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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Jack Wallen // March 3, 2009, 10:14 PM PST

    10 ways to go green with Linux

    From reduced packaging to energy savings to extended equipment lifecycles, Linux can help you green up your tech environment. Jack Wallen looks at some of the eco-friendly benefits of running Linux.


  • Chad Perrin // March 4, 2009, 1:45 AM PST

    10 ways to protect yourself when you leave a job

    Employers aren't the only ones who have to look after security when an employee leaves. If that departing employee is you, make sure you pay attention to threats to your personal privacy and security.


  • Jo Owen // March 5, 2009, 12:34 AM PST

    The 10+ most dangerous words in business

    Business buzzwords can be annoying -- but everyday language can be far more treacherous. BNET UK's Jo Owen lists a dozen seemingly innocuous words that are often used to distract, misdirect, and deceive the listener.


  • 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.