Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Latest Posts

Web design 2006: State of the art

Worth reading: Jakob Nielsen has made a career out of analyzing Web site design. He, along with co-author Hoa Loranger, just published Prioritizing Web Usability (New Riders), which surfaces many of the major mistakes in Web site design and offers usability guidelines that might save us all from ugly and unfathomable sites.

May 23, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Marc Canter: The digital lifestyle aggregator

Marc Canter, the founder and CEO of Broadband Mechanics, is known in the industry as a techno rabble rouser, with an operatic voice. In 1984, he co-founded MacroMind, which became Macromedia in 1991, and has continued to pioneer multimedia authoring and standards.

May 23, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Eventful.com progress report

Yesterday, I met with Brian Dear to catch up on progress with his event database platform and Web site. Since I wrote about his company EVDB when it launched in March 2005, the eventful.

May 23, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Analyzing blog data

I'm at the 15th Annual Conference on the World Wide Web, known as WWW2006, this week. Today I popped into the associated workshop on weblog ecosystems.

May 23, 2006 by Phil Windley

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The real reason we shouldn't depend on Microsoft for security

There is no question in my mind that Microsoft is getting security right and that this means there's trouble ahead for third party security providers.  But is Microsoft's technical prowess enough to justify using its security solutions in lieu of those that come other providers?

May 23, 2006 by David Berlind

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Resisting the Urge (MTV's Urge, that is)

Apparently, MTV didn't learn from Sony BMG's mistake.  In that "don't shoot the messenger" case (where the messenger got shot), Sony's customers were outraged to find that the record label was including third party-provided rootkit technology (what I called a Trojan horse) on its CDs: a rootkit that did things to end-users' PCs that most end users wouldn't want done without their explicit consent (including exposing them to malware).

May 23, 2006 by David Berlind

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Did Hell freeze over (Sun embrace Eclipse)?

Via Bob Sutor's blog comes a link to a post by Eclipse Foundation executive director Mike Milinkovich entitled Hell froze over.  Writes Milinkovich: Our first ever committer from Sun committed code to CVS.

May 22, 2006 by David Berlind

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