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Faith in Virginia's picture
Faith in Virginia

Gadgets

On my windows base computer I have this gadget bar that allows to to install gadgets such as clocks and calendars calculators and such.  Anyway I work at home and my job keeps me at the computer.  So I get to work and bake at the same time. The timer on the stove to let me know time to stretch and fold can not be heard in my office so many time I went over time on when to do things. What I found is that the gadgets in that bar also has a timer that I can use and it an alert when the time has expired.


Just thought I'd share this for others that tend to get lost on the computer while trying to bake.


Faith

Jon Morrison's picture
Jon Morrison

Faith,


 


I have a similar problem on hearing the timer on the oven.  Do you remember what website you found the timer gadget?


 


Thanks,


 


Jon


 

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sheffield (not verified)

I use Firefox and there are loads of timer add-ons that can be downloaded.


 

Faith in Virginia's picture
Faith in Virginia

I use Microsoft Vista so this may be a vista thing. You will need to search through to find the timer


 


http://vista.gallery.microsoft.com/vista/SideBar.aspx?mkt=en-us


Faith

dmsnyder's picture
dmsnyder

Yahoo has a free, downloadable widget "engine" and 100's of widgets including all different sorts of timers for mac or MS Windows. Here's the link:


http://widgets.yahoo.com/


Have fun! (But watch out! It's like a candy store, and all the candy is free.)


David

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Nickisafoodie

While not a gadget, if you go to www.online-stopwatch.com, you can bookmark the site and open it any time you need either a countdown kitchen time or even a stopwatch counting up. 


In theory you could open more than one web window and have multiple timers going like total proofing time, and one for each rise cycle.


1) click on full desktop usage just below the main picture


2) this will allow you to customize the countdown by allowing you to pick from a multitude of sounds, and settings - the best setting being the one that allows the timer to ring until you stop it or as otherwiese set by you.  Very easy to use and loud enough to be heard, and not for just a second or two.  Once you configure the way you want it, simply bookmark and each time you open the link, you will see your configuration.  Very easy.


I tried to find a desktop gadget, but most range once and stopped anmd were very low volume levels - if I didn't hear it, well too bad.  this one rocks.  thanks for the inspiration.!

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ValerieSara

Hi Nickisafoodie,


The timer you suggested is perfect and your directions are great. I went with the countdown version, with the original ring, and I have set the ring to a constant/steady ring until I turn if off. 


I have it bookmarked, set to my liking as you suggested, and I keep it on a tab all day. There is so much that I like about this timer over app timers and I'm so grateful to you for the link and your instructions.


For those who may want to try this timer, I should mention that the selections to cusomize the timer (either countdown or stopwatch) are now on the bottom of the first page of the link you gave us (select "Custom Countdown") and no longer on the "full desktop usage" page.


 


Thank you!


ValerieSara

firstfloorfront's picture
firstfloorfront

Faith


I've got a small timer program on my computer that is used in some British Schools to time tests etc - http://www.teachit.co.uk/index.asp?CurrMenu=694 - very useful as a reminder and as a back up to my main timer.


Peter

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LisaPA

If anyone has a Mac, there's a great free timer here. It can be used as a regular countdown timer or a stopwatch.

dmsnyder's picture
dmsnyder

I use 3 different timers regularly.


I have a small kitchen timer which provides three alarms. I use the timer on my oven. When I'm going to be away from the kitchen, I use the timer built into the clock utility on my iPhone.


It's not rare for me to be timing 3 different kitchen projects at the same time.


David

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GSnyde

...that attaches to a dough probe to tell you when your dough is perfectly proofed?  That would be cool!


Glenn 

dmsnyder's picture
dmsnyder

You have 10 of them! They came as standard equipment on your bod, dude!


David

KneadToKnow's picture
KneadToKnow

Mine came mis-calibrated. I've been trying to correct them for about a year with minimal success.

GSnyde's picture
GSnyde

So there's an app for that!


Glenn

highmtnpam's picture
highmtnpam

that my iPhone and my computer weight an exit pound apiece.  So may apps so so many widgets.  


Pam

hanseata's picture
hanseata

There's a nice free app for iPhones: "KitchenPad Timer" with enough timers for stove and oven to monitor a several course menu. You can choose the alarm tone (I like the rooster).


By the way, I also love the "ConvertBot" App for converting weights, volumes, temperatures, currencies etc.


Karin

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OldWoodenSpoon

I looked this up in the App Store right away because I already use my iPhone timer when baking.  It is only $1.99 (US) so I'll probably buy it anyway if there is not a free alternative, but free is always better! :)


Karin, if I may ask, where/when did you get your free copy?
OldWoodenSpoon

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hanseata

Probably I felt so care free when I got it, OldWoodenSpoon, hearing the rooster call when my levain was done...


No, I just mixed it up. In our daily paper was an article describing the best newest apps for foodies. Some were free and some not. I got several other ones, too, like "CooksIllustrated", "Ratio" by Michael Ruhlmann (based on the book "The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking"), and the 4.99 app for "How to Cook Everything" (there's a smaller, free version of that, too).


First I had to download the 4.2 update for my (version 3) iPhone, before I could download these apps.


Karin


 

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OldWoodenSpoon

I appreciate the mention of the 4.2 update.  I have not done that update yet myself.  I only install updates when there is a good reason to do so, like fixing a problem I am having, or it provides some worthwhile new functionality.    Perhaps this will finally give me a good reason to go ahead with it.


Thanks
OldWoodenSpoon

abdosoliman's picture
abdosoliman

bake at your desktop, multitasking is always a good idea.