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November 06, 2011, 11:39:31 PM
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I like the idea, but it's not fun to watch because it doesn't really move much. At the very least, the second hand should move once a block.

the second hand does move once per block.

anyway i think it becomes more interesting the longer you have known about the site. for example when it started, the hour hand was on 42 minutes past, now it's clearly more than 43... it'll be neat seeing when it finally gets to 45.

good job with the litecoin version, jim.
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December 05, 2011, 09:40:13 AM
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I like the idea, but it's not fun to watch because it doesn't really move much. At the very least, the second hand should move once a block.

Personally, I would add something even faster than a block to make movement smooth. For example the integrated probability that a block would have come since the last one, indicating whether it's coming late. Doesn't have to be on the clock disc, just add a bar or anything neat.

That would be the kind of thing to stare at when waiting for a transaction to confirm. Cool There are lots of other cool things one could add, like color-filling the clock's background with the amount of BTC minted over the total amount ever.

The litecoin version will automatically be faster...  4 times faster Smiley  last night the minute hand was at a quarter after..  not it is almost 20 to 12 Smiley

http://litecoinclock.com/


i noticed today that the litecoin version is no longer displaying anything... what's up?
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December 05, 2011, 06:23:49 PM
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Clicking on this thread I was expecting to see something like doomsday clock, showing minutes left to worldwide bitcoin adoption :)

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December 05, 2011, 07:56:48 PM
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clock stading still, is it broken?

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December 05, 2011, 10:22:11 PM
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My humble advice is to make better use of one screen so nobody needs to scroll. Make the info text and clock smaller and/or move the clock to the left side of a 2 column table. This will give you room to add other metrics should you choose to pursue more of that 80%. Smiley

Even a broken bitcoin clock is right every 210000 blocks.

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December 06, 2011, 09:19:44 AM
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My humble advice is to make better use of one screen so nobody needs to scroll. Make the info text and clock smaller and/or move the clock to the left side of a 2 column table. This will give you room to add other metrics should you choose to pursue more of that 80%. Smiley

Even a broken bitcoin clock is right every 210000 blocks.

thanks, i bunched it up a bit... best i can do with limited time to play with it.
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February 19, 2012, 10:12:35 PM
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Just found it (from that other thread).
The page says the "seconds" hand does 144 blocks per revolution. why is that? Why 144, and why isnt it 60 blocks, like 1 block = 1 second?
I am unsure what I would use that clock for. mostly I watch the blockcount to wait for the 6 block verification count, and that I do right in bitcoin gui. but then, with an easily understandable and readable bitcoinclock, I would use it whenever I dont send/receive with my local bitcoin instance.
Maybe have a "stopwatch" function? I press "Start!", and can easily see when 6, or 100 blocks were added. Maybe with an alarm (popup, sound, flashing tab, changing tab icon)? Now that would make me use the bitcoinclock exclusively!

Nevertheless, thank you for that, sometimes its the small, easy things that help a lot!

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February 19, 2012, 11:11:39 PM
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Just found it (from that other thread).
The page says the "seconds" hand does 144 blocks per revolution. why is that? Why 144, and why isnt it 60 blocks, like 1 block = 1 second?
I am unsure what I would use that clock for. mostly I watch the blockcount to wait for the 6 block verification count, and that I do right in bitcoin gui. but then, with an easily understandable and readable bitcoinclock, I would use it whenever I dont send/receive with my local bitcoin instance.
Maybe have a "stopwatch" function? I press "Start!", and can easily see when 6, or 100 blocks were added. Maybe with an alarm (popup, sound, flashing tab, changing tab icon)? Now that would make me use the bitcoinclock exclusively!

Nevertheless, thank you for that, sometimes its the small, easy things that help a lot!

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144 blocks is approximately how many are found per 24 hours.

i think 60 blocks would have less meaning.

i currently have no plans to spend extra time on more functions, but feel free to take the idea and/or code and improve upon it for your own projects.

someone also did a litecoin spinoff that may be of interest to you. err, it's down.

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February 20, 2012, 02:20:03 PM
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Have a hand tick around that would cycle at that average rate of the last 20 blocks. On a long enough timeline this is basically correct. When the block is solved, jump it back to the beginning and restart the round about. Maybe have it change colors from blue to red when it passes 360 degrees without a block solve (to signify being overdue).

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August 08, 2012, 12:02:24 AM
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i've just now printed a "Reward-Drop ETA" on the site.

it uses a fairly simple formula:

time() + ( (210000 - current_block_count) * 600 )

edit: just for the sake of documenting it here, it is currently estimating 2012-12-05 11:30:22
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August 08, 2012, 02:26:32 AM
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You use IE ??   Huh

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August 08, 2012, 02:44:50 AM
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yeah even i wouldn't rate it A-

i'm no javascript guru, i just found a clock and tried to modify it to create the right angles.

no idea what to use the second hand for either, so that's why i disabled it Smiley



I would have the second hand move every time a block is generated. So you just refresh a static image upon each block. Or add one of those little fast moving little mini-clocks in side the main clock like this super fancy watch below. In fact, why not use a face like this one and have the small sub-face move according to hash rate.



But on another tack - does your clock auto adapt the ETA as we get closer to it or do you have to manually set an actual ETA as we approach?

edit: darn it. I just saw this was a resurrected thread... what is up with everyone digging up old threads nowadays? It must be boredom with nothing new actually happening around here. I guess we need a new hack to keep tongues wagging.

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August 08, 2012, 02:49:18 AM
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I would have the second hand move every time a block is generated.

me too! luckily, it already does this.

But on another tack - does your clock auto adapt the ETA as we get closer to it or do you have to manually set an actual ETA as we approach?

the ETA is calculated every time the page loads. it's not manual... it uses php with that formula i posted above.
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August 17, 2012, 05:15:16 AM
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edit: just for the sake of documenting it here, it is currently estimating 2012-12-05 11:30:22

wow! the eta has crept forward more than 24 hours in just over a week.

if these trends continue, the drop will actually happen in late november, not early december as was most-widely predicted.
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August 17, 2012, 07:19:27 AM
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edit: just for the sake of documenting it here, it is currently estimating 2012-12-05 11:30:22

wow! the eta has crept forward more than 24 hours in just over a week.

if these trends continue, the drop will actually happen in late november, not early december as was most-widely predicted.


Yep.
That's some pretty steep stuff here, huh?


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March 17, 2013, 06:20:41 AM
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update! the clock has just had a little makeover.



you may need to hard (SHIFT) refresh the first time you go there.

(i still don't have explicit cache control worked out for individual files)

p.s. could the owner of litecoinclock.com please get in touch? cheers
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March 18, 2013, 06:25:55 PM
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update! the clock has just had a little makeover.



you may need to hard (SHIFT) refresh the first time you go there.

(i still don't have explicit cache control worked out for individual files)

p.s. could the owner of litecoinclock.com please get in touch? cheers

Nicely done sir.

I have the litecoinclock.com and would love to get it back up..  I had altered it to use ajax calls so there would not be a refresh all the time..  I think moving the minute hand for every block found is a really good idea.

Will try and dig up the code and at least get the old version working soon.

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March 18, 2013, 06:41:18 PM
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Very nice. Easy visual reference for quite a few important stats. Bookmarked!  Smiley

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March 18, 2013, 06:42:47 PM
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Nice! Thanks for your contribution.

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March 19, 2013, 02:30:03 AM
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Awwwee I thought it was an actual clock  Undecided

That's okay still very cool!!

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