Convert ascii string to hex

echo "text" | od -t x1
Just use "od" and it can also dump in decimal or octal. (use -t x1 and not just -x or it confuses the byte order) There is a load of other formatting options, I'm not sure if you can turn off the address at the start of the line.
Sample Output
max@sinister:~$ echo hello | od -t x1
0000000 68 65 6c 6c 6f 0a
max@sinister:~$ echo hello | od -x
0000000 6568 6c6c 0a6f

By: max_allan
2010-07-14 14:53:25

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