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.

  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Calvin Sun // October 20, 2008, 9:09 AM PST

    10 tips for defending your organization against pretexting attacks

    All the security measures in the world aren't going to help you if your employees fall prey to a pretexter. Calvin Sun offers some insights to help you educate staff, implement effective policies, and stay a step ahead of would-be intruders.

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  • Jack Wallen // October 20, 2008, 7:39 AM PST

    10 reasons for switching to a different Linux distribution

    Sooner or later, you're going to get the urge to switch distributions -- maybe for a change of pace or maybe out of more practical considerations. Here's a look at some of the most common reasons users feel compelled to make that jump.

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  • Rick Vanover // December 22, 2008, 12:05 AM PST

    10 New Year's resolutions for IT pros

    With 2009 about to roll in, this is a good time to look at ways of making your IT organization better. Specific resolutions will be unique to every environment, but these goals make sense for just about any IT group.

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  • Erik Eckel // December 21, 2008, 2:56 AM PST

    10 reasons IT certification will be important in 2009

    In the midst of staggering business and economic turmoil, you need all the tools at your disposal to help shore up your career prospects. See why Erik Eckel believes IT certification will become increasingly important for IT pros and the organizations that rely on them.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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