WE ALL TRY TO live by schedules, but humans are inclined to get creative about those things, which is a polite way of saying that we forget stuff. Your PC can help. Computers, with their constantly ticking clocks, can make great butlers once they’re properly equipped.
The Home Director package that comes with the Aptiva C66 includes one lamp module, which can control a standard plug-in lamp, and one appliance module, which handles the greater power requirements of a coffeemaker or TV set.
Plug your computer into the included interface module and you can control the lamp, the appliance, and any other household module you might add. The software controls the modules, automatically turning your lamp, coffeepot, or toaster on and off at preset times. You can set a schedule for each module, or you can put a group of modules on the same schedule to coordinate their functions.