My guess is there’s some commonly used component amongst all manufacturers (a 555 chip or something similar) that for some reason it’s easier that way. I don’t imagine it’s some de jure standard agreed upon by the World Wide Clock Makers Consortium.
Wouldn’t it be a great feature if a clock provided a variable setting, or the ability to disable the snooze button? Or are there such models available?
Sorry, Unca Cece, but even the most likely of your explanations seems unlikely to me. There are so many manufacturers that, even if the clock gods revealed their divine will to one maker, by what mechanism did he successfully prosethelyze to the others? I suspect the 2[sup]9[/sup] is likely true, as it sounds very close to computer style thinking.
My current alarm clock has an adjustable snooze button, from 1 minute up to an hour. The best part though is the Grad-U-Wake feature, the alarm starts off faint and gradually gets louder. I thinks it’s made by GE, I paid no more than $15 for it.
There is a GE alarm clock I can highly recommend. Something like $10 at Wal-Mart and it has a nap feature, a variable snooze feature, and an alarm that gradually gets louder rather than blaring from the start. I don’t remember how variable the snooze is, because I never use it anyway.
Heh. If only mine did that. Mine gives up on me if I hit the snooze button too many times. (And no, I’m not turning it off-- you can only do that from a switch on the side.) Being lazy-- which is probably why I use the damn thing so much in the first place-- I’ve never counted how many grumpy swats it will take before it deems me a lost cause but it’s too few for my taste.
The clock Knows Too Much. It set itself to the correct time when I plugged it in after removing it from the carton, and even set the alarm for me. For seven thirty, coincidentally enough the time I had to get up the next morning. Yeah, I know that seven-thirty is probably the time when most people have to get up, but sheesh-- I expect the thing to start lecturing me about staying up too late.