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.

  • 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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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.


  • Susan Harkins // May 27, 2009, 12:58 AM PST

    10 ADO best practices

    You can work more efficiently with data when you know how to take advantage of the ActiveX data objects (ADO) library. Susan Harkins offers some pointers that will help you use ADO objects effectively and avoid potential code snafus.


  • Jeff Cerny // May 27, 2009, 1:21 AM PST

    Making IT visible: 10 questions with Bob Kress of Accenture

    Bucking the notion that IT should operate quietly in the background, Bob Kress has worked to raise IT's profile within his organization. In fact, they've been so successful in cutting costs, improving efficiency, and increasing customer satisfaction, IT is considered a model for how all business functions should be run.


  • Deb Shinder // May 27, 2009, 6:45 AM PST

    Nehalem now: 10 reasons to upgrade to the new Intel microarchitecture

    Intel's Nehalem processor architecture offers some impressive new technologies, including enhanced Hyper Threading, TurboBoost, and Quick Path Interconnect. See why Deb Shinder says a Nehalem-based system will let you do more and do it faster -- and at the lowest operating cost ever.


  • Shannon Kalvar // May 29, 2009, 2:31 AM PST

    10 things you can do to turn useless meetings into productive ones

    We've all had to sit through meetings that were nothing but a waste of our time. Here are some tactics you can use to salvage something productive from the ones that drag on forever or go completely off the rails.


  • Deb Shinder // June 2, 2009, 3:15 AM PST

    10 improvements in Windows 7 Media Center

    Windows Media Center began gaining fans when Microsoft added it to the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Vista. Windows 7 is expanding this availability -- complete with a new look and enhanced functionality. Deb Shinder hits the highlights.


  • Jack Wallen // June 3, 2009, 1:24 AM PST

    10 ways the Linux desktop improves the user experience

    If you've always worked with a Windows or Mac desktop, you may not know what you're missing. Jack Wallen says the Linux desktop offers numerous advantages worth checking out -- from efficient and flexible design to superior update systems.


  • Jody Gilbert // June 3, 2009, 3:33 AM PST

    10-point cleaning checklist for keeping equipment healthy

    Boring it may be, but cleaning is an essential part of any regular system maintenance schedule. You can stretch equipment life, reduce repairs and service calls, and keep users happier by periodically running through the steps on this list.


  • Jeff Dray // June 3, 2009, 4:17 AM PST

    10 terms from the alternative Geek-Speak glossary

    Not content with the standard definitions, Jeff Dray decided to stretch the meanings of several tech terms. You may have a few of your own to add to this list.


  • Michael Kassner // June 4, 2009, 5:35 AM PST

    10 ways to avoid IT security breaches

    Completely eliminating security breaches may be an impossible task -- but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do everything possible to thwart attackers. Michael Kassner shares 10 easy-to-implement measures that will help protect your organization from security threats.


  • Jack Wallen // June 8, 2009, 3:35 AM PST

    10 KDE 4 desktop widgets to make you more productive

    KDE 4 brought some big changes to the desktop, including timesaving widgets that do everything from popping you into Twitter to keeping tabs on your servers to providing on-the-fly spell-checking. Jack Wallen runs through 10 of these handy little labor-saving apps .