Stories by Rohan Pearce


Watson and the future of cognitive computing

"'Quiz show contestant' may be the first job made redundant by Watson, but I'm sure it won't be the last," Ken Jennings wrote.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 July, 2013 14:30

Tags: cognitive computing, Watson

Student services provider re-architects, jumps to Microsoft's cloud

Student Edge, a student card provider that offers information and access to discounts for secondary and tertiary students, has completed a complete re-architecture of its dated core systems that run its online portal. In the process, the company made the leap from its own hardware to running in Windows Azure.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 July, 2013 18:30

Tags: Windows Azure, Microsoft, cloud computing

Open source in the era of digital marketing

When Drupal creator Dries Buytaert addressed the inaugural DrupalCon Sydney conference earlier this year he said the open source project's community had to move beyond seeing it purely as a content-management system. Drupal can compete with the proprietary Web experience management solutions provided by companies like Adobe and Sitecore, Buytaert said.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 July, 2013 11:17

Tags: marketing, open source, Dries Buytaert, drupal

Embrace cloud or be the king of legacy?

For all the talk about devising BYOD strategies there is a simple truth that can’t be ignored: Employees are using their personal smartphones and tablets for work whether they have official blessing to do so or not, and most likely are connecting to the corporate network without caring about official sanction. And if Telstra’s Lalitha Biddulph, the telco’s enterprise and infrastructure services IT director, is to be believed, that’s not a million miles away from the situation many enterprises find themselves in with cloud.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 July, 2013 13:16

Tags: cloud computing, Telstra

Infographic: 12 months of Drupal events

Drupical – a handy website for finding upcoming Drupal conferences and meetups – has put together a nifty infographic that takes a look at the number of Drupal-related events over the last 12 months. Australia ranks number five overall for number of events held, and number two for number of events per capita.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 July, 2013 12:01

Tags: open source, drupal

Linux distro watch: UberStudent

What differentiates UberStudent from other Linux distribution designed for tertiary education is that it delivers "pedagogical cohesion" says its creator, Stephen Ewen.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 July, 2013 11:14

Tags: Linux, open source, education, free software, linux distribution

Kogan sold on OpenStack cloud

"If our office burnt down today," says Goran Stefkovski, "we would be running the business from the cafe next door tomorrow."

By Rohan Pearce | 08 July, 2013 16:46

Tags: open source, kogan, Kogan Technologies, cloud computing, rackspace, OpenStack

Hacking creativity: Making time for innovation

Everyone wants to do it, but the 'how' of innovation can often feel elusive. For Craig Penfold, the head of technology at Yahoo!7, innovation often involves late nights, pizza and, at around 5am in the morning, a Spotify playlist of '80s trash.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 July, 2013 11:42

Tags: innovation, hacking

Canberra high school grapples with BYOD future

Daramalan College's IT team is mulling options for a bring-your-own-device program at the independent secondary school.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 July, 2013 12:17

Tags: BYOD, brocade, mobility, Networking, Case studies, virtualisation, Case Study

The next frontier of application context-awareness: mood

Mobile devices, such as smartphones, bristle with an array of increasingly sophisticated sensors ranging from gyroscopes and light sensors to hygrometers and thermometers. These sensors can be used to provide context to applications and a device's operating system, modifying the end user experience to account for their environment (a simple example being altering screen brightness and keyboard backlighting as ambient light changes).

By Rohan Pearce | 28 June, 2013 12:59

Tags: mobile devices

Splunk moves on Hadoop analytics

Splunk, best known for its eponymous on-premise and cloud-based analytics offering, has launched a beta program for a new product that delivers a similar set of query, reporting, dashboard and visualisation tools for Hadoop clusters.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 June, 2013 11:32

Tags: hadoop, splunk

ICANN working group seeks to kill WHOIS

An Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) working group is seeking public input on a successor to the current WHOIS system used to retrieve domain name information.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 June, 2013 11:01

Tags: ICANN, domain names

IoT: Aussies prepare to ship Wi-Fi connected lightbulbs

Australian startup LIFX is preparing to ship its Wi-Fi enabled lightbulbs later this year. The 'smart' lightbulb, which can be controlled by a smartphone app, is the brainchild of LIFX CEO Phil Bosua. Like most good ideas, its origins are a conversation in a pub.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 June, 2013 16:18

Tags: Networking, Internet of Things

Startup sources talent from coding comp

Finding people who are the right fit for a startup environment can be tricky. Australian e-commerce startup Bigcommerce is seeking people "who really love to code", according to Soren Harner.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 June, 2013 16:37

Tags: Bigcommerce, startups, careers

The birth of MMOs: World of Warcraft's debt to MUD

No-one would deny that 2004 launch of World of Warcraft changed the face of the games industry. The subscriber base of Blizzard's massively multiplayer online game (MMO) may rise and fall as the company releases expansions and tweaks its subscription model (the introduction of the free 'Starter Edition' for example), but millions of players have spent many millions of hours in Azeroth.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 June, 2013 13:53

Tags: games

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