Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

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

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Latest Posts

Ray Ozzie: Microsoft's Grand Unifier

As many have been saying for months, beating to death on the Gillmor Gang, Ray Ozzie is leading the new Webified Microsoft strategy. David Kirkpatrick of Fortune tells the inside story, and outlines the brewing battle between Microsoft and the Web giants:Microsoft has to move before Google or even Yahoo!

April 19, 2006 by Dan Farber

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How to host a power lunch...really

BNET has posted some short videos on business topics. My favorite is "How to host a power lunch," which goes into great detail about proper etiquette for business lunching.

April 18, 2006 by Dan Farber


Qlusters prepares to attack the systems management establishment

Earlier this year Qlusters crossed the chasm from proprietary to open source software. The small company, backed by blue-chip VCs, took nearly three years of proprietary code development for its sophisticated systems management software and open sourced it under a modified (attribution only) Mozilla Public License.

April 18, 2006 by Dan Farber


Map services compared

Over at TechCrunch, Frank Gruber just posted a brief comparison of mapping services from Ask, Google, MapQuest, Windows Live and Yahoo.Mapquest is the most popular mapping service but lags on features and usability.

April 17, 2006 by Dan Farber


The 100 'smartest' companies

Baseline Magazine has come up with its list of the 100 Smartest Companies, but it's not evident that the top companies really have more brain power than the field. The rankings are based on the value that people, using the 'tools' available to them, bring to a company, measured ba a "knowledge value per employee" formula:    First, subtract the company's shareholder equity from its market capitalization.

April 17, 2006 by Dan Farber


Oracle's new world of packaged software

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Oracle helmsman Larry Ellison said that he wanted to sell a complete software stack (with an operating system and applications), just like Microsoft. It's the new notion of packaged software--one stop shopping for enterprises.

April 17, 2006 by Dan Farber