IT Pro Tuesday #200

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

First off this week, we'd like to invite you to take part in a 5-min survey on IT security compliance. Help us understand how your organization is dealing with ransomware threats, and you'll get a chance to win an Oculus Rift S VR!

If you've glanced at the licensing sections on the Microsoft 365 admin portal it comes as no surprise to find out that it is horribly complex. In this SysAdmin DOJO Podcast, Andy Syrewicze and Paul Schnackenburg talk about the different options for licensing in Microsoft 365, frontline workers, and most importantly, which license to choose! Also listen on your favorite podcast player or watch on YouTube.

We're looking for cool tips and tools we can share with the community... those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply with your latest finds, so we can help others benefit from your experience.

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.

A Free Tool

Sshwifty provides an SSH and Telnet access interface that allows you to connect computers and servers via a standard web browser. Kindly suggested by ZelenskyyInPandoraPp.

A Podcast

The Brothers WISP is an international geekfest on all things networking/ISP/WISP. Listen in as a group of experts dig into topics related to the tech involved in providing reliable networking and wireless internet service. Our appreciation for the recommendation goes to howpeculiar.

Another Free Tool

Filelight is a usage visualization app for local, remote and removable disks. Features configurable color schemes, mouse-driven file navigation, file/directory copy or removal from the context menu and integration into Konqueror and Krusader. Insertish adds, "Maybe not as feature-rich as WizTree, but available on Linux as well as Windows."

Training Resource

David Bombal is an educational site full of tech-focused tutorials and courses that can provide value for IT professionals from newbie to advanced. Offers lots of great free tutorials and resources to help bring your skills to the next level. A shout out to Admirable-Statement for directing us to this one.

A Tip

A clarification on the confusingly worded relationship between an 'ethernet cable' and 'ethernet,' kindly offered by _mud__:

"A protocol is independent of the medium that transports it. What we call Ethernet cables are really shielded or unshielded twisted pair CAT 5/5e/6/etc cables, terminated with RJ45 plugs in TIA 568 A/B wiring. That's complicated to say, so we just refer to the cable by its purpose, which is typically to carry Ethernet frames.

Other cables can carry Ethernet. This is seen in a lot of HDMI cables for smart TVs.

Ethernet cables don't have to carry Ethernet. In my line of work (corporate audio/visual) they can be used to carry control signals such as RS-232, or broken down into their twisted pairs to carry audio signal from microphones."


P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Screen Ruler is a handy, customizable ruler GUI for measuring the size of elements on the screen on Windows Desktop. Lets you measure in pixels, centimeters or inches in either 1 or 2 dimensions. Move and resize using either mouse or keyboard, and custom marking lines can be added. Thanks go to mikeparkie for the suggestion.

Bashtop is a resource monitor with an intuitive, game-inspired GUI. Tracks usage and statistics for processor, memory, disks, network and processes with nice options to adjust detail, filtering and sorting. Kat- adds, "Seriously, my brain can't follow columns without some kind of order to the madness. Ty bashtop."

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

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Browser SSH/Telnet, Wireless Podcast, Disk Usage Visualizer & More