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This command will generate white noise through your speakers (assuming you have sound enabled). It's good for staying focused, privacy, coping with tinnitus, etc. I use it to test that the sound works.
Have you ever had to scp a file to your work machine in order to copy its contents to a mail? xclip can help you with that. It copies its stdin to the X11 buffer, so all you have to do is middle-click to paste the content of that looong file :)
Sends the microphone input from PC1 to the speakers of PC2. Do the same in reverse to have an actual conversation ;) ... maybe with another port tough
how to get full cpu info of your (linux) box
check your load with top... Start more of these jobs to get an multi-core cpu busy...
Should run on any system with ssh installed.
Original author unknown (I believe off of a wifi hacking forum).
Used in conjuction with ifconfig and cron.. can be handy (especially spoofing AP's)
In July 2008, there was an uproar over Foxconn motherboards feeding Linux installs incorrect ACPI information (http://ubuntu-virginia.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=869249).
Foxconn has gladly corrected their mistake, but make sure it's not happening on your motherboard!
After running the command, just view the 'dsdt.dsl' in any editor you like.
tells you the number of lines in said file, and then tail the last 100 lines ( or how many are messed up) then u take the total amount of lines and then subract the 100 or so lines u DONT WANT, then do a head -n $new_number and then redirect it to new file.db
Show message in file "welcome" to all logged in terminal users.
Great for little scripts that dig up obscure info that you are going to have to paste into another app anyway.
with this command you can empty file
Just run the command, type your password, and that's the last time you need to enter your password for that server.
This assumes that the server supports publickey authentication. Also, the permissions on your home dir are 755, and the permissions on your .ssh dir are 700 (local and remote).
This removes the type prefix used in Hungarian notation (v. bad) for PHP variables. Eg. variables of the form $intDays, $fltPrice, $arrItems, $objLogger convert to $days, $price, $Items, $logger.
`split -b 1k file` splits files into 1k chunks. Rejoin them with `cat x* > file`.
Good to find out about hostile processes
This command is useful for separating a text file where all the words are in one line. Any group of spaces will be replaced with a single newline. Instead of one long line of tokens. You'll have a long list of tokens. One token per line.
This is priceless for discovering otherwise invisible characters in files. Like, for example, that stray Control-M at the end of the initial hash bang line in your script, which causes it to generate a mysterious error even though it looks fine.
('od' is the last word, of course, but for many purposes it's much harder to read.)
If you use Mac OS X or some other *nix variant that doesn't come with ssh-copy-id, this one-liner will allow you to add your public key to a remote machine so you can subsequently ssh to that machine without a password.
Useful for checking if there are differences between local and remote files.