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Grep inside Vim and navigate results
Will search for the given pattern and build a list of occurrences. Then you can use :copen and :cclose to toggle the list. When browsing the list, ENTER will take you to that line in the file.

python2 -m CGIHTTPServer
In case you need to test some CGI scripts this does the job. It also has the functionality of a http server. Enjoy!

Console clock
Shows a simple clock in the console -t param removes the watch header Ctrl-c to exit

Watch YouTube and other Flash videos via mplayer (or whatever)
Many sites with Flash video players will download video files to /tmp on Linux, with temporary filenames like "FlashbGTHm4". These will often play in mplayer, totem, or other movie playing software. You must first navigate to a video page, let it start loading, and then pause playback.

Reset hosed terminal,
stty sane resets the tty to basic usable function. The ^J is a newline -- sometimes CR/LF interpretation is broken so use the ^J explicitly.

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

Batch edition of all OpenOffice.org Writer files in the current directory (body text)
This function does a batch edition of all OOO3 Writer files in current directory. It uses sed to search a FOO pattern into body text of each file, then replace it to foo pattern (only the first match) . I did it because I've some hundreds of OOO3 Writer files where I did need to edit one word in each ones and open up each file in OOO3 gui wasn't an option. Usage: bsro3 FOO foo

Rename .JPG to .jpg recursively
Recursively rename .JPG to .jpg using standard find and mv. It's generally better to use a standard tool if doing so is not much more difficult.

Create a CD/DVD ISO image from disk.

backup system over ssh, exlucde common dirs


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