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shutdown pc in a 4 hours
you may as well use shutdown -h 18:32 to shutdown your machine at 18:32.

Check a server is up. If it isn't mail me.
Alternative to the ping check if your firewall blocks ping. Uses curl to get the landing page silently, or fail with an error code. You can probably do this with wget as well.

Show git branches by date - useful for showing active branches

Get current Xorg resolution via xrandr
Not sure if it works the same on any shell.

Poor man's ntpdate
If you don't have netcat, you can use curl.

Check a server is up. If it isn't mail me.
Alternative to the ping check if your firewall blocks ping. Uses curl to get the landing page silently, or fail with an error code. You can probably do this with wget as well.

Create a new file

quickly backup or copy a file with bash


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