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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

Review: Peppermint Ice Linux

These days, if a desktop-focussed Linux distribution wants to stand out from the pack of Ubuntu-wannabes it either needs to be especially slick or offer something a little bit different to the norm. Peppermint Ice falls into the latter category: It's a Debian-derived (via Ubuntu), lightweight Linux distro that's designed for netbooks and has a strong focus on Web applications.