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.

  • 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.


  • Jack Wallen // June 8, 2009, 3:35 AM PST

    10 KDE 4 desktop widgets to make you more productive

    KDE 4 brought some big changes to the desktop, including timesaving widgets that do everything from popping you into Twitter to keeping tabs on your servers to providing on-the-fly spell-checking. Jack Wallen runs through 10 of these handy little labor-saving apps .


  • Deb Shinder // June 9, 2009, 6:13 AM PST

    10 ways IT departments waste money

    IT is often a popular target for corporate cost-cutting. So the more you can identify and control unnecessary spending, the better you'll be able to fend off the budget axe. Here are a few areas where IT dollars often go to waste.


  • Jaime Henriquez // June 10, 2009, 2:23 AM PST

    10 things that drive your users crazy

    When users get angry or frustrated, your job becomes a whole lot harder. But if you know what's likely to set them off, you can keep things on a more even keel. Here are a few common emotional triggers to watch out for.


  • Michael Kassner // June 10, 2009, 4:02 AM PST

    10 ways to secure the Apple iPhone

    When you think about security vulnerabilities, your iPhone may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the risks are real -- in fact, the CIS has now developed its iPhone security benchmark. Learn about the many options you can leverage to make your iPhone more secure.


  • Kris Littlejohn // January 30, 2009, 5:07 AM PST

    Top 10 changes to security in Windows 7

    The Windows 7 buzz encompasses a host of interface enhancements, but there are plenty of new and improved security features as well. Here's a rundown of 10 key changes you should know about.


  • Calvin Sun // February 2, 2009, 1:12 AM PST

    10+ ways to avoid misunderstandings at work

    Miscues happen all the time in business communications, and the results can range from annoying to disastrous. Here are some simple rules to follow that can save you a world of trouble when dealing with colleagues and partners.


  • Seth Bonner // February 2, 2009, 5:15 AM PST

    10 strategies for dealing with co-worker tensions

    During the course of your career, you won't see eye to eye with all your co-workers. But you can minimize problems if you apply a few tricks to ease the tension. These tips can help you resolve -- or at least survive -- those sticky situations.


  • Susan Harkins // July 9, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10+ IT pros share the utilities they can't live without

    One way to make your job a little easier is to find out which tools other IT pros rely on -- and then try them out for yourself. Susan Harkins extracted a list of favorite tools from 13 IT pros, whose roles range from consultant to developer to DBA.


  • Jack Wallen // February 5, 2009, 11:35 PM PST

    10 obscure Linux applications you need to try

    With thousands of Linux tools out there, it stands to reason that some of the very best ones might get lost in the crowd. Jack Wallen introduces some excellent apps that more admins should know about.


  • Polly Traylor // February 12, 2009, 12:25 AM PST

    10 ways CIOs can keep their jobs -- and their sanity -- in 2009

    Don't let the deepening recession kill your spirit. Here's how to get ahead and stay ahead in what's proving to be the most tenuous work environment in decades.


  • Jeff Cerny // February 12, 2009, 4:50 AM PST

    10 questions on the significance of ERP solutions: An interview with Jeffrey Carr

    More and more companies are turning to enterprise resource planning to replace obsolete processes and improve business performance. Information systems expert Jeffrey Carr offers some insights that will help you plan and implement a successful ERP solution.


  • Calvin Sun // February 13, 2009, 2:37 AM PST

    10+ ways to reduce wordiness in your writing

    When you streamline your wording, your message becomes more powerful and clear. Calvin Sun looks at how eliminating just a few superfluous phrases can tighten up your writing and give it more punch.


  • Jack Wallen // February 13, 2009, 11:27 PM PST

    10 reasons why Linux will triumph over Windows

    Windows 7 may be generating some positive buzz, but Jack Wallen remains skeptical. In fact, he says it's only a matter of time before Linux takes its rightful spot at the top of the OS heap.


  • Erik Eckel // February 17, 2009, 3:10 AM PST

    10 tech mistakes small businesses make (and how IT consultants can help clients avoid them)

    Small businesses must concentrate their time and energy on knowing their own industry -- and that often means that effective technology practices get overlooked. Erik Eckel explains the most common tech missteps he's encountered, along with preventive measures to protect businesses and prevent serious problems.