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Old 12-18-11, 06:49 AM   #1
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How did you choose your alarm clock? and what does it say about you?

I have the Sony Dream Machine alarm clock. Bought it about 3 years ago. It's nothing fancy, just a square box that plays the radio and has an alarm. But it's real appeal is in its 3 inch diameter snooze button. It's great when you're still groggy. All you have to do is flop your hand in the general direction of the alarm clock, and you'll hit the snooze I tend to hit the snooze button a few times before I drag my butt out of bed.

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Old 12-18-11, 06:57 AM   #2
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I have an old Westclox (10+yo) on the dresser that sounds like hurting. I never hit snooze since I have to get up to reach it. It says I don't trust myself.
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Old 12-18-11, 06:59 AM   #3
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I have never ever found a satisfying alarm clock.
I always manage to sleep through them.
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Old 12-18-11, 07:24 AM   #4
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My favorite alarm clock was a 24 hour timer with a cassette tape recorder plugged in so I knew exactly what I would hear in the morning. There's no better wake-up tune than Jollity Farm by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

I bought my current alarm clock in 1978. It's a small GE AM-FM table radio with a plastic fake wood appearance that I got at Savon Drugs. The clock is analog. I think it cost about $20 and when I bought it, I hoped it would last more than a year. It sits on a low table at the foot of my bed so I must at least sit up and stretch to turn it off.

It says I'm waiting for it to die, and it knows it and refuses. LOL. I have looked around, but haven't found anything to compare with the cassette player and 24 hour timer. I wish I could find an alarm clock with a CD player like I got my ex years back, but they're history too.
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Old 12-18-11, 10:43 AM   #5
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I use my cell phone as my alarm clock. It says that I like devices that multitask. I do like the Bonzos. Maybe see if I can set it to play Mr Slater's Parrot.
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My favorite alarm clock was a 24 hour timer with a cassette tape recorder plugged in so I knew exactly what I would hear in the morning. There's no better wake-up tune than Jollity Farm by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

I bought my current alarm clock in 1978. It's a small GE AM-FM table radio with a plastic fake wood appearance that I got at Savon Drugs. The clock is analog. I think it cost about $20 and when I bought it, I hoped it would last more than a year. It sits on a low table at the foot of my bed so I must at least sit up and stretch to turn it off.

It says I'm waiting for it to die, and it knows it and refuses. LOL. I have looked around, but haven't found anything to compare with the cassette player and 24 hour timer. I wish I could find an alarm clock with a CD player like I got my ex years back, but they're history too.
My sister still uses her GE Alarm Clock from the 70's. Works great.
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Old 12-18-11, 10:54 AM   #7
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I use my cell phone as my alarm clock. It says that I like devices that multitask. I do like the Bonzos. Maybe see if I can set it to play Mr Slater's Parrot.
I use my cell when I'm travelling, but otherwise I like my lazy man's alarm clock with the massive snooze button
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Old 12-18-11, 11:00 AM   #8
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I have one of those simulated sunrise alarm clocks - 30 minutes before I want to wake up, it turns on a dim light which gets progressively brighter. If I'm not awake by the actual alarm time, it plays either the radio or the sound of birds chirping (depending on how it's set). As the light gets progressively brighter, I fear that if I over sleep, the light will keep intensifying and become a Class VI laser and burn a hole through the ceiling

It seems to work well, but I need to adjust it - it's a little bright and it wakes me up about 15 minutes too early (you can adjust how bright the light gets).

Theoretically, it's supposed to lead to a more gradual (read: Less sucky) waking up, by tricking the body into thinking that it's naturally waking due to sunrise. The jury is still out on whether it's better to wake up to this or The California Report on NPR...
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I use a Sony I bought in 1998. I bought it because it had a digital tuner (so I could listen to a station that doesn't always come in well), the weather band, 2 alarms (making it harder for me to sleep through the alarm) and didn't take up much room on my nightstand (so my cat could sit there). Every time the power goes out and I have to reset the time (which includes the year), I'm reminded of how long I've had it.
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Alarm modes and battery backup were the important features for me. I have a Timex clock radio with dual 2-5-7 day alarms, automatic DST change, and auto-set date/time. The radio sucks but it was cheap and I never have to set anything.

I guess it says that I prefer to set and forget.

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Old 12-18-11, 11:15 AM   #11
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This bad boy, cause it actually is capable of waking me up, sounds like a damn trucks backing up horn.
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Old 12-18-11, 11:40 AM   #12
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Digital face because I hate reading analog clocks to see exactly what time it is. Two alarms: one set to catch the early train, one set for the lazy train. It sits on the other side of the bed because sometimes I turn it off without really waking up...
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When I really need to make sure I wake up for an appointment, I'll set one of those old-fashioned manual alarm clocks that are loud enough to wake up the neighbours as well. I'll set this up far enough away that I have to get out of bed to turn it off. It's usually not a pleasant way to start my morning.
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Old 12-18-11, 11:46 AM   #14
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Smart phone, I get to select what song I want to hear to wake up to. And I can set multiple alarms so I don't oversleep on those harder nights.
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I use a water based alarm,when my bladder tells me it needs emptying for the second time I think about staying up, you can tell I'm retired. I've set the alarm on the clock twice so far this year and will do it again in a couple of days so I can catch the first ferry off this rock for my Christmas vacation trip.
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This thing will wake you up, and the neighbors as well....

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I've had some Sony alarm clock with two alarms and a radio forever. I think I bought it when I was a freshman in college. The beeping starts out slow and gets faster if you don't turn it off.
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I have an old crappy no-name alarm clock bought years ago from a drugstore. I put it across the room from the bed, so I have to get up to shut it off, or more likely, hit the snooze button.

I want to buy a REALLY LOUD one, but it hasn't been high enough priority to bother.
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On the rare occasion that I use an alarm, it is the one on my cell phone.
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My sister still uses her GE Alarm Clock from the 70's. Works great.
I have a Radio Shack LED clock from 1980 or thereabouts. 2" tall numbers so I can read it from across the room without my glasses, and it sits across the room so I have to get out of bed to turn off the obnoxious alarm. They don't make 'em like they used to!
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I have an old crappy no-name alarm clock bought years ago from a drugstore. I put it across the room from the bed, so I have to get up to shut it off, or more likely, hit the snooze button.

I want to buy a REALLY LOUD one, but it hasn't been high enough priority to bother.
See post #16!
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I don't care about the brand or the looks. All I want is a clock that will display the correct time when I plug it in. This can be done in 2 ways...

a) Clocks that set themselves up via satellite.

Not sure if they used the time function of gps signals or what else. But they set themselves up. Problem is sometimes indoors is difficult or impossible to get a signal and even when they do, it takes them hours to tune into the signal and get the current time.

b) clocks that has been pre-set from factory.

These are my favorite. They have a 2nd battery inside that drives the clock circuit. The battery last for 10 years and the time is set up at the factory.

On both, the only thing you have to set is your time zone and if you want to use daylight.

What they say about me? That my power company is not reliable and that I'm lazy.
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I just use my phone. It says that I hate ugly alarm clocks in my carefully decorated apartment. There is nothing attractive about tacky molded plastic and neon digital clock faces.
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+1. The snooze button is indeed nice, but what I really love about it is the nap function. I alternate between the 20 and 30min option. As I get older I am appreciating "nap time" much more than as a kid. ::thumbsup::

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I have the Sony Dream Machine alarm clock. Bought it about 3 years ago. It's nothing fancy, just a square box that plays the radio and has an alarm. But it's real appeal is in its 3 inch diameter snooze button. It's great when you're still groggy. All you have to do is flop your hand in the general direction of the alarm clock, and you'll hit the snooze I tend to hit the snooze button a few times before I drag my butt out of bed.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-ICF-C31.../dp/B0000AKKQA

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