IT Pro Tuesday #135

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

This week, we're asking for your favorite tools and timesavers we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply or leave a comment with your suggestions, and we'll be featuring them in the coming weeks.

As always, we’re updating the full, searchable 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.

A Free Tool

Visual Paradigm Online is a network diagram tool with support for UML, Org Chart, Floor Plan, wireframe, family tree, ERD and more. Features a simple, intuitive diagram editor and the ability to work collaboratively with your team. A shout out to baychildx for directing us to this resource.

A Tip

A trick for rack mounting a heavy switch from docmn612:

"Screw a rack screw into the hole right below the one the device is going in, and rest the ears on those. The device should stay put while you lift one side up at a time and screw in the bottom screw."


Another Free Tool

RUPS (Reading and Updating PDF Syntax) enables you to look inside a PDF document to see all the PDF objects and content streams.  This tool is built atop iText. Thanks for the recommendation go to JustAnotherITUser.

Another Tip

Time-savers offered by shipsass:

  • What is that IP address? ping -a 192.168.xx.xx to return an A record lookup
  • Instead of telling a user "click in the address line" tell them press ctrl-L. Works in any browser or explorer window.


One More Free Tool

Trello is a simple, intuitive app for organizing all your task lists and to-dos. Our appreciation for the suggestion goes to Screwyoumrhat, who describes it as an "amazing free web app! Changed my world!"


P.S. Bonus Free Tools

ImHex is a hex editor for "reverse engineers, programmers and people that value their eyesight when working at 3 AM." Recommended by At-M, who tells us, "I like this hexeditor a lot, i'm not too sure if this still qualifies as fast and simple, but it's great… (also, darkmode).”

NetzTools is a secure, lightweight multitasking network app. It contains the following tools: show ip interface, ping, ping6, secure shell, telnet, port scan, traceroute, LAN scan, OUI lookup and name lookup. Kindly suggested by rrattayork.


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

IT Pro title: 
Diagram Tool, Rack-Mounting Tip, PDF Syntax & More