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I'm looking for a tool, that can alert me every hour with a popup and a message (like "take your medicine..") I'm running Windows XP.

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I found Windows' Task Scheduler hard to use, so I wrote a python script to automate tasks. Perhaps you could look into something similar? – Phoshi Jun 8 '10 at 11:06
@Phoshi - /offtopic/ That dark red color on the website (linked in your profile) is makes the page really hard to read , and my eyes start to ache. Why don't you use a white/light-grey background? ^^" – Shiki Jun 8 '10 at 12:16
@Shiki: Because, my friend, I am an appallingly bad designer. I'm surprised you didn't comment about either of the blog styles, both of which have been known to kill small children (The root site has only killed newborn babies and the elderly :P) – Phoshi Jun 8 '10 at 14:40
@Phoshi: The main page (yours) is kinda nice. Like a children's room, but thats what is exceptional, nice about it. Like an old guy's 'web room', can't explain it. Nice. :) The other one.. the font/webpage color. Just apply a light grey/white bg or something like that since this way I cant even read the text. :/ – Shiki Jun 8 '10 at 14:54
@Shiki: You're probably right, I'll make a note somewhere to take a poke at the colours next time I get a chance :) – Phoshi Jun 8 '10 at 16:13
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task scheduler.

Create task (at the right) :
Name: Medicine
Desc: whatyouwant
Trigger tab: NEW

Begin: on a schedule
Settings: Daily
Advanced settings (bottom):
Repeat task every: (set it however you want) 1 hour | for a duration: Indefinitely

Display a message
Title: Medicine
Message: Take your medicine.


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Only if OP is on Windows :) – Shevek Jun 8 '10 at 8:16
Whoops. Hope it is. But if not, I'll write one for Linux, no prob. No stop for those medicines. ;P – Shiki Jun 8 '10 at 8:17
Unfortunately we still stuck on Win XP and the Task Scheduler doesn't allow to trigger every hour. Just daily... and i'm dead if take my medicines only once a day ;-) – gsharp Jun 8 '10 at 10:54
@gsharp If you create a schedule item, open it and click on the Advanced button on the Schedule tab there is a Repeat task option which can be set to Every 1 hours – Shevek Jun 8 '10 at 11:38
@gsharp - Please do as Shevek wrote. XP supports the same. ^^" – Shiki Jun 8 '10 at 12:11

For Gnome there exists a Timer Applet which provides such (or very similar) functionality.

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