Time's up

Don't bother with this functionally challenged timer.

We've seen plenty of timer programs ranging from the bare bones to the full-featured; there's one out there for just about everyone. MyGiantTimer seemed like it would be a promising option both for people who need timers that can be viewed from a distance and for the visually impaired, but the potential usefulness of its large display is undermined by functional problems.

When we first launched MyGiantTimer we encountered a small screen that let us choose which kind of timer we wanted to use: a six-digit 24-hour timer, a four-digit 60-minute timer, or a two-digit 60-second timer. A radio button let us choose whether we wanted our selected timer to count up instead of down, and there was no way to deselect this option once it had been selected without restarting the program. We started with the six-digit 24-hour timer, which filled our screen with a large red-on-black digital display. A small configuration window let us enter the amount of time we wanted to set the timer for and also let us select whether we wanted the numbers to start flashing at a certain point during the countdown or when time was up. Once we were ready to start the timer, there was no way to minimize or close the configuration window; closing it shut down the whole program, so the best we could do was move it to the bottom of the screen. The timer worked as expected, letting off a shrill bell sound reminiscent of a school fire alarm when the time was up. If this iteration of the timer didn't particularly impress us, the other two were worse; neither the 60-minute timer nor the 60-second timer had any configuration window at all, so there was no way to enter time or start them. The program also lacks a Help file, but that's the least of its problems. With so many similar programs to choose from, we recommend that users skip MyGiantTimer and find a timer that actually works.

MyGiantTimer installs politely but leaves a Start menu icon behind upon removal.

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