R.I.P.1. Dearly Departed: Companies and Products That Didn't Deserve to DieIn July we published our most popular story of the year: a collection of our favorite products that met their demise thanks in large part to unfortunate business decisions. Finding their way onto our list were several innovations-from minicomputers to software utilities-and more than a few of you added suggestions of your own. The topic was so popular, in fact, that we did a follow-up itemizing readers' most mourned products.Extreme IT2. Seven Wonders of the IT WorldThe fastest supercomputer. The most intriguing data center. \nThe constantly changing core at the heart of Linux. We gave\nyou a tour of the most impressive and most unusual marvels \nof the IT world... and boy, did you love the ride. Just Say No3. Eight Sound Reasons Not to Use MySQLIt's always useful to set two authoritative speakers down\non opposite sides of an issue; readers can listen to both opinions and make an informed decision. We asked one author to \nexplain the reasons that IT departments might want to give\na thumbs-down to the popular open-source MySQL database, and\nalso asked a subject matter expert to explain the flip side,\nwhy MySQL is a great idea. Twice as many were interested in the reasons\nto say No as were interested in supporting the database. Go\nfigure. Crash Course4. ABCs: An Introduction to ERPOur ABCs \u2014 short introductions to key technology topics \u2014\nare our "backlist" of articles that often are found by Web \nsearchers who need a leg-up today. The most popular\nis our ABC on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and if\nyou're at all familiar with the topic, you'll surely realize\nwhy. The ABCs of Supply Chain Management has been mighty popular, too. We also have an inclusive list of all (well, most) of the ABCs on one handy page.To Catch A Predator5. How Online Criminals Make Themselves Tough to Find, Near Impossible to NabYou might not have guessed that a security article would\nbe so popular. But this one, about the rise of new, \neasy-to-use antiforensic tools threatening to render \ncomputer forensics investigations cost-prohibitive and digital \nevidence-gathering unreliable in court, is fascinating\n(in a "wow, how 'bout that!" manner) as well as important\nfor IT departments to know. The Great Debate6. Eight Financial Reasons Why You Should Use Mac OS\n\nWe learned from that MySQL example: people like to listen\nto debates, and there's no subject that garners more passion than which OS is best. In late 2006, Meridith Levinson chronicled CIO John Halamka's\nevaluation of the desktop operating system contenders in \nhis quest for the next-generation office computer. \n\tThis year, Halamka updated his research by evalutating both Ubuntu and SUSE, and the Linux advocates came out to share their opinions. But it's the Apple loyalists (and its detractors too) that brought two pro-Mac OS stories into the top 10. The first touted its cost-effectiveness, the second described how businesses breaking up with Windows can more easily integrate Mac OS X into the enterprise. Phoning It In7. Getting Clueful: Seven Things the CIO Should Know About TelecommutingEsther Schindler asked IT workers who telecommute to share \ntheir advice for their bosses about the process, technology, \nand attitudes necessary for staff to be productive when \nthey work from home. After compiling 34 pages (count 'em \nthirty-four) of input, these seven points were the ones \nthat staff most desperately wished the boss would understand. Lurking in the Shadows8. User Management\u2014Users Who Know Too Much and the CIOs Who Fear ThemWe've been covering the "shadow IT" department all year. \nThis article was its kickoff: the new IT department that\nisn't under the CIO's control. "You may not even be aware \nof it," author Ben Worthen wrote. "But your users are, and \nfiguring out how to work with it will be the key to your \nfuture and your company's success." Fun and Games9. Let's Play ConsultantWe sometimes get links from unlikely places. We're almost\nembarrassed to admit it, but one of our top articles is \nthe result of recommendations from a consumer game-related\nsite. This fun quiz (which obviously is fun, or\nit wouldn't remain this popular) came from a vaguely \nexhaustive and thoroughly unscientific survey of consultants\nabout habits and preferences, complete with accessories \nand vocabulary. Also popular, and high on the entertainment scale, was Al Sacco's list of 20 USB Gizmos That Have No Place in the Enterprise (But You'll Love Just the Same).Taking Care of Business\n10. How to Spot a Failing ProjectOften, the difference between success and failure is \nspotting critical early warning signs that a project \nis in trouble. Obviously, plenty of you were interested in\nlearning how to identify the symptoms.