IT Pro Tuesday #104

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Hello IT Pro,

Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

This week, we’re looking for your favorite websites to share with the community. Please let us know those that help you do things more easily so you get better at your job!

As always, we’re updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.

But on with this week's tools...! Here are the most-interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops and phones this week. EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

Popular Repost: Training Resource

This security training slideshow was created for use during a quarterly infosec class. The content is offered generously by shalafi71, who adds, "Take this as a skeleton and flesh it out on your own. Take an hour or two and research the things I talk about. Tailor this to your own environment and users. Make it relevant to your people. Include corporate stories, include your audience, exclude yourself. This ain't about how smart you are at infosec, and I can't stress this enough, talk about how people can defend themselves. Give them things to look for and action they can take. No one gives a shit about your firewall rules."

A Tip

GullibleDetective shares a favorite that combines trace route and ping: pathping.


A Tool

FurMark is an intensive graphics card/GPU stress test for Windows and a quick OpenGL benchmark. Uses fur rendering algorithms that are specially adapted to overheat the GPU to measure graphics card performance. Requires an OpenGL 2.0–compliant graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 6 (and higher), AMD/ATI Radeon 9600 (and higher), Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000 or an S3 Graphics Chrome 400 series with the latest graphics drivers.

Another Tip

One more time saver, this one compliments of smashed_empires:

taskkill -im "chrome.exe" -f

"[It] force kills any image name you provide it. Other favourite images are 'winword.exe', 'excel.exe', 'mspaint.exe', 'putty.exe' and 'outlook.exe' as it will suppress the mindless confirmation prompts. Given most of these processes run in user space, you usually don't need elevation to do this."


A Podcast

OmegaTau is a podcast that features in-depth interviews with experts in science and engineering seeking to answer questions such as: How do scientists uncover phenomena and explain their connections? How do engineers design machines, methods and infrastructure? These fascinating explorations run between 45-200 minutes each, so there's plenty of time to cover the topic in a serious way. stignatiustigers tells us, "No podcast list is complete without OmegaTau."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

PySimpleGUI is a Python package that helps you add GUIs on the front of your tools to make things easier for users. This simple tool is capable of building fairly complex applications with a customized window layout. Can be helpful for those with limited Python experience thanks to a cookbook, ample documentation and over 170 demo programs. Kindly recommended by MikeTheWatchGuy.

FreePBX is a web-based GUI for managing an Asterisk (PBX) communication server. The FreePBX EcoSystem is the world's most widely deployed open-source PBX platform. Enables you to build powerful, complete communications solutions that are easy to implement and support. Appreciation for this one goes to The-Dark-Jedi.


Have a fantastic week and as usual, let us know any comments.

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Training Slides, GPU Stress Test, Tech Podcast & More