Category Archives: cool tools

More Laura Chappell Goodness

I’ve said before that I’m a fan of Laura Chappell’s training on network traffic / protocol / packet analysis.

I didn’t even know about all of the screencasts available from the site of Novell’s Connection magazine.? Check them out!

Scripts and Events on Cisco Routers

Did you know that Cisco routers have TCL and an Embedded Event Manager (EEM) that can trigger scripts?? I’ve known that they have TCL but haven’t played with it.? The EEM makes it even more powerful.

Check out this very informative article at TechRepublic, including a link to a Cisco overviews and a Scripting Community.

Free 411 Service from Google

This has been around for a while, but I just found it–GOOG 411.

Just dial 800-GOOG-411 (800-466-4411) to try it.

I’m looking forward to trying out the text and mapping features. Check out the video preview:

Run Linux Apps on Windows with andLinux

Adam Pash has a great tutorial on lifehacker about how to run linux apps seamlessly on your Windows desktop with andLinux.

It looks easy enough to give it a quick try.


UnxUtils for Windows

Another great tip from lifehacker


From the distribution notes:? “This are some ports of common GNU utilities to native Win32. In this context, native means the executables do only depend on the Microsoft C-runtime (msvcrt.dll) and not an emulation layer like that provided by Cygwin tools.”


Online Bandwidth Calculator

Here’s a useful bandwidth calculator that a colleague pointed out today.

iBeast Bandwidth Calculator

Tabbed Interface for PuTTY

Another great tip that I’ll use from the How-To Geek: install a little app that add a tabbed interface to the free ssh client PuTTY.

Get the PuTTY connection manager here.

If you want to learn more about PuTTY and other Windows SSH clients, check out this page.

PuTTY Connection Manager

What’s up with svchost.exe?

The How-To Geek, which I will be reading regularly from now on, has a very nice article about svchost.exe — what it does and why there are so many instances of it running on our Windows machines.

Intro to Windows Server 2008

On Windows Weekly episode 45, Paul and Leo talked to Ward Ralston, group technical product manager for Windows Server 2008.

Free Linux-related eBooks

From LinuxHaxor.? ? Another great tip found on lifehacker.