hmtimer, a small application with a user interface to turn off your pc


We say it many times: in Linux we have a very powerful tool in the terminal, but we also have the small problem that it is not easy to remember all the most useful commands. For this reason, although the terminal is supposed to be better for some tasks, many prefer to use software with a user interface. Among the things that we can do both with the terminal and with an application with a GUI we have to turn off the computer, in the terminal we would use shutdown y htimer He does it from his own window.

hmtimer is an app very simple that is designed especially for those who do not get along with the terminal. The command shutdown It allows us to turn off the equipment instantly, at a certain time, at a certain time or restart the equipment, and all these are actions that hmtimer can do, with the difference that we will do everything from its interface and we will not have to remember any command which is usually in English. Although it is true that the application is also in English, it is always easier to understand what is in front of us if an image accompanies it.

What can we do with hmtimer and how to do it

What we can do with hmtimer, whose name comes from "Hsiu-Ming's Timer", is:

  • Schedule a computer shutdown.
  • Schedule a monitor shutdown.
  • Set it to reboot at a certain time.
  • Play a sound after a period of time.
  • Open a program.

Using hmtimer is straightforward, but the language can be confusing:

  • Where it says "Hour, Min., Sec" we will configure the time it will take to do what we ask.
  • If we check the "Run repeatedly" box, once the time is up it will do what we have asked and will start over (not available if we ask for a shutdown or a restart).
  • If we access the "At:" section, we can tell you the time we want you to do your job.
  • In "Action" is where we tell you what to do after the time or when the configured time arrives.
  • "Start" starts the countdown.
  • And there is no more. Well, yes, once the countdown has started, the "Start" button becomes a "Stop" with which we will stop it.

Things that should improve in my opinion: when setting the time we can put it 25h, which would be 1 in the morning (I think) and it can confuse us; I think there should be a limit at 23pm and 59min. On the other hand, if we want it to reproduce a sound, we have to look for one that we have stored on our computer; I think you should have at least one available.

What do you think of hmtimer? Will you use it, do you prefer another option with GUI or do it with the terminal?


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