The Alarm Clock of Justice--and many others--need you to enable wake up timers in the control panel to wake your computer from sleep. Guide: Allow wake timers in Windows 7. Quite frankly, I find this ridiculous. Why are wake timers disabled by default?
There have been reports of bizarre errors. Please exercise caution.
I have been very busy with school and work this past year and I have been unable to fully test and release a new version. I have re-written the core alarm engine and I am doing more testing than ever before to ensure reliabilty. I am hoping for the upcoming release to be the last release, and a solid one at that.
The Alarm Clock of Justice is a computer alarm clock that can wake your computer from standby or hibernation to play a customized alarm. The alarm includes videos, websites, songs, movies, and any other file type. By waking up from standby and hibernation your PC does not have to be turned on all night--and neither do its cooling fans. Release 2.2.x has snooze, a new interface for profiles (formerly called "configurations"), customizable alarm timing, and a lot of other improvements from version 2.1.
Instead of reworking large portions of the Alarm Clock of Justice for large releases, I will release new changes more frequently, but they will mainly be bug fixes.
This is one of the stranger features of the Alarm Clock of Justice. After all of the alarm actions have been started (as set in "timing"), the backup alarm waits for a customizable amount of time (10 minutes by default). After ten minutes, it will blast your volume (both Mixer/System and Wave volume) and unmute the volume. It will play the Alarm Clock of Justice song. It will constantly set your volume to full blast every 10th of a second until you stop it. The backup alarm has saved me a couple times because the website I wanted to play didn't load in my browser.
Snooze is implemented as part of the reminder screen. If snooze is enabled (it is by default), then the reminder screen will pop up with a Snooze button. There are three ways to snooze the alarm:
Snooze can be avoided altogether and the backup alarm disabled by pressing and holding the "O" key and the Escape key. A snooze limit can be set if desired.
There are four things an alarm can do:
Question: Will this program destroy my sound card?
No. An individual with the Internet alias of "setianfarts"/"Angry Saddie" claimed their sound card was destroyed by the Alarm clock of Justice. To this end, some of my long-time users responded with their experiences using the program. Unlike other people who have experienced problems, "setianfarts" did not email me to discuss the problem. The way the Alarm Clock of Justice controls the volume during volume effects is _exactly_ the same as you opening your volume and dragging the slider with your mouse. It cannot access internal hardware or any other such nastiness. I tried to contact "setianfarts" to get more information but to no avail. When there is a problem with the Alarm Clock of Justice, at least 2 to 3 people contact me all within about the same time period. Since no one else has contacted me, I assume no one else has had this problem. This problem was most likely caused by a very cheap sound card and the Backup Alarm. After setianfarts complained, FreeWareBB.com investigated the issue and came to the same conclusion: "we have to assume that your sound card is the actual issue here, or at least it may be your driver therefore we have removed the warning from this download".
Question: When my computer wakes up from sleep, it makes me login. How do I turn this off?
This is actually a Windows setting. I have _almost_ no control over it. As of version 2.2, there is a check box to change this under the "Program Settings" tab that seems to work on Windows XP but not Vista. The best way is to change it from the Control Panel. Go to Start->Control Panel->Power Options->Advanced and uncheck "Always Prompt ...."
Question: Does your program do [whatever]?
I don't know--download it and see.
Question: Are there any plans to translate the Alarm Clock of Justice to a different language?
If I can get dedicated translators then I will create a translator kit. Most likely, I will run all the text through Google Translator and have translators double check it and clean it up.
Question: I got an error message--what should I do?
Contact me and tell me what you were doing and how it happened. If you get the Exception message, click the details button, copy and paste the first dozen lines of text and send that to me. I can't help you if all you say is "I got an error message." In the Alarm Clock of Justice, go to Program Settings and press the "Restore to Defaults" button--that sometimes fixes the problem, but make sure you tell me what is going on!
Question: What happened to my configuration?
The Alarm Clock of Justice switched directories and it doesn't know where all your old configurations are located. Open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Program Files\Alarm Clock of Justice 1.9.8 and grab "Configuration#.xml" files and drop them into the home directory of the Alarm Clock of Justice version 2.2 Version 2.2 will attempt to recover your previous settings.
Question: Why doesn't this work on Mac OS X or Linux? Do you hate them?
No--I do not hate them. Windows fulfilled two critera:
Question: Can I have the source code?
I am not releasing the source code right now--but maybe later. This program will always be free to download, though. It's not about the money--it's about the fame. The source code for the interesting part of this program--waking up from hibernation--is available in a bunch of places, including my Simple Alarm Clock.
I use the Alarm Clock of Justice every day. It works very reliably. Release 2.2.1 has not failed to wake me up--except for when I forgot to plug in my speakers.
The Alarm Clock of Justice is an alarm clock. It is not a light reminder program or a skinnable desktop clock. It was not meant to remind you to go to the store, although some people use it for that. You cannot set more than one alarm without opening more than one Alarm Clock of Justice windows.
The Alarm Clock of Justice is not simply coded by me and released on the Internet. There are many people who send suggestions via email (or in person). There are people who test beta versions of the Alarm Clock of Justice to make sure it doesn't crash _all_ the time. Some people simply wrote sample code that helped me solve a problem. Special thanks go to: Ben F. Matt Z. Mat D. Robert S. Jon M. Larry Osterman (MSDN) Sarina N. Travis R. Jill G. Fred N. Tarik A. Laz L. Louis K. Troy C. "Ducela" Y. Chang Gaurang G. "Corinne" Philip S. Curtis K. Puck Ja "Maxima" "Francesco" My parents Vista Support: "Robert" from University of Colorado Andy B. Ray M. M. Amands S. John B. From Warpstorm: "Icy" "Chersh" "Koder" "Polyphoric" "Holly" General: DaveS CodeProject.com Kyle D. "Bill McCarthy" (MSDN) Whoever wrote the article where I learned how to use SetWaitableTimer
Last names have been abridged here--I don't know who wants to be listed on the Internet and who does not. Full names and such are included in the Alarm Clock of Justice itself. The credits have been in the Alarm Clock of Justice since the first release. Resize the window and make it bigger--the credits will appear.