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Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a command line noob, there's no way you remember every command, manual page, or tooltip. Lucky for you, we have some tools to make the command line less intimidating to newcomers that also help old timers remember what to do in a number of common circumstances.

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Gruntier video cards. More powerful CPUs. Higher resolution displays. All this stuff is really important when it comes to enjoying quality 3D experiences, be it video games or virtual reality. But none of it matters if it takes 400 years to download those experiences. Hence why companies such as Google spend a lot of time researching new ways to compress data. Now Google has a new compression library for 3D models — called "Draco" — and it looks very promising.

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Video games tend to have a limited shelf life, but that changed significantly with the advent of internet and persistent online games. Just look at the likes of World of Warcraft and EVE Online, which have been running for over a decade and show no signs of stopping. We don't often get much insight into the inner workings of such epic software projects, but EVE developer CCP recently gave us a peek via the visualisation magic of Gource.

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Browsers now come with all manner of developer tools for debugging websites, inspecting code and even making live changes. HTML, CSS and XML are easily interpreted and presented in human-readable form, but just-as-important formats such as JSON still come out as a wall of monospaced text. Soon that won't be the case for Firefox.

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Few commercial developers make the source code for their games available to the playing public for obvious reasons. However, for developer Running With Scissors and it's 20-year old game Postal, those reasons aren't so relevant. So, in the spirit of, uh, curiosity, the company has uploaded the title's source, allowing anyone to take a peek.

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Updates to plain HTML aren't as exciting as say, your scripting / server-side language of choice, but seeing as it's the backbone of the front-facing web, it's a good idea to check-up on old faithful every so often. If you've decided to choose today to pop in — great timing! HTML 5.1 recently became World Wide Web Consortium's "gold standard".

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It's never been a taxing issue to grab the basic Android dev tools — ADB and fastboot — without having to grab the entire SDK from Google. A quick trip to a forum like XDA will fix that up. Still, it'd be nice if Google itself offered these core components separately so you never had to worry about versions, compatibility or even malicious downloads. Well, as of yesterday it does... unofficially.