Jack Wallen

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  • Downloads // Oct 2012

    10 things you can do to speed up Outlook

    If Outlook's slow performance is driving you crazy, try these simple tricks to speed things up.

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  • Downloads // Sep 2011

    Client info tracker

    Your client relationships will be stronger if you know a thing or two -- or 10 -- about their needs, preferences, and the business itself. This simple form will help you keep up with the details.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // May 2011

    10 reasons why you should give Slackware a chance

    Plenty of Linux users steer clear of Slackware because it's a challenge to administer and use. But Jack Wallen says the benefits of this distribution more than outweigh the difficulties.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // May 2011

    10 things end users do that drive me crazy

    Annoying users come with the support tech territory, but sometimes a little venting can help. See if these scenarios sound familiar. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // May 2011

    10 things to love about Ubuntu 11.04

    Jack Wallen has done a complete turnaround on his views of Ubuntu 11.04. Here's a look at how the latest release won him over. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    10 things you gotta have to succeed in IT

    Everyone seems to agree that IT is a tough field. But what does it take to overcome the adversities and become a successful IT pro? These qualities may be the key.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    Five tips for using Ccleaner to degunk your system

    Ccleaner is one of the best all-around tools for keeping your computer optimized and free of the junk that accumulates from Internet surfing, obsolete apps, and other fragments that clog up your system.This download is also available as an entry in our Five Tips blog.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    10 tools that simplify collaboration

    The key to collaborating effectively is to find tools that make working with others easy and efficient. Jack Wallen shares this list of tools that have greatly improved the collaborative process for his projects.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    Use the Windows hosts file to block unwanted websites

    By adding entries to the Windows hosts file, you can block access to specific unwanted or known malware-infested websites. Jack Wallen explains how it works.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 reasons you deserve a raise

    If your experience, dedication, and skills make you an excellent IT pro, but your salary doesn't reflect your hard work or the value you deliver, it could be time to ask for a raise. Jack Wallen explains why you may be worth more than you think.This download is also available...

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  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    Five tips for faster Web browsing

    If you're wasting too much time waiting (and waiting and waiting) for Web pages to load, give these tips a try. You should see an immediate, noticeable boost in speed, making your browsing experience faster and more efficient.This download is also available as an entry in our Five Tips blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    Five tips for troubleshooting Linux desktops

    The Linux desktop is generally stable and trouble-free. But when the occasional issue arises, these steps will help you identify and fix the problem. This download is also available as an entry in our Five Tips blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 alternative careers for burned-out IT workers

    So you're thinking about leaving IT -- but you're not sure what to do instead. Here are a few alternative fields where you might be able to use your talents in more satisfying ways.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 obscure Linux distributions (and why you should know about them)

    Linux distributions come in all shapes and sizes, and they're aimed at addressing every conceivable need. Jack Wallen introduces a few you may not have heard of that might be worth a look. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 industries that would benefit from using open source

    Open source solutions are gaining popularity across a wide spectrum of businesses -- but its adoption is slow in some sectors. Jack Wallen lists the industries he thinks should be using (or using more) open source software.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    Six free tools for removing malicious software

    Many tools are available that will help you protect your desktops from malware -- and some of the best ones are free.This download is also available as an entry in our DIY IT Guy blog.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    10 reasons for quitting IT

    There are a lot of upsides to working in IT -- but depending on your situation, you might find yourself considering other career options. Jack Wallen describes a few factors that could be the last straw for some IT pros.This download is also available as an entry in our...

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  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    10 things I miss about old school Linux

    The evolution of Linux has led to many improvements -- but a few great things have been lost along the way. Jack Wallen revisits the aspects of Linux he wouldn't mind bringing back. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    Enable and disable the Windows 7 firewall with a desktop shortcut

    Jack Wallen shows you how to add desktop icons so that you can quickly enable and disable the Windows 7 firewall.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    Five tips for dealing with rootkits

    Rootkits are diverse, elusive, and difficult to get rid of. These basic pointers will help you combat this escalating threat.This download is also available as an entry in our Five Tips blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    10 ways to e-publish with Linux

    If you're looking for a low-cost way to create, publish, and market an e-book, be sure to check out these Linux tools. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    Use Daphne to kill and trap rogue processes in Windows

    It can be very frustrating when a program crashes or refuses to close. A free utility called Daphne can relieve some of that frustration with improved process management in Windows.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    10 Windows annoyances (that Linux doesn't have)

    From disappearing resources to cumbersome printing to mysterious application crashes, Jack Wallen has a list of Windows beefs that he says are simply not an issue with Linux. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2011

    Quick Tip: Manage the autorun process in Windows 7 with SysInternals AutoRuns

    Sysinternals AutoRuns allows you to manage every autorun process and application on your Windows 7 system from a single, user-friendly window. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2011

    10 Web browsers for the Linux operating system

    The browser field is far more crowded than many users realize -- and Linux offers a variety of good choices. Check out Jack Wallen's list of 10 solid browsers for Linux and see how he ranks them.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2011

    Quick Tip: Kill rogue processes with taskkill in Microsoft Windows

    Use taskkill to stop a rogue system process in Microsoft Windows 7 when the Task Manager is just not powerful enough. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2011

    10 resolutions to help grow your consulting business in 2011

    The start of a new year is a good time to take stock and establish goals for improvement. Jack Wallen suggests some measures to help your consultancy thrive in the months to come.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2010

    Quick Tip: Ensure services restart upon failure in Windows 7

    There are times that you need to make sure a service restarts when it fails in Windows 7. Jack Wallen shows you how to configure a service to accomplish this task. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2010

    10 ways to keep hard drives from failing

    With a little proactive care, you can extend hard drive life, squeezing more value from your company's equipment investments, reducing user downtime, and preventing catastrophic loss of data.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2010

    10 ways to make sure your clients pay you

    Mishandled billing can spell disaster for your consultancy. To keep the cash flowing, follow these tips to make sure you get paid on time.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2010

    How do I use a RAM disk to help speed up disk-intensive applications?

    Jack Wallen explains how to create a RAM disk on your Windows PC and how it can be used to increase the performance of disk-intensive applications. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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  • Downloads // Nov 2010

    Quick Tip: Improve your SATA disk performance by converting from IDE to AHCI

    In this Windows Quick Tip, Jack Wallen shows you how to improve the performance of a SATA hard drive using a Windows Registry tweak. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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  • Downloads // Nov 2010

    How do I create a reliable backup with Acronis?

    Jack Wallen taps into his experience as a consultant to show you how to create a reliable backup using Acronis. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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  • Downloads // Nov 2010

    10 things you can do when the drive on your Linux box is full

    Bigger hard drives should mean the end of disk space worries, but our appetite for bigger files has kept pace with all that increased capacity. Here are some effective ways to keep your Linux box from busting at the seams.This download is also available as an entry in our...

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  • Downloads // Nov 2010

    10 obscure Linux office applications you need to try

    Sorting through the myriad business-oriented Linux apps can be a daunting endeavor. To get you started, Jack Wallen put together this list of tools that will help you handle tasks ranging from producing labels to creating invoices to viewing Access data.This download is also available as an entry...

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  • Downloads // Nov 2010

    Five tips for editing the Windows registry... safely

    Editing the registry is sometimes the best route to resolving a problem or tweaking Windows to meet your needs. But unless you follow these safety practices, it might be the quickest route to disaster instead.This download is also available as an entry in our Five Tips blog.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 things I would like to see in the upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 release

    The release of Ubuntu 11.04 is still a ways off -- so this is a good time to put together a wish list of desired features and improvements. See whether you agree that the next release should include the items listed here.This download is also available as an entry...

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  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 KDE tools you need to try

    KDE 4.5 offers some impressive tools for all types of Linux users. This list will point you toward the best ones to check out.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    How do I make Windows 7 desktop gadgets visible on mouse-over only?

    Jack Wallen shows you how to set Windows desktop gadgets to 0% opacity which will then revert to 100% upon mouse-over. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2010

    10 misconceptions that are holding Linux back

    A lot of obsolete concerns are floating around and preventing users from embracing Linux. Jack Wallen debunks some of the common myths and explains what you could be missing.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2007

    SolutionBase: Setting up a VPN server with OpenSWAN

    If you want to set up a VPN, you don't need to buy an expensive VPN appliance or invest in Windows Server 2003. Here's how you can set up a Linux-based VPN using OpenSWAN.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2007

    SolutionBase: Backup Linux reliably with rsync and tar

    If you want to have a successful disaster recovery plan in place, you've got to start with backups. There are several utilities you can use to back up Linux servers, but one of the most basic ways is by using some common built-in utilities such as rsync and tar. Jack...

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  • Downloads // May 2007

    SolutionBase: Configuring a DNS server with SuSE's YaST

    Linux can be intimidating for a Windows administrator because a lot of configuration for network services must be done from the command line. Jack Wallen shows how to configure a DNS server using GUI tools in Linux.

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  • Downloads // May 2007

    SolutionBase: Set up a Linux proxy server with ease using Webmin

    You want to control where your users can go on the Internet, but you don't want to buy an expensive proprietary solution. Nor do you want to fiddle with complex .conf files or Linux commands. What do you do? Check out this article by Jack Wallen.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your Linux experience

    A few simple keyboard shortcuts can make your work in Linux far more efficient. Jack Wallen runs through 10 of his favorites, for both desktop environments and window managers.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    10 ways to make Linux boot faster

    On those infrequent occasions when you need to reboot Linux, you may find that the process takes longer than you'd like. Jack Wallen shares a number of tricks you can use to reduce boot times.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2008

    10 quick tips to make Linux networking easier

    Linux makes networking simple and secure -- if you know a few tricks. Jack Wallen shares some pointers to help admins knock out various Linux networking tasks with a minimum of effort.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2008

    10 Firefox extensions you can't live without

    Whether you want to speed access to the Web sites you regularly visit, keep better tabs on your tabs, or protect your system from potentially dangerous active content, there's a Firefox extension ready to help you out. Jack Wallen shares his list of favorite time-saving, browser-enhancing add-ons.This download is also...

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  • Downloads // Aug 2008

    10 fundamental differences between Linux and Windows

    Before debating the relative merits and shortcomings of Linux and Windows, it helps to understand the real distinctions between them. Jack Wallen has distilled the key differences into one list.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Sep 2008

    10 things Linux does better than Windows

    If you tallied up the strengths and weaknesses of Linux and Windows, which OS would come out ahead? According to Jack Wallen, superiority in security, flexibility, interoperability, community, and command-line power (among other things) put Linux well ahead. See if you agree with his assessment.This download is also available as...

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  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    10 Linux desktops you shouldn't overlook

    Even if you're happy with the Linux desktop you currently use, you might want to check out some alternatives to see what you could be missing. Jack Wallen highlights 10 of the best desktops and explains what makes them stand out.This download is also available as an entry in...

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  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    The 10 most useful Linux commands

    Maybe the command line isn't your favorite place to hang out, but to be an effective Linux admin, you need to be able to wield a few essential commands. Jack Wallen says these 10 are guaranteed to simplify your Linux admin life -- and he explains why.This download is also...

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  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    10 mistakes new Linux administrators make

    If you're new to Linux, a few common mistakes are likely to get you into trouble. Learn about them up front so you can avoid major problems as you become increasingly Linux-savvy.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 ways to minimize removable media headaches in Linux

    If you've shied away from Linux because of the hassle of working with removable media, you may want to take another look. Thanks to automation -- and with the help of these tips -- you may find that removable media is downright user friendly.This download is also available as

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  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 things Linux does better than OS X

    OS X is heralded for its friendliness, but according to Jack Wallen, it falls short in many other respects. Find out why he says Linux is superior in everything from flexibility to portability to cost.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    Top Linux resources: Best of Jack Wallen

    Linux guru Jack Wallen has been a key contributor to our 10 Things blog over the past year, focusing on real-world Linux concerns ranging from security, network administration, and applications to decision-making topics, such as migration issues and platform comparisons. Here's a dozen of his most popular articles. You...

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  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 predictions for Linux and open source in 2009

    Jack Wallen believes that the new year holds a great deal of promise for the Linux OS and open source software -- from an explosion in the mobile arena to large-enterprise scalability to widespread adoption of OpenOffice 3 and the ascendancy of Firefox. See if you agree with his outlook.This...

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  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 things you should do to secure Apache

    If you think Apache and Linux will deflect all threats without extra security precautions, think again. As Jack Wallen explains, you need to take a number of steps to make sure Apache is a secure Web server.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 ways to help users transition to Linux

    There's no reason why switching to Linux should be traumatic for your users (or stressful for you). As Jack Wallen explains, you can set them up to succeed if you approach things the right way.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 obscure Linux applications you need to try

    With thousands of Linux tools out there, it stands to reason that some of the very best ones might get lost in the crowd. Jack Wallen introduces some excellent apps that more admins should know about.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 reasons why Linux will triumph over Windows

    Windows 7 may be generating some positive buzz, but Jack Wallen remains skeptical. In fact, he says it's only a matter of time before Linux takes its rightful spot at the top of the OS heap.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 iptables rules to help secure your Linux box

    Mastering iptables could take a while, but if you have a few rules to cover the basic security needs, you'll be well on your way to protecting your Linux system. Jack Wallen explains some key rules to get you started. This download is also available as an entry...

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  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 ways to go green with Linux

    From reduced packaging to energy savings to extended equipment lifecycles, Linux can help you green up your tech environment. Jack Wallen looks at some of the eco-friendly benefits of running Linux.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2012

    10 things you can do to speed up Outlook

    If Outlook's slow performance is driving you crazy, try these simple tricks to speed things up.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 reasons why GNOME is better than KDE

    A new battle is playing out in the Linux desktop arena. See why Jack Wallen believes that today's GNOME has pulled ahead of today's KDE in terms of design, stability, and usability.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 Linux and open source developer tools you should not overlook

    To take advantage of the excellent Linux development environment, you need to have the right tools. Here's a rundown of some of the best ones out there and the features they have to offer.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 ways Microsoft could help Linux

    Stop the presses: Jack Wallen supports an alliance between Microsoft and Linux. Find out why he believes both camps could work together for the benefit of all concerned.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 must-have Linux Web-based tools

    There's no shortage of Web-centric Linux tools -- the trick if figuring out which ones are best for your needs. Jack Wallen offers a list of those he thinks are the cream of the crop.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    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.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // May 2009

    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.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // May 2009

    10 solid Linux distributions for your netbook

    You don't have to settle for an OS that's a bad fit for your netbook -- there are numerous alternatives, some of which can provide a near-laptop experience. Jack Wallen runs through the pros and cons of 10 viable Linux distributions.This download is also available as an entry in...

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  • Downloads // May 2009

    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.This download is...

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    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.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    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.This download is also available as an entry in...

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 easy ways to improve your public speaking

    If the thought of speaking in front of a group makes your blood run cold, here's good news: You can employ a variety of simple tricks to take the edge off your nerves so that your delivery will be smooth and self-assured. Longtime actor Jack Wallen shares these tried-and-true techniques.This...

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 reasons why open source makes sense on smart phones

    Open source brings a host of benefits to the mobile market, starting with cost savings. But as Jack Wallen explains, the advantages go much further - from better security to more customization options to more prolific application development. This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 Linux applications that are perfect for educational environments

    Teachers and school administrators are having to get creative about finding quality educational software they can afford. Jack Wallen introduces 10 topnotch open source solutions to help manage and administer educational programs and teach children of all ages.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 tools to connect to wireless networks in Linux

    Mobile Linux users have a variety of options when it comes to wireless connectivity tools. Jack Wallen outlines some of the best choices to help you find one that will work for you.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 outstanding Linux backup utilities

    A dependable backup tool is not a luxury - everyone should have one. But that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune to get the feature set that meets your needs. Jack Wallen introduces some great Linux backup solutions, including a few that are cross platform.This download is also...

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    10 ergonomic keyboards that actually do their job

    If you do a lot of typing -- or if you have employees who do a lot of typing - ergonomic keyboards make a great deal of sense. Jack Wallen reviews 10 outstanding keyboards that will prevent the strain that standard keyboards place on the body.This download is also available...

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