I want to get a program (a script that can be set to auto-start or something) that tells you every hour like "It's 11 o'clock."
I know it's easy on Macs, but how do you get that on Precise?
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There's a program in the standard repos for it,
sudo apt-get install saytime
Then you can run
saytime -r 3600 to run it every hour (3600 seconds, or change the number for a different interval in seconds). It will start as a background process when run with this option.
If you want to change the format (for example to remove the "and X seconds") it would be
saytime -r 3600 -f %P%l%M - full format options in
sudo apt-get install festival
If you wanna get crazy you can also add to gnome-schedule:
echo This is my custom message | festival --tts
Where custom message can include the output of the command
and if you want a nicer voice try something like:
sudo apt-get install festvox-us1 echo "(set! voice_default 'voice_us1_mbrola)" | sudo tee -a /etc/festival.scm