Stories by Dahna McConnachie

OK and FST use Linux-based phone to accelerate mobile device innovation

Nine months after its official launch, Australian developers have already extended the capabilities of the world's first non-proprietary Linux powered mobile phone.

Drupal: from a drop in the ocean to a big fish in the CMS world

Drupal started out as a college experiment.

Security professionals poke holes in Viagra Spammer murder

If rumours are correct, there should be a dramatic decrease in Viagra and Penis Enlargement spam from today, with the so-called 'murder' of a Russian spammer called "Alexey Tolstokozhev."

Consultant: Microsoft responds to Open Source leadership

By opening its .NET Framework libraries Microsoft is again responding to the leadership of the Open Source community, according to industry consultants and developers, but remaining on the back foot.

Luke Schierer discusses Pidgin, Open source and life

With over 3 million estimated users, Pidgin is an open source instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unix platforms. It works with AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr.

AMD's comeback: Randy Allen discusses 3-core, 4-core CPUs and virtualisation

Randy Allen is AMD's corporate vice-president and general manager of the Server and Workstation Division. He talks to Australian PC World about Barcelona, the upcoming Phenom triple-core processors, the market for four core processors, and the effect that virtualisation has on CPU sales, and more.

Facebook launches library to ease PHP embedding blues

Facebook engineers have made it easier for developers to embed PHP by developing a PHPEmbed library.

New site aims to make business greener

Business needs to get greener, and IT should be leading the way, according to the developer of a recently launched online media portal devoted to sustainable business.

Pioneering nerd news site Slashdot turns 10

Developed as a logical step after aliens and popcorn, Slashdot, originally coined as a joke and hosted on a personal homepage, is 10 years old.

Study: Mobile phones will not cause cancer

Mobile phones will not cause cancer or slow the brain, according to a recently published six-year study, but the jury is not out.

AMD makes its voice heard with YouTube

Intel may be getting all the press with its Intel Developer Forum, but AMD has jumped on YouTube to claim some of the air-space back.

Prince's Purple rage over YouTube

Prince has a right to protect his copyright, but he may be doing himself a disservice in suing Internet services such as You-Tube, says the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA).

Firefox plug-in makes Digging faster

Being the first to submit popular news stories to social news sites just got easier with the release of a new Firefox plug-in by SEO company, 97th floor.

Researchers: Peer-to-peer to power the people

Peer-to-peer technology could be used as an e-commerce model that connects users to a single global market without any controlling company, network or bank, if researchers from Harvard's School of Engineering have their way. And it all starts with Internet TV.

Linux isn't the only platform this would-be senator is standing on

James Purser, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) supporter, committee member for Linux Australia, and ICT consultant, is running for the Senate in the next federal election as an independent for New South Wales. With limited resources, Purser's campaign is fueled by the power of Linux and the Internet, which he is using to build networks and communicate with the public. Purser spends most of his time promoting Open Source Software, but his senate campaign is bigger and broader than technology.