IT Pro Tuesday #108

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Hello IT Pro,

Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

This week, we’re looking for your favorite tools 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. Hornetsecurity has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

Popular Repost: Free Tool

Everything is a command-line search engine for Windows that instantly locates files and folders by filename. Unlike Windows search, it initially displays every file and folder on your computer and then filters what is displayed as you type. Because it only indexes file and folder names, it generally takes a few seconds to build its database (e.g., a fresh install of Windows 10 (about 120,000 files) will take about 1 second to index). Recommended by odirio and Sekers as an "instant file searcher by name (slower if searching content)."

A Podcast

TechSNAP is a podcast on systems, networking and administration with a focus on best practices and helping listeners solve problems. It features topics of importance to those in the tech industry, with a segment dedicated to audience questions in every episode. New episodes are released every 2 weeks.

A Free Tool

OpenSSH is a connectivity tool for remote login with SSH. All traffic is encrypted and it also provides a suite of secure tunneling capabilities, authentication methods and sophisticated configuration options. falsemyrm recommends it as the best alternative to PuTTY.

Another Free Tool

PowerToys includes Windows system utilities to help improve productivity. TimeRemove especially likes, "PowerRename, PowerToys Run (ALT+SPACE is a universal shortcut for search/run/navigate) and Keyboard Manager (Rebind keys to other keys). There is a lot of other stuff too, and it is still evolving. It is pre-1.0 so might contain bugs (e.g., running it as admin was breaking PowerToys Run last week)."

A Tip

OhkokuKishi shares a shortcut: CTRL + SHIFT + <Click Taskbar or Start Menu Icon>

“Opens an instance of selected program with elevated privileges. This also works on non-pinned open programs on your taskbar. (E.g., I have Windows Terminal pinned to my Taskbar, which I regularly need to open PowerShell or Command Prompt with elevated privileges to run some scripts or stop services. This is one of the fastest ways for me to do it.)"


P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Fbtracert offers fault isolation in ECMP networks via multi-port traceroute. It uses the traceroute logic that investigates multiple parallel paths to try to identify which network component has dropped packets. whysosharpie likes it because it "will discover all ECMP paths."

Neovim is a hyperextensible Vim-based text editor that is fully compatible with the Vimscript language. Features a first-class API, extensions in any language and remote plugins that run as co-processes. GUIs, IDEs and browsers can embed it as an editor or script host. coolsheep769 describes it simply as, "Vim improved again."


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

IT Pro title: 
Tech Podcast, Remote SSH Tool, Windows Utilities & More