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.

  • Erik Eckel // October 29, 2008, 2:26 AM PST

    The 10 best IT certification Web sites

    The world of IT certification has changed considerably over the past several years, as the demands of the IT industry and the market for tech talent have shifted. IT consultant and exam veteran Erik Eckel offers an update to his list of top 10 certification Web sites.


  • Calvin Sun // October 27, 2008, 5:00 PM PST

    10 tips on conducting effective interviews

    Consideration, planning, and communication savvy all play into the successful interview. Regardless of the issue at hand, you'll get better results if you follow a few best practices.


  • Chad Perrin // October 23, 2008, 11:29 PM PST

    10+ reasons to treat network security like home security

    Strategies for securing your network map pretty closely to those for securing your home. Chad Perrin looks at the parallels and offers a takeaway for each point of comparison.


  • Calvin Sun // October 20, 2008, 9:09 AM PST

    10 tips for defending your organization against pretexting attacks

    All the security measures in the world aren't going to help you if your employees fall prey to a pretexter. Calvin Sun offers some insights to help you educate staff, implement effective policies, and stay a step ahead of would-be intruders.


  • Jack Wallen // October 20, 2008, 7:39 AM PST

    10 reasons for switching to a different Linux distribution

    Sooner or later, you're going to get the urge to switch distributions -- maybe for a change of pace or maybe out of more practical considerations. Here's a look at some of the most common reasons users feel compelled to make that jump.


  • Rick Vanover // December 22, 2008, 12:05 AM PST

    10 New Year's resolutions for IT pros

    With 2009 about to roll in, this is a good time to look at ways of making your IT organization better. Specific resolutions will be unique to every environment, but these goals make sense for just about any IT group.


  • Erik Eckel // December 21, 2008, 2:56 AM PST

    10 reasons IT certification will be important in 2009

    In the midst of staggering business and economic turmoil, you need all the tools at your disposal to help shore up your career prospects. See why Erik Eckel believes IT certification will become increasingly important for IT pros and the organizations that rely on them.


  • Deb Shinder // December 15, 2008, 7:31 AM PST

    10 mistakes new Windows administrators make

    Whether you're new to network administration or to the Windows environment, a few common oversights and mistakes can trip you up. Deb Shinder explains how to avoid some of the problems new Windows admins often encounter.


  • Erik Eckel // December 15, 2008, 2:47 AM PST

    10 things you should know about Microsoft's revised certification program

    Microsoft has made some fairly big changes to its certification program. If you're in the midst of pursuing accreditation -- or you're thinking of heading down one of the new paths -- check out this rundown of new features.


  • Chad Perrin // December 11, 2008, 12:35 AM PST

    10 security tips for Microsoft Windows XP

    Installing Windows XP is only the first step to using it. Chad Perrin advises these additional measures to ensure that your XP systems are protected from proliferating security threats.


  • Erik Eckel // December 9, 2008, 12:20 AM PST

    10 things to look for in a domain registrar

    When you start looking for a domain registrar, you may discover some surprising differences in what they offer -- or neglect to offer. Erik Eckel learned the hard way that it pays to shop around. Here's his list of the tools, services, and features that will make your job easier.


  • Calvin Sun // December 8, 2008, 7:06 AM PST

    10 ways to take the pain out of staff performance planning

    Staff performance planning may not be at the top of your list of enjoyable manager tasks -- but it's one of your most important responsibilities. Calvin Sun offers some pointers that can help ease the process.


  • Jack Wallen // December 8, 2008, 5:17 AM PST

    10 things Linux does better than OS X

    OS X is heralded for its friendliness, but according to Jack Wallen, it falls short in many other respects. Find out why he says Linux is superior in everything from flexibility to portability to cost.


  • TechRepublic Staff // December 7, 2008, 1:30 AM PST

    Top 10 Windows XP tips of 2008

    Our final Windows XP tip collection of the year offers a variety of popular techniques, such as retrieving information for multiple disk drives, using photos in the 3D Flying Objects screen saver, and customizing Windows Explorer.


  • 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.