InControl is a one-button utility that gives the user control over all non-security updates to their Windows 10 and 11 systems. It locks the Windows automatic update system at the specific major version and feature update release you specify. Thereafter, Windows will only install the monthly security updates until you set it to release control. slyguy47-sb explains, "Allows very easy native lockdown of what release Windows Update will target. Made by Steve Gibson at GRC who also created Never10.
SuperDelete is a Windows command-line tool for deleting files and folders with extra-long paths. Supports paths up to 32767 characters. OneOfThoseWhizKids adds, "If you're ever had the misfortune of having to deal with extremely long paths in Windows, this is a lifesaver, as every other tool and workaround failed when I had to delete a file with a path 4k characters long."
Technology Strategy Patterns: Architecture as Strategy helps technically minded people improve their ability to interact in a business environment. Provides specific tools and tactics that help you create clear, impactful plans and enable you to effectively communicate them to non-technical executives. bgp4fun suggests it for those with an eye on a management position.
VeraCrypt is a highly secure, open-source disk encryption solution. This multiplatform software adds enhanced security to the encryption algorithms that allow it to resist new developments in brute-force attacks as well as solving many of the vulnerabilities and security issues found in other products. malikto44 describes it as "more secure [than Cryptomator], but requires FUSE.”
The XY Problem explains a simple strategy for understanding how to avoid chasing after a misguided plan, partial fix or workaround that just wastes time. Can help improve your troubleshooting and people management skills to more quickly achieve an optimal outcome. PositiveBubbles adds, "it's really helped me understand that I'm worried too much about what other people think they want and how we can help them get what they want even if we have to put up with lack of listening and tantrums of wanting their own way."
Syncthing is a fully secure, open-source file synchronization program. Syncs files between two or more computers in real time with no central server involved—thus ensuring complete privacy. Our appreciation for the suggestion goes to SLZUZPEKQKLNCAQF.
WANem is a wide area network emulator for application testing over a LAN environment. WANem allows you to set up a transparent application gateway to simulate WAN characteristics like network delay; packet loss, corruption or reordering; disconnections; jitter etc. Can be used to test data/voice applications in a realistic WAN environment. yankmywire adds, "WANem works well, we have it set up in a virtualized environment.
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PA-Ping is a self-hosted uptime and availability monitor for pinging an unlimited number of devices. Offers full alerting, including event escalation, alert suppression, and event deduplication; full historical reporting (configurable) and remote access to monitored computers without a VPN. Monitoring templates make configuration fast and easy.
Snapdrop is an open-source, browser-based AirDrop alternative to easily transfer files with no setup or signup. This peer2peer, private solution allows you to securely and instantaneously share images, video, documents and links across devices. AdrianEarnshawMusic says, "It’s like airdrop but runs on your own network. Great for moving single files between computers on different operating systems."