Stories by Rohan Pearce

Open source identity: FreeNAS 8's Josh Paetzel

FreeNAS is an open source operating system based on FreeBSD and, as its name implies, designed for networked storage. The project recently celebrated the release of FreeNAS 8, which racked up some 43,000 downloads in the first 48 hours after its release.

Ubuntu Linux Satanic Edition (666.9) review

Getting ready to review a Linux distribution is usually pretty straightforward. After some background research into the distribution's history, you download the latest ISO and beseech the head of IT to lend you a netbook or scrounge up some moth-infested, aging desktop PC.

Hands on: Google Docs for Android

Google today announced the availability of Google Docs for Android. Docs for Android is a free download from the Android Market and is compatible with phones running version 2.1 (Eclair) or more recent of Google's mobile platform.

Red Hat opens NZ office

Linux vendor Red Hat has announced its first office in New Zealand. Red Hat's Auckland office "will be geared toward further promoting the adoption and growth of Red Hat's Linux, middleware and cloud computing offerings through its network of partners," according to a statement issued by the company today.

Seagate launches enterprise SSDs

Seagate has launched two enterprise-focussed solid-state drives (SSD), as well as three new conventional hard drives targeting the enterprise market.

Hacker group 'Anonymous' sets sights on Sony

A press release attributed to looseknit cyberactivist group Anonymous has targeted Sony in response to the corporation's legal action against hacker George Hotz (GeoHot) and Alexander Egorenkov (Graf_Chokolo).

JVC launches 3D camcorder

JVC has launched its first Full HD camcorder: The JVC Everio GS-TD1. The GS-TD1 will be available in April, but no pricing details have been revealed. The camera is capable of using its 5x optical zoom while shooting 3D footage and features a touchscreen LCD that offers glasses-free 3D.

BlackBerry Bold Touch allegedly leaked

Photos that are allegedly of RIM's BlackBerry Bold Touch smartphone have been posted online by N4BB. The BlackBerry Bold Touch's design looks similar to the BlackBerry Bold smartphone. However, in addition to the full QWERTY keyboard the Bold Touch is equipped with a touchscreen.

Kinect for Windows SDK shipping later this year

Microsoft's official blog has announced that a free, "non-commercial" Windows SDK for developing for applications using the company's Kinect motion sensing system will be available for download "this spring" (that's our autumn for the hemispherically challenged).

Buffalo launches Android app for NAS access

Storage and networking vendor, Buffalo, has launched a free app for Android smartphones and tablets. The WebAccess A app offers access to Buffalo network-attached storage (NAS) devices using a 3G or Wi-Fi connection.

Review: CrunchBang Linux

A lot of modern Linux distributions created with desktop users in mind go out of their way to be user friendly. Ubuntu, Mint, openSUSE, Fedora -- and many more. It is a sign of how desktop Linux has matured that even non-techy types can get a fully featured and easy-to-use open source operating system up and running in not much time at all. The creators of CrunchBang Linux, however, haven't quite gone in the same direction.