Nice and simple, this one. Just install timer-applet using Synaptic. Once installed, right-click a blank spot on the panel and select Add to panel. Then select Timer from the list. click the applet that appears on the panel (it will look roughly like a cook's kitchen timer), and then set three minutes in the Minutes text field for the perfect boiled egg (or any other time in the Hours, Minutes or Seconds fields, in fact—it does more than time boiling eggs). To pause the countdown, for any reason, just click the timer.
If all you want to do is countdown how long it takes for a cup of tea to brew, see Tip 307, on page 360.
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