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 // April 25, 2008, 2:57 AM PST

    10+ dangerous species of help desk callers

    Support techs are well aware that end users come in all shapes and sizes. And thanks to IT pro Jeff Dray, they can now be classified. See if this list of user species matches up with the folks who keep your own help desk hopping.


  • Jack Wallen // April 24, 2008, 4:36 AM PST

    10 ways to sell corporate on Linux

    If you've decided that migrating to Linux is the best move for your organization -- but senior management isn't convinced -- check out these 10 persuasive points to help make your case.


  • Erik Eckel // April 23, 2008, 5:37 AM PST

    10+ useless interview questions... and what you should ask instead

    Interview prep guides are full of recommended 'tough' questions, but a lot of them are a complete waste of time. Here's a list of questions to avoid and some better ways to elicit useful information.


  • Susan Harkins and Drew Wu Staff // April 23, 2008, 4:52 AM PST

    10 reasons to turn your Access applications into Web-based applications

    When an Access database outgrows its original purpose, you face applying band-aid technology or upgrading to a more powerful database system. But before you toss Access out the window and start signing purchase orders for consultants, developers, licensing, and new hardware, consider one more option -- turning your Access application into a Web-based application. Here are a few reasons why this might make sense.


  • Rick Vanover // April 16, 2008, 2:21 AM PST

    10 items for your disaster recovery wish list

    We all have to address disaster recovery at various levels, but we typically must apply the technology to fit rigid parameters -- such as less cost or functionality -- instead of being able to do it right. But what if you didn't have any limitations to hold you back? Rick Vanover looks at some things that might go into building the perfect environment for meeting DR requirements.


  • Jack Wallen // April 14, 2008, 5:20 AM PST

    10 common mistakes to avoid when you're installing Linux software

    Installing software in Linux is nothing like it used to be, but there are still some pitfalls to watch out for. Jack Wallen explains how to sidestep some of the typical installation problems he's encountered.


  • Calvin Sun // April 14, 2008, 3:26 AM PST

    10 ways to handle disagreements effectively

    Disagreements at work come with the territory -- but they aren't necessarily a bad thing. Handled properly, disagreements often can lead to productive gains and unexpected solutions. Calvin Sun offers some tips to help you make sure your disagreements stay under control.


  • John McKee // April 9, 2008, 5:07 AM PST

    10+ dumb business decisions that can take a company down

    Hubris, big egos, poor foresight, and lack of humanity kill great companies -- small and large -- every year. We can learn from their misguided decisions, but we need to do it before more of our businesses fail and more of our country's leadership is lost forever. This list of mistakes represents some of the dumbest thinking by companies across all industries each year. Read about them and learn from the failures of others.


  • Michael Kassner // April 9, 2008, 2:23 AM PST

    10 Wi-Fi security tips for road warriors

    Road warriors have to be creative. Besides their normal work, they are asked to maintain an almost continuous electronic presence while away from their office or home -- and that can mean dealing with unknown and possibly hostile Wi-Fi networks. Michael Kassner offers some simple tips to help mobile workers secure their computers and information no matter where they go


  • Jack Wallen // April 8, 2008, 11:11 PM PST

    10 things to consider when choosing a Linux distribution

    Many users would argue that one Linux distribution is pretty much like another, at least on fundamentals. But when it comes down to everyday use, each distribution is different from the next. Jack Wallen looks at the distinguishing characteristics of various distros and explains how they might fit your needs.


  • BNET Staff // April 2, 2008, 6:50 AM PST

    Top 10 "megaregions" in the United States

    The core of the U.S. economy is made up of roughly a dozen megaregions, some of which stretch into Canada and Mexico. They produce hundreds of billions -- and sometimes trillions -- of dollars in economic output. They harness human creativity on a massive scale, and they are the source of the lion’s share of the world’s scientific achievement and technological innovations. If you're thinking of relocating, or you're looking for greener tech pastures, you'll want to check out these 10 key U.S. megaregions.


  • Jeff Dray // April 2, 2008, 2:05 AM PST

    10 ways for support techs to stay healthy and safe on the job

    As winter gives way to spring, many people are struggling into work with colds and influenza, which they may pass along to co-workers -- and to you. Here are a few simple precautions that can help you stay healthy, along with some tips for avoiding other risks when performing support tech tasks.


  • Susan Harkins // April 1, 2008, 7:17 AM PST

    10 ways to prevent Access database corruption

    Nothing frustrates Access users like a corrupted database. With a little know-how, you might get lucky enough to repair the database or at least recover the data. Sometimes, a third-party product that specializes in data recovery can help. But you could end up rebuilding and re-entering data. (Or rather, your replacement could.) A more proactive approach is to avoid corruption in the first place. Here are some strategies for preventing your databases from becoming corrupted.


  • Calvin Sun // April 1, 2008, 3:59 AM PST

    10 ways to explain things more effectively

    In the course of your work, you may sometimes need to explain technical concepts to your customers. Having them understand you is important not only for technical reasons, but also to ensure customer satisfaction. Here are a few tips to help make your explanations more understandable and useful.


  • Rick Vanover // March 25, 2008, 3:33 AM PST

    10 ways to benchmark your Active Directory environment

    IT pro Rick Vanover offers 10 strategies for achieving accountability in your Active Directory environment. They'll help supplement your existing strategies, give you an extra dimension for testing, and provide a strong set of data to determine what has changed when you're troubleshooting issues.