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Does anyone know how I can create an everyday reminder that pops up every day at a specific time to remind me of doing something? I need to make it remind me everyday at 1:00pm to update my daily blog.

I'm using Mac OS X.

The solution can be via iCal or via AppleScript or via Automator or anything? So long as it works.

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Using iCal

Just create a new event with whatever you need to be reminded of. Set alarm to message (or even message with sound), and make sure it repeats every day.

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You can also choose to run a script instead of showing an alarm. The alarm will look like this:

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Using crontab and AppleScript

If you're more into doing command line stuff, you can also open a Terminal, and enter

EDITOR=nano crontab -e

A simple text editor will open. Paste the following:

0   13  *   *   *   osascript -e "tell application \"Finder\" to display dialog \"Do your stuff\"" > /dev/null 2&>1

This will launch a simple AppleScript command that displays a Finder dialog with the message "Do your stuff". Feel free to change this.

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You can also change the date – in this case, 0, 13 and the stars mean "13h and 0 minutes", at every day, every week, every month. Check this Crontab Generator for the syntax.

Press Ctrl-O, then Enter to save it, and then Ctrl-X to exit the editor.

To disable this alert again, just call the crontab -e command, and delete the line.

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You can also do it with launchd, but I'm not going there :P – slhck Oct 27 '11 at 10:03
You can also use any number of alarm clock type applications. – Daniel Beck Oct 27 '11 at 10:15
@DanielBeck I probably would have suggested Lingon – interestingly, it's not free anymore. Another list of Alarm Clock apps here. – slhck Oct 27 '11 at 10:21

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