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 Dray // June 18, 2009, 6:45 AM PST

    The 10 most dangerous species of IT manager

    Having braved the tech wilderness for many years, Jeff Dray has been able to document the 10 most insidious types of IT managers. Find out if you or your manager fits into one of the species he describes.


  • Jack Wallen // June 18, 2009, 3:03 AM PST

    10 easy ways to improve your public speaking

    If the thought of speaking in front of a group makes your blood run cold, here's good news: You can employ a variety of simple tricks to take the edge off your nerves so that your delivery will be smooth and self-assured. Longtime actor Jack Wallen shares these tried-and-true techniques.


  • Calvin Sun // June 17, 2009, 6:05 AM PST

    10 ways to raise the credibility of your IT group

    Your IT department can't succeed or contribute value to the organization unless you have the respect and trust of the executive team and your customers. Here are some strategies that will help you build a solid reputation for your IT group.


  • Susan Harkins // June 11, 2009, 4:23 AM PST

    10+ tips for working smarter with SQL

    The sharper your SQL skills become, the more robust and error-free your solutions will be. Here are a dozen practical tips to get you started.


  • Michael Kassner // June 10, 2009, 4:02 AM PST

    10 ways to secure the Apple iPhone

    When you think about security vulnerabilities, your iPhone may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the risks are real -- in fact, the CIS has now developed its iPhone security benchmark. Learn about the many options you can leverage to make your iPhone more secure.


  • Jaime Henriquez // June 10, 2009, 2:23 AM PST

    10 things that drive your users crazy

    When users get angry or frustrated, your job becomes a whole lot harder. But if you know what's likely to set them off, you can keep things on a more even keel. Here are a few common emotional triggers to watch out for.


  • Deb Shinder // June 9, 2009, 6:13 AM PST

    10 ways IT departments waste money

    IT is often a popular target for corporate cost-cutting. So the more you can identify and control unnecessary spending, the better you'll be able to fend off the budget axe. Here are a few areas where IT dollars often go to waste.


  • 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 .


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 3, 2009, 1:24 AM PST

    10 ways the Linux desktop improves the user experience

    If you've always worked with a Windows or Mac desktop, you may not know what you're missing. Jack Wallen says the Linux desktop offers numerous advantages worth checking out -- from efficient and flexible design to superior update systems.


  • Deb Shinder // June 2, 2009, 3:15 AM PST

    10 improvements in Windows 7 Media Center

    Windows Media Center began gaining fans when Microsoft added it to the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Vista. Windows 7 is expanding this availability -- complete with a new look and enhanced functionality. Deb Shinder hits the highlights.


  • Shannon Kalvar // May 29, 2009, 2:31 AM PST

    10 things you can do to turn useless meetings into productive ones

    We've all had to sit through meetings that were nothing but a waste of our time. Here are some tactics you can use to salvage something productive from the ones that drag on forever or go completely off the rails.


  • 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.