Stories by Rohan Pearce

Opera responds to Amazon's Cloud-powered 'Silk' browser

One of to features of Amazon's recently announced Kindle Fire tablet drawing attention is its WebKit-based 'Silk' Web browser. What makes Silk different from most browsers is its 'split browser' approach: Putting together complicated Web pages in Amazon's Cloud infrastructure before downloading the end result to the browser.

vividwireless ViViFi WiMAX modem review

The first thing you notice about vividwireless' portable ViViFi modem is just how cute it is. I had to wrest the diminutive device away from the CIO editor, who was sitting at her cubicle caressing it and making vaguely Gollum-esque noises. The modem looks vaguely like an Oreo, if the biscuit parts were removed and if Oreos were square, made out of plastic and designed by Apple. So perhaps the best way to describe the modem is: It's not like an Oreo.

HTC EVO 3D vs. Samsung Galaxy S 2

Oh yawn, another 3D product. Seriously, do people really care about 3D TVs? You want to watch some blue-alien-filled B-grade trash with an A++ budget? Your call, buddy.

Nokia N9 vs. Samsung Galaxy S 2

Nokia's N9 -- its first phone to run the MeeGo operating system -- will be available on all Australian networks, as well as retailers including Harvey Norman, Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi.

Michael S. Hart (1947-2011): The founder of Project Gutenberg

Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg passed away on 6 September. Hart, born in 1947, started Project Gutenberg in 1971 with the digitisation of the US Declaration of Independence, which Hart made available to other computer users at the University of Illinois.

Nokia N9 vs. iPhone 4

Nokia's high-end, Linux-based N9 smartphone will be available on all Australian networks as well from as major retailers.

Syllable OS developer interview: Building a better operating system

Creating an operating system is an ambitious project. Even putting together an OS based on Linux or BSD takes an enormous amount of effort (and talent!) But creating an OS from scratch -- especially one that disregards some of what may loosely be termed 'conventional wisdom' -- is probably not something most developers would attempt.

Developer Q&A: Syllable OS

Techworld Australia caught up with lead Syllable developer Kaj de Vos to talk about the operating system and its philosophy.

Six of the best free Android apps for geeks

There are a lot of things about Google's Android operating system that appeal to geeks. It's open source, it offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to customising your handset, and, despite not yet matching the iPhone when it comes to the number of apps available, the Android Market continues to grow.

The Uzebox: An open source hardware games console

Anybody who has even a passing familiarity with IT — and even most who don't — encounters open source software on a daily basis. Whether it's Mozilla's Firefox Web browser, the Apache HTTP Server, which powers most of the world's Web sites, or Google's Android mobile platform, open source software has gone from being solely the domain of geeks to part of many people's everyday life — and it's become big business.

Bodhi Linux review

It seems that as yet there is no agreed upon acronym for Ubuntu-based Linux distributions -- Yet Another Ubuntu Derivative (YAUD), perhaps? Along with the 'regular' Ubuntu-derived distros -- Kubuntu and Xubuntu, for example -- you can get all manner of niche distros.