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by John F. Braun

Remember Those Birthdays And Such

Birthdays and Such 1.3 (What's-It-Worth-Ware)
Ron Lichty

Ever forget one of those big days, like a birthday or anniversary, because your reminders were scattered among a variety of calendars, notebooks, and paper scraps? Or been surprised to learn that an important day is at the beginning of the month when you flip the calendar page? Birthdays and Such to the rescue!

Birthdays and Such is a small application which will remind you of important events. It will do this every time it is launched, so you may want to create an alias to it and place it in the Startup Items folder in your System Folder. You can choose to have it quit if there are no reminders, helping reduce desktop clutter. If you leave your machine on for extended periods, you can leave it running, and it will update reminders at midnight.

Reminders are stored in a text file, which already contains several examples. Each reminder consists of several lines of text. The first is the month and day of the reminder, the second is the number of days notice you'd like, and the third is the name of the reminder. The third line can optionally contain the year of the original event, with Birthdays and Such dutifully calculating the number of years since the original event. An optional fourth line can limit the reminder to one or more specific years.

The combined simplicity and usefulness of Birthdays and Such make it a must-have for any Mac user. It runs on almost every Mac ever made (except the 128 and 512) and System 6.0.8 or greater, so you have no excuse not to keep your important dates in order.

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Birthdays and Such Home Page

Add Your Own Reminders to the Ones Already Included

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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