IT Pro Tuesday #239

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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 Tip

A handy shortcut, compliments of j8048188:

"Setting this registry key…

Name: LastActiveClick

…lets you rotate between open windows of the same program by just clicking on its taskbar icon, instead of having to hover and then select the instance you want to switch to."


A Free Tool is nice solution for easily uncovering new domains and the relationships between them. Get DNS details, scraped website content, outbound links, backlinks and other hosting details for any domain, all in one place. Free plan allows up to 1000 requests per month. Recommended by crashdodson.

Another Free Tool

Dark Reader is a browser extension that enables Dark Mode on all of your favorite websites. Reduce eye strain and increase readability with a darker color scheme, and enjoy adjustable brightness, contrast and sepia. Can be enabled for all websites or only on particular domains, for maximum flexibility. KageRaken adds, "Dark reader is so underrated... I can't live without it anymore."

Yet Another Free Tool

Scrutiny is a hard drive health dashboard and monitoring solution that merges manufacturer-provided SMART metrics with real-world failure rates to provide you with an accurate view of hard drive health. Its web UI dashboard focuses on critical metrics, and it automatically detects all connected hard drives and tracks metrics (including temperature) for historical trends—with customized thresholds using real-world failure rates. Our thanks for this one go to lawrencek.

A Website

The Register is a popular global enterprise technology news resource that covers the worlds of enterprise technology, business software and more. This online publication features the latest news and insights on hardware, software, AI and cloud services, as well as fascinating articles on other interesting tech. Kindly suggested by Dramatic_Golf_5619.

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

NfSen is a graphical web-based front end for nfdump netflow tools. Allows you to easily display your netflow flows, packets and bytes; navigate through that data; and process it within the specified time span. Create both history and continuous profiles, set alerts based on various conditions and write your own plugins to process netflow data on a regular interval. cweakland explains "it’s not pretty but it works."

SamDrucker is a collection of small, simple and flexible components that work together to create a centralized list of all packages on all hosts. This lightweight tool—with few, if any, dependencies—makes it easy to manage your software inventory. dlangille recommends it for telling you "what's installed on which hosts?"

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

IT Pro title: 
Windows Shortcut, DNS Relationship Lookup, Browser Dark Mode & More