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How to use Cron in Linux

Hi,
I have read quite some bit about Cron and crontab,am new to Linux and am just getting to know some of the utilities.
Can someone  please guide me through some practical Examples of how to use cron.
I need examples i can follow  step by step without having to wonder how or what next to do.I will also appreciate the output to be shown so that as i follow,am able to see how this utility works.
Examples can include but not limited to;
1.how to add a cron job to send a timestamp  to a file
2.how to add a cron job that displays a gui interface
and other examples where  this utility can be applied.

Am running Centos 5 Linux operating system.Your help will be highly appreciated.

Please make your examples clear enough for me to follow;
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Ubuntu Community has a great HowTo that should answer all your questions:
cron howto
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Thanks,this info has really helped