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March 28 2008

DebateTimer: A MIDP application for timing debates

Filed under: MIDPThiton at 16:19

I proudly present you DebateTimer, a MIDP application for your Java-capable mobile phone that supports you in timing a formal debate. After entering a speech time, a timer is started which will give a number of signals:

  • Start of questioning phase. Occurs not at all on speeches of one minute or less, at 30 seconds on speeches of two minutes or less, and at 60 seconds on all other speeches.
  • End of questioning phase. Occurs not at all on speeches of one minute or less, 30 seconds before the end of speech signal on speeches of four minutes or less, and 60 seconds before the end of speech signal on all other speeches.
  • End of speech signal. For clarity, this signal is given twice in short succession.
  • Overtime beeps. 15 seconds after the end of the speech, the software starts beeping repeatedly.

For timing competitive debates in British Parliament Style or Open Parliament Debate, the usage is extremely simple: Enter the length of speech and hit the Start button. Every time your mobile beeps, hammer. Divert concentration to the real tasks at hand.

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