Reader folkefiende mailed in yesterday with a question: –
“Why don’t you write something about EasyShutdown?”
Having never heard of this particular application before my first port of call was the official projects’ launchpad page. Here I learnt that EasyShutdown was a: –
“GUI to turn a computer off after specific time.”
That sounds pretty nifty. Due to my ‘download happy’ nature I had already hit the downloaded link for the provided .DEB installer before the page had even loaded.† 10 seconds later – 7 of which were spent waiting for the Ubuntu Software Centre to launch – EasyShutDown was installed, launched and I, being of simple mind, sat there rather impressed.
See, I’ve got a thing about small one-use applications. I guess on some level they remind me of toys: they are what they are and that’s good enough.
EasyShutDown lets you specify a time at which your computer will shutdown. You can either manually enter a time using the application window or, thanks to some slick Unity integration, right click on the application icon to choose a pre-set duration.
It’s not going to appeal to everyone – and that’s good: not every application should.
Download links and more can be found @ launchpad.net/easyshutdown
The application also has a ‘big brother’ named ‘ComplexShutdown’. Aside from sounding like an emergency protocol for a Nuclear power station, the name is largely a misnomer as ComplexShutdown isn’t “complex” or concerned simply with “Shutdown” – you can restart, standby, launch an app, etc. all at a set time.
The application interface makes it easy to use; you choose an action followed by a date and then hit the ‘Play’ button to enable the countdown. Easy.
You can specify further options – including an audio alert at a set period before your action takes effect, as well as setting a few other bits and bobs.