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

Microsoft Live no jive

Sorry for the delay. The Wi-Fi cut out during the event, which wasn’t good for blogging or the product demos.

November 1, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Making programmers more productive

A decade or so ago, I was excited about Java.  The promise of Java as a language was that it would make applets, servlets, and other Internet programming tasks easier.

November 1, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Scoble's 12 reasons for MS avoidance

Responding to Ross Mayfield's post on Microsoft's challenges in pivoting into services world inhabited by Google and others (Microsoft's announcements on the subject coming later this morning), Microsoft alpha blogger Robert Scoble offers 12 reasons--such as start up costs, performance per dollar, no lock in, more scalable, more security, easier to customize--why Web 2.0 entrepreneurs say that they don't want to work with Microsoft software.

November 1, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Sony Music CDs surreptitiously install DRM Trojan horses on PCs

Reports are beginning to turn up around the Web that discuss how certain CDs from Sony Music come with a Trojan horse-based digital restrictions management (DRM) technology that surreptitiously installs itself as a rootkit on Windows PCs.   When software surreptitiously installs a rootkit, it's usually doing so to cover its tracks -- a technique commonly associated with malware such as viruses and Trojan horses.

November 1, 2005 by David Berlind

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