kind of lame that I would have to sleep with the sound of my laptop humming and spinning all night just to hear the alarm go off on time...
a better program would somehow boot my computer at a given time and wake me up with that, hell even load my email and facebook
I cannot agree more with that from the standpoint of contributing to Global warming besides burning a hole in your pocket unless you need to computer to be running in any case while you sleep.
A Desktop computer that is running all the time easily takes up a couple of hundred watts of electricity and more if you leave the monitor on. A laptop that is running easily takes up about 50 watts or more. And not forgetting that heat generated by your computer makes your air-conditioning unit works harder (during summer that is)
Instead I rely on my Windows Mobile Phone and pTravelAlarm
Burr Oak Software
"pTravelAlarm for Windows Mobile
Great little program
This alarm clock is a great little program. It does everything I need it to do."http://www.burroak.on.ca/pta.html
You can set up to 10 individual alarms and each alarm can be configured individually as to which day it will trigger. Each alarm can be configured as to how loud it should be. And the set up is extremely simple.
You are even provided with a Today Screen plug in to show you at a glance which is the next active alarm.
It is even smart enough to sound even if you have silenced the Windows Mobile device.
Even when the phone is in standby, it will wake up and wake me up.
It also has big Snooze and Stop buttons spaced well apart so you don't accidentally mistake in your sleepy state.
And it doesn't even make the world warmer since my phone is on standby in any case.
And all this for US$9.99