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Count all files in directories recursively with find
Counts the files present in the different directories recursively. One only has to change maxdepth to have further insight in the directory hierarchy. Found at unix.stackexchange.com: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/4105/how-do-i-count-all-the-files-recursively-through-directories

Find the biggest files on your hard drive

Generate an XKCD #936 style 4 word password
The improvement of this command over Strawp's original alternative is that you can specify the size of the words, in this particular case words between 3 and 5 character's long. It also excludes words that contain apostrophes, if you'd rather keep those words simply substitue [^'] for .

Tail postfix current maillog and grep for "criteria"
Tail curren postfix maillog.

Watch active calls on an Asterisk PBX
Only the number of calls nothing else.

Execute a command at a given time
This command will create a popup reminder window to assist in remembering tasks http://i.imgur.com/2n7viiA.png is how it looks when created

Cut/Copy everything arround brackets or parentheses on vim (in normal mode)
Put the cursor on either curly braces ( {, } ). Then press d% The d is delete command, and % is movement command that move the cursor to another matching parentheses (or curly braces in this case). This action will delete every character that was on the way of the movement (from the first curly braces to the second).

Make a dedicated folder for each zip file
${f%*.zip} strips off the extension from zip filenames

translate with google, get all translations
the google-api gives you only one translation which is sometimes insufficent. this function gives you all translations, so you can choose which one fits best.

Gets the X11 Screen resolution
Requires xrandr, grep and, sed.


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