Friday, September 6, 2013

Alarm (iconic)

This actually is an icon, for a Microsoft Office notification tool that gives you an alert (alarm?) that there is some upcoming event. The iconic image is an alarmclock, probably clearly recognizable by most people as an alarm clock.

It is also probable that most people viewing that icon on a screen do not have such an alarm clock on their bedside table. Many may never had one. Even though it has been superseded by alarmclock radios or other electronic devices, the essentially obsolete alarmclock is still iconic for 'alarm: something to be done!'.

Mind you; it is really an alarm. The bells are very sudden and very loud. Especially in the morning when not quite awake this could be almost classified as a health hazard. Not for anybody with a weak heart.

Iconic though :)


  1. I remember those! We had a couple back in the 1970s, and they were so loud they could almost wake up a dead. Or so I thought; it was a rather startling way to start the day.

    1. Yes, that's the one :)
      For stopping them you need to be pretty awake also, operating the little lever to one side. (Already arresting the hammer with the other finger ideally...)