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countdown timer onlineHey there MakeUseOf readers! I have such a simple web application in front of me that has made my life a little bit easier and I thought I would share it with you.

Have you ever had to monitor several items simultaneously?

Maybe you needed to time that cake in the oven or when to give your child his/her medicine next? Any which way this web site called E.ggtimer has got you covered. It’s one of a kind online count down timer that you’re likely to find very handy.

Every so often I get a few admin tasks I need to do such as run a few trace routes and monitor a log file at specific intervals. That’s all well and good until 4 other tasks come along and severely distract me. For important events my Outlook calendar will pop up and let me know it is time for my next meeting or some other sort of activity.

But now if I launch an egg timer for each item and keep them open, when it comes time to do something my window will show “Time Expired” and beep. So turn up your speakers, fire up your browser and lets see what’s what.

I can think of lots of instances where this will come in handy! Now check out how easy it is to use.

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When you first get to the website this is what you will see:

Eggtimer1

So this works like a command line website. We all love the command line right?

You put your parameters into the URL. So if I need a 10 minute timer to let me know that I shouldn’t be napping because the chairman of the board is going to swing by so I can look at his laptop I would go to my favorite browser and type:

http://e.ggtimer.com/10minutes

That will give you this screen:

eggtimer2

Very large text displaying your countdown using a flash design. When the countdown gets closer to completion the status bars will become darker. So you can be looking at the screen from clear across the room and still be able to discern what’s up!

eggtimer3

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The syntax is very simple. If you type in the URL with /10 it will be 10 seconds. Any number without a designation is taken as seconds. If you want minutes just write /10minutes. You can use Minutes, Hours, Days, Months and Years.

Can you think of some interesting uses for this web app? Maybe you use something similar – but better. Let us know in the comments guys!

  1. jbhq
    March 8, 2009 at 9:49 am

    a lot of these tools only count up/down
    useful to have a countdown to a date/time
    like "compact timer" by Olsson

  2. Sean
    March 4, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks a lot for this article!
    I have found this to be a perfect tool to make use of Merlin Mann's (10+2)*5 procrastination hack.

    Excellent website, the design is no nonsense which is perfect for not getting off task and focusing on your work "dashes".

  3. LucaBrazi
    March 4, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Very cool.

    FYI - can abbreviate using min and sec

    Wish there was a way to manipulate the font size - I like to put it in a small window in the corner.

  4. Dave P
    March 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I use a simple Open Source Java application, ThisTime. It sits in the notification area and allows you to create multiple count-up and count-down timers (as well as multiple digital clocks). It also runs off a single .jar file so you can run it off your USB key.

    thistime.sourceforge.net/

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