Larry Dignan

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Dell adds AMD-based PowerEdge servers to mix

The big AMD/Dell news is two PowerEdge Dell servers with Opteron processors, following on Dell's use of Opteron's in desktop products. The PowerEdge 6950 is a four-socket server, designed for database applications, server consolidation, virtualization.

October 23, 2006 by Dan Farber


iPods vs. everything else: An audio quality arms race? More like a fashion arms race

According to a story in Technology Review by John Borland (who used to work with me here at ZDNet), Sony is apparently hopeful that noise cancelling technology will give the company some advantage in the portable audio market against rivals like the iPod which happens to control 70 percent of the market. Wrote Borland:"Portable players of all types have sounded rather bad as far back as I can remember, but the iPod really surprised me," Blackwood said in an email interview.

October 23, 2006 by David Berlind


Sophos: Buncha crybabies (those other security firms bitching about Microsoft)

In a press release, Sophos, a competitor to companies like Symantec and McAfee that have been crying over Microsoft's spilt milk, says:Symantec and McAfee should have prepared better for Microsoft Windows Vista. IT security firm Sophos is recommending that system administrators ask their security vendors if they are capable of properly protecting them on the forthcoming 64-bit version of Vista, as arguments continue regarding access to Microsoft's operating system code (kernel).

October 23, 2006 by David Berlind


Carly Fiorina's Tough Choices

Last Thursday I sat down with Carly Fiorina for a video interview in our San Francisco studio. She has been on a tour for two weeks promoting her book, Tough Choices, and taking advantage of the occasion to defend her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

October 23, 2006 by Dan Farber


OracleWorld: Dell and AMD getting cozy

AMD CEO Hector Ruiz kicked of the morning OracleWorld keynotes, telling the crowd of over 40,000 that power is being transferred from the vendor to the customer. It was a coded message.

October 23, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Found: 1 black 30 GB video iPod. Is it yours?

If this isn't a test for how the blogosphere can get things done, I'm not sure what is. As a part of this test, if you happen to read this blog entry and you have a blog, please spread the word and let's see if the viral nature of the blogosphere can help this iPod find its owner.

October 22, 2006 by David Berlind


From SAP TechEd to Oracle OpenWorld

On the eve of Oracle dominating the headlines with its annual mega Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco (including blocking off Howard Street in front of the Moscone Center, which I can't remember any other company pulling off), fellow Enterprise Irregular David Terrar (at left) provides an extensive report from SAP's TechEd conference in Amsterdam. The two enteprise software giants companies have been sniping at each other.

October 21, 2006 by Dan Farber

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iPod turns 5. Competitors turn stomachs. And Apple's just gettin' warmed up

I was contacted by a public radio reporter today to comment on the fifth anniversary of Apple's iPod and here is basically what I said:In the longstanding tradition of the Mac, Apple has done an absolutely brilliant job demystifying what is otherwise a complex technical process. It is only in recent years that some of the competing products have managed to catch up to the usability of the iTunes/iPod duo.

October 20, 2006 by David Berlind