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

Two tech pioneers: Dave and Ray

Dave Winer's OPML Roadshow in Berkeley was attended by more than the local geeks. Ray Ozzie, as well as Robert Scoble, represented Microsoft among the audience.

August 21, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Winer's OPML Roadshow rolls into Berkeley

My old friend Dave Winer is taking a new tact in evangelizing his latest invention--driving cross country on a barnstorming tour. The fourth stop of his OPML Roadshow was in Berkeley, CA last night, and a crowd of about 50 people listened as Dave demonstrated his OPML Editor.

August 21, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Steve Jobs sighting, monoculture and software ecosystems

While attending the Blog Business Summit this afternoon, I ran into chief Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble (right), who told me (along with IE7 product manager Dean Hachamovitch and SOAP and RSS pioneer Dave Winer) his tale of running into Steve Jobs at lunch. Star struck, Scoble introduced himself and the others, and true to form Jobs said, "It's nice to see that you're copying our stuff.

August 19, 2005 by Dan Farber

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New vendors-a-bloggin'

Just a heads up that two more vendors have officially launched multi-employee-written blogs for their customers, fans, followers, and partners.   Adobe is funnelling all new blog entries from eight of its staffers to the top level URL blogs.

August 19, 2005 by David Berlind

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On technology for the elderly

Toshiba has two teams working on "home life support robots" designed to aid Japan's aging population. (Japan's population growth is near zero and its citizens' average age is climbing rapidly.

August 19, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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One man's corporate standard--another man's monoculture?

If you caught one of my recent blogs about zero-day exploits, a day in the life of a real IT manager, and how he's very worried about what he's seeing (in terms of what's getting through the cracks), then you also saw that Doc Searls is recommending that companies consider the idea of polycultures.  There's no question that  monoculture-based IT deployments increase the odds that a simple exploit can devastate an entire company, let alone the Internet.

August 19, 2005 by David Berlind

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Uh oh. Has the zero-day exploit tipping point finally arrived?

By way of linkage from Doc Searls comes this tale of woe from Mike, an IT guy in the trenches who, up until now, felt as though he was doing a pretty good job beating back the bad guys from the networks and users that he supports.  Says Mike of the Windows installation he oversees: So, here it is in Mid-2005, we've got a continous stream of system patches, and a continous stream of virus definitions, most of our spam is gone, and we're behind a continously updated firewall.

August 19, 2005 by David Berlind

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More standardization work on enterprise information flow

Worth noting: The Open Group (you remember them) this week spurred on work to add additional (and needed) standardization to the interoperability of different but semantically equivalent data. The San Francisco-based vendor-neutral organization is working to create a registry that holds descriptions and identifiers of the venerable Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF).

August 19, 2005 by Dana Gardner

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Listen to Dan and David spar on tech

In the first of what we hope to be many episodes of The Dan and David Show, Dan and David kill 11 1/2 minutes arguing about everything that's on the tech front burner as the sultry summer winds down.

August 18, 2005 by David Berlind

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Akamai produces a zeitgeist meter

Near instantaneous feedback loops are one of the things we expected to see more of when the World Wide Web was a newbie. The Web offers true data capture on where people focus their attention and gives insight into how people behave online -- unlike other mediums where it's largely guesswork, after the fact.

August 18, 2005 by Dana Gardner

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