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 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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  • 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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  • Jeff Dray // May 7, 2009, 1:45 AM PST

    10 things that should be on your new-user checklist

    Getting new users off on the right foot is good for them and for the organization -- and it will certainly make your support tasks more manageable and less frustrating in the future. Jeff Dray offers 10 checklist items that will help you cover all the bases.

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  • Calvin Sun // May 12, 2009, 11:54 PM PST

    10+ ways to learn more efficiently

    To succeed as an IT pro, you have to pursue knowledge and new skills on an ongoing basis -- even if you have limited time and rusty study habits. Calvin Sun shares a dozen pointers that will help you master -- and remember -- new material.

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  • Polly Traylor // April 27, 2009, 3:32 AM PST

    CIOs: Here are 10 ways you can support your CEO

    To build a strong future with the company and gain an ally at the top, CIOs need to understand the challenges facing their CEO and find ways to offer value and support. Here are some strategies for helping your CEO -- and ultimately, yourself.

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  • Jack Wallen // April 28, 2009, 5:19 AM PST

    10 reasons you'll want to install Ubuntu 9.04

    Ubuntu's most recent release offers numerous improvements over an already solid OS. In fact, Jack Wallen says it could be the best overall release of a Linux distribution he's ever seen.

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  • Jerry Loza // April 28, 2009, 1:19 AM PST

    10 ways to keep your job despite the tough economy

    As the economy worsens, more companies are making deep cuts in personnel -- and many IT workers are bracing for the axe to fall. But it may not come to that, especially if you take steps now to increase your value to the organization.

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  • Jerry Loza // September 18, 2008, 3:19 AM PST

    10 ways to learn new skills on the cheap

    Limited time, family demands, and travel make it tough to squeeze in the training you need, but cost doesn't have to be an obstacle. In fact, some of the least expensive training alternatives can help you work around those time and travel constraints. Check out these creative, affordable training options.

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  • Jack Wallen // September 17, 2008, 3:02 AM PST

    10 things Linux does better than Windows

    If you tallied up the strengths and weaknesses of Linux and Windows, which OS would come out ahead? According to Jack Wallen, superiority in security, flexibility, interoperability, community, and command-line power (among other things) put Linux well ahead. See if you agree with his assessment.

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  • Jack Wallen // September 12, 2008, 5:24 AM PST

    10 reasons why you should use the Opera browser

    Despite its low profile, Opera offers a host of features that set it apart from the browser pack. According to Jack Wallen, Opera is fast and stable -- and it contains many features other browsers can't touch.

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