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Tell Analytics to fuck itself.
See if you are unclear about the Google Analytics cookie system. If Firefox is your daily browser, be a good Orwellian and run this command regularly. If you see, 'SQL error near line 1: database is locked', close Firefox and run again.

Triple monitoring in screen
This command starts screen with 'htop', 'nethogs' and 'iotop' in split-screen. You have to have these three commands (of course) and specify the interface for nethogs - mine is wlan0, I could have acquired the interface from the default route extending the command but this way is simpler. htop is a wonderful top replacement with many interactive commands and configuration options. nethogs is a program which tells which processes are using the most bandwidth. iotop tells which processes are using the most I/O. The command creates a temporary "screenrc" file which it uses for doing the triple-monitoring. You can see several examples of screenrc files here:

clean up memory on linux
where proc filesystem mounted under /proc

Create a single-use TCP (or UDP) proxy
Redirect the local port 2000 to the remote port 3000. The same but UDP: $ nc -u -l -p 2000 -c "nc -u 3000" It may be used to "convert" TCP client to UDP server (or viceversa): $ nc -l -p 2000 -c "nc -u 3000"

Instantly load bash history of one shell into another running shell
By default bash history of a shell is appended (appended on Ubuntu by default: Look for 'shopt -s histappend' in ~/.bashrc) to history file only after that shell exits. Although after having written to the history file, other running shells do *not* inherit that history - only newly launched shells do. This pair of commands alleviate that.

analyze traffic remotely over ssh w/ wireshark
commandline for mac os x

Validating a file with checksum
Makes sure the contents of "myfile" are the same contents that the author intended given the author's md5 hash of that file ("c84fa6b830e38ee8a551df61172d53d7").

Echo the latest commands from commandlinefu on the console
Self-referential use of wget.

Get AWS temporary credentials ready to export based on a MFA virtual appliance
You might want to secure your AWS operations requiring to use a MFA token. But then to use API or tools, you need to pass credentials generated with a MFA token. This commands asks you for the MFA code and retrieves these credentials using AWS Cli. To print the exports, you can use: `awk '{ print "export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=\"" $1 "\"\n" "export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=\"" $2 "\"\n" "export AWS_SESSION_TOKEN=\"" $3 "\"" }'` You must adapt the command line to include: * $MFA_IDis ARN of the virtual MFA or serial number of the physical one * TTL for the credentials

Record MP3 audio via ALSA using ffmpeg
Record audio to an MP3 file via ALSA. Adjust -i argument according to arecord -l output.

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