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.

  • Deb Shinder // June 2, 2009, 3:15 AM PST

    10 improvements in Windows 7 Media Center

    Windows Media Center began gaining fans when Microsoft added it to the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Vista. Windows 7 is expanding this availability -- complete with a new look and enhanced functionality. Deb Shinder hits the highlights.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.