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Yurtgirl Thu 23-Jul-09 15:16:46

tell a computer that it must switch off at a certain time each day? (assuming it is on!)

I am a natural nightowl, I want to be a lark - but Im so hopeless at walking away from my pooter I am currently going to bed waaaaay too late blush

If I could set it so that it went off at say 10:30 at the latest that would really help


Yurtgirl Thu 23-Jul-09 15:18:55

I do know of course that somewhere deep within I have 'some' willpower - but all my willpower atm is directed towards my 2 stone weightloss therefore none left for sensible bedtimes blush

Also as a lone parent there is no one to physically tell me to 'get to bed' - so I dont

Twas gone 12 last night blush

muddleduck Thu 23-Jul-09 15:35:12

you could put a timer on the plug to the monitor. would only work if the timer was hard to get to grin

I'm currently considering getting internet explorer to block mumsnet blush

Yurtgirl Thu 23-Jul-09 15:46:52

Thanks muddleduck - yes I could do that but I would only need to move a few cms as the socket is next to my chair!!

Blocking mn wouldnt help either as I would miss it and I would easily find other stuff to do - free online games are very absorbing dont ya know blush

lou031205 Thu 23-Jul-09 15:47:18

Step-by-Step guide here

Yurtgirl Thu 23-Jul-09 20:34:37

You are a marvel Lou - thzt looks perfect thankyou

lou031205 Thu 23-Jul-09 21:36:24

Pleasure smile

singleWhiteMale Thu 23-Jul-09 22:24:53

I tested loads of timed shutdown programs for a project at work. This is my favourite (and it's free)

Yurtgirl Thu 23-Jul-09 22:32:18

Gee this is quite complicated isnt it- well it seems that way too me blush

SWM - that looks interesting too, but amongst the systems it says it will run on, it doesnt list vista, which I think lou's does

singleWhiteMale Thu 23-Jul-09 22:47:31

There's no reason it shouldn't work with vista - i would try it. Don't be put off by all the options on the web page, all you need to do is run it, set the options you want, then select the menu option to install as a service.

lou's method uses the built-in windows scheduler, which as okay in theory but in practice has a few drawbacks.

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