It must annoy me when I don't expect it.
March 1, 2011 6:01 PM Subscribe
I need a program that will randomly pick a time to sound an alarm without my knowing in advance. It needs to be available for Mac or iPhone -- or failing that, a physical device that I can keep around would work too.
posted by Nattie to computers & internet (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've had no success searching for this because all "random alarm" searches return only programs that will vary the sound played, not the time it's played.
What I want is an alarm that will go off when I cannot predict it. I don't care what sound it makes. I do not want to have to generate a random time and then manually set an alarm, because it will defeat my purpose. The point is that it must catch me off-guard.
The why of it is a long story of an experiment I'm doing, so just trust me that knowing the time the alarm will go off is the entire thing I'm trying to avoid. If I can know it at all, there is no experiment. It's not feasible for me to ask other people to set the alarm for me because 1) I need to do this multiple times at whatever hour it goes off, and 2) my husband is the only one who could really do that if he's even at home, and it's so arbitrary and up to his discretion that he'd find it overwhelming. Plus, 3) I'm not sure how anyone could do that and keep the countdown hidden from me when they leave, hence the need for the program to keep it hidden from the user.
It's a plus if I can temporarily disable it when I absolutely can't have alarms going off, or control the time range during which it is permitted to go off -- e.g. stop it from going off when I'm likely to be asleep -- or set a minimum and maximum time span during which it must go off -- i.e. no more than once a day, but no less than once a week. But for now, those are not necessary and I just want it go nuts whenever.