How to write a simple timed popup reminder script

nodata ubuntu at
Thu Jun 29 13:17:48 UTC 2006

> Okay, I want to write a script for Ubuntu that will pop-up a reminder
> every 20 minutes saying "if someone else is waiting, don't hog the
> computer" (exact text to be confirmed). It's for use in a busy cafe
> running Ubuntu for free, open Internet access.
> Question: What is the best way to do this?
> I want to be able to do it as quickly, easily and simply as possible,
> so ideally I just want to write a short bash script or python script
> which can start on login and run in the background. The notification
> itself could be a pop-up window which the user has to close or,
> (probably better) it could use the new speech bubble notification
> mechanism thing.
> I'm happy to write it myself, but don't know how, and don't really
> know my way around the platform. Any help? Would this be better posted
> to the forums?
> Thanks

Sounds like you want ssh login plus this:

Or if you don't want ssh, then something on the box could check for new
messages every minute. Easy!

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