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.

  • Susan Harkins // March 16, 2009, 7:10 AM PST

    10+ Microsoft Office add-ins to simplify your work

    The right add-in can provide helpful features and make existing Office capabilities easier to use. Susan Harkins has rounded up a selection of handy add-ins for various Office applications.


  • Polly Traylor // March 17, 2009, 2:30 AM PST

    10 ways to be a good manager during a recession

    It's tough enough to be an effective manager when the economy is strong. But making the right decisions, keeping staff focused, and maintaining IT service levels may seem next to impossible when you're managing through an economic crisis. Here are some ideas for keeping yourself and your team afloat.


  • Jay Rollins // March 23, 2009, 5:22 AM PST

    Top 10 undergraduate courses for the CIO track

    If you're thinking about becoming a CIO, you can lay a good foundation by taking courses that translate into the skills and knowledge you'll be using every day. Seasoned CIO Jay Rollins offers a list of essential classes that will help you get ready for the job.


  • Becky Roberts // March 23, 2009, 6:24 AM PST

    The top 10 peeves of a support tech

    IT pro Becky Roberts discovered that in the support field, certain workplace aggravations seem to persist regardless of the industry or environment. See if your annoyances match hers.


  • Deb Shinder // March 25, 2009, 1:24 AM PST

    10 security threats to watch out for in 2009

    Along with the explosion of new technologies, user habits, and social practices comes the inevitable wave of new security threats. Deb Shinder examines emerging vulnerabilities, from social networking to cloud computing to IP convergence.


  • Jack Wallen // March 25, 2009, 11:56 PM PST

    10 ways Microsoft could help Linux

    Stop the presses: Jack Wallen supports an alliance between Microsoft and Linux. Find out why he believes both camps could work together for the benefit of all concerned.


  • Polly Traylor // March 27, 2009, 6:09 AM PST

    10 reasons to invest in new smartphones

    Despite the tendency to curb spending during rough economic times, some tech purchases can actually pay off. See why smartphones may fall into this category.


  • Susan Harkins // March 30, 2009, 3:51 AM PST

    10 free security tools that actually work

    Plenty of solid products are available to help you protect your system -- and some of them don't cost a dime. Here's a list of some of the most popular and effective free tools for defending yourself against a variety of threats.


  • TechRepublic Staff // March 30, 2009, 5:34 AM PST

    Top 10 featured items in TechRepublic's Product Spotlight blog

    Our Product Spotlight blog puts a practical spin on the traditional product review, offering a concise snapshot that makes it easy for IT leaders to decide which items are worth looking into -- and which would be a waste of time. Here are some recent member favorites.


  • Jeff Cerny // March 31, 2009, 4:41 AM PST

    10 questions on IT leadership in a large multinational business: An interview with David Edelstein

    Overseeing IT operations for a global company brings some unique challenges. But the issues discussed here -- managing technology, improving the business, reducing costs, driving revenue, and remaining customer-centric -- will be familiar to all IT leaders. The CIO of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics shares some of his insights and experiences.


  • Susan Sales Harkins and D Staff // April 1, 2009, 12:41 AM PST

    10 reasons to give Vista a chance

    Some tech pundits are calling Windows 7 'Vista done right,' but that's little consolation for users who will be staying with Vista for the foreseeable future. If you're in that boat, here are some Vista features you may appreciate.


  • Justin James // April 1, 2009, 1:52 AM PST

    10 skills developers will need in the next five years

    If you're a developer looking to get ahead in your field (or in some cases, to simply stay employed), this is not a good time to be complacent. Justin James lists the skills you'll want to work on now to maximize your future job prospects.


  • Chad Perrin // August 20, 2008, 2:36 AM PST

    10 common security mistakes that should never be made

    There's no shortage of difficult security challenges -- so why take chances and overlook the easy stuff? Chad Perrin describes some of the worst (and all too common) security oversights he sees on a regular basis.


  • Erik Eckel // August 20, 2008, 5:08 AM PST

    10 things you should know about launching an IT consultancy

    There's no shortage of books on how to start your own business -- and some of them are excellent resources. But if you're preparing to launch an IT consultancy, you need more than general business strategy. You need nitty-gritty tactical details like these.


  • Susan Harkins // August 26, 2008, 7:53 AM PST

    10+ ways to help your users transition to Word 2007

    If you're one Word 2007 support call away from a nervous breakdown, these tips may help. Susan Harkins addresses the most common areas of confusion and offers practical advice for helping users conquer the steep learning curve.