Practical Terminal Commands Reference

I just found this amazing list of Terminal commands today:

The list is not customized for OS X systems, so not all of the commands or options necessarily work as listed. I was however able to find similar commands using the man pages. This list is really an amazing reference for commands to do practical things that you might not have known you could do.

I just discovered wget using this list. I think I might have used this a long time ago and then promptly forgot it existed. Basically it downloads files or websites for you. This was exactly what I happened to need to download all of the student websites for my Web Design class. I was able to download all of them in a matter of minutes. The only problem was that it didn’t seem to pick up CSS background images or fonts used from @font-face, so I had to manually check those. An indispensable nevertheless.

Pure CSS3 AT-AT Walker

All I can really say about this is “Wow.” And also, maybe someone has too much time on their hands.

Little Bobby Tables

XKCD comic about security
XKCD: Exploits of a Mom

Quicklook for markdown

Awesome plugin for Quicklook which allows you to view markdown documents in a formatted style. This is really nice. I’ve taken to storing a lot of my documents in markdown, since I like using plain text files, but find the formatting in markdown a lot easier to use.


Parallax is a very interesting plugin for jQuery that allows you to create a Parallax effect:

Parallax turns a selected element into a ‘window’, or viewport, and all its children into absolutely positioned layers that can be seen through the viewport. These layers move in response to the mouse, and, depending on their dimensions (and options for layer initialisation), they move by different amounts, in a parallaxy kind of way.

This is pretty neat stuff. I’m racking my brain trying to think of gratuitous ways to use this in my next design project. So far I’m only thinking of running dogs…