Can my FreeRunner remind me to shut it down if it is still running at 22:00?

Brolin Empey brolin at
Sat Jul 25 01:24:34 CEST 2009

2009/7/24 Sebastian Krzyszkowiak <seba.dos1 at>

> Simply. Use at, or cron... Or write python or even bash script... You
> can also do automatic change profile to silend instead of shutting
> down... That's Linux box which fits in your pocket. You can do
> everything.

If I create a cron job that runs every day at 22:00, will the cron job run
even if I have already shut down my FreeRunner by 22:00?  I guess not, but I
wanted to ask to be certain.

Also, what is the best program to use for this reminder as the command in
the crontab entry?

Does the FreeRunner even have an “off” state like a desktop computer, or
does the power button (I assume it has a power button, or a button that
functions as a power button, like the End Call button on my Nokia 6103b and
I think on most other Nokia cell phones?) put it in a sleep state like my
Palm Z22, where all alarms still work?  I quoted “off” because I know a
modern IBM PC-compatible computer, for example, is never truly/completely
off because the real-time clock, for example, is always running.  On an ATX
motherboard, the +5V standby is still on even when the soft power switch on
the front of the case says the PC is off.  AFAIK, when a user says their
modern PC is “off”, they really mean it is in ACPI state 5.  Is that right?
I do not remember the details about the ACPI states.

Would it be better to use a task/todo list application or some type of
scheduling application that is always running (as a daemon, for example) to
remind me to shut down my FreeRunner?

I know there are many ways of using Linux to accomplish my goal, but I do
not know what the best way is because I have not needed to do this with a
Linux computer before.
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