IT Pro Tuesday #85

File Recovery, Certificate Tutorial, Coding Podcast & More...

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Hello IT Pro,

Happy Tuesday! This week we're looking for your best-loved IT tips to share with the community. Please 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.

And for those who missed last month's announcement, EveryCloud has joined forces with Hornetsecurity, the technology partner that has powered our products since the beginning.

There will be many advantages to our customers and to the IT Pro Community as well, and here's a little something to start... Hornetsecurity's free 2020 Cyberthreat Report is now available for download. The report covers all the important developments and attack methods from 2019 as well as expected trends for 2020.

But on with this week's tools...! Here are the most interesting items that have come across our desks, laptops, and phones this week. As always, EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

A Free Tool

PhotoRec is an open-source application for recovering lost files from hard disks, CD-ROMs and digital camera memory. It ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted. Thanks go to dscheff for pointing us toward this "awesome" tool.

A Tutorial

Everything you should know about certificates and PKI but are too afraid to ask is the missing manual on certificate use. The aim is to provide the information that will allow most engineers to understand the key concepts and common quirks in under an hour. NotBaldwin found it to be "the best thing I have ever read [on] how certs and pki work from the top down... goes into the different files, why they're different, and what they do."

A Podcast

Coding Blocks features web and database programmers Allen Underwood, Joe Zack and Michael Outlaw discussing best programming practices, design patterns, coding for performance, object-oriented coding, database design and implementation, tips, tricks and more. Conversation is focused on Microsoft.NET, but most topics are relevant in any number of object-oriented languages. Appreciation to nonsensepoem for this recommendation!

Another Free Tool

IP Subnet Mask Calculator provides subnet network calculations for network class, IP address, subnet mask, subnet bits, mask bits, maximum required IP subnets and maximum required hosts per subnet. Results include hexadecimal IP address, wildcard mask, subnet ID, broadcast address, subnet address range for the resulting subnet, subnet bitmap and are for use with ACL. fahque likes it for "IP conversion needs. It doesn't give you binary, but that's rarely used."

A Tip

willworkforicecream shares this great shortcut:

  • Win+Pause/Break will open system information in win 7 and below

4lteredBeast adds alternatives for systems without a pause/break key:

  • Win + E, right-click > Properties
  • Win + X, then Y. Click System Info

And from Iheartbaconz:

  • Win + fn + b usually works on my Latitude 5xxx lines
  • FN + R Shift works for the HP elitebooks we have

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Zenduty offers proactive alerting, intelligent context, collaborative triaging and automation in real-time so you can reduce downtime. cahiqini recommends it because it provides "a single pane of glass view of critical incidents, integrates with Prometheus, New Relic, Appdynamics, AWS Cloudwatch, Datadog, Splunk, Nagios and a bunch of other tools. ZD integrates well with Jira and Slack for ticketing and ChatOps. Has a freemium plan to get you started, fantastic 24x7 real-time support, API, docs, the whole nine yards."

"Pressing CTRL+ while viewing files/folders in ‘Details’ view will auto-size all columns based on their contents. Also works almost anywhere in similar viewing modes." Thanks to sevenseal for the tip!

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

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

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File Recovery, Certificate Tutorial, Coding Podcast & More