I have a netbook and a large (17" behemoth) laptop. Both dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium. As my netbook travels with me everyday the laptop is essentially a desktop, complete with second monitor, and external mouse and keyboard. My laptop primarily runs Ubuntu while my netbook typically runs Windows.
I looked through many forums trying to figure a way to schedule a musical alarm and learned about cron, "the time-based job scheduler in Unix-like computer operating systems" (Wikipedia
). What I also saw was that many people were scheduling a media player to begin a playlist of files on their computer. I didn't think I'd be able to pick just a handful of songs that I'd want to wake up to every day, and I didn't want to install any new programs or fiddle with settings of pre-existing ones. There had to be another way. An easier way. Since I mostly use Pandora for music listening, and remembered the "gnome-open" command, I decided on Pandora.
Note: If anyone finds a very similar forum posting on ubuntuforums.com by kwrogers, that's me. I didn't copy this from kwrogers, I am kwrogers.
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