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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.

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

Calculate your total world compile time. (Gentoo Distros)
From Gentoo Forum, greetings to rudregues & steveL.

ssh tunnel with auto reconnect ability

generate random password
for Mac OS X

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

Grab IP address on machine with multiple interfaces
Instead of hard-coding in a check to scrape info from ifconfig based on a specific interface, do it in a more portable way. This works really well if you switch between wired, wireless, bluetooth or even VPN connections. You can get your current IP in a script (since it'll be something like tun0 instead of eth0 or wlan1). This uses a well known public ip address 8.8.8.8, but it doesn't actually connect to it, it just shows you the route it would take.

list all hd partitions
Only one command and not dependant on full read access to the devices.

Extract the MBR ID of a device
Useful when you want to know the mbrid of a device - for the purpose of making it bootable. Certain hybridiso distros, for eg the OpenSUSE live ISO uses the mbrid to find the live media. Use this command to find out the mbrid of your USB drive and then edit the /grub/mbrid file to match it.

Diff remote webpages using wget


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