Andrew Craig from South Africa is a true time freak – here’s his first article. it takes a detailed look at recycling old handhelds as alarm clocks… . BTW: Andrew is new here – so please let us know how he can improve!
I tried using my Treo 650 as an alarm clock but I kept on leaving the ringer switch off or even sometimes leaving the phone elsewhere. I managed to get an old Zire21 from a friend and I found it makes the best alarm clock ever! Most of this is basic Palm stuff but I found it all so easy to setup.
Varying wake ups?
Create a repeat schedule for Monday to Fridays. Delete the public holidays! Never get woken up on a public holiday again. Change tomorrows wake-up without changing the entire schedule.
Install TimeCopy and sync once a month to set the time. My zire21 loses a second every 20 hours which is about 40s a month which is not bad. Palm also takes care of daylight saving issues.
A zire21 will run for weeks on a single charge if it is being used an a alarm clock. Leave it plugged in and never worry about power issues again. Use Profeo SystemAlarms to warn if the battery is getting low way before the dreaded battery warning in case it get unplugged.
Install geeksounds (http://mytreo.net/downloads/geeksounds,7.html) to wake up to the Star Wars theme…..
Keeping the data safe
Use SyncAll – Backs up the entire memory including preferences. Any issues, just reset and hotsync.
Set this all up on a desktop in a couple of minutes and never worry about waking up late again.