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.

Latest Posts

Ballmer on services, twitch cycles, AJAX, Google and innovation

Following up on my questions earlier in the day, Steve Ballmer cleared some of the fog around how Microsoft plans to innovate in services and iterate at Web speed (compete with Google and others treading on his company’s turf) during an interview at Gartner’s Symposium ITxpo with analysts Tim Bittman and Dave Cearley [video clip here].

October 19, 2005 by Dan Farber


A quick take with Steve Ballmer

I ran into Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer briefly prior to his keynote at Gartner’s Symposium ITxpo, wearing a bright red sweater, and walking by himself—no entourage, PR handlers or flock of CIOs and conference attendees surrounding him. I've known Ballmer since my early days in tech journalism, and he has always been approachable.

October 19, 2005 by Dan Farber


HP's Mark Hurd: Thinking about zeroes

HP CEO Mark Hurd talks fast, walks fast and he’s a man in a hurry to fix HP, and the clock is ticking. During a Symposium ITxpo Q&A with Gartner analysts Carl Claunch and Leslie Fiering, Hurd gave his usual pitch, focusing on the fundamentals and execution pitch, doubling down on core enterprise areas—servers, storage and management software [watch a video clip].

October 18, 2005 by Dan Farber


New HP iPAQ hw6500 smartphone is a dud

Here at Gartner Symposium ITxpo, HP held an early morning breakfast to give the press a preview of the Windows Mobile-based smartphone that it announced today: the HP iPAQ hw6500 Mobile Messenger (pictured left).  You can’t buy such smartphones the way you buy PDAs.

October 18, 2005 by David Berlind