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

We keep a large amount of personal and business data on our smartphones and tablets; here are some tips and tricks to help you protect both your hardware and your information.

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 wacky range of tasks.

9 museums that want your legacy tech

9 museums that want your legacy tech

Museums and other institutions are searching for examples of older technology to exhibit. Is there a computer in your basement that qualifies? We tell you who's looking and what they're looking for.

3 ways to add broadband to your mobile devices

If your mobile device doesn't come with cellular broadband, there are several ways you can add it -- but there are advantages and disadvantages to each method.

Sanitize your hard drives with Drive eRazer Ultra

Drive eRazer Ultra can wipe your hard drives in a variety of ways to make sure that any data that resided on it is completely and unalterably gone.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 gives you hands-off computing

Dragon NaturallySpeaking gives slow typists and those who can't use keyboards a way to control their computer with their voice. But prepare for a steep learning curve.

Review: 5 USB turntables convert LPs to MP3s

Review: 5 USB turntables convert LPs to MP3s

What can you do when you have favorite old LPs that haven't been converted into digital form? Convert them yourself. Here are 5 USB turntables that can make it easier.

Tired of waiting for Windows to boot? HyperSpace and Splashtop can help

Windows users who want to use their notebooks immediately, rather than wait for a lengthy boot-up, can get quick access via these new Linux-based "instant-on" environments.

How virtualization improves software development

In many companies, virtualization arrived with developers first using the technology quietly to do testing and development, and who then introduced the virtualization tools to IT higher-ups.

How Virtualization Improves Software Development

Virtualization's big push to fame was arguably kick-started by VMware's Workstation product, which allowed individual users to run a bunch of OSes, versions or instances (similar to multiple application windows) instead of having a...

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