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.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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From SAP TechEd to Oracle OpenWorld

On the eve of Oracle dominating the headlines with its annual mega Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco (including blocking off Howard Street in front of the Moscone Center, which I can't remember any other company pulling off), fellow Enterprise Irregular David Terrar (at left) provides an extensive report from SAP's TechEd conference in Amsterdam. The two enteprise software giants companies have been sniping at each other.

October 21, 2006 by Dan Farber

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iPod turns 5. Competitors turn stomachs. And Apple's just gettin' warmed up

I was contacted by a public radio reporter today to comment on the fifth anniversary of Apple's iPod and here is basically what I said:In the longstanding tradition of the Mac, Apple has done an absolutely brilliant job demystifying what is otherwise a complex technical process. It is only in recent years that some of the competing products have managed to catch up to the usability of the iTunes/iPod duo.

October 20, 2006 by David Berlind

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Brou-ha-ha erupts (over spilt milk) between Microsoft and security vendors

According to a Reuter's report, Microsoft is saying that security solutions provider McAfee was out of line when it basically brushed off the software giant's promise to give third party security companies the information they need in order intercept certain security componentry in the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

October 20, 2006 by David Berlind

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Inside Zimbra's 4 million mailboxes

Zimbra, one of the poster children of cool for Web 2.0 applications, is more than just a pretty interface and collaboration and messaging platform with mashups (see Richard MacManus' review).

October 20, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Bob Frankston: No more monkeys jumping on the bed

Bob Frankston, the guy who co-invented the electronic spreadsheet and who spearheaded Microsoft's original home network strategies, routinely rants about allowing intelligence into the middle of the Internet. To paraphrase his many essays, "things were working fine when nodes could just talk to each other without a monkey in the middle getting in the way to screw things up.

October 20, 2006 by David Berlind

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Airport security exceptions and subjectivity: What a crock

This week, for the Computer History Museum's fellow awards, I made a quick trip to California that took me from Boston's Logan Airport to San Francisco International Airport and back again in under two days. For me, it was the first time I had liquids or gels in my bags since the TSA's new liquid/gel rule went into effect.

October 19, 2006 by David Berlind

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What comes after IE 7?

While attending the launch party for IE 7 last night around the corner from our ZDNet offices, I asked Gary Schare, director IE product management, what's coming next for Microsoft's browser. Before he addressed that question, he told positioned IE 7 as a "no-brainer" upgrade for IE 6 users for its security and new features.

October 19, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Internet pioneer Robert Kahn: It was a different world back then

Robert Kahn was one of the industry titans that was awarded one of the Computer History Museum's Fellow Awards on Tuesday night (earlier this week). Kahn's resume places him squarely at ground zero of the innovation on which most of the Internet and the Web is based.

October 19, 2006 by David Berlind

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With Grid Server and "GPUs", is MediaTemple a managed version of Amazon's EC2?

Back in April 2004, I wrote about HP's vision for utility computing and how the company was looking to make compute resources available and billable on an on-demand basis. One of the questions I had for HP at the time is what the billable unit of measure might be when you look aggregate the variety of compute resources that on-demand computing requires into something as simple as a kilowatt.

October 19, 2006 by David Berlind

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Microsoft-sponsored lobbyist to the EU: It's a mistake to floss us

TechWorld's Matthew Broersma writes:A leaked letter to the European Commission has revealed the extent of lobbying by proprietary software groups to prevent the widespread adoption of open-source software....Sent in response to a recent report on the role of open-source software in the European economy, Microsoft-funded pressure group, the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) warned of potentially dire effects if too much encouragement was given to open source software development....

October 19, 2006 by David Berlind

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