Larry Dignan

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Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

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Example of how PCs will give way to specialized appliances

Dovetailing my blog post from yesterday about why an Intel acquisition of Nvidia makes sense (answer: appliance innovators need a flexible platform that's not a PC motherboard that gets them 95 percent of the way "there"), this post gives an example of the sort of appliance I was thinking about.

October 6, 2006 by David Berlind


About that supposedly legal MP3 download site in Russia....

Back when I first started complaining about how a 99 cent song (purchased at the iTunes Music Store) couldn't be played back on my $20,000 whole-home entertainment system (a shining example of the problem with DRM technology), a bunch of people suggested that I could legally buy music that would work from a Russian-based source of unprotected MP3 files called

October 5, 2006 by David Berlind


The Business of Changing The World: Corporate Philanthropy

Last night I attended a dinner to celebrate the release of The Business of Changing The World: Twenty Great Leaders on Strategic Corporate Philanthropy, a book by's Marc Benioff (written with Carlye Adler) that covers corporate philanthropy, with essays by Michael Dell, Craig Barrett (Intel), Mike Eskew (UPS), Jean-Pierre Garnier (GlaxoSmithKline), Phil Marineau (Levi Strauss), Steve Case (AOL) and a dozen other executives.

October 5, 2006 by Dan Farber

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The Attention Gang prepares for a land grab

Fellow ZDNet blogger Denise Howell and I went to an AttentionTrust luncheon, where Michael Goldhaber decoded the concept of attention and Seth Goldstein and Steve Gillmor rolled out some AttentionTrust and GestureBank announcements. Denise covers Goldhaber's talk and the Goldstein/Gillmor announcements with her usual thoroughness.

October 5, 2006 by Dan Farber


Dave Duffield sheds light on his Workday

PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield and friends have been working in their post-Oracle era on a new set of enterprise applications built from the ground up on modern technology--XML, SOA, Web services--to enable an "innovative core design." The Workday Web site has a preview, but it's more of a statement of position--no screenshots, test drives or other useful data.

October 4, 2006 by Dan Farber


Rx for IT failure: Cut off support from the corner office

Regarding Massachusetts' loss of two CIOs in a year, Michael Krigsman who authors a blog about software implementation failures (eeek, grim topic to be passionate about... more power to ya Mike) writes:These two embattled CIOs obviously believe that Massachusetts does not properly support the state’s strategic IT initiatives.

October 4, 2006 by David Berlind