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CURL is a free command-line tool for use with HTTP servers and other protocols. The lead developer won a prize for his work. It comes with macOS and Linux. You can get it for Windows, too. Here’s one simple example: the -I switch. One thing it can tell you is the Last-Modified response header. If there’s no date on a web page, this can be useful. There are many uses beyond this example.
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ExamDiff is a tool for visual file and directory comparison. It is simple and easy to use. There are others for different platforms, but this one is for Windows. I have been using it for years to quickly compare differences in the daily patron load files.