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.

1: 10 things IT pros do that lead to burnout

Stress, exhaustion, health problems, poor job performance, apathy — all these can be yours if you commit a few career sins and get burned out.

2: 10 things you have to know to be computer literate

Many of your users are coasting along without adequate computer knowledge. Help them close the gap by sharing this list of essential skills.

3: 10 reasons IT pros get a bad rap

It’s no secret that IT pros aren’t too popular with some clients and end users. Alan Norton considers some of the underlying reasons for the bad press.

4: 10 new HTML5 tags you need to know about

HTML5 offers new tags and attributes that provide more power, efficiency, and flexibility for your Web development. Here are 10 tags you’ll want to check out.

5: 10 ways to speed up Windows 7

You don’t have to live with a Windows 7 machine that’s becoming unbearably slow. These basic steps will optimize system performance.

6: 10 reasons why I avoid social networking services

Social networking has had a huge impact on how we communicate and interact — but some people refuse to get caught up in the trend.

7: 10 classic mistakes that plague software development projects

When you combine project management pitfalls with software development challenges, you have a recipe for some big (but often preventable) problems.

8: 10 things I’ve learned from working in IT

After you’ve been in IT for a while, you pick up all sorts of random knowledge. Jack Wallen shares a few highlights from almost 20 years in the field.

9: 10 highly valued soft skills for IT pros

Today’s IT pro needs both technical expertise and soft skills — that’s nothing new. But the scope of those in-demand soft skills just keeps growing.

10: 10 cross-platform tools that can make your job easier

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.

Runners up

10 tips for speeding up Outlook

Does Outlook’s pokey performance have you gnashing your teeth with frustration? Try these simple fixes to give it a kick in the pants.

10 ways for women to stay safe when traveling alone

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.

10 IT relics I really miss

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:


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.