Tynan has written a couple of times about the habit of shutting down your computer at a certain time everyday. I imagine that a bunch of you - like me - thought about this and decided to start this habit, but regularly find yourself still behind your computer WAY beyond your shutdown time.
Since half a year ago, this never unintentionally happens to me anymore. This is because my computer turns off by itself at my time limit, whether I think about it or not.
So, how does this work? You can use windows task scheduler (this is already installed in your windows PC) to shut down your computer at any time you would like to schedule, whether this is every night, later on weekend days, or only on the second sunday in the month.
Here are tutorials for setting it up:
Mac and Linux probably have a similiar function, or you can install a program that does this for you.
Set this up! It takes 5 minutes to do, and you more than earn it back on the first night you otherwise would have been behind your computer later than you want. If you already succeed in shutting your computer down, this will at least save you effort.
Here's the link for how to do it on a mac. Took me 2 seconds. Thanks for this!
This won't quite be the Apple bashing that people probably expect. To start off, I don't hate Apple. I think that they're a spectacular company that does a lot of very smart things. I think that they build relatively high quality products and do a good job of supporting them.
Even if I don't buy any of their products, I'm glad that Apple is around. They're responsible for pushing forward a lot of technologies that are later adapted and improved on by companies I do buy things from.
I also think that Apple makes the right product for a lot of people, maybe even you. An iPod is probably the right music player for more people than any other music player. The average consumer will probably do better with a Mac laptop than the average PC laptop.
Google recently confirmed that they will be shutting down Schemer, their stab at a goal-sharing service on 7 February, after which all data from the service will be deleted. Google has already pulled the iOS app from the App Store, and the Android app hasn't been updated since 2012.
A leak last year suggested that Schemer might be next in line for Google's infamous spring cleaning. Google Operating System posted a screenshot of a internal version of the schemer site, stating that “Schemer will be shut down on [insert date]. We had launched over a year ago to help people to do more awesome stuff, and it has been quite an adventure for us as well! However, we have come to the difficult derision to shut down Schemer. Your schemes will be available for download until [insert date].
This date has now been filled in, and if you're using Schemer, you have less than a month to download your data.
To do so, follow these steps:
If you don't know what Schemer is, it lets users discover new things to do, "make the most of your day", and share schemes with your friends. The service required a Google+ account, but it wasn't promoted by Google.