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a function to find the fastest DNS server
http://public-dns.info gives a list of online dns servers. you need to change the country in url (br in this url) with your country code. this command need some time to ping all IP in list.

Check if a remote port is up using dnstools.com (i.e. from behind a firewall/proxy)
Shell function; returns 0 if the port is up, 1 otherwise (check $? after executing). First parameter: IP address/hostname Second parameter: port number There is no error checking for the input parameters.

unbuffered tcpdump
Sometimes the question comes up: How to get unbuffered tcpdump output into the next program in the pipe? i.e. if your OS forces you to wait for the buffer to fill before the next program sees any of the output If you use -Uw- then you can't use -A (or -X or -XX) at the same time. When the question comes up, I've never seen anyone suggest this simple solution: chaining 2 tcpdump instances.

Get curenttly playing track in Last.fm radio

pretend to be busy in office to enjoy a cup of coffee
Not as taxing on the CPU.

summarize a list of IP addresses, verifying IP address and giving counts for each IP found
Working with lists of IP addresses it is sometimes useful to summarize a count of how many times an IP address appears in the file. This example, summarizeIP, uses another function "verifyIP" previously defined in commandlinefu.com to ensure only valid IP addresses get counted. The summary list is presented in count order starting with highest count.

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.

Convert Squid unixtime logs in human-readable ones
On-the-fly conversion of Unix Time to human-readable in Squid's access.log

Do some Perl learning...
Prerequisites: module Pod::Webserver installed. You can install it typing: $ sudo perl -MCPAN -e 'install Pod::Webserver' You can replace elinks with your fav browser. For FF: $podwebserver& sleep 2; firefox -remote 'openurl( http://127.0.0.1:8020/, new-tab )' If you have Firefox open, this will pop-up the index web in a new tab.

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