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 // October 31, 2008, 5:19 AM PST

    10 dumb things IT pros do that can mess up their networks

    End users aren't the only ones whose misguided actions can bring a smooth-running network to a screeching halt. IT pros make their share of mistakes, too -- from sliding on DR planning to stalling on repairs to ignoring the need for logs and documentation.


  • Calvin Sun // November 5, 2008, 4:07 AM PST

    10 ways to improve your office etiquette (and avoid being the annoying co-worker)

    Office environments typically require us to work in fairly close quarters, so a little consideration and cooperation can make life a lot easier. These guidelines will help you -- or maybe the irritating colleague in the next cube -- avoid distracting and potentially obnoxious behavior.


  • Jack Wallen // November 5, 2008, 4:57 AM PST

    10 Linux desktops you shouldn't overlook

    Even if you're happy with the Linux desktop you currently use, you might want to check out some alternatives to see what you could be missing. Jack Wallen highlights 10 of the best desktops here and explains what makes them stand out.


  • Deb Shinder // November 6, 2008, 2:45 AM PST

    Mini-glossary: 10+ virtualization terms you should know

    You may not have time to learn everything there is to know about virtualization, but a familiarity with the terminology will help you follow the trends, technical details, and industry developments as they emerge. Here's a quick rundown of the virtualization terms you're most likely to encounter.


  • Larry Klosterboer // November 6, 2008, 10:16 PM PST

    10 roles you need for ITIL configuration management

    If you're serious about building an effective configuration management service, you'll need to consider who will accomplish 10 key functions. Here's a brief rundown of the essential roles that should be covered by your configuration management team.


  • Michael Kassner // November 7, 2008, 12:27 AM PST

    10+ answers to your questions about IPv6

    Michael Kassner recently asked TechRepublic members to share their questions about IPv6, promising to submit them to the experts at ARIN and Command Information. Both groups graciously responded, providing the following in-depth answers.


  • Jeff Dray // November 10, 2008, 10:58 PM PST

    10 things to check before you start working on the help desk

    If you're getting ready to jump into the help desk fray, you'll probably want to iron out a few things first. Veteran tech Jeff Dray learned this the hard way, and he shares some advice on what you should do before you take that first call.


  • Jeff Cerny // November 11, 2008, 12:54 AM PST

    10 questions on business service management: A discussion with Casey Kindiger

    Not quite sure what business service management entails, where it's headed, or what benefits it offers? The CEO and founder of generationE Technologies explains how BSM works, how it's evolving, and what your organization can gain from its implementation.


  • Deb Shinder // November 21, 2008, 1:22 AM PST

    The top 10 Vista sidebar gadgets

    Not everyone is a fan of Vista gadgets, but Deb Shinder has a large collection of them that she finds extremely useful. Here are the ones that top her list of favorites.


  • Susan Harkins // November 21, 2008, 3:40 AM PST

    10+ ways to find out someone's e-mail address

    It would be nice if you could just pull out a directory and look up the e-mail address of anyone you wanted to contact. Unfortunately, a bit more resourcefulness is required. Here's an assortment of strategies to try when you can't seem to run down an e-mail address you need.


  • Michael Kassner // November 21, 2008, 5:08 AM PST

    10 answers to your questions about botnets

    Michael Kassner recently asked TechRepublic members to submit questions about botnets, promising to forward them to the experts at Arbor Networks. Dr. Jose Nazario volunteered to provide the following informative answers.


  • Calvin Sun // November 21, 2008, 6:39 AM PST

    10+ survival tips on business travel to Beijing

    If you're going to spend some time working in Beijing, your experience will be much better if you know what to expect and how to prepare. Calvin Sun is living in Beijing through the winter and he shares the practical lessons he's learned.


  • Jack Wallen // November 23, 2008, 10:14 PM PST

    10 Linux replacements for iTunes

    Linux offers a variety of options for those who want an alternative to iTunes. Jack Wallen looks at the available choices and the features included in each one.


  • Susan Harkins // November 24, 2008, 8:26 AM PST

    10 commands you may want to add to the Office 2007 Quick Access Toolbar

    If the Office 2007 Ribbon has you pulling your hair out, a little customization may ease the pain. Susan Harkins explains how to put your frequently needed or hard to find items on the Quick Access Toolbar for, well, quick access.


  • Jack Wallen // July 9, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    The 10 most useful Linux commands

    Maybe the command line isn't your favorite place to hang out, but to be an effective Linux admin, you need to be able to wield a few essential commands. Jack Wallen says these 10 are guaranteed to simplify your Linux admin life -- and he explains why.