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Do you know a freeware program - reminder that blinks a message on a computer screen and can be scheduled for a certain time, let's say the hour when you may quit your work place and go home?

Something like at 6 pm it starts blinking:

" Go home !! "

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which operating system? – ChrisF Sep 23 '10 at 12:41
@ChrisF windows xp – EugeneP Sep 23 '10 at 12:46
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I use Rainlendar. Lite version is freeware and contains the functionality you need.

While the reminder doesn't blink it will pop on top of other windows and you get a sound alarm with it. You can set one time events or recurring events. You can also select what sound you want to play for the reminder.

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You don't mention what OS you are running so I'm going to assume it is a Windows variant from 2000 or later. All recent Windows variants have a task scheduler and the "windows scripting host" through which you can run scripts written in vbscript or jscript, so a simple way to do what you are looking for without installing extra software is:

  1. create a text file called "alertme.vbs" or some such containing the line MsgBox "Go home."
  2. find the windows task scheduler interface (it has not always been in the same place so exactly where to find it depends on which Windows version you are using) and ask it to run that script at 1800 each week day
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for windows , try Remind Me In at I use it all the time. Set it for the time to remind you and it pops up at the bottom of the screen. You can also set it to play a sound file.

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If you are using Windows Vista or 7, the task scheduler can be set to pop up a message window. If that's all you need, then you may as well use what's built into the OS. Simply create a basic task, and select the option to display a message.

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