Stories by Dahna McConnachie

The A-Z of programming languages: Groovy

Groovy’s Project Manager, Guillaume Laforge, tells the development story behind this language and why he thinks it is grooving its way into enterprises around the world.

Windows 7 enabled netbooks for schools to include open source software

The 267,000 Windows 7 based netbooks that the NSW Government has started rolling out to high schools will come pre-installed with open source software. The initial roll out that began today will see the 70,000 Year 9 students in NSW schools have a Windows 7 enabled Lenovo IdeaPad S10e by the end of this year.

Australian Mint invests in technology

The Royal Australian Mint may be in a heritage-listed building, but there will soon be nothing old about the technology. The Mint has been going through a refurbishment and modernisation program that has involved it moving from two buildings into one and significantly revamping its technology.

Drupal gains ground down under

The open source content management system (CMS), Drupal, continues to gain popularity both locally and internationally. The CMS powers several new high profile websites including the Prime Minister's site, launched last month and designed by Canberra-based company OPC IT and ABC's three digital radio websites – Dig Music, ABC Jazz and ABC Country. Internationally, it is used by organisations as diverse as Obama's administration in the US to Greenpeace to McDonalds.

Slideshow: Robots pay off at Royal Australian Mint

Australia's currency is now largely managed by a six-meter tall, 8000kg robot, which was put to work at the Royal Australian Mint in March this year as part of a general technology overhaul and refurbishment.

Robots make the coins go round downunder

Australia's currency is now largely managed by a six-meter tall, 8000kg robot, which was put to work at the Royal Australian Mint in March this year as part of a general technology overhaul and refurbishment.

A-Z of Programming Languages: Scala

A Twitter developer has said that Scala could become the language of choice of the modern Web 2.0 startup. LinkedIn also uses the language. So do with many other big corporate names including Sony Pictures, EDF and SAP. Martin Odersky tells us about Scala’s history, its future and what makes it so interesting.

Australia leads the way in IPv6 adoption: OECD

Australia is one of the countries leading the way in IPv6 adoption, according to an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report which calls for more network operators to follow its lead as IPv4 is running out.

NICTA wins race to secure L4

Australian research organisation, NICTA claims to be the world's first to develop a formal machine-checked proof of a general-purpose operating system kernel, the Secure Embedded L4 (seL4).

Australia the pricey country for mobile broadband: OECD

Mobile broadband users in Australia pay more than in any other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) country according to a new report released by the organisation, which measured mobile broadband usage of the 30 member countries in three brackets: high use, medium use and low use.

Mind mapping keeps Defence projects on track

Mindjet’s MindManager software has helped an LES consultant increase productivity by up to 60 percent and deliver successful projects to the Defence Force and other clients.

New Linux-based technology to make ‘smarter’ GPS

Sick of having your GPS tell you to turn the wrong way up a one-way street or lead you to a dead end? Fear not: Linux-based technology developed at NICTA is on its way to help make personal navigation systems more accurate.

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