As a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft, I'm often presenting workshops to classrooms of people on various technologies. During these workshops we take breaks and work on labs and it's nice to have some kind of countdown timer to show the attendees how much time is left in a break or until we begin the next module for example.
Sysinternals has a very useful tool called ZoomIt which allows presenters to zoom in, draw, and even display a countdown timer on the screen. While this tool is well designed and is even used by many PFE’s around the world, including myself, and while it includes useful features such as playing a sound when the timer has completed and even displaying a background image, it left me wanting more. I just wanted something basic that I could use when presenting PowerShell material that would allow me to simply specify a time and a message… so I made my own.
Head after the jump to download the script.