This year, we published 201 lists in the 10 Things blog (202, if you count this one). Topics ranged from future technologies to broken technologies, from reasons to quit IT to reasons to stay, and from best practices to worst-case scenarios across a range of environments and job roles. Here are the 10 posts that topped the list.

1: 10 ways to become an IT superstar

Becoming a sought-after industry expert requires dedication, planning, and hard work. Here are some things you can do to make it happen.

2: 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.

3: 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 drawbacks.

4: 10 best practices for Windows security

Security risks continue to grow for organizations both large and small. Here are 10 suggestions for making sure your networks are as well protected as possible.

5: 10 essential tools and services for work-at-home IT pros

You can’t work out of your home effectively without the right setup. Justin James shares what he’s discovered about equipping the IT home office.

6:10 hot areas of expertise for IT specialists

Success in the IT field is increasingly tied to specialization – but what particular tech niches are most in demand? These IT specialties top the list.

7: 10 things you shouldn’t believe about freelancing

If you’re thinking about going freelance, be forewarned: Much of what you hear — about the freedom, the money, the work itself — is just plain wrong.

8: 10 Windows 7 commands every administrator should know

The command line is often the best place to resolve Windows 7 desktop problems. Here are a few basic commands that will help speed your troubleshooting tasks.

9: 10 things to love about Windows 8

After spending a couple of months kicking the tires on the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Justin James can cite a number of promising features and positive changes.

10: 10 technologies that are just plain broken

Certain systems, software, and technologies simply don’t work very well. In fact, some are barely usable. See if your biggest annoyances made this list.

Runners up


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