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GoogleCL command line tool might be the nerdiest product Google has ever made

Chris Ziegler

Command-line utilities are archaic little things that products like X, Windows, OS/2, Macintosh, and countless other GUIs over the last few decades were designed to kill -- yet here we are in the year 2010, and they're still alive and well. In fact, many power users (read: nerds (read: us)) find a good terminal window to be an invaluable part of their daily productivity routine, but the last thing we ever expected was for Google to randomly pony up a set of terminal-friendly commands for its most popular services. Collectively known as GoogleCL, you can now type your way to a Picasa upload, a YouTube encode, or a Contacts search without any pesky eye candy getting in your way. You need Python installed for GoogleCL to work, but if you've made it this far into the article, we're pretty sure you've already got it installed... right?

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