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Old 09-14-2014, 10:27 AM   #1
Bertman123
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How can I use my laptop as an Alarm Clock?


I have an old compaq laptop that had XP on it and currently has linux mint 17 on it.

I like to use it as an alarm clock - using alarm-clock-applet. I have it set to start rhythmbox and automatically shuffle my music.

Is there a similar way that I can set that up with slackware? I've found the website for the program and could try compiling the program on slackware, but before I do that I figured I see if there's another way to do that.
 
Old 09-14-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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Are you using KDE on Slackware? If so, you can use kalarm. Type kalarm or /usr/bin/kalarm in a terminal to open it. If you get no response, it's not installed. If you are not using KDE, you didn't indicate what you are using so...?
 
Old 09-14-2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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Are you using KDE on Slackware? If so, you can use kalarm. Type kalarm or /usr/bin/kalarm in a terminal to open it. If you get no response, it's not installed. If you are not using KDE, you didn't indicate what you are using so...?
Actually the laptop is old enough I'm probably going to use xfce or mate.
 
Old 09-14-2014, 01:38 PM   #4
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Not sure what you mean by 'simple was to set up', but depending upon your music files you can use a combination of at(1) and ogg123(1) to play a music file at a specified date/time. Maybe create a script to pass a shuffled playlist into ogg123 or another command line music player. Or even better use crontab(1) entries instead of at(1)

John
 
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Old 09-14-2014, 03:17 PM   #5
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You can use the Lightning plugin for Thunderbird. It has a calendar as well as an alarm function.
 
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Old 09-14-2014, 03:40 PM   #6
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alarm.py

Code:
#!/usr/bin/python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import os
import sys
import time

ALARM = "23:35:50"
SONG = "/path/to/song/song.mp3"

while True:
    os.system("clear")
    print "Alarm set at %s" % ALARM
    start_time = time.strftime("%H:%M:%S")
    sys.stdout.write("Time : " + start_time)
    sys.stdout.flush()
    time.sleep(0.1)
    if start_time == ALARM:
        os.system("mplayer %s" % SONG)
        break
python alarm.py
 
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:37 PM   #7
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You can use the Lightning plugin for Thunderbird. It has a calendar as well as an alarm function.
Lightning has an alarm function? I'll have to look into that more.

Thanks guys for all of your advice and help.
 
Old 09-14-2014, 08:38 PM   #8
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alarm.py

Code:
#!/usr/bin/python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import os
import sys
import time

ALARM = "23:35:50"
SONG = "/path/to/song/song.mp3"

while True:
    os.system("clear")
    print "Alarm set at %s" % ALARM
    start_time = time.strftime("%H:%M:%S")
    sys.stdout.write("Time : " + start_time)
    sys.stdout.flush()
    time.sleep(0.1)
    if start_time == ALARM:
        os.system("mplayer %s" % SONG)
        break
python alarm.py
Thanks, I'm going to play round with this and see how it works for me.
 
Old 09-14-2014, 09:29 PM   #9
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I would suggest using this as the alarm sound:

# aplay /dev/sda
 
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Old 09-14-2014, 10:36 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dslackw View Post
alarm.py

Code:
#!/usr/bin/python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import os
import sys
import time

ALARM = "23:35:50"
SONG = "/path/to/song/song.mp3"

while True:
    os.system("clear")
    print "Alarm set at %s" % ALARM
    start_time = time.strftime("%H:%M:%S")
    sys.stdout.write("Time : " + start_time)
    sys.stdout.flush()
    time.sleep(0.1)
    if start_time == ALARM:
        os.system("mplayer %s" % SONG)
        break
python alarm.py
I wouldn't do short sleeps in a loop, myself...

Code:
#!/usr/bin/python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import os
import sys
import time
import datetime

ALARM = "23:35:50"
SONG = "/path/to/song/song.mp3"

os.system("clear")
print "Alarm set at %s" % ALARM
(hr, minutes, secs) = ALARM.split(":")
tgttime = datetime.time(int(hr), int(minutes), int(secs))
today = datetime.date.today()
tgt = datetime.datetime.combine(today,tgttime)
if (now < tgt):
    stime = (tgt - now).total_seconds()
else:
    stime = (tgt - now).total_seconds() + 24*60*60
time.sleep(stime)
os.system("mplayer %s" % SONG)
 
Old 09-14-2014, 11:18 PM   #11
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When I need an alarm in seven hours, I keep it simple:

Code:
# sleep 25200 ; xine something_raucous.mp3
 
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Old 09-14-2014, 11:19 PM   #12
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If you'd prefer to not have to install anything and you don't mind a bit of Flash, you can use http://onlinealarmclock.ms/
 
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:23 AM   #13
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If you're going to use Xfce, there's a panel plugin that I've written: xfce4-timer-plugin. You can set it to run a specific command.
 
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:45 AM   #14
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To have a Real Alarm Clock (TM), the victim computer should have the ability to wake-up from stand-by, at specified time, a task available in some BIOS-es...

Then, after your Slack was booted at the right time, enter in the game Your Patented Noise System (TM).

Or, you will leave the computer on, beyond the night?

Last edited by Darth Vader; 09-15-2014 at 03:54 AM.
 
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:44 AM   #15
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Wake Up! This is Unix.

Run:

Code:
$ arecord > /path/to/wakeUp.wav
Cry in your microphone "HEY, WAKE UP!", several times. Stop the recording with Ctrl-C. Then open your crontab with:

Code:
$ crontab -e
And write this line to run it at 7:00 AM:

Code:
0 7 * * * aplay /path/to/wakeUp.wav

(All of you should wake up.)
 
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