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 // April 16, 2009, 1:37 AM PST

    10 things you should look for in a netbook

    When you're evaluating netbooks, you have to weigh the convenience of their small form factor against a variety of limitations. Erik Eckel explains several key considerations that will help you find a suitable middle ground.

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  • Becky Roberts // April 20, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    Solutions to the top 10 peeves of a support tech

    It's easy to fall into a pattern of complaining about work annoyances and assuming there's nothing you can do about them. But IT pro Becky Roberts -- who wrote about the top 10 peeves of being a support tech -- found some ways to ease a few on-the-job aggravations.

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  • Ilya Bogorad // April 17, 2009, 5:08 AM PST

    10 faulty beliefs that can doom IT leaders

    As an IT leader, you must analyze your thinking to ensure that you're not harboring any false beliefs that could be holding your department back. If you find yourself operating under certain flawed assumptions, you could be jeopardizing the success of your department -- and your own position of leadership.

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  • Susan Harkins // April 17, 2009, 5:59 AM PST

    10+ ways to keep your Access database in tiptop shape

    A sluggish database can cost your money and waste users' time. Here are some maintenance tasks and general best practices to ensure your database is healthy and operating at peak efficiency.

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  • John McKee // April 19, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    10 ways leaders can get crucial feedback

    If you're going to successfully lead your team members through these rocky times, you need to listen to their ideas and understand what they're dealing with-- and that requires a dedicated effort on your part. These strategies will help you keep your finger on the pulse of your IT group.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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