Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CNET News.com. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the University of Delaware.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is a security writer-editor for ZDNet. He can be found on sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. You can send him secure email with his PGP key: EB6CEEA5.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish America Magazine and the New York Daily News, among others. Rachel has a B.A. in Mass Communications and History from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, where she served as art director for the student magazine, Plated. In her spare time, she enjoys playing trumpet, learning rock climbing and archery, and listening to NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. Someday she also will be perfectly fluent in both French and Spanish. Someday.

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Jobs' book banning backfiring

Jobs' book banning backfiring

Steve Jobs doesn't like what he read in the forthcoming biography entitled "iCon Steve Jobs: : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business" (John Wiley & Sons, due out May 27) so he gave an order to rip out all of the publishers books (including popular titles like "Macs for Dummies") from Apple stores. It's currently #34 on the Amazon Top 100 list...

April 28, 2005 by in Apple

Political Identity

Political Identity

On the heels of the 2004 election, one of the things that candidates want is email addresses. Not just any email addresses, but email addresses of likely voters with particular persuasions in their district.

April 27, 2005 by in Amazon

Clearing the air on IBM Workplace-OpenOffice.org connection

Clearing the air on IBM Workplace-OpenOffice.org connection

Yesterday's blog entry by Joe Brockmeier about why he found the comments reported to have been made by Sun officials to be petty politics has drawn a response from Sun's Simon Phipps as well as a clarification to a blog I wrote on the issue from Open Source Diva Danese Cooper (formerly of Sun, now with Intel).  It has also flushed out some clarity over a connection that exists between IBM's Lotus Workplace and OpenOffice.

April 27, 2005 by in IBM

Is IBM close to avenging OS/2's death?

Is IBM close to avenging OS/2's death?

It's been almost 15 years since Microsoft jilted IBM's OS/2 at the altar, kicking Big Blue while it was already down (financially), and exacerbating the old school company's global state of disarray -- one that outsider (IBM's first ever) Lou Gerstner managed to turn around after he was brought on board in 1993.

April 27, 2005 by in IBM

Customers aren't so stupid after all

Customers aren't so stupid after all

James Coplien said some rather dramatic things at last week's ACCU conference, among them the following: There's a pressure that unless you're one of the first three players in the market you don't have a chance," said Coplien. "Quality is suffering for time--people pay money for the first, not the best.

April 26, 2005 by in Security

Is Sun right to insist on copyright transfer?

Is Sun right to insist on copyright transfer?

ZDNet blogger Joe Brockmeier has issued a stinging commentary that takes Sun to task for not practicing what it preaches.  In his blog, Brockmeier takes issue with the way certain Sun officials are saying that IBM should contribute developer hours to OpenOffice (based on usage) while Sun doesn't necessarily contribute to all of the open source projects it relies on.

April 26, 2005 by in Oracle

How SAP keeps the pressure on Oracle

How SAP keeps the pressure on Oracle

The escalating rivalry between SAP and Oracle underlies much of the news coming out of the German software maker's customer conference in Copenhagen this week. The most significant item: the business software giant is teaming with Microsoft to develop and market software that will link SAP's business management systems more closely with Microsoft's Office suite.

April 26, 2005 by in SAP

Longhorn before too long?

Longhorn before too long?

Charles Cooper explained in a commentary piece last week why Microsoft's upcoming Longhorn operating system is so important for Microsoft to get right. There's a lot of these kinds of articles now, as the technology press in the runup to major software releases serves the same function as the tense music that you heard when David Hasselhoff tried to defuse a bomb in Knight Rider.

April 25, 2005 by in Networking

Monty Python on the Semantic Web

Monty Python on the Semantic Web

Tony Byrne of CMS Watch sent me a note about a fun series of posts over at the xml-dev mailing list using Monty Python to poke fun at the Semantic Web, RESTful Web Services, and Web Services specifications.  Its worth reading the comments in between the quips as well.

April 25, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

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