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

Gartner to DBAs, BI vendors: Time to reinvent yourselves

As long as the reach, bandwidth, and targeting of networking technologies -- particularly the wireless kind -- continues to improve on a nearly Moore's Law like pace, relational database management systems as we know them may eventually be a thing of the past.  So said Gartner analysts Donald Feinberg and Ted Friedman at Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, FL during a session entitled "The Death of the Database.

October 21, 2005 by David Berlind

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XML co-inventor Bray responds to patent assault

After seeing the news this morning about how the CEO of Scientigo has plans to extract royalties from those who have implemented the XML specification including Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon (actually, he could probably sue everybody), I asked the man credited with co-inventing XML -- Sun's Tim Bray -- what he thought of the news.

October 21, 2005 by David Berlind

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Is Microsoft preventing Corel from supporting ODF?

In a recent blog entry entitled Shame on Corel, Andy Updegrove, legal counsel to OASIS (the consortium that's the steward of the OpenDocument Format specification), lashes out at Wordperfect for wavering on support of ODF.  The blog points to a recent eWeek story that reported that Corel would support the format.

October 20, 2005 by David Berlind

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IBM and SAP--not this year

Tom Foremski of SiliconValleyWatcher talked to Ray Lane (who was the Gillmor Gang guest last week) about IBM and SAP. Tom writes: Mr Lane is convinced that IBM should acquire SAP.

October 20, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Who's accountable (or liable) for software security?

Bruce Schneier has added his viewpoint to the debate that started with Howard Schmidt's comment that programmers should be held personally accountable for the quality of their code. In a Wired News column, Schneier writes: He's on the right track, but he's made a dangerous mistake.

October 20, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Ballmer: Microsoft to go after Linux strongholds

During Wednesday's main attraction here at Gartner Symposium in Orlando, FL -- a keynote Q&A session with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer -- the CEO of the Redmond, WA-based company gave some details on how Microsoft plans to win the hearts and minds of buyers who are thinking about going with Linux instead of Windows.  A copy of the entire 45 minute interview can be downloaded (it's 21 MB) by clicking here.

October 19, 2005 by David Berlind

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