Monday, July 23, 2007

A Talking Clock

This is a paid review from Review Me for the Talking Atomic Alarm Clock. Now that is out of the way, let's talk about this talking clock...

My laptop is on most every day, all day and it sits somewhere in the kitchen area... the thought of an alarm clock that would remind me of stuff sounded good. I was a palm pilot, outlook calendar geeky woman when working outside the home. After kids, I use a calendar on the wall and the oven timer. No joke. Since I have my pc on all day, I thought I would give this a try.

I did not like the install. It was easy... but it put stuff on my pc that my virus protection decided to 'quarantine'. Even though I let the quarantined happen, the clock still works.

I like the fact that I can set it up to announce the hour with a voice. I don't stand in front of the pc all day... I am usually around and about. It is nice to hear it announce the time so that I can keep up with stuff. I have swimming, speech therapy, gymnastics and playdates to go to on a weekly basis right now. My house is also fairly quiet when the kids aren't fighting so hearing something is usually not a problem and I need to know the time.

It is very easy to set up reminders. They will pop up on the screen as well as be announced. It also allows weekly, monthly and the like. Sure I miss a few now and then because I'm in the laundry room or the kids are screaming... but for the last week, it has been useful. Besides, as soon as I look at the pc, I know if I have missed them since it pops up a reminder window as well.

The program seems to be very flexible and easy to use. It has a stopwatch, notes and more. I haven't used it enough to try those options out and I'm not sure I would really use them. The reminders and verbal time is what I need and like... much better than what comes with winxp.

The alarm clock download is available for a free trial. Give it a try if you can handle machines talking to you... ;-)

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pam said...

This is actually pretty cool... I used to have something like it years ago; an add-on to AOL back in the Dark Ages. LOL!

vw bug said...

I felt like the Dark Ages when I saw this and thought how I use to carry my palm pilot every where... That and Tater turning 5... means I have been out of the 'professional outside the home work' for over 5 years. YIKES! But I like it. I was surprised... I didn't think it would work in my routine that well but it did.