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.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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Is it time to consolidate your Java apps? Onto a mainframe?

For the better part of three decades now, IBM's mainframes -- often referred to as big iron -- have been coming under assault from smaller iron: minicomputers and servers that may not by themselves have the sheer horsepower to keep up with a mainframe but can often get the job done, especially when a bunch of them work together on the same tasks (a technique known as scaling out).

May 8, 2006 by David Berlind

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Running .NET apps at the speed of accelerated Java

When most people talk about the integration of .NET and Java, the first thought that comes to mind is the XML-based services oriented architecture that Microsoft and IBM first had in mind when they formed the Web services Interoperability Organization (the WS-I).

May 5, 2006 by David Berlind


OnHollywood: Consumer generated media

The final panel at OnHollywood focused on "consumer generated media," which was the major undercurrent at the conference. As Ted Cohen of EMI Music said, "The audience is taking over the programming," creating and distributing content outside of the traditional entertainment industry channels.

May 5, 2006 by Dan Farber


Google-Yahoo-Microsoft. Net and DRM neutrality, Samsung Q1 and more...

This week on The Dan & David Show, we discuss Google in the enterprise and Google as an infrastructure provider to the planet; the potential shape of a Yahoo/Microsoft connection; and Microsoft's odds of remaking itself into a major media company. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's statement:"Ad-supported software services are an integral part of Microsoft's plans to give consumers access to a broader variety of digital media, whenever they want and on whatever device they prefer," said Ballmer.

May 5, 2006 by Dan Farber


With patent and trademark, Apple phone appears inevitable

I must apologize.  The other day when, after practically the entire music business knuckled under to Steve Jobs, I rattled off the kingdoms that Apple's proprietary digital rights management (DRM) technology (known as FairPlay) gives or will be giving Jobs the keys to (starting with music and movies), I failed to mention telecommunications.

May 5, 2006 by David Berlind


On-line banking. It gets worse (and why SOX sux)

Inspired by a blog that was written fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou, last week, I talked about how Americans are technology, political, and educational laggards and how it will doom them.  Ou's blog talked about how technological laggardliness was causing banks to fail their report cards when it came to online banking.

May 5, 2006 by David Berlind


Finally, an application for Origami (and maybe dinner for Tim Bray)

Tim Bray, Sun's grand poo-bah of Web technologies says: It’s guys like [Pavel Buzek] who are going to cost Berlind the price of a nice dinner. At issue here (and the subject of a dinner bet, perhaps in a rail car) is whether or not '06 will be the year that NetBeans will score a come from-behind knockout of Eclipse.

May 4, 2006 by David Berlind

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Microsoft flexing its muscles

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today addresssed how his company plans to spend money to compete with Web giants Google, Yahoo and AOL in the coming fiscal year (starting July 1).  MSN: $1.

May 4, 2006 by Dan Farber