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.

  • Jeff Dray // April 2, 2008, 2:05 AM PST

    10 ways for support techs to stay healthy and safe on the job

    As winter gives way to spring, many people are struggling into work with colds and influenza, which they may pass along to co-workers -- and to you. Here are a few simple precautions that can help you stay healthy, along with some tips for avoiding other risks when performing support tech tasks.


  • BNET Staff // April 2, 2008, 6:50 AM PST

    Top 10 "megaregions" in the United States

    The core of the U.S. economy is made up of roughly a dozen megaregions, some of which stretch into Canada and Mexico. They produce hundreds of billions -- and sometimes trillions -- of dollars in economic output. They harness human creativity on a massive scale, and they are the source of the lion’s share of the world’s scientific achievement and technological innovations. If you're thinking of relocating, or you're looking for greener tech pastures, you'll want to check out these 10 key U.S. megaregions.


  • Jack Wallen // April 8, 2008, 11:11 PM PST

    10 things to consider when choosing a Linux distribution

    Many users would argue that one Linux distribution is pretty much like another, at least on fundamentals. But when it comes down to everyday use, each distribution is different from the next. Jack Wallen looks at the distinguishing characteristics of various distros and explains how they might fit your needs.


  • Michael Kassner // April 9, 2008, 2:23 AM PST

    10 Wi-Fi security tips for road warriors

    Road warriors have to be creative. Besides their normal work, they are asked to maintain an almost continuous electronic presence while away from their office or home -- and that can mean dealing with unknown and possibly hostile Wi-Fi networks. Michael Kassner offers some simple tips to help mobile workers secure their computers and information no matter where they go


  • John McKee // April 9, 2008, 5:07 AM PST

    10+ dumb business decisions that can take a company down

    Hubris, big egos, poor foresight, and lack of humanity kill great companies -- small and large -- every year. We can learn from their misguided decisions, but we need to do it before more of our businesses fail and more of our country's leadership is lost forever. This list of mistakes represents some of the dumbest thinking by companies across all industries each year. Read about them and learn from the failures of others.


  • Jack Wallen // April 14, 2008, 5:20 AM PST

    10 common mistakes to avoid when you're installing Linux software

    Installing software in Linux is nothing like it used to be, but there are still some pitfalls to watch out for. Jack Wallen explains how to sidestep some of the typical installation problems he's encountered.


  • Rick Vanover // April 16, 2008, 2:21 AM PST

    10 items for your disaster recovery wish list

    We all have to address disaster recovery at various levels, but we typically must apply the technology to fit rigid parameters -- such as less cost or functionality -- instead of being able to do it right. But what if you didn't have any limitations to hold you back? Rick Vanover looks at some things that might go into building the perfect environment for meeting DR requirements.


  • Erik Eckel // April 23, 2008, 5:37 AM PST

    10+ useless interview questions... and what you should ask instead

    Interview prep guides are full of recommended 'tough' questions, but a lot of them are a complete waste of time. Here's a list of questions to avoid and some better ways to elicit useful information.


  • Jack Wallen // April 24, 2008, 4:36 AM PST

    10 ways to sell corporate on Linux

    If you've decided that migrating to Linux is the best move for your organization -- but senior management isn't convinced -- check out these 10 persuasive points to help make your case.


  • Jeff Dray // April 25, 2008, 2:57 AM PST

    10+ dangerous species of help desk callers

    Support techs are well aware that end users come in all shapes and sizes. And thanks to IT pro Jeff Dray, they can now be classified. See if this list of user species matches up with the folks who keep your own help desk hopping.


  • Susan Harkins // April 30, 2008, 2:55 AM PST

    10+ tips for using Word's Track Changes feature for collaborative editing

    Word's Track Changes feature simplifies the process of editing and reviewing documents -- if you know how to use it effectively. Susan Harkins shares some of the tricks she's discovered from using Track Changes in the author trenches.


  • Bill Stronge // April 30, 2008, 3:54 AM PST

    10 ways to deal with an unhappy employee

    Most of your team members probably like to do a good job at work, and having a sense of accomplishment is one of the keys to being happy. But as a leader, you will sometimes have to deal with unhappy employees, and it's up to you to find ways to uncover the problem and motivate them to turn things around. Here are a few things you can do to help an unhappy employee become a happy one.


  • Justin James // May 1, 2008, 4:26 AM PST

    10 reasons your star programmer may be looking to leave

    Finding and hiring topnotch programmer talent can be time-consuming -- from reading resumes to interviewing candidates to making sure the ones you like don't decide to accept someone else's offer. Yet all too often, these hard-to-find (and hard-to-hire) employees are neglected once they come on board. Justin James looks at some reasons why your top programmers might be thinking about leaving -- and how you can persuade them to stay.


  • Deb Shinder // May 5, 2008, 11:28 PM PST

    10 ways to make your VoIP rollout easier

    VoIP can potentially save your company money and provide your users with convenience features. But making the switch can be a little scary. Deb Shinder offers some recommendations that can help smooth the transition.


  • Bill Stronge // May 7, 2008, 10:41 PM PST

    10 early signs that someone will make a great leader

    It's important to identify individuals who have leadership potential so that you can help them step into that role when they're ready. Here are some behaviors and qualities that may indicate you have some promising future leaders on your team.