Computer Alarm Clock

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 21, 2009
Updated • Dec 18, 2012
Software, Windows software

It feels rather strange that Microsoft has never added an alarm clock feature to the Windows system clock as this would most likely be useful to many Windows users. A computer alarm clock can be useful for several purposes from preparing dinner to being reminded of appointments and other to-dos. The alarm clock should be easy to configure but with enough options to suite the needs of inexperienced and experienced users alike.

Good Timing is a computer alarm clock software for the Windows operating system that comes with additional timer functionality. The computer program will display four windows upon program start which act independently from each other but can be attached to each other to move them around in combination. These windows display the time till the next alarm, a configuration window to add new timers and alarms, a log detailing all the changes and the main program window listing all alarms and timers that have been created by the user.

All windows except the main window can be closed after the configuration. The main window can be minimized to the system tray. Each configured alarm or timer is made up of required and optional parameters. The required parameters for the computer alarm clock configuration obviously require the type and time while the option parameters include dates, days, sounds, notes, commands and other parameters that finetune the alarm.

Good Timing is a free download that is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Here is an overview of the four windows:

  • Log - This window displays the application log. You find newly created alarms in here as well as other notifications.You can close that window immediately if you want to.
  • New Alarm - You configure new alarms here. Only the mode (at, in or timer) and the time are required input values. The remaining values are option and include options to make the alarm recurring, add a sound notification or system beep, schedule it for a specific date or days, or add a note or command to the alarm.
  • Once you have created an alarm it will be displayed in the Alarm Details window. This shows a countdown of the next alarm that is being executed on the system. You have options to reset or ignore it.
  • The Good Timing window finally displays all alarms and notes in its interface.

The program works fine under newer versions of the Windows operating system including Windows 7 and Windows 8.


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  1. Rarst said on June 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm


    You can set PC to turn on at specific times in BIOS settings.

  2. Bluegravity said on June 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Nice find, does it work if the computer is on standby or even shut down?
    It would be really cool if i use it to wake me up early morning. =D

  3. Paulus said on June 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I realy like CookTimer (version 0.9.1 ) not only very easy to use but also very effective.

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