One of the most common mistakes is typing sl instead of ls command. I set up an alias, i.e., alias sl=ls; but then you may miss out the steam train with a whistle.
sl is a joke software or classic UNIX game. It is a steam locomotive runs across your screen if you type “sl” (Steam Locomotive) instead of “ls” by mistake. Now there is a twist to older sl command.
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Chomper is a free and open source Python cli for Linux desktop. It lets you block access to distracting websites for specified periods of time. The program is intended to help you with issues being productive on a desktop due to Internet distractions. One can set a period to block websites. Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access sites.
The Matrix is a science fiction action movie from 1999. It was written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. The film has falling green characters on screen. The digital rain is representing the activity of the virtual reality in “The Matrix.” You can now have Matrix digital rain with CMatrix on a Linux or Unix terminal too.
I have like over 50k+ comments posted on this site. A commenter is allowed to leave their website or Github/Twitter URL in the comment section. Unfortunately, many websites are dead creating a mess. Many are just spam and nothing else. This is not good for anyone. Here is a quick way to delete all existing comment author URLs in WordPress using mysql command line option.
S-tui is a free and open source terminal UI for monitoring your computer. s-tui allows to monitor CPU temperature, frequency, power and utilization in a graphical way from the terminal. It is written in Python and need root permission to use the s-tui. It is useful for:
- Watch your CPU temperature/utilization/frequency/power
- See performance dips caused by thermal throttling
- No need to use X-server. Perfect for headless usage including Raspberry PI
Let us see how to install and use s-tui on a Linux based system.
I like htop interactive process viewer. Recently I found another one called gtop. It is similar to top, but fancier. Let us see how to install and use gtop on a Linux or macOS Unix based system.
You can configure sudo command to insult user when they type the wrong password. Now, it is possible to
abuse insult the user when they enter the wrong command at the shell prompt.
Linux/Unix sysadmins have a weird obsession with server uptime. There is a xkcd comic devoted to this subject where a good sysadmin is an unstoppable force that it stands between the forces of darkness and your cat blog’s servers.
One can tell how long the Linux system has been running using the uptime command or w command or top command. I can get a report of the historical and statistical running time of the system, keeping it between restarts using tuptime tool. Like uptime command but with the more impressive output. Recently I discovered another tool called uptimed that records statistics about a machine’s uptime. Let us see how to get uptime record statistics using uptimed and uprecords on Linux operating system.
ShellCheck is a static analysis tool for shell scripts. One can use it to finds bugs in your shell scripts. It is written in Haskell. You can find warnings and suggestions for bash/sh shell scripts with this tool. Let us see how to install and use ShellCheck on a Linux or Unix-like system to enhance your shell scripts, avoid errors and productivity.
Usually, I use the grep command for code searching on my box. Recently, I come across another cool tool called ag. It is an attempt to make something better than ack, which itself is better than grep command. Let us see how to install and use the ag tool on Unix-like operating systems.