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.

  • Calvin Sun // October 14, 2008, 4:56 AM PST

    10 mistakes to avoid when seeking a new job

    Sometimes, all it takes is a small mistake or oversight to turn off a potential employer. Calvin Sun offers this list of job-search gaffes that could torpedo your chances of getting hired.


  • Calvin Sun // January 6, 2009, 4:43 AM PST

    The top 10 Calvin Sun downloads of 2008

    Whether you want to improve your relationship with co-workers, fine-tune your communications skills, or take your career to the next level, Calvin Sun's practical suggestions can help you hit your goals. Here are the topics you liked the most in 2008.


  • Susan Harkins // October 29, 2008, 2:45 AM PST

    10+ ways to help your users transition to Outlook 2007

    Unlike the other Office 2007 apps, the Outlook 2007 interface isn't likely to throw users into a panic. But you'll still need to help them get up to speed with new features and show them how to take advantage of various improvements.


  • Susan Harkins // September 18, 2008, 6:16 AM PST

    10+ tips for combating Computer Vision Syndrome

    Recent studies indicate that those who spend even a few hours a day working on a computer could suffer significant vision problems. Susan Harkins offers an overview of symptoms and causes and then shares some practical suggestions for reducing eyestrain.


  • Susan Harkins // August 26, 2008, 7:53 AM PST

    10+ ways to help your users transition to Word 2007

    If you're one Word 2007 support call away from a nervous breakdown, these tips may help. Susan Harkins addresses the most common areas of confusion and offers practical advice for helping users conquer the steep learning curve.


  • Susan Harkins // August 15, 2008, 2:47 AM PST

    10+ reasons to use Access (and a few reasons not to)

    Microsoft Access may not be the king of databases, but it does offer a number of advantages over solutions like SQL Server and Oracle in certain situations. Access guru Susan Harkins counts the ways.


  • Susan Harkins // July 31, 2008, 1:03 AM PST

    10+ tips for upsizing an Access database to SQL Server

    When the time comes to migrate your Access database to SQL Server, you could be in for a bumpy ride. These suggestions will help you sidestep problems -- or at least wrestle them into submission.


  • Ilya Bogorad // April 17, 2009, 5:08 AM PST

    10 faulty beliefs that can doom IT leaders

    As an IT leader, you must analyze your thinking to ensure that you're not harboring any false beliefs that could be holding your department back. If you find yourself operating under certain flawed assumptions, you could be jeopardizing the success of your department -- and your own position of leadership.


  • Susan Harkins // April 17, 2009, 5:59 AM PST

    10+ ways to keep your Access database in tiptop shape

    A sluggish database can cost your money and waste users' time. Here are some maintenance tasks and general best practices to ensure your database is healthy and operating at peak efficiency.


  • Rick Vanover // April 21, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 seriously annoying default configurations

    Into every life, a little stupidity must fall. And sometimes, you just have to vent about it. Rick Vanover shares a few of the default configurations he finds especially frustrating and idiotic.... What are yours?


  • Erik Eckel // April 16, 2009, 1:37 AM PST

    10 things you should look for in a netbook

    When you're evaluating netbooks, you have to weigh the convenience of their small form factor against a variety of limitations. Erik Eckel explains several key considerations that will help you find a suitable middle ground.


  • Becky Roberts // April 20, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    Solutions to the top 10 peeves of a support tech

    It's easy to fall into a pattern of complaining about work annoyances and assuming there's nothing you can do about them. But IT pro Becky Roberts -- who wrote about the top 10 peeves of being a support tech -- found some ways to ease a few on-the-job aggravations.


  • John McKee // April 19, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 ways leaders can get crucial feedback

    If you're going to successfully lead your team members through these rocky times, you need to listen to their ideas and understand what they're dealing with-- and that requires a dedicated effort on your part. These strategies will help you keep your finger on the pulse of your IT group.


  • Jeff Cerny // April 13, 2009, 10:24 AM PST

    10 questions on the IT executive role in a government enterprise: An interview with Ellen Barry

    Ellen Barry is the CIO of one of the largest convention centers in the country -- responsible for providing technical support for the business as well as running a revenue-generating IT shop that delivers services to show organizers, exhibitors, and attendees. Here's an inside look at what this position entails.


  • Chad Perrin // April 8, 2009, 6:53 AM PST

    10 tips for secure computer disposal

    If you're in charge of IT resources at an organization with more than a handful of users, you might need this advice for secure equipment disposal.