Larry Dignan

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

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Latest Posts

Wikipedia interruptus?

There has been a lot of brou-ha-ha as of late over the Wikipedia and how it's run and I haven't pointed to any of it because my assumption has been that it will eventually work itself out (as many problems in the social medium often do). To that end, I thought this report from Nicholas Carr was significant: The man who invented Wikipedia now wants to bury it.

September 18, 2006 by David Berlind


On immortal bits

We are, it turns out, careless with our data. Researchers from BT and the University of Glamorgan (Wales) as well as "data wiping specialists" LifecycleServices (which I picture as a sort of digital mortuary) and the University of Edith Cowan in Australia bought and scanned some 300 used hard drives.

September 18, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


TiVo sits at nexus of DRM conundrum

Recently, I've been hearing a lot about how movie studios (and other providers of video content) are significantly more senstive to the idea that the High Definition versions of their content might get pirated than they are to other lower resolution versions. I'm not sure what the implications of this are.

September 18, 2006 by David Berlind


EFF on Zune: Risk of DRM/DMCA checkmate no longer a risk. It's reality

By way of Cory Doctorow, comes a pointer to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's take on Microsoft's new Zune: a brand that has broken ranks with the Redmond-based company's previous digital rights management (DRM) strategy that attempted to establish an ecosystem of compatibility (under the name "PlaysForSure") between content merchants (ie: AOL, Yahoo, Amazon, etc.), the copy protection on the content they sold, and the software and devices that could play that content.

September 17, 2006 by David Berlind


21st century pyramids--super datacenters

Last week I attended a dinner hosted by Mark Anderson, CEO of the Strategic News Service. Mark looks at the future of computing and communications in his newsletter and annual conference.

September 17, 2006 by Dan Farber


BEA showcasing new Web 2.0 portal framework

In December last year, BEA announced a series of new products within its AquaLogic product line, derived from its Plumtree acquisition in October 2005, that would marry Web 2.0 and the enterprise.

September 17, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Will lame hardware cripple Vista?

I've been reading lots of Vista articles recently -- especially those from my colleague, Ed Bott (see Ed Bott's Microsoft Report).  I was particularly intrigued by his first article in his 'mythbuster' series (Vista Mythbusters #1: It's not a hardware hog).

September 15, 2006 by Marc Wagner


PatriciaGate, iTV, Zunes, open specifications and more...

This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the latest from PatriciaGate, HP's foolhardy effort search to identify leaking board members. The latest news is that a House Commerce and Energy Committee congressional subcommittee asked  Patricia Dunn and general counsel Ann Baskins to appear at a hearing on Sept.

September 15, 2006 by Dan Farber

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