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.

  • Erik Eckel // December 9, 2008, 12:20 AM PST

    10 things to look for in a domain registrar

    When you start looking for a domain registrar, you may discover some surprising differences in what they offer -- or neglect to offer. Erik Eckel learned the hard way that it pays to shop around. Here's his list of the tools, services, and features that will make your job easier.


  • Erik Eckel // December 10, 2008, 4:29 AM PST

    The industry's 10 best IT certifications

    IT pros tend to have strong opinions when debating the value of professional certification -- and views become even more polarized when it comes down to a discussion of which certs are meaningful. Erik Eckel put together a list of the accreditations he believes currently hold value for IT pros.


  • Chad Perrin // December 11, 2008, 12:35 AM PST

    10 security tips for Microsoft Windows XP

    Installing Windows XP is only the first step to using it. Chad Perrin advises these additional measures to ensure that your XP systems are protected from proliferating security threats.


  • Erik Eckel // December 15, 2008, 2:47 AM PST

    10 things you should know about Microsoft's revised certification program

    Microsoft has made some fairly big changes to its certification program. If you're in the midst of pursuing accreditation -- or you're thinking of heading down one of the new paths -- check out this rundown of new features.


  • Deb Shinder // December 15, 2008, 7:31 AM PST

    10 mistakes new Windows administrators make

    Whether you're new to network administration or to the Windows environment, a few common oversights and mistakes can trip you up. Deb Shinder explains how to avoid some of the problems new Windows admins often encounter.


  • 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.


  • Erik Eckel // December 21, 2008, 2:56 AM PST

    10 reasons IT certification will be important in 2009

    In the midst of staggering business and economic turmoil, you need all the tools at your disposal to help shore up your career prospects. See why Erik Eckel believes IT certification will become increasingly important for IT pros and the organizations that rely on them.


  • Rick Vanover // December 22, 2008, 12:05 AM PST

    10 New Year's resolutions for IT pros

    With 2009 about to roll in, this is a good time to look at ways of making your IT organization better. Specific resolutions will be unique to every environment, but these goals make sense for just about any IT group.


  • Susan Harkins // December 22, 2008, 3:55 AM PST

    10+ basic Microsoft Outlook support issues

    Outlook offers a number of benefits, but it tends to throw the occasional obstacle in your path. Armed with the right information and a few tricks, you can smooth the way for your Outlook users -- and for yourself.


  • John McKee // January 5, 2009, 2:10 AM PST

    10 things you can do to ensure career survival in 2009

    Protecting your job in this economic climate is a job in itself, but the effort can pay off. John McKee offers practical strategies for getting through tough times with your career intact.


  • Calvin Sun // January 6, 2009, 4:43 AM PST

    The top 10 Calvin Sun downloads of 2008

    Whether you want to improve your relationship with co-workers, fine-tune your communications skills, or take your career to the next level, Calvin Sun's practical suggestions can help you hit your goals. Here are the topics you liked the most in 2008.


  • Jack Wallen // January 7, 2009, 1:05 AM PST

    10 predictions for Linux and open source in 2009

    Jack Wallen believes that the new year holds a great deal of promise for the Linux OS and open source software -- from an explosion in the mobile arena to large-enterprise scalability to widespread adoption of OpenOffice 3. See if you agree with his outlook.


  • Jody Gilbert // June 22, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    The 10 most useful Word shortcuts

    How many Word shortcuts do you remember and use on a regular basis? Fifty? Twenty? How about just 10 solid go-to shortcuts like these?


  • Calvin Sun // January 11, 2009, 11:13 PM PST

    10 memory aids to help prevent misused words

    Do you have trouble remembering which word to use in certain situations? Plenty of words are similar and easy to confuse -- and that can make you sound stupid even if what you've written is brilliant. Here are some tricks for choosing the right word.


  • Calvin Sun // February 29, 2012, 8:12 AM PST

    10 tips for handling the death of an employee

    When a staff member dies, what steps do you need to take? Calvin Sun looks at how managers can handle the situation sensitively and pragmatically.