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Sick of missing appointments due to quite Android Calendar

I missed an appointment today as I didn't hear any of the FIVE alarms I had set in my phone, despite it being on the desk right beside me at the time. It seems Android's version of Google' Calendar's reminder sound is a meek little beep. My version is a klaxon. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Alarm Software that Will Make A Sound at the Scheduled Times

I'm looking for either a Chrome App or Mac OSX software that will: 1) make a chime or some other noise at an appointed time 2) enter about 20 different "appointments" each day in an easy way [more inside]
posted by neeta on May 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Talk to me about home security cameras.

I'm interested in getting a home security camera. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Comic of person hitting snooze on trail of alarm clocks all way to work?

I'm looking for a comic strip that I think I saw on Facebook very recently of someone hitting snooze on a trail of alarm clocks until they end up at the doorstep of their work under their duvet. Thanks!
posted by BobsterLobster on Mar 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Travel-style alarm clock recommendations

We've used one of these Timex Indiglo Alarm Clocks for many years, but ours seems to have developed an issue (alarm is on at the same time as the snooze is, so the alarm never goes off) and needs to be replaced. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jan 28, 2016 - 6 answers

Most reliable alarm clock system?

We really need a good system and/or a really reliable alarm clock! My husband has turned his off twice when he's never done it before! [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Nov 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Car alarm misbehaving

The alarm on my 2001 Audi A6 Wagon goes off arbitrarily. This may happen more in hot weather. I've played with what appears to be, judging from the icon, the interior alarm button (near the trunk release button, on the driver's door frame on the b post), but this has no effect. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Oct 12, 2015 - 1 answer

Best Sunrise Alarm Clock Set-Up?

I'd like to set something up to wake up using light. I've research the recent crop of smart light bulbs and my research has been hampered by lack of detailed operating info and reports that products don't often perform as described. Would love to hear a first-hand account... [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Sep 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Smoke detectors that never give false positives?

Please help my family not die in a fire. We need smoke detectors that never go off unless there is actually a fire. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jul 17, 2015 - 28 answers

Leaving the phone downstairs

GadgetFilter: I no longer wish to use my phone as my alarm clock or music controller at night. I would like a wifi radio that will play Pandora & Spotify, has a sleep timer, and an alarm function - and that's it. My phone will remain downstairs. I want to be able to control the sleep timer and music from this device not my phone or ipod or anything else. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jul 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Wearable sleep tracker that isn't FitBit

I'm attempting to start an early-morning exercise routine 3 days a week. I need to make mornings as painless as possible. Inspired by this post, I'm looking for an Android-compatible (or standalone) device I can wear on my wrist that will wake me up at the optimal time (i.e. not during a REM sleep cycle). [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Jul 10, 2015 - 11 answers

What was that terrible non-sound I experienced this morning?

What was the silent "bomb" of a cell phone alarm the couch surfer on the other side of the wall detonated this morning? [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Jun 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Little sister is watching you: roll-your-own/smart home security

So, last night we apparently interrupted some burglars. The police were pretty negative about traditional home security systems (which we didn't have anyway), and I'm interested in either a DIY system or a modern digital system. Googling turns up a lot of things that appear to be not ready for prime time (e.g. Canary). But surely there are Mefites with good suggestions. Help? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Apr 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Can I wake up alone (without having to sleep alone)?

I need to wake up at least an hour before my wife does. Alas, she's a light sleeper and I'm a fairly heavy one. I've had my phone set for a vibrate alarm and keep it in my pajama pocket -- and it still wakes her up before it wakes me up. So I need something... subtler, but not too subtle (or else I'll sleep through it). The only thing I can think of is a wearable alarm a la Fitbit. Would that be likely to work? Anyone else in a similar situation?
posted by sesquipedalia on Apr 7, 2015 - 24 answers

Alarm clock anxiety

I often have trouble falling asleep because I'm anxious my alarm won't go off in the morning. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jan 21, 2015 - 17 answers

I want a clock radio with some specific features

I'm looking for a clock radio with these features: radio, battery powered (not battery backup), alarm, and headphone jack. [more inside]
posted by sevenless on Jan 4, 2015 - 15 answers

First words

It would make me so happy to wake up to podcasts in the morning. Do you do this? How? It seems easy enough, but I can't figure out how to configure my iPhone (iOS 7) alarm to play podcasts. The current options it gives me are ringtones or an iTunes song. Is this simply the matter of finding the right app? Thanks!!
posted by jessca84 on Dec 14, 2014 - 4 answers

How to stop car alarm

Asking for a neighbor: On ~10 year old Honda Accord, door lock broke so neighbor crawled in through the trunk. Upon starting engine, alarm activated (horn) and she couldn't get it to stop. I disconnected the battery & gave her a ride to an appointment. What next? [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Dec 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Brinks Home Security - Stop beeping!

Just bought a house with a older Brinks Home security system. Well the previous owners had a Land-line and had the house monitored. When they moved out they disconnected the line and now the alarm is showing "CP Trouble" and beeping once every 45 seconds or so. We dont have a land-line nor plan on getting one. We also do not plan on having the alarm monitored but we like the door chime and being able to set the alarm. Even while set the CP problem is still there and beeps. I called Brinks and they said the only way to fix this was to disconnect the whole alarm system or get it monitored. I dont want to disconnect the alarm and I dont want it monitored. Does anyone know if there is a way to bypass this to stop the beeping?
posted by flipmiester99 on Nov 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Sunlight alarm clock, or remote controllable LEDs? Adult & Kid editions

I want a sunlight alarm clock for me and one for my four-year-old. We've all been having trouble getting up in the dark and it's been negatively affecting our morning routine. So I could buy a couple. On the other hand, those remote controllable LED bulbs intrigue me. Maybe that would be more fun? Please share your experiences with either/or, and help me decide. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Oct 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Alarm for parents of a sleepwalker?

My 10 year old sometimes sleepwalks as a side effect of his medication. We recently moved and last night he sleepwalked out of the apartment into the hallway. Fortunately, my husband was awake and was able to guide our kid back to bed. I'm looking for a recommendation for an alarm that I could set up to sound if the front door opens after a certain hour, but that preferably won't wake up all my neighbors.
posted by Nimmie Amee on Aug 7, 2014 - 16 answers

False smoke alarms in AC ducts: troubleshooting tips?

Our new commercial space is experiencing frequent false smoke alarms in one specific area of our AC ducts. The company that installed the AC system is stumped, and so is the electronic security company that installed the smoke detectors. We've just had our ducts cleaned top to bottom but the problem persists even though we're presumably dust-free. Any thoughts on what to try next? Engineers? Inspection services?
posted by ducky l'orange on Jul 16, 2014 - 8 answers

The house I am renting has an alarm system, how do I make it work?

My SO and I are renting a house. Since moving in we have noticed that the house has an alarm system. However, the control panel does not turn on and none of the buttons do anything. We've spoken to our landlord (who lived in the house for 4+ years) and he said that he never used to alarm and doesn't know how it works. Nothing on the alarm system says which company managed the alarm (ADT, etc..). Who can I call to get to setup the alarm (but not install a new alarm system, since I am only renting)?
posted by Spurious on Jul 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Smoke/Fire alarm repeater?

I want a device that I can attach to our front door, and if the building's alarm goes off, a signal would be relayed to an alarm outside our bedroom door. Does this kind of thing exist? [more inside]
posted by EastCoastBias on Apr 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Does lying in bed feel like this for everyone else?

This is possibly the dumbest/strangest question I've ever asked, but it's one of those "is it like this for everyone, or is this actually unusual?" things. Everyone has trouble getting out of bed in the morning, I know. But I experience what I can only call a drug-like chemical high while I'm lying there. [more inside]
posted by naju on Apr 7, 2014 - 31 answers

Alarming discoveries...

Thinking about going down the route of cancelling my home (security and fire) alarm service, and doing ... something homebrewed or similar. Questions abound. Have you done this, or something similar, or do you have useful advice for me? Specific questions and thoughts lie within. [more inside]
posted by jferg on Mar 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Fitbit snowflake: which one will work for me?

It's that time of year again when the REI dividend is in the air, and I am thinking about a Fitbit (though if a Jawbone is really what I want, persuade me). Criteria that are making this difficult inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Mar 29, 2014 - 13 answers

A certain type of browser alert

Anyone know of a Firefox or Chrome extension/utility/plugin/script etc that can monitor webpage changes every few seconds, and doesn't need to be reset every time the alert triggers? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Mar 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Checklist app with alarm notification?

I have to take medicine within a certain window every day, and while I'm getting used to it, I'd love to have an app for Android (or other great solution) with a notification that doesn't disappear until I acknowledge I've taken my medicine and that will notify me when its time to take it. If anyone knows of any app with this functionality, that'd me amazing - I've looked at alarm clock and checklist apps, but they either don't capture the time-sensitive nature of this or disappear as soon as I look at the notification. Thanks, metafilter!
posted by superlibby on Feb 25, 2014 - 14 answers

Android alarm clock that notices when I'm already awake?

I'm getting a Fitbit Flex soon and am planning to use its silent alarm feature so my partner can keep snoozing undisturbed while I rise and shine. I'd still like to have a noisy alarm as a backup just in case, though. Is there an Android app available that can do either of the following things: 1) notices that I'm already up (via the motion sensor, or unlocking the screen) and will skip any upcoming alarms or 2) has a really quick way to skip the next alarm (say, from the notification bar or a widget on the home screen) - if I have to open the app I'm likely to forget. I believe KitKat has feature #2 in the stock clock, but my S3 Mini is still on version 4.1.2 and I'm not sure if/when an update will be coming. Thanks!
posted by Skybly on Feb 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for an iPhone timer alarm app with snooze

I'm looking for an iPhone alarm app that will wake me up a specific amount of time after I enable it (8 hours in my case) and has a snooze function. The timer function of iOS is not suitable (no snooze). The alarm clocks apps I have tried are not suitable as they require you to choose a time (e.g. 8am) not a duration (e.g. 8 hours), and those that do display the duration (e.g. Rise), don't display it until you enable the alarm. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jan 14, 2014 - 13 answers

All smashed UP. How do I wake up tomorrow? Need answer fast.

Have a second gen UP, UP24/7 on order. iPhone 4s, iOS 7. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Dec 11, 2013 - 7 answers

What are these mystery cables in my condo?

My new condo (built 2005) has a couple of holes in the wall with pink cables coming out and another hole with random wires. [more inside]
posted by globotomy on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Music alarm app for iPhone

I want to wake up with music. What are the best music alarm apps for iPhone with a clean, modern and intuitive interface. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Aug 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Do I need a potentiometer?

We have an alarm for a door that sounds constantly while the door is open. It is run from a 9v transformer that plugs into the wall and the circuit is triggered with magnets on the door. I would like to install volume control for the alarm. Is the correct device a potentiometer? If so, how do I select the correct one? Thanks!
posted by lake59 on Jul 1, 2013 - 10 answers

iPod stolen by a superhero

Since returning from a Palo Duro Canyon (Texas) trip, I’ve been torturing myself: How the heck was my iPod stolen from my car? Is there such thing as an alarm-disabling device? Is The Flash alive and well, phasing through car doors to swiftly swipe 7+-year-old iPod Nanos? I’m anal retentive about the alarm/locks. I always set the alarm. It’s ingrained in me. The storage compartment between the front seats was opened and left open, and the auxiliary cable and iPod were taken. The back armrest was pulled down and left down. Nothing else was gone from the car – not the few dollars stuffed into the ashtray, not my camping gear, not my delicious fruit and nut hiking snacks. [more inside]
posted by bakedbeets on Jun 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Neighbor's Car Alarm Nightmare

My neighbor is out of town, and her car alarm has gone off for two separate and random nights-- all night. I have no way of contacting her, I only know she is out of town b/c the police contacted her work and found out that she is not here. Is there anything I can do to turn it off from under the car? I don't want to damage the car, just disconnect the alarm or something. Help???
posted by muchalucha on May 23, 2013 - 29 answers

Arduino processing two wire alarm signal - how to?

I bought this cheap wireless driveway alarm system (a battery-powered motion sensor with base that beeps when someone pulls into my driveway) and one of its features is that you can connect it to "to any security system that has a two wire alarm input". I was wondering if anyone could point me to a guide for processing that output using the Arduino? I'd love to - for example - turn on a light automatically when I pull into my driveway, or send an e-mail, or other cool stuff.
posted by exhilaration on May 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for an Android app.

Best Android app/s that will help remind me to eat regularly? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Mar 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Travel Alarm Clock

I am looking for a decent alarm clock. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Arduino time alarm without an external interrupt alarm pin on the RTC?

I want to program my Arduino to go to sleep at 6 pm and wake back up at 5 am, and then execute a few simple functions once every hour while it's awake. I have a DS1307 real-time clock, but it doesn't have an alarm interrupt pin, so I can't just set up an external interrupt to tell the Arduino to wake when the alarm pin is set to high. What's the best way to do this without an alarm pin? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Feb 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for an clock that won't alarm me, aesthetically or acoustically.

I want to buy a new alarm clock radio for my bedside table as the old one keeps gaining four hours or so overnight. However when I look for one, I'm presented with your basic model ugly modern electronics, and I have a Art Nouveau theme going on in my house. Can anyone help me find an alarm clock that will not look so absurdly out of place sitting next to my brass lampshade with the stained glass shade? I know there are brass alarm clocks, which would work aesthetically, but I can't bear to be woken up by an alarm, so while I don't have to have a radio alarm clock I do need an alarm that won't make me hurl the clock across the room, such as something musical. I also want to be able to see the time in the dark. And no I don't have a watch with an alarm or a cellphone, and I'm not interested in getting either. Ideas?
posted by orange swan on Jan 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Warning System for Server Failure

Sometimes, web sites go down. Our employees and clients are pretty good at noticing downtime, messaging me, and then I open a ticket with the hosting company or programmer and get it resolved. I am looking for some kind of downtime warning system. [more inside]
posted by banished on Jan 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Please help start our car

My partner lost his car clicker for his 2001 Nissan Altima. The alarm engages when he tries to start the car. He can't disengage the alarm without the clicker. The dealership wants $300 for a new clicker, and we can't afford that. Does anyone know how to disengage the alarm so he can start the car? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Nov 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Is sleeptracker still the best in 2012?

Is there something better than the Sleeptracker watch now for waking you up when you are in the least deep part of the sleep cycle? Original Sleeptracker watch broke and I want to upgrade. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Oct 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Alarm clock recommendation

Help a picky person find an alarm clock? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Sep 18, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I silence my alarms when my phone is silenced?

Looking for an app that will silence my cell phone alarms when my phone is on silent. Using a Samsung Galaxy SII running ICS on at&t [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on Sep 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Recommend a reminder / alarm app

I'm looking for an iOS (iPod Touch) app that will allow me to set up a whole lot of alarms like this: At 9:00 AM every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, make a noise and pop up a notice that says, "Go to Gym." [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Aug 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Scream if the power goes out...

Every now and then, the power fails in our garage. This wouldn't be a problem, except that's where our freezer lives. I'm looking for ideas to alert me when the power fails... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jul 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Completely "Dark" Alarm Clock (Revisited)?

Completely "dark" / humane alarm clock (revisited)? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jun 20, 2012 - 29 answers

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