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.

  • 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.


  • Justin James // March 18, 2008, 6:01 AM PST

    10 non-monetary benefits to attract and retain top developers

    When recruiting developers, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that money is what brings in the best and the brightest. After all, developers tend to receive paychecks a bit beefier than other professionals with similar levels of experience and education. But at the end of the day, it is often the non-financial rewards that attract the top developers -- and that's almost always what keeps them on staff. Here are some ways to entice and hold onto first-class developer talent.


  • Deb Shinder // March 17, 2008, 7:41 AM PST

    10 ways to prepare for a wireless rollout

    Rolling out a wireless LAN within your organization can provide numerous benefits -- but it's more complicated than just plugging in a wireless access point (WAP). You need to address a number of factors in the planning stage to ensure both accessibility and security. Deb Shinder lists some critical factors to consider as you prepare to go wireless.


  • Calvin Sun // March 17, 2008, 6:21 AM PST

    10+ things you should do when you resign

    Although it might be tempting to deliver a few choice remarks or leave things in a mess when you quit a job, that bridge-burning is likely to come back to haunt you. It's far better to depart in a professional manner. Calvin Sun offers some suggestions for handling the resignation process properly.


  • Jeff Dray // March 17, 2008, 3:32 AM PST

    10 ways to improve your deskside manner

    When you go out of the office and meet a customer to resolve a fault or issue, it's important to use soft skills to get the customer on your side. The way you deal with people can mean the difference between a satisfied customer and a delighted one. Here are a few things you can do to build customer rapport.


  • Tom Mochal // March 13, 2008, 1:10 AM PST

    Master these 10 processes to sharpen your project management skills

    The bigger and more complex a project gets, the more you need formal processes and techniques to effectively manage the work. Project management expert Tom Mochal explains the purpose, value, and implementation of the most critical aspects of successfully managing a project.


  • Kris Littlejohn // March 11, 2008, 11:44 PM PST

    10 things you should do to protect yourself on a public computer

    Most of us will occasionally have to use a public computer for one reason or another. Unfortunately, using public computers carries an inherent risk of exposing personal data. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and lessen that risk.


  • Calvin Sun // March 11, 2008, 12:53 AM PST

    10 career lessons from country music