose (it was air shipping tho) it cost $250 to send to my friend tho lol
 

eyoungren

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I cant remember which service we chose (it was air shipping tho) it cost $250 to send to my friend tho lol
Yep. They charged you for volume as well as weight.

This is the most common air container UPS uses, the A2. Not much room. They will charge you for the space you take up, even if your item is light.

a_2n.jpg
 

MisterKeeks

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Yep. They charged you for volume as well as weight.

This is the most common air container UPS uses, the A2. Not much room. They will charge you for the space you take up, even if your item is light.

a_2n.jpg
Dimensional weight can be a blessing and a curse though. If I have a box that has a larger dimensional weight than actual weight, and I don't want to cut it down, I go ahead and use heavier packing materials like newspaper instead of bubble wrap.

Makes me feel like I'm getting my money's worth...
 
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eyoungren

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Dimensional weight can be a blessing and a curse though. If I have a box that has a larger dimensional weight than actual weight, and I don't want to cut it down, I go ahead and use heavier packing materials like newspaper instead of bubble wrap.

Makes me feel like I'm getting my money's worth...
Please don't begin to pull out Math! Math hates me! ;)
 
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