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check open ports without netstat or lsof

Recursively compare two directories and output their differences on a readable format

Convert multiple flac files to mp3
make sure that flac and lame are installed sudo apt-get install lame flac

Run a command if today is the last day of the month
This is handy to just shove into a daily cron entry. If you do use cron, make sure to escape the %d with \%d or it will fail.

Which processes are listening on a specific port (e.g. port 80)
swap out "80" for your port of interest. Can use port number or named ports e.g. "http"

Play online music videos in terminal
pvl 'link1' 'link2' 'link3' Play Youtube, Vimeo, etc links without visual elements. Great for music videos when you just want the audio. You can control mplayer with this! Hit Ctrl-C twice to exit (if you're playing multiple files)

List the URLs of tabs of the frontmost Chrome window in OS X
This also works with Safari if you just change the application name. Replace $ window 1 with $ windows to list the URLs of tabs in all windows instead of only the frontmost window. This also includes titles: $ osascript -e{'set o to""','tell app"google chrome"','repeat with t in tabs of window 1','set o to o&url of t&"\n"&" "&title of t&"\n"',end,end}|sed \$d .

Calculate days on which Friday the 13th occurs
Simply change the years listed in the first seq, and it will print out all the months in that span of years that have Friday the 13ths in them.

Command to logout all the users in one command
This command logs out all users - which is way more secure to use ps -ef and "grep" to kill processes. Never ever use ps -ef piped to grep to kill something. If you ever need to ps-something use the UNIX95-directive, which makes sure you will never need "grep" together with "ps".

Which processes are listening on a specific port (e.g. port 80)
swap out "80" for your port of interest. Can use port number or named ports e.g. "http"


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