Daniel P. Dern

Daniel P. Dern is a freelance technology writer based in Newton Center, Massachusetts. His website is www.dern.com and his technology blog is TryingTechnology.com.

Introducing Mob programming: The best team technique you've (probably) never heard of

Pocketable productivity: 5 folding keyboards for your smartphone

Pocketable productivity: 5 folding keyboards for your smartphone

Thumb-typing on your smartphone can make creating a short document take a lot longer. We review five folding keyboards that can make your job easier.

How to keep your smartphone (and its data) secure

These tips and tools can help you keep your smartphone close, and protect your data if it strays.

Swiss Army smartphone: 9 tools your phone can replace

Swiss Army smartphone: 9 tools your phone can replace

With the right apps, cases and add-ons, your smartphone can tackle a wide and whacky range of tasks.

9 museums that want your legacy tech - and what they're looking for

9 museums that want your legacy tech - and what they're looking for

Museums and other institutions are searching for examples of older technology to exhibit. Is there a computer in your basement that qualifies?

I'll take mine to go: 12 apps to carry with you at all times

With mobile devices, personal cloud storage, and easy access to the Web, there's far less need to tote around software. But "less need" isn't the same as "no need". And there are still plenty of reasons to carry your apps with you on...

Designing for mobile: Responsive design vs. mobilized sites vs. mobile app

Which is best for reaching your website's mobile users?

3 ways to add broadband to your mobile devices

Smartphone users have gotten used to having 3G/4G connectivity whenever they're away from a Wi-Fi network. However, if you're using a tablet or a laptop, that's often a different story.

10 commandments of Windows security

With the introduction of Windows 7, many PC and notebook users may feel more secure than they did using older versions of the Microsoft operating system. Newer OSs have more security features, offer better out-of-the-box security...

What today's software developers need to know

Today's software developers don't have to worry about many things that their predecessors used to, like coding to minimize RAM consumption. However, the reverse is also true: there are many new skills and areas of expertise that...

Six energy-efficient data center practices

The traditional data center is running out of power, space, and time. Here are some of the new, innovative, and unusual solutions in practice today.

Lost programming skills

Today's coders may know how to whip up a PHP script or a Drupal extension, create a mobile app for both the iPhone and Android, and run DOOM on their car's GPS. But there's a lot that their predecessors knew that today's programmers...

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