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Watch the National Debt clock

Terminal - Watch the National Debt clock
watch -n 10 "wget -q http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock -O - | grep debtiv.gif | sed -e 's/.*ALT=\"//' -e 's/\".*//' -e 's/ //g'"
2009-03-26 19:32:57
User: matrtsmiller
Functions: watch
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Watch the National Debt clock

The idea was originally stolen from Linux Journal. 'wget' pulls the debt clock and 'sed' reformats it for general consumption. Prefacing the command with 'watch' simply sets an interval - in this case every 10 seconds.

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Oi! please don't assume that everyone here is 'merkan.

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Comment by mpb 295 weeks and 3 days ago

Warning, this brought a quad-core to it's knees for some reason. Maybe someone should REALLY change that interval....

Comment by huntersan9 295 weeks and 3 days ago

@hundersan9 It brought your quad-core to its knees (not "it's")? You might want to take a look at your failing hardware. This is barely resource intensive, grabbing a url every 10 seconds, and removing some of the output.

Comment by atoponce 295 weeks and 2 days ago

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