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Author Topic: IDEA: Alarm that utilizes WindowsXP's Notification Balloons  (Read 5450 times)

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I've been wanting this one forever, but a program that let's you specify a time per day when a notification balloon pops up a custom message reminding you of something.

For example: *Pop* Take your Pills!

*Pop* Leave to pick up the kids!

*Pop* Call your brother!

I think you get the point :)

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Re: IDEA: Alarm that utilizes WindowsXP's Notification Balloons
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2005, 07:40:29 AM »
this is easy enough to write that it's tempting to do, but lots of such programs already exist.. maybe someone can recommend a good free one...

if anyone could think of some really unique features to add that aren't in existing freeware ones, it might make sense to code a new one.

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Re: IDEA: Alarm that utilizes WindowsXP's Notification Balloons
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2005, 10:02:16 PM »
Honestly, I've been googling for years now, and have never seen anything like it. If someone has a recommendation, PLEASE give it :D

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Re: IDEA: Alarm that utilizes WindowsXP's Notification Balloons
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2005, 01:59:14 AM »
well .. what i know is that we have "alarm" for litestep ... dunno if you are familiar with ls ..
freewarewiki.de .. though it's not a wiki ...

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Re: IDEA: Alarm that utilizes WindowsXP's Notification Balloons
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2005, 08:11:21 PM »
You may want to check out Alert Me Jigaro, which is a calendar/reminder application that shows balloon tips.  I believe that the freeware version is limited to 30 reminders, and lacks a backup/restore feature, and that the full version is $15.  (You may want to double check that, though.)

I tested it very briefly, and it worked fine for me.  On first run, though, it did complain about a missing file--mscomctl.ocx--which the installer was too stupid to handle.  Once I installed and registered a copy of that file from my other system, it ran fine.
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Re: IDEA: Alarm that utilizes WindowsXP's Notification Balloons
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005, 08:13:33 PM »
Here is a (probably only semi-helpful) screen shot of Alert Me Jigaro doing its thing.
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Re: IDEA: Alarm that utilizes WindowsXP's Notification Balloons
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2005, 09:49:24 PM »
In case the application complains about MSCOMCTL.OCX missing on your system, which isn't likely unless you don't have much software installed, here is what to do:

1.  Download a copy of MSCOMCTL.OCX from here (495 KB).  (I uploaded my own copy because every other one I found available for download was of a version that was about five years old.)

2.  Extract MSCOMCTL.OCX to your %systemroot%\system32 directory (usually C:\WINDOWS\system32).

3.  Click Start, then Run.

4.  In the Open text box of the Run dialog, enter this command, and click OK:

regsvr32 mscomctl.ocx

You should see a dialog telling you that MSCOMCTL.OCX was correctly registered.  The calendar application should then run fine.
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Re: IDEA: Alarm that utilizes WindowsXP's Notification Balloons
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2005, 03:33:56 AM »
Wow, now that is awesome. Thanks a ton Scott, you are the wind beneath my wings :D