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.

  • TechRepublic Staff // November 25, 2008, 11:50 PM PST

    10 classic clueless-user stories

    Recounting the amazing antics of end users can be one of the best ways for support techs to let off a little steam and keep their sense of humor intact. Here are some member-submitted doozies.


  • Calvin Sun // November 26, 2008, 12:50 AM PST

    10+ ways to work more effectively from home

    There are plenty of advantages to working from home, but there are certain pitfalls as well. Calvin Sun has worked from home for many years, and he offers some pointers for making things go smoothly.


  • Jack Wallen // June 28, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 mistakes new Linux administrators make

    If you're new to Linux, a few common mistakes are likely to get you into trouble. Learn about them up front so you can avoid major problems as you become increasingly Linux-savvy.


  • Rick Vanover // December 1, 2008, 4:10 AM PST

    10 songs that will make your IT day go faster

    No matter how frustrating or boring a particular task happens to be, a good song can usually make it bearable. Rick Vanover shares some of the tunes that help get him through the day.


  • Jack Wallen // December 1, 2008, 6:18 AM PST

    10 ways to reduce removable media headaches in Linux

    If you've shied away from Linux because of the hassle of working with removable media, you may want to take another look. Thanks to automation -- and with the help of these tips -- you may find that removable media is downright user friendly.


  • Calvin Sun // December 1, 2008, 7:17 AM PST

    10 things you should do (and not do) at your company's holiday party

    The holiday party is full of opportunities to shoot yourself in the foot -- but you may also get a chance to do your career some good. Calvin Sun offers a list of party do's and don'ts to help you steer the right course.


  • Erik Eckel // July 9, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 things to look for in a flat-panel monitor

    Flat-panel monitors offer numerous benefits, and quality (and prices) continue to improve. But you'll need to consider several factors when you begin to weigh the choices -- everything from resolution, latency, and power consumption to display controls and warranties. Here's a rundown of the key things to keep in mind.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Erik Eckel // December 10, 2008, 4:29 AM PST

    The industry's 10 best IT certifications

    IT pros tend to have strong opinions when debating the value of professional certification -- and views become even more polarized when it comes down to a discussion of which certs are meaningful. Erik Eckel put together a list of the accreditations he believes currently hold value for IT pros.


  • 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 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.


  • 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.