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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
I've put together a short writeup on what kind of newness you can expect from the next iteration of clfu. Check it out here.
March 2, 2015 - New Management
I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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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
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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Comment by mpb 395 weeks and 4 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 395 weeks and 4 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 395 weeks and 4 days ago

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