Alan Norton

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  • Downloads // Oct 2011

    10 cool technologies to look for in your next PC

    Impressive new technologies are revolutionizing PC performance, but should you buy now or wait for more improvements? These details will help you decide.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // May 2011

    10 curses of the analytical thinker

    Being a left-brain thinker can be an asset in the IT field. But as Alan Norton observes, it's not without its shortcomings.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    10 tips for smarter, more efficient Internet searching

    These days, everyone is expected to be up to speed on Internet search techniques. But there are still a few tricks that some users -- and even savvy searchers -- may not be aware of.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    10 challenges facing IT

    From retaining top talent to building a positive public image to innovating despite budget constraints, IT has plenty of obstacles to overcome. Alan Norton provides an overview of some of the big challenges that lie ahead.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 efficient ways to produce useful metrics

    Accurate metrics are essential for assessing performance and making informed decisions, but companies often rely on flawed information that paints a misleading picture. Alan Norton explains the most efficient strategies for obtaining valid, useful metrics. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 IT positions ranked by prestige

    People will often judge you by your job title -- as unfair as that may be. Alan Norton ranks 10 IT job roles based on the degree of respect they command.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    Efficient metrics: Be careful what you measure

    Accurate, relevant metrics are essential for determining how your department and organization are performing -- but are you measuring the right things in the right way? Alan Norton explains why metrics can present bad or ambiguous information and what you can do to minimize this problem.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Nov 2010

    10 things you might be doing that could hurt your career

    If your job isn't going as well as you'd hoped, you may unwittingly be doing something that's holding you back. Alan Norton looks at some of the less obvious ways people sabotage their careers.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 ways careers may change in the future

    The employment landscape continues to evolve, with changes in educational requirements, salary expectations, work schedules, and job roles. Alan Norton looks at current trends and offers a few predictions. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 common career myths

    Career prospects have changed dramatically from previous generations. Alan Norton offers this wake-up call for IT pros who may still cling to certain expectations -- like salary increases, job advancements, benefits, and a nice retirement package.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Sep 2010

    10+ ways to be more productive

    If you often reach the end of the day and wonder why you got so little done, it may be time evaluate your working style. Alan Norton offers 11 productivity boosters that can help get your days back on track.This download is also available as an entry in our...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    10 high-tech gadgets I can live without

    Think all IT pros go crazy over cool tech tools and toys? Not Alan Norton. In fact, he may be approaching geek heresy with his take on these popular devices.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Jul 2010

    10 things that define a true professional

    You may be a brilliant developer, a highly skilled net admin, or a crackerjack DBA -- but if you're unprofessional, your career is likely to fall short. Alan Norton offers some attributes to strive for.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Jul 2010

    10 questions you should ask when considering retirement

    If you're one of the many IT pros who is wondering whether it's time to retire, these insights from Alan Norton will give you an idea of what to expect and what to consider as you make your decision.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Apr 2010

    Two plus ways to transfer files via FTP in Windows

    Alan Norton explains two-plus methods for transferring files via FTP using tools already provided by Microsoft Windows 7 that you may not know about.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Feb 2010

    10 ways to avoid mistakes during project development

    The best strategy for dealing with mistakes is to avoid making them in the first place. Here are some tips to help you navigate around common project pitfalls.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Jan 2010

    10 things you can do to advance your career as a developer

    Tackling new challenges beyond your regular IT niche will help expand your knowledge and skill set. Here are some career-building opportunities you may not have considered.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    10 things you should know about USB 2.0 and 3.0

    USB 3.0 has been highly anticipated -- and now, it's finally here. Sort of. Find out about its availability, specifications, benefits, and limitations.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    How do I copy shortcuts to the All Users folders in Vista or Windows 7?

    If you are used to copying shortcuts to the Documents and SettingsAll UsersDesktop or the Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart Menu folders in Windows XP you might be wondering how to do this in Windows Vista or Windows 7. This download is also available as an entry in the

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    10 things I'd like to see in the next version of Windows

    Now that IT pros have started kicking the Windows 7 tires, it makes sense to consider the next round of improvements. Alan Norton shares his list of the changes he hopes to see.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    Learn why 250GB is not ever reported as 250GB

    Upon close examination of your typical hard drive in Microsoft Windows, you will notice that the number of gigabytes actually available is not as much as advertised. There is a technical reason for this and Alan Norton explains it. This download is also available as an entry in the

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    Maximize the performance of Microsoft Vista and Intel Matrix RAID: Part 2

    If ever there was a black art in the world of IT, RAID certainly fits the bill. In part two of his series, Alan Norton discusses what happens to an Intel Matrix RAID array and system performance when a number of unplanned and unwanted events occur. This download is also...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    Maximize the performance of Microsoft Vista and Intel Matrix RAID

    If ever there was a black art in the world of IT, RAID certainly fits the bill. Alan Norton details some RAID performance issues and describes how to maximize Vista's performance when using RAID. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    Use Reverse Integration to 'slipstream' Windows Vista SP1 and SP2

    Having a Windows Vista install DVD with the latest service packs can be very helpful - especially if you reinstall Windows more than a couple of times a year or if you have to deploy Windows Vista to multiple computers. Alan Norton shows how he creates one. This download is...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    Secure your computer after a Windows install or reinstall

    Microsoft recommends that you connect to the Internet to get the important security updates and service packs after a fresh install. But the catch-22 is that your computer is more vulnerable until the security updates are installed. Alan Norton details five ways to better secure your computer immediately following a...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    10 things you should do before, during, and after reinstalling Windows

    There are some very good reasons why you might want to reinstall Microsoft Windows. Whether it is 2000, XP or Vista, the registry can become corrupted or it can accumulate settings for programs long since forgotten, leading to sluggish performance. Alan Norton documents the steps needed to properly reinstall Windows....

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Sep 2008

    Do Webmasters need to add lawyer and legal counsel to their job description?

    Webmaster, marketing director, author, artist, and designer are all roles that are familiar to Web site owners and operators. You can add lawyer to that list because basic legal knowledge is becoming more and more important for Webmasters. Alan Norton explains why you should be aware of the consequences of...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10 common mistakes you should avoid when flashing your BIOS

    The BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is critical to the proper operation of your computer. It is the first code that is executed at start-up and defines the way your motherboard will communicate with the system hardware components. The decision to flash your BIOS should not be taken lightly. It is...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    10 things you should know about USB 2.0 and 3.0

    USB 3.0 has been highly anticipated -- and now, it's finally here. Sort of. Find out about its availability, specifications, benefits, and limitations.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Jul 2010

    10 things that define a true professional

    You may be a brilliant developer, a highly skilled net admin, or a crackerjack DBA -- but if you're unprofessional, your career is likely to fall short. Alan Norton offers some attributes to strive for.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    10 tips for smarter, more efficient Internet searching

    These days, everyone is expected to be up to speed on Internet search techniques. But there are still a few tricks that some users -- and even savvy searchers -- may not be aware of.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // May 2011

    10 curses of the analytical thinker

    Being a left-brain thinker can be an asset in the IT field. But as Alan Norton observes, it's not without its shortcomings.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    How do I copy shortcuts to the All Users folders in Vista or Windows 7?

    If you are used to copying shortcuts to the Documents and SettingsAll UsersDesktop or the Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart Menu folders in Windows XP you might be wondering how to do this in Windows Vista or Windows 7. This download is also available as an entry in the

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    10 things you should do before, during, and after reinstalling Windows

    There are some very good reasons why you might want to reinstall Microsoft Windows. Whether it is 2000, XP or Vista, the registry can become corrupted or it can accumulate settings for programs long since forgotten, leading to sluggish performance. Alan Norton documents the steps needed to properly reinstall Windows....

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Apr 2010

    Two plus ways to transfer files via FTP in Windows

    Alan Norton explains two-plus methods for transferring files via FTP using tools already provided by Microsoft Windows 7 that you may not know about.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10 common mistakes you should avoid when flashing your BIOS

    The BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is critical to the proper operation of your computer. It is the first code that is executed at start-up and defines the way your motherboard will communicate with the system hardware components. The decision to flash your BIOS should not be taken lightly. It is...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 IT positions ranked by prestige

    People will often judge you by your job title -- as unfair as that may be. Alan Norton ranks 10 IT job roles based on the degree of respect they command.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    10 challenges facing IT

    From retaining top talent to building a positive public image to innovating despite budget constraints, IT has plenty of obstacles to overcome. Alan Norton provides an overview of some of the big challenges that lie ahead.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Feb 2010

    10 ways to avoid mistakes during project development

    The best strategy for dealing with mistakes is to avoid making them in the first place. Here are some tips to help you navigate around common project pitfalls.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Oct 2011

    10 cool technologies to look for in your next PC

    Impressive new technologies are revolutionizing PC performance, but should you buy now or wait for more improvements? These details will help you decide.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    Use Reverse Integration to 'slipstream' Windows Vista SP1 and SP2

    Having a Windows Vista install DVD with the latest service packs can be very helpful - especially if you reinstall Windows more than a couple of times a year or if you have to deploy Windows Vista to multiple computers. Alan Norton shows how he creates one. This download is...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    Maximize the performance of Microsoft Vista and Intel Matrix RAID

    If ever there was a black art in the world of IT, RAID certainly fits the bill. Alan Norton details some RAID performance issues and describes how to maximize Vista's performance when using RAID. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    Maximize the performance of Microsoft Vista and Intel Matrix RAID: Part 2

    If ever there was a black art in the world of IT, RAID certainly fits the bill. In part two of his series, Alan Norton discusses what happens to an Intel Matrix RAID array and system performance when a number of unplanned and unwanted events occur. This download is also...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    Learn why 250GB is not ever reported as 250GB

    Upon close examination of your typical hard drive in Microsoft Windows, you will notice that the number of gigabytes actually available is not as much as advertised. There is a technical reason for this and Alan Norton explains it. This download is also available as an entry in the

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Sep 2008

    Do Webmasters need to add lawyer and legal counsel to their job description?

    Webmaster, marketing director, author, artist, and designer are all roles that are familiar to Web site owners and operators. You can add lawyer to that list because basic legal knowledge is becoming more and more important for Webmasters. Alan Norton explains why you should be aware of the consequences of...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    10 things I'd like to see in the next version of Windows

    Now that IT pros have started kicking the Windows 7 tires, it makes sense to consider the next round of improvements. Alan Norton shares his list of the changes he hopes to see.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Jan 2010

    10 things you can do to advance your career as a developer

    Tackling new challenges beyond your regular IT niche will help expand your knowledge and skill set. Here are some career-building opportunities you may not have considered.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Jul 2010

    10 questions you should ask when considering retirement

    If you're one of the many IT pros who is wondering whether it's time to retire, these insights from Alan Norton will give you an idea of what to expect and what to consider as you make your decision.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    10 high-tech gadgets I can live without

    Think all IT pros go crazy over cool tech tools and toys? Not Alan Norton. In fact, he may be approaching geek heresy with his take on these popular devices.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Sep 2010

    10+ ways to be more productive

    If you often reach the end of the day and wonder why you got so little done, it may be time evaluate your working style. Alan Norton offers 11 productivity boosters that can help get your days back on track.This download is also available as an entry in our...

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 common career myths

    Career prospects have changed dramatically from previous generations. Alan Norton offers this wake-up call for IT pros who may still cling to certain expectations -- like salary increases, job advancements, benefits, and a nice retirement package.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 ways careers may change in the future

    The employment landscape continues to evolve, with changes in educational requirements, salary expectations, work schedules, and job roles. Alan Norton looks at current trends and offers a few predictions. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Nov 2010

    10 things you might be doing that could hurt your career

    If your job isn't going as well as you'd hoped, you may unwittingly be doing something that's holding you back. Alan Norton looks at some of the less obvious ways people sabotage their careers.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    Efficient metrics: Be careful what you measure

    Accurate, relevant metrics are essential for determining how your department and organization are performing -- but are you measuring the right things in the right way? Alan Norton explains why metrics can present bad or ambiguous information and what you can do to minimize this problem.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 efficient ways to produce useful metrics

    Accurate metrics are essential for assessing performance and making informed decisions, but companies often rely on flawed information that paints a misleading picture. Alan Norton explains the most efficient strategies for obtaining valid, useful metrics. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Alan Norton

  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    Secure your computer after a Windows install or reinstall

    Microsoft recommends that you connect to the Internet to get the important security updates and service packs after a fresh install. But the catch-22 is that your computer is more vulnerable until the security updates are installed. Alan Norton details five ways to better secure your computer immediately following a...

    Provided By Alan Norton