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

A new world order circa 2015

In 2015, the planet is populated by about 7 billion people, a large majority untethered and connected via a variety of devices to the Network. Virtual connections erase time and borders; six degrees of separation; dynamic social and commerce networks; rich, secure and adaptive digital identities; tens of billions of network aware objects pulse their signals in the ether to data crunching, automated server farms.

November 2, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Mercury Interactive has optimization problem

Mercury Interactive, the company that pioneered business technology optimization, is now reeling from the resignation of top executives, who were found to be 'aware' of stock option irregularities (supposedly manipulation of stock option grants dates to reduce tax liabilities). It turns out that in most cases the date changes resulted in more favorable pricing of the options.

November 2, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Is the OpenDocument Format strategically better for the disabled? Maybe.

At a hearing on Monday, Oct 31, 2005, a Massachusetts state Senate oversight committee began what could best be referred to as a process of discovery to determine, amongst other things, whether the Commonwealth's Information Technology Division's (ITD) decision to standardize on the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as the standard file format in which the state must save certain public documents may have overlooked two significant drawbacks to the XML-based technology.

November 2, 2005 by David Berlind

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Typing patterns as an authentication method

Bruce Schneier's blog points to a user authentication technology that uses individual typing characteristics for identity verification. Similar to the way some detections systems claim to identify a person by their gait, PSYLock does psychometrical authentication based on the notion that typing behaviour of individuals has unique features that cannot be copied.

November 2, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Microsoft Live no jive

Sorry for the delay. The Wi-Fi cut out during the event, which wasn’t good for blogging or the product demos.

November 1, 2005 by Dan Farber

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