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Check if a package is installed. If it is, the version number will be shown.
If the first two letters are "ii", then the package is installed. You can also use wildcards. For example, . $ dpkg -l openoffice* . Note that dpkg will usually not report packages which are available but uninstalled. If you want to see both which versions are installed and which versions are available, use this command instead: . $ apt-cache policy python

True Random Dice Roll
/dev/urandom is cryptographically secure, and indistinguishable from true random, as it gathers data from external sources, influenced by human timing interactions with computers, to fill the entropy pool, and hashes the input with SHA-1. As such, this is a quick way to do a "true random" fair-6 dice roll. Using this method, you could easily create passphrases with Diceware http://diceware.com. Change the head(1) count to something other than 5 for more or less numbers.

List the Sizes of Folders and Directories

kill all process that belongs to you

wget download with multiple simultaneous connections

Extract a bash function
I often need to extract a function from a bash script and this command will do it.

Send an http HEAD request w/curl

colorize comm output
It just colorizes the line based on if it has 0, 1 or 2 tabs at the beginning of the line. Won't work so well if lines already begin with tabs (too bad comm doesn't have an option to substitute \t for something else). Don't forget comm needs input files to be sorted. You can use a shortcut like this with bash: comm

Show apps that use internet connection at the moment.
This corrects duplicate output from the previous command.

Download all data from Google Ngram Viewer
To learn more about Google Ngram Viewer: http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/info


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