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This runs a command continuously, restarting it if it exits. Sort of a poor man's daemontools. Useful for running servers from the command line instead of inittab.
Pump up the chatter, run this script on a regular basis to listen to your twitter timeline.
This is a rough first cut using several cli clips I have spotted around. There is no facility to not read those things already read to you. This could also easily be put in a loop for timed onslaught from the chatterverse, though I think it might violate several pointsof the Geneva Convention
UPDATE - added a loop, only reads the first 6 twits, and does this every 5 mins.
wrapping the snippet in $( )& puts the whole thing in the background so you don't tie up your login session.
Countdown from 10 or whatever you want:)
watch the seconds of your life tick away - replace YYYY-mm-dd HH:MM:ss w/ your birthtime.
plays wave file after 3 minutes
This will ring the system bell once if your script exits successfully and twice if it fails. So you can go look at something else and it will alert you when done. Don't forget to use 'xset b [vol [pitch [duration]]]' to get the bell to sound the way you want.
just for fun