or (activated with A)
It can be used to make your Cambridge Z88 remind you of important events or appointments, or simply to wake you up in the morning. Any number of alarms can be set up, and for each alarm you can specify the following information:
is called up the the
The date on which the first alarm will occur. For a new alarm this is initially set to the current date, or if the alarm is called from the Calendar or Diary, the Calendar or Diary date.
The time at which the alarm will occur. For a new alarm this is set to the current time, but you will usually alter it to the required alarm time. All times in the Alarm are given in 24-hour format.
For each alarm you can specify a message of up to 23 characters, or a CLI command string which will be executed to cause something to happen; see below.
To set an alarm, press
. The alarms you have set up will become active as soon as you exit from the popdown by pressing .
Note that the Cambridge Z88 will not switch off automatically while the alarm popdown is on the screen.
Each alarm can also have the following optional settings:
Bell: can be
OFF, determining whether the Cambridge Z88 bleeper sounds when the alarm is activated.
Alarm type: normally
ALARM. This can be altered to
EXECUTE to allow a command, in the
REASON FOR ALARM field, to be executed when the alarm is activated. Thus you could, for example, cause the Diary to be entered and a line of text to be typed in automatically on an alarm:
#D|CT Urgent message
For more information on executing commands, see CLI files.
Repeat every: normally set to
NEVER, so that an alarm will occur just once, at the specified time and date. The repeat rate can be altered to one of the following to obtain a repeating alarm:
YEAR, MONTH, WEEK, DAY, HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND
You can move between these options with
3 HOURS, for example.
and ; pressing or then increases or decreases the number of the unit selected. You can thus specify every
No. of times: specifies the number of times that the alarm will be repeated before being cancelled. It is initially set to
NEVER, so that the alarm will occur just once. It can be set to
FOREVER by pressing , or a number from one upwards by pressing . Holding the key down while pressing or will increase or decrease the number in tens, and and will change it in hundreds.
By setting these fields appropriately, you can obtain almost every possible alarm setting. For example, to cause an alarm to occur on the 3rd March, 3rd April, and 3rd May, at 12.00, set
3 Mar 1987
NO. OF TIMES
Note: Do not set the alarm to repeat every second for ever. You will not be able to cancel it without doing a soft reset.
To clear an alarm, select it with the cursor keys
CLEAR ALARM with and , and press . With a repeating alarm this just clears the present alarm; use
CLEAR ALARM twice to remove a repeating alarm completely.
or on the list of alarms, select
If an alarm occurs while the Cambridge Z88 is turned off, the alarm will sound and the Cambridge Z88 will be turned on in
LOCK OUT state to prevent accidental key-presses. To clear this state turn the Cambridge Z88 off and then on again in the usual way, by pressing both keys.
Saving and Loading
Alarms may now be saved and loaded using
FL and FS commands. Alarms are not preserved if a SOFT RESET is performed with the PURGE command from Index. One great way to restore alarms is via the Boot.cli file (executed by Filer after a soft reset).