David Berlind

David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.</p>

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Why Apple only takes credit cards for iPhones & the legal questions raised

Why Apple only takes credit cards for iPhones & the legal questions raised

Earlier this week, in a post headlined Apple, hackenomics, and the waning anonymity (and obsoletion) of cash, I warned of how Apple's practice of requiring credit cards to purchase iPhones wreaks of a future where our cash is no good and our privacy is sacrificed as a result of dealing in the far more trackable (and far less anonymous than cash) currency of plastic (credit cards, debit cards).

published November 2, 2007 by

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There's much more to GMail's support of IMAP than meets the eye

There's much more to GMail's support of IMAP than meets the eye

If you're like me and you saw last week's announcement from Google regarding GMail's support of the IMAP mail retrieval protocol (and you know what IMAP is), then you probably reached the same conclusion I did: Given the way GMail lets you tag e-mails with labels (as opposed to the way most other e-mail systems handle e-mail organization via foldering), Google has come up with a way to synchronize labels in GMail with folders of the same name (as each label) in your e-mail client.

published October 31, 2007 by

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The Carr-to-Rangaswami connection: Time to bleep the CIO?

The Carr-to-Rangaswami connection: Time to bleep the CIO?

There are probably a lot of CIOs that don't pay diddly squat in the way of attention to blogs. The question is whether there's a new meme bubbling up in the blogosphere that CIOs should be paying attention to: one that basically says the CIO as we know him/her deserves a pink slip.

published October 30, 2007 by

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Folo up: HP admits to problems with Pavilion notebooks and tries to help. But is it enough?

Folo up: HP admits to problems with Pavilion notebooks and tries to help. But is it enough?

Earlier this week, I published my 11th video Tech Shakedown. This one was a critique of HP; not just the failures that buyers of its HP 6000 and 9000 series Pavilion notebook computers are experiencing with their built-in WiFi components, but also for the company's failure to make an appearance in an online forum on its own Web site where its customers are expressing extreme displeasure with HP's handling of the issue.

published October 26, 2007 by

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From Interop, video of Plat' Home's Linux Server that fits in the palm of your hand

From Interop, video of Plat' Home's Linux Server that fits in the palm of your hand

Within minutes of arriving on the Interop show floor this morning and beginning my search for something cool to videotape for publication here on ZDNet, we found Plat' Home's booth in the back of the exhibitor's area with two very cool products -- both of them tiny Linux servers, one of which fits in the palm of your hand. One is called the OpenBlockS 266 and the other is the OpenMicroServer.

published October 25, 2007 by

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