Snownews - a command line feed reader

Feed technology such as RSS and Atom is something that a lot of websites and blogs use to deliver their content directly to users, rather than having the users have to come to the actual site.

With feeds being only a fairly recently adopted technology, we tend to think of feed reading applications as running on either the web, or as a graphical desktop application.

This isn't necessarily the ...

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Command line fundamentals - redirect a command’s output to a file

This is a pretty basic command line tip, but if you're new to all this CLI goodness, you might not be aware of it.

When you run a command normally, the output from that command gets sent to the terminal you're working on, so you can see what happened. Sometimes, though, this isn't what you want to do.

All modern command line shells support something called redirecting ...

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Using netcat

Once again, it's time to take a look at a really neat command line tool that comes with almost all Unix-like operating systems. This tool is called netcat. What it does sounds quite geeky and advanced:

use network sockets from the command line

What that means in more simple terms is that you can create a server which listens on a port, and interact with a server listening on ...

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