I thought it would be fun to see a list of ways to have Mathematica notify you when a long evaluation completes. There are a few posts up already that address specific methods, given below, but not any open invitation to list ways one is or could be notified.

Previously mentioned methods:

Make a noise (such as Beep[] or Speak["All finished."])

Customize the front end (to notify using Growl)

Send an email using SendMail[...] that can include results in the body or as attachments.

What else do people do? I'm interested in both the practical (what people routinely use) and the fanciful.

A note to the moderators: this thread was previously closed, citing the email link as answering the question. It doesn't; it just gives details how to automatically send email. This post is about new/previously unposted methods.

  • $\begingroup$ Moderators: I'd like to make this a community wiki. Also feel free to give it a better tag than evaluation. $\endgroup$ – GregH Mar 31 '14 at 0:42
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    $\begingroup$ I just listen for the cooling fans to spin down... $\endgroup$ – ciao Mar 31 '14 at 0:54
  • $\begingroup$ @RunnyKine: Thanks for link, very neat answer there from rm-rf! $\endgroup$ – ciao Mar 31 '14 at 1:10
  • $\begingroup$ @rasher, I like your "cooling fan" method too :) $\endgroup$ – RunnyKine Mar 31 '14 at 1:38
  • $\begingroup$ @rasher for my machine, this is quite the norm. My fans occasionally go beserk (and then add some CUDA stuff to make the gfx card cooling scream along). Next time I´ll go for a business machine rather than a gaming laptop :D $\endgroup$ – Yves Klett Apr 2 '14 at 19:02

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