With every new iteration of Mac OS X I do the same thing. First, a clean install of OS X. Second, install major apps that get used every day. Third, begin the long slow process of copying files (Documents, Music, Pictures, Movies) to the newly cleaned Mac.
Finally, over the next year or so, I add apps. Apps upon apps. One I found recently, StartNinja, eliminates the startup chime (awakening my wife).
What I began to look for was a startup utility that gave me more options than startup or shutdown times (also available in System Preferences).
Shuttie to the rescue.
Set the time when you want your Mac to startup, shutdown, restart or sleep (or, simply logout by itself).
Controls are straightforward. Set the timer, set the function, click the big green Activate button.
Killing a setting is equally simple. Select the function (Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Logout, etc.), and click the big green Deactivate button.
Nice and simple.
Any problems? Yes. How about more than one function at a time? That would be a great touch. Add some kind of schedule that allows for the same startup or shutdown function to occur at different times on different days of the week or month.
You can spend more on a burger at McDonald’s than you’ll spend on Shuttie. It’s easy to use, but needs more useful functions.