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.

  • Polly Traylor // May 22, 2009, 2:12 AM PST

    10 tips for doing layoffs the right way

    Workforce reductions are often necessary to keep companies solvent during difficult times -- but mishandling the process can make an already bad situation even worse. Here are 10 things to keep in mind if you're gearing up for layoffs.


  • 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.


  • Deb Shinder // May 21, 2009, 6:28 AM PST

    10 cool tools in Windows 7

    The changes to the Windows 7 interface have gotten a lot of play, but some of the new built-in tools are just as compelling. Deb Shinder runs through some of the most impressive enhancements, from the ISO burner to the Biometric Framework to PowerShell v2.


  • Jack Wallen // May 14, 2009, 2:53 AM PST

    10 solid Linux distributions for your netbook

    You don't have to settle for an OS that's a bad fit for your netbook -- there are numerous alternatives, some of which can provide a near-laptop experience. Jack Wallen runs through the pros and cons of 10 viable Linux distributions.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Jack Wallen // May 7, 2009, 6:58 AM PST

    10 handy Firefox about:config hacks

    If you really want to fine-tune your Firefox functionality, you have to roll up your sleeves and tinker with the about:config page. Jack Wallen shares some simple hacks to make Firefox work the way you want.


  • 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.


  • Chad Perrin // May 4, 2009, 2:25 AM PST

    10+ reasons why people write viruses

    Why do people write viruses and other mobile malicious code? The answer isn't as simple as it used to be. Here are some possible motives suggested by security expert Chad Perrin and several TechRepublic members.


  • Deb Shinder // April 29, 2009, 5:48 AM PST

    10 questions to consider when planning a Windows 7 upgrade

    Whether you're anxious to upgrade to Windows 7 or you just want to know what to expect if and when you do, there are lots of factors to keep in mind. Deb Shinder addresses some of the biggest concerns, from hardware requirements to driver compatibility to upgrade paths.


  • Jack Wallen // April 28, 2009, 5:19 AM PST

    10 reasons you'll want to install Ubuntu 9.04

    Ubuntu's most recent release offers numerous improvements over an already solid OS. In fact, Jack Wallen says it could be the best overall release of a Linux distribution he's ever seen.


  • Jerry Loza // April 28, 2009, 1:19 AM PST

    10 ways to keep your job despite the tough economy

    As the economy worsens, more companies are making deep cuts in personnel -- and many IT workers are bracing for the axe to fall. But it may not come to that, especially if you take steps now to increase your value to the organization.


  • Polly Traylor // April 27, 2009, 3:32 AM PST

    CIOs: Here are 10 ways you can support your CEO

    To build a strong future with the company and gain an ally at the top, CIOs need to understand the challenges facing their CEO and find ways to offer value and support. Here are some strategies for helping your CEO -- and ultimately, yourself.


  • Rick Vanover // April 21, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 seriously annoying default configurations

    Into every life, a little stupidity must fall. And sometimes, you just have to vent about it. Rick Vanover shares a few of the default configurations he finds especially frustrating and idiotic.... What are yours?