Larry Dignan

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Latest Posts

Location and identity are a powerful team

I'm at Digital ID World this week, along with Dan Farber, so you'll probably get a spate of identity related posts in the next few days. In Phil Becker's annual "State of Digital Identity" this morning, he mentioned that where "location" was a crutch that computer security leaned in in the past, in the future it will be a critical part of the identity data returned about a user.

September 12, 2006 by Phil Windley


Red Hat Linux 5 Beta gets Xen'd. But support for PHP5 rates too!

If you become the subject of controversy, then you get all the glory too. In hindsight, perhaps the folks at XenSource should be happy about the little soap opera that recently bubbled up around a certain Red Hat senior executive's opinion that XenSource's open source virtualization solution isn't ready for prime time.

September 12, 2006 by David Berlind


Dunn is done (as HP's chairwoman) but stays on Board’s Scott Ard and Ina Fried: Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn, who launched an investigation into a media leaks that resulted in a firestorm of controversy, has agreed to resign her post following a meeting of the company's board of directors….

September 12, 2006 by David Berlind


Bill Ziff: In Memoriam

Bill Ziff, who was chairman and chief executive officer of Ziff Communications Co. from 1953 to 1994, died on  Sept.

September 11, 2006 by Dan Farber


The question no one is asking (the answer no one wants) about pre-texting

I just finished reading Robert Scoble's electric rail analogy when it comes to the line that was recently crossed (in terms of privacy violation) and started to think about how, HP board chairwoman Patricia Dunn is trying to draw her own line between the investigation she ordered and the methods that were used to get the results she was asking for.

September 11, 2006 by David Berlind


Amazon Unbox criticized for Internet chattiness (amongst other things)

Last week, on the heels of Amazon's Unbox video download service launch, I did a little digging (didn't have to dig far) to find out what digital rights management platform it was relying on to make sure (a) the videos don't get pirated and (b) rentals (essentially downloads that last a certain time) are expired.

September 11, 2006 by David Berlind


PodCamp: Revenge of the narrowcasters

This weekend, I had a chance to drop in on PodCamp at Bunker Hill Community College on the edge of Charlestown, MA (see my Flickr Set of photos for a few pics I took).  I led two discussions, both of which were pretty well attended.

September 11, 2006 by David Berlind

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Swickis tap communities for search

I recently met with Eurekster CEO Steven Marder for an update on swicki, the company’s community-influenced search service. Rather than the chewing through the worldwide index and link structures, swicki combines several elements to create more finely tuned search results for online communities.

September 11, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Inside the HP boardroom scandal

Worth reading: David Kaplan of Newsweek tells the all too human tale of how HP board members Patricia Dunn and legendary VC Thomas Perkins ended up at opposite ends of the table. The story is still incomplete--HP board members met this morning, but apparently didn't finish their discussion, which could result in Dunn's resignation.

September 10, 2006 by Dan Farber