Stories by Rohan Pearce


Turnbull promises 'total change of management culture' at NBN Co

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that former Telstra CEO Ziggy Switkowski will take the reins at NBN Co.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 October, 2013 16:18

Tags: national broadband network

Atlassian taps crowdsourcing, open source for charity

Sydney-headquartered software developer Atlassian is building a new platform to crowdsource developer talent to work on charitable projects. The software built in the projects will then be open sourced for re-use by other non-profit organisations. The platform goes by the pun-heavy name and is an initiative of the developer's charity arm, the Atlassian Foundation.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 October, 2013 11:20

Tags: open source, atlassian

Open source snapshot: GhostBSD

When it comes to open source desktop operating systems, there's no question that Linux is the top dog in terms of market share (at least, if you disregard the open source components in OS X that are a product of its NeXTSTEP heritage).

By Rohan Pearce | 30 September, 2013 15:08

Tags: open source, FreeBSD

Asbestos tracking software lets NT schools breathe easier

A new centralised information management system is being deployed to help maintain asbestos registries as an audit is conducted of government-run Northern Territory schools.

How to convert an ASCII char to a 'binary' string representation in C

Converting a char to a string of zeroes and ones – that is, creating a string that is a binary representation of an unsigned integer with a maximum value of 255– is the kind of problem that can be a pain if you're starting out in programming. And it is also the sort of problem loved by university lecturers.

Indie developers take TownCraft to world stage

It started in a pub and ended in two years' hard labour. TownCraft, a chilled out, Minecraft-inspired village-building title for the iPad, is a product of the blood, sweat and beers of Flat Earth Games and earlier this month made the leap from the Australian and New Zealand market to the global iTunes Store, letting players from around the world enjoy the efforts of the local indie development house.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 September, 2013 17:15

Tags: games

Building the tools to build the Internet of Things

"We don't have a good notion of what the Internet of Things is yet," says Adam Dunkels. It could be considered a somewhat bold statement for the Swedish computer scientist, given that the company that he's at the helm at – Thingsquare – is focussed on delivering the tools to build the IoT.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 September, 2013 16:40

Tags: Thingsquare, Networking, Internet of Things, Contiki OS, Adam Dunkels

Recruiter sees changes in IT teams

There's been declining sentiment for hiring and investment in IT since the federal election was announced in January, but with a new government taking the reins that looks set to change, according to Tim Davis, director ICT at recruitment firm Hudson Asia Pacific.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 September, 2013 08:30

Tags: careers

Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro available in Australia in October

Microsoft's two new tablets, the Surface 2 and the Surface 2 Pro, will go on sale in Australia from 22 October. The tablets will be available for purchase online from Microsoft and in-store at Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 September, 2013 11:03

Tags: Microsoft, tablets, microsoft surface

New crowdfunding platform targets Drupal development

A new crowdfunding platform – Drupalfund – is intended to make it easier to contribute to Drupal and accelerate development work on the open source content platform, according to Jozef Toth.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 September, 2013 11:08

Tags: open source, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, drupal

Entensys builds mini Web filtering appliance with Raspberry Pi

Florida-based security vendor Entensys has unveiled a super-small experimental Web filtering appliance designed to plugged in to the itself quite tiny Raspberry Pi.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 September, 2013 15:52

Tags: Raspberry Pi

Wi-Fi sniffing lets researchers take social snapshots of crowds

Researchers at Italy's Sapienza – Università di Roma have used Wi-Fi probe requests from smartphones to take a social snapshot of large gatherings of people.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 September, 2013 13:27

Tags: Wi-Fi, security, mobility, smartphones

Medibank upgrades IT for activity-based working

Private health insurance provider Medibank is set to upgrade its standard desktop environment from Windows XP to Windows 7 as it prepares for the shift to its new Docklands headquarters late next year.

By Rohan Pearce | 19 September, 2013 08:40

Tags: activity-based working, ABW, medibank private, health, Healthcare, Medibank

Vodafone Foundation launches 2013 charity hackathon

The Vodafone Foundation has launched the 2013 edition of its charity hackathon, App Aid. As with App Aid 2012, teams of developers will partner with charities for the event.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 September, 2013 10:22

Tags: mobility, smartphones, Vodafone, Hackathons, mobile apps

nearmap spies offshore opportunities for geospatial service

nearmap, a Sydney-headquartered company that provides a Web-based aerial imagery service with built-in geospatial tools, is assessing opportunities for overseas expansion in North America and the Asia Pacific, according to managing director Simon Crowther.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 September, 2013 09:00

Tags: NearMap, mapping

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