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Wednesday February 04, 2004
05:15 PM

A phone as automated annoyance device

[ #17216 ]

I am still thinking about which phone to buy, am I am leaning towards a Sony Ericsson T616. I want to turn it into a push (as in "push me off the couch") technology.

Imagine a shell program I run like this:

% call "Laundry is done" 20m

In twenty minutes, my phone will buzz and I know to check on my laundry. Or:

% call "Parsifal is over-Go home" 5h30m
 
# use an absolute time
% call "Feed the cat" 0730
 
# an alarm clock
% call "Wake up" 0645; call "I mean it!" 0655
 
# call from cron
0 55 23 * * call "Daily Show in 5 mins"
 
# blind date rescue call
% call "911! Work emergency" 2100

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  • Seems like you could do this pretty easily with a wrapper around 'at' and 'mail', making use of Verizon's "mail to SMS" functionality. For instance (untested):

    open( AT, "|at now + 4 hours" ) or die;
    print AT q( echo "Time to walk the dog" | mail -s Alarm yournumber@vtext.com );
    close AT;
  • The Salling Clicker [mac.com] sounds really kewl, I have a T608 and it isn't actually on the list tho so I haven't tried it.

    I dunno if the T616 has bluetooth, but the bluetooth between my 12" PowerBook 1Ghz, my T608 and my Palm Tungsten T2 roxorZ! Wireless Internet, iSync, way kewl stuff!

    I also have Nagios [nagios.org] set up to page me, I set up qpage [qpage.org] to page me instead of using the email to sms gateway from sprint [sprintpcs.com] because I didn't want to rely on the internet being up for it to page me and tell me the internet was broken

    --
    andrew