Emergency Alien Invasion Warning

while true; do xset dpms force off; sleep 0.3; xset dpms force on; xset s reset; sleep 0.3; done
When aliens invade Earth, be first to warn your neighbours by placing your computer screen at a window and executing this potentially Earth-saving command. Ctrl C when aliens are defeated.

By: Escher
2011-09-07 21:55:41

What Others Think

no neg from me, but it would be nice for the OP to leave a comment when posting a funny one-liner. . xset dpms force on|off is to turn on and off energy-star features xset s reset does something with the screen saver sleep 0.3 might not work in some systems that do not accept anything except whole seconds.
unixmonkey365 · 477 weeks and 1 day ago
yeah the 0.3 secs gets rounded to 1 sec on some systems. although meant for amusement, it does show a simple way to switch the display on/off combine with a system beep (CTRL-G) for extra annoyance ;-)
Escher · 477 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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