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Master Your Mac by Matt Cone

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Chapter 18. Creating Quick and Easy Alerts

Sometimes doing the simplest things with your Mac can seem difficult. For example, it’s not immediately clear how to set a basic alarm that will remind you that your tea water is probably boiling in five minutes. Sure, you could use Calendar or Reminders to create these kinds of reminders, but it’s not a quick or easy process.

Setting basic reminders—the ones too small for Calendar or Reminders but too important to forget—is best left to a couple of third-party applications. You can use the free application Pester to quickly set simple alerts, and the more advanced application Alarms displays a cool to-do list of reminders at the top of your screen and flashes a menu bar icon when it’s time to do something. ...

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