Interval Timer

For a very, very long time I’ve been searching for a digital interval timer. I wanted the ability to set a timer that was beyond the simple countdown timer. I wanted to be able to have something on x number of minutes and off y number of minutes. Why? Here are some examples:

— my cup (for tea) warmer was a tad too warm for me, so if I could cut the amount of heat time to 2/3 or 1/2, it would still stay warm and use less electricity

— I have some cooling fans that don’t need to be on 24/7. Coming on every 10 minutes for 3 minutes could be enough.

Finally, I discovered what I wanted — on Amazon. Click here to see what I purchased.

I’ve seen the same device under different brand names.

I’ve been testing it out on a string of LED red Christmas lights for a week. Going solid. Two minutes on, one minute off.

The device also does count down turn on. Or, you can do the interval within a set span of time.

Programming the interval was not difficult, but one must follow the instructions.

Capturing Voice Mail Greeting

Today I encountered a problem that needed a good solution and I finally found one — after a bit of frustration. I was porting a phone number from one carrier to another. I wanted to keep the exact same voice mail greeting that was on the losing carrier. Unfortunately, there was no way to download the audio. So, I tried to get Google voice working on my desktop but could not get that working right (as it has in the past) so that I could try to capture the audio with Audacity. I then tried a few apps on my Android phone. The apps would only record my voice, not what I was listening to. Finally, I sought out a cloud service (via Bing and Google searches) to record calls. I created a trial account with I called the phone number through SaveYourCall then downloaded the audio file. Then I brought the audio file into Audacity, did some editing to clean it up, and uploaded to the new carrier. This took longer than I had wanted, but it got done. If one tool does not work, try another. If that does not work, try another.