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David Delony

David Delony is a Bay Area expatriate living in Ashland, Oregon, where he combines his love of words and technology in his career as a freelance writer. He's covered everything from TV commercials to video games. David holds a B.A. in communication from California Sate University, East Bay.
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Internationalization and Localization: Why It Matters Internationalization and Localization: Why It Matters Internationalization and Localization: Why It Matters Internationalization and Localization: Why It Matters


Localization can make or break software in international markets, which is why it needs to be integrated from the beginning of development,...

A Look at Vim: Winning the Editor Wars? A Look at Vim: Winning the Editor Wars? A Look at Vim: Winning the Editor Wars? A Look at Vim: Winning the Editor Wars?


There has long been a struggle between Vi and Emacs in the 'Editor Wars' but now Vim (Vi iMproved) may be emerging as a victor

Ubuntu on Windows: What's the Big Deal? Ubuntu on Windows: What's the Big Deal? Ubuntu on Windows: What's the Big Deal? Ubuntu on Windows: What's the Big Deal?


Development is driven by demand, and due to the popularity of Unix and Linux among developers, Windows 10 is now offering Ubuntu command...

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Business Secure Online 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Business Secure Online 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Business Secure Online 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Business Secure Online


Protecting your personal computer isn't that difficult, right? Well, protecting all of the machines in your enterprise can be nearly as...

Disaster Recovery 101 Disaster Recovery 101 Disaster Recovery 101 Disaster Recovery 101


Disasters, both natural and human-made, have the potential to destroy data, which can in turn destroy a business. However, planning for...

New Technologies That Are Older Than You Think New Technologies That Are Older Than You Think New Technologies That Are Older Than You Think New Technologies That Are Older Than You Think


Smartphones, tablets, cloud computing — all technologies that have been introduced fairly recently, right? You might be surprised to see...

CP/M: The Story of the OS That Almost Succeeded Over Windows CP/M: The Story of the OS That Almost Succeeded Over Windows CP/M: The Story of the OS That Almost Succeeded Over Windows CP/M: The Story of the OS That Almost Succeeded Over Windows


In the late '70s, CP/M seemed poised to take the lead in the emerging market of PC operating systems. What happened to this former...

Windows Survival Guide for Linux/Unix Users Windows Survival Guide for Linux/Unix Users Windows Survival Guide for Linux/Unix Users Windows Survival Guide for Linux/Unix Users


Let's face it - no matter how dedicated you are to Linux/Unix, the majority of computers out there use Windows, and like it or not, you'll...

How to Get Windows 10 Features in Windows 8.1 How to Get Windows 10 Features in Windows 8.1 How to Get Windows 10 Features in Windows 8.1 How to Get Windows 10 Features in Windows 8.1


With the widespread frustration many users feel toward Windows 8, Windows 10 will be a welcome change. However, some of the features that...

Why Linux has Failed on the Desktop Why Linux has Failed on the Desktop Why Linux has Failed on the Desktop Why Linux has Failed on the Desktop


It seems that Linux will never become a mainstream OS for desktops, but it is highly popular with developers and is the basis for the...

File Managers to Fit Your Every Need File Managers to Fit Your Every Need File Managers to Fit Your Every Need File Managers to Fit Your Every Need


There's more to file management than just Windows File Explorer and Mac OS X Finder - numerous types of file management can help you manage...

A Closer Look at FreeBSD A Closer Look at FreeBSD A Closer Look at FreeBSD A Closer Look at FreeBSD


Whether you realize it or not, there's a good chance that FreeBSD is is running behind the scenes on devices that you use every day

Docker - How Containers Can Simplify Your Linux Development Docker - How Containers Can Simplify Your Linux Development Docker - How Containers Can Simplify Your Linux Development Docker - How Containers Can Simplify Your Linux Development


Docker is a tool for Linux developers that lets them package applications into containers, allowing them to easily move their applications...

Unix/Linux Shells 101 Unix/Linux Shells 101 Unix/Linux Shells 101 Unix/Linux Shells 101


Shells are powerful and highly versatile tools for Unix and Linux. There are numerous shells with different abilities out there, and they...

5 Twitter Tools You Should Be Using 5 Twitter Tools You Should Be Using 5 Twitter Tools You Should Be Using 5 Twitter Tools You Should Be Using


Twitter can be a great business and marketing tool, but only if it's done right. These tools will help you get more out of your Twitter...

BSD: The Other Free Unix BSD: The Other Free Unix BSD: The Other Free Unix BSD: The Other Free Unix


BSD is a powerful alternative to Linux that is available for free. Discover the many flavors of BSD and what they can do for you

What IT People Can Learn From the Unix Philosophy What IT People Can Learn From the Unix Philosophy What IT People Can Learn From the Unix Philosophy What IT People Can Learn From the Unix Philosophy


With its simple, stripped-down approach, Unix is giving many programmers exactly what they're looking for

Mainframes Aren't Dead Mainframes Aren't Dead Mainframes Aren't Dead Mainframes Aren't Dead


While most consider the mainframe to be a relic of decades past, they are still widely used and may be running in the background of your...

8 Technologies That Failed - But Weren't Forgotten 8 Technologies That Failed - But Weren't Forgotten 8 Technologies That Failed - But Weren't Forgotten 8 Technologies That Failed - But Weren't Forgotten


Despite their inability to survive, these technologies end up having a major impact on future technology. Here are a few technologies that...

Chrome OS 101 Chrome OS 101 Chrome OS 101 Chrome OS 101


Google's Chrome OS is great - for the right type of user. Learn about the pros and cons here

Interesting Facts About Computer Timekeeping Interesting Facts About Computer Timekeeping Interesting Facts About Computer Timekeeping Interesting Facts About Computer Timekeeping


You probably don’t think about the clock in your computer too much, but there are a lot of interesting things that keep everything running...

What Makes Unix Special? What Makes Unix Special? What Makes Unix Special? What Makes Unix Special?


Why has this quirky operating system endured in the face of challenges from the likes of Microsoft? The answer is simple: Many developers...

The History of Unix: From Bell Labs to the iPhone The History of Unix: From Bell Labs to the iPhone The History of Unix: From Bell Labs to the iPhone The History of Unix: From Bell Labs to the iPhone


You might think your smartphone or tablet is brand new, but the technology underlying it has a long history dating back to the 1960s. Learn...

Perl 101 Perl 101 Perl 101 Perl 101


If you think Perl is a relic from the 90s, think again. This language is still going strong. Learn the basics here

How to Cut the Cord - Illegally How to Cut the Cord - Illegally How to Cut the Cord - Illegally How to Cut the Cord - Illegally


If you must have the latest shows without paying for them, there are less legal ways to get them. But use them at your own risk

How to Cut the Cord on Cable TV - Legally How to Cut the Cord on Cable TV - Legally How to Cut the Cord on Cable TV - Legally How to Cut the Cord on Cable TV - Legally


Cut the cord and experience the future of TV guilt-free. We provide all the options out there for downloading, streaming and OTA

Cutting the Cord on Your Cable TV Cutting the Cord on Your Cable TV Cutting the Cord on Your Cable TV Cutting the Cord on Your Cable TV


If you're fed up with cable, you’re in good company. Here's how to cut the cord and switch to viewing programs online

Sociology 101 For Techies Sociology 101 For Techies Sociology 101 For Techies Sociology 101 For Techies


Technologists can benefit from the study of sociology. This article explains some of sociology's most basic concepts, and how they apply

Digging Deeper Into NoSQL Concepts Digging Deeper Into NoSQL Concepts Digging Deeper Into NoSQL Concepts Digging Deeper Into NoSQL Concepts


For serving up large amounts of data in an instant, the various NoSQL databases are providing a serious challenge to the dominant...

LAN WAN PAN MAN: Learn the Differences Between These Network Types LAN WAN PAN MAN: Learn the Differences Between These Network Types LAN WAN PAN MAN: Learn the Differences Between These Network Types LAN WAN PAN MAN: Learn the Differences Between These Network Types


These networks may sound confusing, but you'll find the concepts self-explanatory once you understand the meaning behind each acronym

Private Branch Exchange (PBX): New Ways to Geek Out Your Phone Service Private Branch Exchange (PBX): New Ways to Geek Out Your Phone Service Private Branch Exchange (PBX): New Ways to Geek Out Your Phone Service Private Branch Exchange (PBX): New Ways to Geek Out Your Phone Service


While PBX used to consist of complicated proprietary systems, with the advent of VoIP, there are now many more (and more cost effective)...

X Window System 101 X Window System 101 X Window System 101 X Window System 101


If you use Unix or Linux, you're probably already using X, but do you know how to take advantage of some of its more powerful features?...

Unicode 101 Unicode 101 Unicode 101 Unicode 101


If you want your applications to be truly global, they have to be able to handle languages other than U.S. English. Unicode provides a...

Scripting Languages 101 Scripting Languages 101 Scripting Languages 101 Scripting Languages 101


Whether you're tired of mousing around on your computer doing the same thing over and over, or want to build applications for the web,...

Mosh: Secure Shell Without the Pain Mosh: Secure Shell Without the Pain Mosh: Secure Shell Without the Pain Mosh: Secure Shell Without the Pain


Mosh, or Mobile Shell, allows users to connect to remote systems and stay connected, even when the network goes down or you switch networks

A Guide to Window Managers and Desktops for Unix and Linux A Guide to Window Managers and Desktops for Unix and Linux A Guide to Window Managers and Desktops for Unix and Linux A Guide to Window Managers and Desktops for Unix and Linux


The ability to choose from a range of different Linux and Unix user interfaces is both a blessing and a curse. Here we'll cut through the...

Remember IRC? It's Still Around - And It's Still Worth Using Remember IRC? It's Still Around - And It's Still Worth Using Remember IRC? It's Still Around - And It's Still Worth Using Remember IRC? It's Still Around - And It's Still Worth Using


IRC is a wonderful way to get free support, especially for open-source software, but it's often overlooked in favor of newer social media...

The Laws of Computing The Laws of Computing The Laws of Computing The Laws of Computing


Even in the extremely abstract field of computing, there are some observable "laws" - just like in mathematics. By studying these laws, we...

The 4 Most Confusing Concepts in Networking Explained The 4 Most Confusing Concepts in Networking Explained The 4 Most Confusing Concepts in Networking Explained The 4 Most Confusing Concepts in Networking Explained


Networking can be complicated, but its most basic concepts are actually quite simple. We cover the four that tend to confuse people the...

The History of the Modem The History of the Modem The History of the Modem The History of the Modem


The modem has been around a lot longer than most people realize. Here's a look at its evolution over the years, from its inception in the...

The 5 Programming Languages That Built the Internet The 5 Programming Languages That Built the Internet The 5 Programming Languages That Built the Internet The 5 Programming Languages That Built the Internet


Without programming languages, the internet wouldn't exist. These languages - some dating back to the 1950s - are the foundation for the...

A Beginner's Guide to Getting Started in Linux A Beginner's Guide to Getting Started in Linux A Beginner's Guide to Getting Started in Linux A Beginner's Guide to Getting Started in Linux


Learning about a new operating system can be daunting for beginners, but getting started with Linux can be amazingly easy

Q&A by David Delony



If you’re looking to run your business in the cloud, you’ll have to make the choice between using a public cloud and using a private cloud....


IT infrastructure is the combination of hardware, software, network and human resources that allow an organization to deliver information...