The dow will be over 12,000 before I get the graphic done
April 7, 2010 10:31 AM Subscribe
For seven minutes everyday, a part of my job nearly kills me. I need the assistance of people with computer programming abilities.
posted by tylerfulltilt to Computers & Internet (33 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a production employee at a TV station. I run what's called a Deko, which puts up most of the graphics you see on screen during our newscasts.
Every day during our business block I have to update a full screen graphic with the day's closing averages for the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P.
The computer that I have to use for this task (getting the market numbers) is an extremely old windows 95 computer running a very old version of internet explorer. Most of the time, when I got to Yahoo! Finance to get the numbers, the browser crashes, the computer crashes, etc. And I barely make it in time. This is stressful as hell as you can imagine. And because this computer has to interface with another very old piece of equipment that feeds still images into my Deko, upgrading the computer is out of the question. I don't get reception on my blackberry in the control room so getting the numbers that way is out of the question too.
I've just learned that there is a way for our Deko graphics computer to update graphics from a .txt file.
So, I'm wondering if there's a way to like set up a program that pulls the market numbers from Yahoo! Finance and dumps them to a .txt file. It would be awesome If I could also automate this and have it only pull the numbers at a certain time, like 20 minutes after the markets close.
I don't know. I'm on the verge of a heart attack for seven minutes everyday trying to get this important piece of our newscast ready.