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.

  • Jack Wallen // March 9, 2009, 1:58 AM PST

    10 reasons why GNOME is better than KDE

    A new battle is playing out in the Linux desktop arena. See why Jack Wallen believes that today's GNOME has pulled ahead of today's KDE in terms of design, stability, and usability.

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  • Joey Smith // March 10, 2009, 7:13 AM PST

    The 10 biggest mistakes IT managers make

    Certain common IT management mistakes can make you less effective, hamper your career advancement, and even jeopardize your job. Executive coach Joey Smith has spent years working with IT management and he put together this list of the mistakes he's seen most often.

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  • Erik Eckel // March 11, 2009, 12:05 AM PST

    10 ways techs can make extra cash

    If you're searching for opportunities to supplement your income -- or you're in between jobs and need some work to tide you over -- the tech field offers a number of possibilities. Erik Eckel runs down some of your options.

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  • Justin James // March 16, 2009, 2:34 AM PST

    10 management techniques we'd love to see

    If you've ever been the victim of a trendy, totally ineffective management style, you know how silly and arbitrary those techniques can be. Justin James has seen his share of goofy management philosophies -- so he decided to invent a few of his own.

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  • Calvin Sun // March 16, 2009, 5:18 AM PST

    10+ phrases that can be irritating or offensive

    It's possible to rub someone the wrong way without even realizing it -- all because you used the wrong expression at the wrong time. Calvin Sun discusses 10 such expressions and looks at how you can sidestep problems by being careful when you use them.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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