Time Management, Regex, AWS & More...
Hello IT Pro,
This week we’ve got some excellent tools. Let’s get the preamble out the way – We’re not affiliated with any of the brands below unless we specifically state that we are.
Time Management for System Administrators
Time Management for System Administrators: Stop Working Late and Start Working Smart. As a sysadmin, proper time management must rank as one of the most important skills you can develop. This is not your typical, “Set aside a specific time to check your emails” time management book. It’s written with SysAdmins in mind. We think it should be required reading.
Your RegEx Cheat Sheet
Regular Expressions Cheat Sheet by DaveChild. EveryCloud’s Email Protection Service allows you to use RegEx to manage your mail flow. As a result, we found this cheat sheet really interesting. It’s one that our support team uses frequently, and it’s a great resource. Check out ranges, symbols, assertions, grouping, and some test patterns to give you a head start.
The Daily WTF
If you need to kill some time or are just looking for a good chuckle, check out The Daily WTF. You’ll learn exactly how not to develop software. You’ll find yourself asking, “What were they thinking?” over and over again. You get to read about the bad choices others have made. (It’s a lot funnier when it’s not happening to you, isn’t it?)
Read about what happens when project management goes bad, or when programmers make some head-scratching choices when writing code. See them as cautionary tales, and don’t forget, if you’ve got any war stories of your own, we’d love to hear about them.
Did you know that AWS has a free option? You’re not going to get the premium features, obviously, but you’ll be able to set up a practice environment to test out problems and learn more about the system. Check it out for yourself at AWS Free. It might even keep you from being featured on The Daily WTF!
Attack Surface Analyzer
Use Attack Surface Analyzer to create a snapshot of what your system looks like before you install a new product and what it looks like afterwards. This tool will highlight changes the new program has made to components of the Windows attack surface.
Have a good week. As usual, be sure to let us know if you’ve got comments or suggestions.
Graham | CEO | EveryCloud
P.S. Another SysAdmin Book
We may not have time to read every sysadmin book out there, but we get through quite a few. The Linux Philosophy for SysAdmins is another one you’ll want to keep. It’s essential reading for those who want to understand Linux better. Learn how to get the most out of the Linux command line and how to work more efficiently.