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 // May 22, 2009, 1:06 AM PST

    Increase productivity with these 10 helpful OpenOffice extensions

    OpenOffice offers a host of essential features, but as with most software, it would be nice to have it do just a little bit more. Jack Wallen has sorted through the scores of available OpenOffice add-ons to find 10 that are particularly well suited to simplifying business tasks.


  • Susan Harkins // May 27, 2009, 12:58 AM PST

    10 ADO best practices

    You can work more efficiently with data when you know how to take advantage of the ActiveX data objects (ADO) library. Susan Harkins offers some pointers that will help you use ADO objects effectively and avoid potential code snafus.


  • Jeff Cerny // May 27, 2009, 1:21 AM PST

    Making IT visible: 10 questions with Bob Kress of Accenture

    Bucking the notion that IT should operate quietly in the background, Bob Kress has worked to raise IT's profile within his organization. In fact, they've been so successful in cutting costs, improving efficiency, and increasing customer satisfaction, IT is considered a model for how all business functions should be run.


  • Deb Shinder // May 27, 2009, 6:45 AM PST

    Nehalem now: 10 reasons to upgrade to the new Intel microarchitecture

    Intel's Nehalem processor architecture offers some impressive new technologies, including enhanced Hyper Threading, TurboBoost, and Quick Path Interconnect. See why Deb Shinder says a Nehalem-based system will let you do more and do it faster -- and at the lowest operating cost ever.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Justin James // May 13, 2009, 1:18 AM PST

    10 ways developers can meet user expectations and ease frustrations

    Some users may make unrealistic demands, but most of the time, they just want software that's easy to use and that works the way it's supposed to. Justin James itemizes several basic user expectations and ways to address them.


  • Bill Stronge // June 23, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 things you should do near the end of a project

    When a project is winding up, some project managers skip a few important final steps. Here are several details you shouldn't overlook when you reach the end of your next project.


  • Jack Wallen // June 18, 2009, 10:50 PM PST

    10 reasons why open source makes sense on smart phones

    Open source brings a host of benefits to the mobile market, starting with cost savings. But as Jack Wallen explains, the advantages go much further - from better security to more customization options to more prolific application development.


  • Chad Perrin // June 23, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 essential e-mail security measures

    E-mail security is about a lot more than just using a good password on your POP or IMAP server. Perhaps the most important part of e-mail security is ensuring you don't shoot yourself in the foot. These best practices will help you avoid any mistakes.


  • Greg Shultz // June 24, 2009, 3:44 AM PST

    10 things you should know about Windows XP's System Restore tool

    If a crash makes your Windows XP system flaky or unbootable, you can use System Restore to return it to a previous working state. These pointers will show you how to effectively use this safety net.


  • Jack Wallen // June 24, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 Firefox extensions you can't live without

    Whether you want to speed access to the Web sites you regularly visit, keep better tabs on your tabs, or protect your system from potentially dangerous active content, there's a Firefox extension ready to help you out. Jack Wallen shares his list of favorite time-saving, browser-enhancing add-ons.


  • Global Knowledge // June 28, 2009, 4:12 AM PST

    10 dying IT skills

    One of the challenges of working in the IT field is staying on top of emerging technologies - while letting go of those that are becoming obsolete. This Global Knowledge article lists 10 areas that are fading into obscurity.


  • Justin James // June 29, 2009, 1:37 AM PST

    10 ways IT wastes money on development

    To deliver value, IT departments must keep a tight rein on how they use their budget - and that includes development efforts. Justin James cites some of the most common areas where IT throws its development bucks down the drain.


  • Jack Wallen // June 28, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 mistakes new Linux administrators make

    If you're new to Linux, a few common mistakes are likely to get you into trouble. Learn about them up front so you can avoid major problems as you become increasingly Linux-savvy.