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.

  • Jack Wallen // August 30, 2013, 6:35 AM PST

    10 things you should keep to yourself at the office

    Discretion is the better part of professionalism. Here are a few unwritten rules to keep you from getting in hot water at work.


  • Jack Wallen // March 24, 2011, 5:26 AM PST

    10 reasons you deserve a raise

    If your experience, dedication, and skills make you an excellent IT pro, but your salary doesn't reflect your hard work or the value you deliver, it could be time to ask for a raise. Jack Wallen explains why you may be worth more than you think.


  • Alan Norton // July 1, 2010, 5:33 AM PST

    10 questions you should ask when considering retirement

    If you're one of the many IT pros who is wondering whether it's time to retire, these insights from Alan Norton will give you an idea of what to expect and what to consider as you make your decision.


  • Alan Norton // June 2, 2011, 6:18 AM PST

    10 'What were they thinking?' managerial moments

    Even the best managers sometimes have a bad day -- or a bad moment. Alan Norton shares some of the confounding, over-the-top managerial behavior he's seen through the years.


  • Bill Stronge // April 30, 2008, 3:54 AM PST

    10 ways to deal with an unhappy employee

    Most of your team members probably like to do a good job at work, and having a sense of accomplishment is one of the keys to being happy. But as a leader, you will sometimes have to deal with unhappy employees, and it's up to you to find ways to uncover the problem and motivate them to turn things around. Here are a few things you can do to help an unhappy employee become a happy one.


  • Greg Sandoval // November 16, 2010, 4:04 AM PST

    The 10 biggest tech scandals of the decade

    Choosing the worst tech disgraces of the past 10 years isn't easy, but CNET News recently took a crack at it. The incidents that made the cut involve sexual harassment, stripper-crazed CEOs, spies, congressional investigations, and even murder.


  • Alan Norton // October 5, 2010, 3:46 AM PST

    10 common career myths

    Career prospects have changed dramatically from previous generations. Alan Norton offers this wake-up call for IT pros who may still cling to certain expectations -- like salary increases, job advancements, benefits, and a nice retirement package.


  • Kris Littlejohn // March 2, 2009, 9:38 PM PST

    10 reasons why Linux isn't triumphing over Windows

    In a recent article, Jack Wallen built a case for the ascendancy of Linux over Windows. Now Kris Littlejohn steps up to argue the converse: From cost to software availability to ease of use, he suggests that Vista notwithstanding, Windows is the superior OS.


  • Jack Wallen // October 1, 2008, 5:42 AM PST

    10 must-have Linux office applications

    Does Linux have what it takes to meet the needs of the corporate desktop? Jack Wallen thinks so. Here's his list of office apps that can handle everything from word processing to project management to data backups.


  • Erik Eckel // March 24, 2010, 6:11 AM PST

    10 things to remember when upgrading servers

    You can avoid problems and gain peak efficiencies by following certain practices when upgrading a server. Erik Eckel offers this field-tested list.


  • Jack Wallen // May 11, 2011, 4:37 AM PST

    10 reasons why you should give Slackware Linux a chance

    A lot of Linux users steer clear of Slackware because it's a challenge to administer and use. But Jack Wallen says the benefits of this distribution more than outweigh the difficulties.


  • Erik Eckel // September 9, 2009, 7:21 AM PST

    10 mistakes that rookie IT consultants make

    IT consulting is a tough, competitive field, and there are ample opportunities to mishandle the job. Erik Eckel offers some cautionary advice for IT consultants who are just starting out.


  • Calvin Sun // April 14, 2012, 1:34 AM PST

    10 project management lessons from the Titanic disaster

    On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Calvin Sun considers key lessons that project managers can take away from the details surrounding the tragedy.


  • Mary Shacklett // November 6, 2013, 7:00 AM PST

    10 mistakes CIOs should not make

    The CIO is a difficult job to pull off, but don't make it even harder by making these mistakes. Here are 10 things to watch out for.


  • Susan Harkins // March 21, 2012, 1:23 AM PST

    10 ways for women to stay safe when traveling alone

    Women traveling by themselves need to take some extra precautions. Here are a few practical pointers to help women stay safe on those solo business trips.