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Convert (almost) any video file into webm format for online html5 streaming

Random number generation within a range N, here N=10

pipe output to notify-send
Route output to notify-send to show nice messages on the desktop, e.g. title and interpreter of the current radio stream

Find usb device in realtime
Using this command you can track a moment when usb device was attached.

Terrorist threat level text
This line provides the same result by reading the output of a less arbitrary value. This is a personal choice on the matter, and the result on different machines may vary.

Minimize active window
Bind it to some shortcut key, using something like xbindkeys-config (if you do not have xbindkeys: apt-get install xbindkeys xbindkeys-config)

Pack up some files into a tarball on a remote server without writing to the local filesystem
I recently found myself with a filesystem I couldn't write to and a bunch of files I had to get the hell out of dodge, preferably not one at a time. This command makes it possible to pack a bunch of files into a single archive and write it to a remote server.

Find out the last times your system was rebooted (for the duration of wtmp).

Update a namecheap @ A record to point to your current internet-facing IP address
Sets the @ A record for your domain hosted by namecheap to your current internet-facing IP address, logs success or failure with syslog, and logs the data returned to /root/dnsupdate. Change the XXX's as appropriate. More info at: http://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/29/

Create a new file


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