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Fri, 09 Jun 2006

a sense of deja vu

During the last world cup I spent a lot of time worrying about the scores. This was not due to an overwhelming love of football rather than it being my job. While the rest of the country, or so it seemed, drank themselves into insensibility in front of the telly I huddled over a computer monitoring and tending various data feeds. It was no fun and I swore after that I would never again do anything involving the distribution of time critical information.

So, this afternoon as the world cup kicked off and people in the office did the usual calling out of scores I thought there had to be a better way. And so we have wc_score_updater which cheerfully rips scores from the BBC's website and then runs a command when they change, passing in the scores as an argument. In the default case it runs send_jabber which is my quick hack to send jabber messages. It has a config file.

They have zero documentation but they're simple and you're bright people so I'm sure you can figure out how to make them do what you want.

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