In 2012, the 10 Things blog covered everything from end-user support priorities to career strategies to decision factors around emerging technologies, new platforms, and proliferating mobile devices. Here's our annual rundown of what sparked the most attention during the past year.
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With mixed-platform environments on the rise, you need tools that can handle whatever systems you're supporting. Here are 10 invaluable cross-platform applications.
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Women traveling by themselves need to take some extra precautions. Here are a few practical pointers to help women stay safe on those solo business trips.
Do you remember the days of BBSes and shareware subscriptions, magazines full of BASIC code for your CoCo, and true desktop cases? Take a techie stroll down memory lane.
What about last year?
Comparing this year's concerns to the things we were worrying about last year offers an interesting view of where things might be headed. Here are the posts that topped the list in 2011:
- 10 ways to become an IT superstar
- 10 reasons for quitting IT
- 10 curses of the analytical thinker
- 10 best practices for Windows security
- 10 essential tools and services for work-at-home IT pros
- 10 hot areas of expertise for IT specialists
- 10 things you shouldn't believe about freelancing
- 10 Windows 7 commands every administrator should know
- 10 things to love about Windows 8
- 10 technologies that are just plain broken
What technologies, issues, and solutions would you like to see featured in the 10 Things blog during 2013? Please post your suggestions below and help us cover the things that matter to you.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.