Ok, to cut a long story short, I recently overslept for a customer meeting despite setting my blackberry alarm and scheduling a wake up call with the hotel reception desk. My blackberry died ( yes died - even wiped my emails ) and the wake up call never happened. As a result I work to a nice blue sky when in fact it should have been dark and soon after that terrible sinking feeling hit me ... I've overslept !!! I won't bore you with the details but suffice it to say the rest of the morning was a bit of a blur - no breakfast, 10s shower & shave, painful fall as I sprinted out of the shower and no breakfast. I made the meeting but never, never again !
So, as I made my way back to Ireland, determined to never sleep in again I wondered if I should sign up for a reliable wake up service, get an alarm clock ( but I trusted my blackberry - how could it have failed !) or just never sleep again.
Luckily nothing so drastic is required. The Skype command line allows me to automate a wake up call with the following command and the Windows XP scheduler allows me to specify when that call happens.