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 the security editor for ZDNet, covering cyber and national security. He is based in New York newsroom, and is also found on sister-sites CNET and CBS News. You can reach him with his PGP key: EB6CEEA5.

Stephanie Condon

Stephanie Condon is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Portland, Oregon, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously covered politics for CBSNews.com, as well as the intersection of technology and politics for CNET. Stephanie graduated with a B.A. in communication from Stanford University.

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Airport kiosks not showing Windows' best hand

Airport kiosks not showing Windows' best hand

Of the many character roles played by Windows, the one that probably gets the least coverage is its use in public as the underlying technology behind embedded applications such as kiosks and information panels.   Earlier this year, I interviewed a designer of embedded systems who had been unwavering in using Windows as his choice for embedded operating systems.

April 25, 2005 by in Windows

Personalization comes to brick-and-mortar stores

Personalization comes to brick-and-mortar stores

Pittsburg-based HyperActive Technologies has reportedly deployed a fast-food restaurant demand management system, called "Bob," that can reliably predict whether you'll want burgers or chicken nuggets even before you walk in the door. By examining your height, it can decide whether you're a child (nuggets, probably) or an adult (burgers, probably) and get the chefs working seconds or minutes before you actually order.

April 24, 2005 by in Tech Industry

CEO John Chen sees open source in Sybase's future

CEO John Chen sees open source in Sybase's future

I recently talked with Sybase CEO John Chen [watch the video] about a variety of subjects, including his notion of the "unwired enterprise," how the database business will evolve more toward an open source foundation, RFID, doing business in Asia, and reporting security vulnerabilities. Chen told me that Sybase is "attempting to change the open-source business model a little bit.

April 22, 2005 by in Open Source

Look out for next wave of BSM solutions

Look out for next wave of BSM solutions

Running IT like a business is a major priority for IT managers today. And if you are like most organizations, you're evaluating one or more emerging approaches that can help you align business goals with IT infrastructure.

April 21, 2005 by in CXO

The shrinking world of enterprise software

The shrinking world of enterprise software

IT Facts reports on recent IDC research on the 191 buyouts worth $30 billion in the enterprise applications market within the past 15 months. In the coming months, IDC predicts that bidding wars will ensue as consolidation mania spreads.

April 21, 2005 by in CXO

Mac, not Linux, is desktop contender

Mac, not Linux, is desktop contender

Sometimes one's choice of a comparison gives subtle hints about hidden assumptions. A recent ZDNet article discussing Apple's and Microsoft's upcoming operating systems was probably driven by the fact that both OS vendors plan upgrades in the near future (one much sooner than the other).

April 21, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Study takes close look at Desktop Linux

Study takes close look at Desktop Linux

Datapoint has the scoop on a report that zeroes in on the practical considerations for organizations thinking about a desktop operating system migration to Linux. While offering no surprise conclusions (Linux on the desktop still has a long way to go…), the free--with registration--report from Europe's Quocirca is a worthwhile read, replete with survey respondents’ free text comments that add color to the issues.

April 20, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Mercury Interactive goes after wallet share

Mercury Interactive goes after wallet share

Earlier this week I attended a dinner, accompanied by a fine Jordan 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, hosted by Mercury Interactive President and COO Tony Zingale and CMO Christopher Lochhead. The company has made its mark in business technology optimization (BTO)—getting the most out of complex IT systems and aligning them with business goals.

April 20, 2005 by in Developer

Vint Cerf on Internet trouble spots

Vint Cerf on Internet trouble spots

Good reading: Phil Windley has written up and photographed a recent talk given by Vint Cerf on challenges facing the Internet and computer science. Cerf should know as he is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet,.

April 20, 2005 by in Networking

SQL Server 2005: a 3-tier purist's nightmare

SQL Server 2005: a 3-tier purist's nightmare

SQL Server 2005, now available as a "community technology preview,"  is an odd beast.  For those who believe their databases should be little more than simple data access routines with business logic placed at the "middle tier," the move towards application server technology integrated as part of a database is a Bad Thing.

April 20, 2005 by in Data Management

Buy, sell or hold: The outlook for technology stocks

Buy, sell or hold: The outlook for technology stocks

Last week I went to the Churchill Club panel discussion, "Buy, Sell or Hold: The Outlook for Technology Stocks," at Ricky's Hyatt in Palo Alto. The A-list tech investor panelists were Matt L’Heureux of Goldman Sachs, Roger McNamee of Integral Capital Partners and Michael Murphy of Murphy Investment Management.

April 19, 2005 by in Banking

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