10 Things

Get the key facts on a wide range of technologies, techniques, strategies, and skills with the help of these concise, need-to-know lists.

  • John McKee // April 19, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 ways leaders can get crucial feedback

    If you're going to successfully lead your team members through these rocky times, you need to listen to their ideas and understand what they're dealing with-- and that requires a dedicated effort on your part. These strategies will help you keep your finger on the pulse of your IT group.

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  • Jeff Dray // May 7, 2009, 1:45 AM PST

    10 things that should be on your new-user checklist

    Getting new users off on the right foot is good for them and for the organization -- and it will certainly make your support tasks more manageable and less frustrating in the future. Jeff Dray offers 10 checklist items that will help you cover all the bases.

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  • Calvin Sun // May 12, 2009, 11:54 PM PST

    10+ ways to learn more efficiently

    To succeed as an IT pro, you have to pursue knowledge and new skills on an ongoing basis -- even if you have limited time and rusty study habits. Calvin Sun shares a dozen pointers that will help you master -- and remember -- new material.

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  • Justin James // May 13, 2009, 1:18 AM PST

    10 ways developers can meet user expectations and ease frustrations

    Some users may make unrealistic demands, but most of the time, they just want software that's easy to use and that works the way it's supposed to. Justin James itemizes several basic user expectations and ways to address them.

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  • Rick Vanover // April 21, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 seriously annoying default configurations

    Into every life, a little stupidity must fall. And sometimes, you just have to vent about it. Rick Vanover shares a few of the default configurations he finds especially frustrating and idiotic.... What are yours?

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  • Polly Traylor // April 27, 2009, 3:32 AM PST

    CIOs: Here are 10 ways you can support your CEO

    To build a strong future with the company and gain an ally at the top, CIOs need to understand the challenges facing their CEO and find ways to offer value and support. Here are some strategies for helping your CEO -- and ultimately, yourself.

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  • Jack Wallen // April 28, 2009, 5:19 AM PST

    10 reasons you'll want to install Ubuntu 9.04

    Ubuntu's most recent release offers numerous improvements over an already solid OS. In fact, Jack Wallen says it could be the best overall release of a Linux distribution he's ever seen.

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  • Jerry Loza // April 28, 2009, 1:19 AM PST

    10 ways to keep your job despite the tough economy

    As the economy worsens, more companies are making deep cuts in personnel -- and many IT workers are bracing for the axe to fall. But it may not come to that, especially if you take steps now to increase your value to the organization.

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  • Chad Perrin // May 4, 2009, 2:25 AM PST

    10+ reasons why people write viruses

    Why do people write viruses and other mobile malicious code? The answer isn't as simple as it used to be. Here are some possible motives suggested by security expert Chad Perrin and several TechRepublic members.

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  • Shannon Kalvar // May 29, 2009, 2:31 AM PST

    10 things you can do to turn useless meetings into productive ones

    We've all had to sit through meetings that were nothing but a waste of our time. Here are some tactics you can use to salvage something productive from the ones that drag on forever or go completely off the rails.

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  • Jack Wallen // June 3, 2009, 1:24 AM PST

    10 ways the Linux desktop improves the user experience

    If you've always worked with a Windows or Mac desktop, you may not know what you're missing. Jack Wallen says the Linux desktop offers numerous advantages worth checking out -- from efficient and flexible design to superior update systems.

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  • Jody Gilbert // June 3, 2009, 3:33 AM PST

    10-point cleaning checklist for keeping equipment healthy

    Boring it may be, but cleaning is an essential part of any regular system maintenance schedule. You can stretch equipment life, reduce repairs and service calls, and keep users happier by periodically running through the steps on this list.

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  • Jeff Dray // June 3, 2009, 4:17 AM PST

    10 terms from the alternative Geek-Speak glossary

    Not content with the standard definitions, Jeff Dray decided to stretch the meanings of several tech terms. You may have a few of your own to add to this list.

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  • Michael Kassner // June 4, 2009, 5:35 AM PST

    10 ways to avoid IT security breaches

    Completely eliminating security breaches may be an impossible task -- but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do everything possible to thwart attackers. Michael Kassner shares 10 easy-to-implement measures that will help protect your organization from security threats.

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  • Jerry Loza // April 6, 2009, 12:40 AM PST

    10 ways to avoid stupid project estimates

    You can't run a successful project with bad estimates, any more than you can build a solid house with faulty bricks and lumber. These simple steps will help you filter out the bad numbers you get today and improve the numbers you get tomorrow.

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