IT Pro Tuesday #224

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Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday!

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.

As always, we’re updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.

A Free Tool

Microsoft Lens takes pictures of whiteboards and physical documents and makes them readable. It trims, enhances and converts into PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel files. Digitizes printed or handwritten text so you can save to OneNote,  OneDrive or your local device. You can even import images that are already on your device using Gallery. GWSTPS describes it simply: "pic to PDF/doc."

Another Free Tool

AdminDroid is a robust, user-friendly reporting platform with easy setup. The free edition doesn't restrict reporting functionalities and includes more than 100 reports plus several dashboards. tomrb08 explains, "The free tier has a pretty amazing number of great reports, analytics, etc and is presented very cleanly. You can search the reports as well."

One More Free Tool

The Silver Searcher is an ack-style code searching tool, but with an order of magnitude speed gain over ack. With its focus on speed, it ignores file patterns from your .gitignore and .hgignore, the command name is 33% shorter and all keys are on the home row. Our thanks for this suggestion go to dontuseliqui.


Awesome-Cheatsheets is a set of cheatsheets for various popular programming languages, frameworks and development tools. Each was created as a single file to include all the essential things you should know when working with that topic. Kindly shared by ioah86.

Training Resource

Technical Writer Style Guide Examples is a curated collection of technical style guides, which can serve as a good starting point for choosing a guide that works for you. kludgebomber adds, "IMO quality of documentation is highly predicated on it being written in a consistent manner, and following a style guide will help with this attribute. Which one is right for you to learn… that is really personal preference."

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

chntpw is a simple program that allows you to view information and change user passwords in a Windows NT/2000 user database file. ThePortoDude finds it "a great tool to recover windows admin passwords."

Ixia-C is a powerful, API-driven traffic generator that allows you to simulate extreme traffic conditions for test purposes. vladlaslau explains, "It is actively developed and can go beyond 100 Gbps per CPU core (as long as DPDK + SR-IOV are used). Can work standalone (runs in a container) or in a network emulation environment (such as KNE or Containerlab)."

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

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Whiteboard Converter, Reporting Platform, Code Searching & More