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.

  • Jody Gilbert // June 3, 2009, 3:33 AM PST

    10-point cleaning checklist for keeping equipment healthy

    Boring it may be, but cleaning is an essential part of any regular system maintenance schedule. You can stretch equipment life, reduce repairs and service calls, and keep users happier by periodically running through the steps on this list.


  • Jack Wallen // June 8, 2009, 3:35 AM PST

    10 KDE 4 desktop widgets to make you more productive

    KDE 4 brought some big changes to the desktop, including timesaving widgets that do everything from popping you into Twitter to keeping tabs on your servers to providing on-the-fly spell-checking. Jack Wallen runs through 10 of these handy little labor-saving apps .


  • Jeff Dray // June 3, 2009, 4:17 AM PST

    10 terms from the alternative Geek-Speak glossary

    Not content with the standard definitions, Jeff Dray decided to stretch the meanings of several tech terms. You may have a few of your own to add to this list.


  • Michael Kassner // June 4, 2009, 5:35 AM PST

    10 ways to avoid IT security breaches

    Completely eliminating security breaches may be an impossible task -- but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do everything possible to thwart attackers. Michael Kassner shares 10 easy-to-implement measures that will help protect your organization from security threats.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Jerry Loza // April 6, 2009, 12:40 AM PST

    10 ways to avoid stupid project estimates

    You can't run a successful project with bad estimates, any more than you can build a solid house with faulty bricks and lumber. These simple steps will help you filter out the bad numbers you get today and improve the numbers you get tomorrow.


  • Becky Roberts // April 6, 2009, 4:49 AM PST

    The 10 most important things to teach your users

    Your users don't need an encyclopedic knowledge of how their computers work or how your network is configured -- but they may need a little technical enlightenment here and there. This list includes some of the basics that will help them (and you) work more effectively.


  • 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.


  • Jack Wallen // April 7, 2009, 4:40 AM PST

    10 must-have Linux Web-based tools

    There's no shortage of Web-centric Linux tools -- the trick if figuring out which ones are best for your needs. Jack Wallen offers a list of those he thinks are the cream of the crop.


  • 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.