IT Pro Tuesday #86

Python Book, Tech Podcast, File-Sync Tool & More…

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Hello IT Pro,

Happy Tuesday! This week we're looking for your favorite cheatsheets 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. 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. As always, EveryCloud has no known affiliation with any of these unless we explicitly state otherwise.

A Book

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, 2nd ed., teaches you how to quickly write Python programs that do in minutes what would take hours by hand—with no programming experience required. Covers Python basics, its library of task-specific modules, input validation and useful specifics on things like automating Gmail, Google Sheets and CSV file updates. Includes step-by-step instructions and practice projects at the end of each chapter. Appreciation to Tygarbyte for the recommendation.

A Free Tool is a pure Unix shell script implementing the ACME client protocol that serves as a simple way to automatically issue & renew the free certificates from Let's Encrypt. This alternative to Certify was suggested by electrofeline, who tells us, "I've never used Certify, but the shell script is by far the best alternative I've come across. In Windows you would need Cygwin, WSL2 (maybe?) or just spawn a quick docker container."

A Podcast

This Week in Tech is a podcast where tech pundits engage in a roundtable discussion on the latest trends in high tech. New episodes are recorded each Sunday. krynd7 appreciates it ".. as background noise while at work."

A Tip

gpmr shares a shortcut, "When you right click + drag a file to another location, you get an option to either copy or move it. I use it to make 100% sure I'm copying a file."

Another Free Tool

FreeFileSync is a blazing-fast, open-source folder comparison and synchronization tool for creating and managing backup copies of files. It determines the differences between source/target folders and transfers only the minimum amount of data needed. Available for Windows, macOS and Linux. Suggested by mythofechelon.

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Flan Scan is a lightweight wrapper that turns Nmap into a full-fledged network vulnerability scanner. Will find open ports on your network, identify services and their version and get a list of relevant CVEs affecting your network. Makes it easy to deploy Nmap locally within a container, push results to the cloud and deploy on Kubernetes. bobspadger recommends it "to make [Nmap] much easier to use."

Burp Suite Free Edition features everything needed for manual security testing of web applications. Facilitates inspection/modification of traffic between the browser and the target application (intercepting proxy), crawling application content and functionality (application-aware spider), manipulation and resending of individual requests (repeater tool) and more. eri- tells us "it can be a very useful tool to troubleshoot/secure web apps. And can get you some mean bug bounties ;-)"


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

Graham | CEO | EveryCloud

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Python Book, Tech Podcast, File-Sync Tool & More