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

Paul Saffo on Cyberbia and the future

Worth reading: My local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, interviewed Paul Saffo, one of the brightest lights envisioning future scenarios. Here are a few choice quotes from the interview: So far, at least, the technology is not autonomous to be in charge.

February 19, 2006 by Dan Farber


SAP's skewed open source dogma

Jeff Nolan of Venture Chronicles blog and an SAP executive posted a response his colleague Peter Graf's view, expressed during a keynote at the Open Source Business Conference, that the vast majority of open source software is too immature and won’t have a chance to prove itself, meaning it won’t be a good, strategic choice for enterprises.

February 18, 2006 by Dan Farber


Apple's fragile hold on reality

Tom Krazit has the story on Apple invoking the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to stop two sites, OSx86 Project and (no longer accessibe), from publishing information about running Mac OS X on x86 processors.

February 17, 2006 by Dan Farber


Open source goodness and business realities

During my sojourn at the Open Source Business Conference, I spent a few minutes with Tim Bray and Bill Vass of Sun. Tim is Sun's director of Web technologies (and one of the authors of the XML specification) and Bill is the company's CIO (and former CIO of the U.

February 17, 2006 by Dan Farber

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MovieBeam Mousketeers need Steve now

Jeffrey Young, author of iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, sent me his take on MovieBeam, a video on demand service spun out of Disney and backed by Cisco and Intel.A couple of weeks after Disney agreed to buy Steve Jobs' Pixar, the Mousketeers announced a new product from a spun-off subsidiary called MovieBeam that is so "brain dead" as the turtle-necked one would say, that you've got to wonder what they're smoking in Burbank.

February 17, 2006 by Dan Farber

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OS X users celebrate first wild worm

If you use OS X (I do), you should greet with glee and joy this week's announcement that security experts have identified the first example of an OS X worm in the wild.  After all, this shows that OS X is finally getting enough mind share that malware writers are taking note.

February 17, 2006 by Phil Windley


FBI's Mueller plays broken record at RSA

FBI Director Robert Mueller gave a speech at the RSA Conference this week, and asked for help from the private sector to stay ahead of the curve in combatting cybercrime.  "It is not easy for law enforcement and private industry alike to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to these ever-evolving threats," Mueller said.

February 16, 2006 by Dan Farber