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VMware Server print out the state of all registered Virtual Machines.
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Define words and phrases with google.
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Generate hash( of some types) from string
No need to install yet another program when openssl is already installed. :-)

Calculate days on which Friday the 13th occurs (inspired from the work of the user justsomeguy)
Friday is the 5th day of the week, monday is the 1st. Output may be affected by locale.

Get all IPs via ifconfig
and, a lot uglier, with sed: $ ifconfig | sed -n '/inet addr:/s/[^:]\+:\(\S\+\).*/\1/p' Edit: Wanted to be shorter than the perl version. Still think that the perl version is the best..

Scan for nearby Bluetooth devices.
Scans local area for visible Bluetooth devices. Use 'hcitool inq' to discover the type of device it is. And use -i hciX option to specify the local Bluetooth device to use.

Convert all MySQL tables and fields to UTF8
This loops through all tables and changes their collations to UTF8. You should backup beforehand though in case some data is lost in the process.

Show a prettified list of nearby wireless APs

Get your external IP address

Command to Show a List of Special Characters for bash prompt (PS1)
I use this command (PS1) to show a list bash prompt's special characters. I tested it against A flavor of Red Hat Linux and Mac OS X


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