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.

  • Jeff Somogyi // July 21, 2011, 11:49 AM PST

    10 reasons not to buy an iPad for your college student

    If your child is trying to convince you that an iPad is essential for an effective, productive college experience, this list will help you stand your ground.


  • 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.


  • Erik Eckel // April 5, 2011, 6:49 AM PST

    10 things to look for in a KVM switch

    KVM switches can make your life infinitely easier -- unless they don't support the features you need in your environment. Erik Eckel offers some suggestions for making sure you don't wind up with the wrong KVM for the job.


  • Calvin Sun // April 6, 2011, 12:10 AM PST

    10 tips for delivering bad news

    Giving someone bad news is never easy, but there are right ways and wrong ways of going about it. Calvin Sun has some advice on the best methods for sharing unpleasant information.


  • TechRepublic Staff // July 20, 2009, 5:31 AM PST

    10 ways to avoid expensive application downtime

    An application management strategy can help IT maintain effective performance and service levels and prevent costly failures. Here are some key features and capabilities to look for in an application management solution.


  • Greg Shultz // July 20, 2009, 7:13 AM PST

    10 cool ways to get more mileage out of Adobe Reader 8 and 9

    Adobe Reader may seem a bit dull and utilitarian, but the latest versions offer some lesser-known features that can greatly enhance your PDF-reading experience. From enabling Automatic Scrolling to using the Snapshot tool to having the document text read to you, you'll find a new favorite trick in this mix.


  • Michael Kassner // July 17, 2009, 3:27 AM PST

    The 10 faces of computer malware

    The complexity of today's IT environment makes it easy for computer malware to exist, even flourish. Being informed about what's out there is a good first step to avoid problems.


  • Jeff Dray // July 14, 2009, 4:46 AM PST

    Jeff Dray's top 10 help desk calls

    Having spent a number of years fielding help desk calls, Jeff Dray has accumulated quite a collection of clueless user stories. Here are 10 of his favorites.


  • Jack Wallen // July 8, 2009, 1:34 AM PST

    10 Linux applications that are perfect for educational environments

    Teachers and school administrators are having to get creative about finding quality educational software they can afford. Jack Wallen introduces 10 topnotch open source solutions to help manage and administer educational programs and teach children of all ages.


  • Deb Shinder // July 23, 2009, 2:09 AM PST

    10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010

    With the release of the Office 2010 Technical Preview, details are finally starting to roll in. Deb Shinder highlights some of the features she thinks might make the new version worth the upgrade.


  • Rick Vanover // June 26, 2008, 12:33 AM PST

    10+ priorities for testing critical systems

    Testing is essential to make sure that systems function as expected, but the process can be complex and overwhelming. Rick Vanover looks at some testing strategies that will help you focus on what's important and make your installations and upgrades go smoothly.


  • Suzanne Thornberry // June 25, 2008, 7:26 AM PST

    10 IT health risks -- and how to combat them

    IT might not appear to be a high-risk field, but a surprising number of ailments can plague IT pros in all job roles. Here are some of the most prevalent health concerns.


  • Jack Wallen // June 24, 2008, 7:12 AM PST

    Top 10 Linux financial tools

    Many people don't realize the wealth of applications available for Linux -- and that includes financial software. Jack Wallen introduces 10 Linux apps that will meet your financial needs, whether you just want a digital replacement for your checkbook or you're looking for a full-blown accounting package for your organization.


  • Calvin Sun // June 20, 2008, 12:48 AM PST

    10+ legal terms you should know if your company is involved in a lawsuit

    If your company gets caught up in a lawsuit, you'll probably need to work with lawyers -- even if the matter doesn't involve something IT did or failed to do. Here are 10 legal concepts that are likely to come into play.


  • Harris Kern // June 19, 2008, 12:09 AM PST

    10 ways to build a solid capacity planning effort

    Trying to predict when you'll need additional hardware resources, how much you'll need, and what type you will need is a challenge. Follow these 10 steps to make your plan more effective and easier to implement.