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Egg timers
Tuesday, February 7, 2006

I've been checking out some different simple timer programs under OS X. Here are some notes:

  • Yolk Dashboard widget: cute and semi-functional but way too many clicks required to set a timer up. Let's see: one keyboard to invoke Dashboard, one mouse acquire click (on a very small target) to get to settings, another mouse acquire and click on a text entry box (nothing is focused by default), some numbers to type, another click to close the settings and another click to start the timer! Ack. Worse yet, if you want to time something for 74 minutes, you must enter 1 in the hour field and 14 in the minutes field -- Yolk won't do the math for you.
  • Minuteur - This is a crazily full featured timer that everything from a pretty GUI to a full screen mode. The down side is that it starts the Finder up whenever it runs; since I'm a Path Finder junkie, this is a bad thing.
  • Deja Time Out - This isn't a timer program but it is pretty neat if you want something to remind you to relax your shoulders, stretch your back and look around to smell the roses. I haven't decided yet whether breaking my work flow like this is a Good Thing or not but if I decide yes, this is the program I'll use.
  • Pester - A very simple but competent alarm program. Probably the one closest to what I was looking for when I started looking though now that I've found it I'd think I'd like a bit more of GUI. Sheesh, some people are never satisfied.

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