IT Pro Tuesday #218

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

First off, a quick apology that last week’s message made it out of the gate a bit early. We’ll try to be more careful on the scheduling so your IT Pro Tuesday remains obediently where it belongs each week.

As always, we’re looking for your favorite tips and tools 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.

And finally, we’re updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.

Free Tool

uCareSystem Core is a simple, Ubuntu system update and maintenance tool that can automatically refresh your packagelist, download and install updates (if there are any) and remove any old kernels, obsolete packages and configuration files to free up disk space. Thanks for this one go to dcraig66.

Documentation Resource

Microsoft Writing Style Guide is designed to help you understand the industry-standard style rules and terminology to be used for technical content. This detailed resource is perfect for anyone who wants to learn what the Windows world considers good, consistent documentation that will be useful for the long term. saintdle calls it "a good read."

Another Free Tool

Eternal Terminal is a remote shell that inserts a layer between your application and the unix TCP sockets in order to automatically reconnect after TCP disconnects, without interrupting the session. Suggested by the_one_jt, who adds, "With Eternal Terminal, you won’t need to manually reconnect, even if an IP address changes."

A Tutorial

PSTeams - Adaptive Cards with Tables and Linebreaks in Microsoft Teams explains how Microsoft Teams users can leverage incoming webhooks to send messages to the Microsoft Teams channel. MadBoyEvo explains, "PSTeams, a module that I wrote, simplifies this process… Till today to create a table with data sent to teams, you would have to play a lot with Adaptive Column, ColumnSet, and Textboxes. These new features automate it."

Yet Another Free Tool

Typemill is an open-source, flat-file CMS for documentation, ebooks and websites. Features a visual markdown editor and lots of options for themes, plugins and templates. All content is stored in markdown files for easy downloading. Kindly recommended by TinPin94.

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

BareGrep is a file and text search tool that works with both plain text and binary files. Compatible with Windows/DOS as well as Unix formats. Remystia describes it as: "cool, pretty much the same as Ransack, but free for corporate use."

NetSetMan is a network settings manager for instantly switching between configuration profiles for different locations. Appreciated by lazylion_ca, who explains, "Create profiles with different IP addresses, netmasks, gateways and VLANs on your different interfaces, and switch between them with a few clicks on the systray."

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

IT Pro title: 
Ubuntu Maintenance, Documentation Help, Auto-Reconnecting Shell & More