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strip config files of comments
some configuration files, particularly those installed by default as part of a package, have tons of comment lines, to help you know what's possible to configure, and what it means. That's nice, but sometimes you just want to see what specifically what _has_ been configured. That's when I use the above snippet, which I save as a bash alias 'nocom' (for 'no comments'). Apache default config files are perfect examples of when/why this script is handy.

get only time of execution of a command without his output

Get your external IP address if your machine has a DNS entry
Easy way to see your real external IP

vi - Change only whole words exactly matching 'http' to 'git'; ask for confirmation.
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sort through source to find most common authors

Purge configuration files of removed packages on debian based systems

Generate a shortened URL with is.gd
Check the API. You shouldn't need sed. The print-newline at the end is to prevent zsh from inserting a % after the end-of-output. Also works with http://v.gd

Set laptop display brightness
Run as root. Path may vary depending on laptop model and video card (this was tested on an Acer laptop with ATI HD3200 video). $ cat /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCD/brightness to discover the possible values for your display.


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