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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And they said 'WebOffice' couldn't be done..

Everytime I write about the forthcoming fat client's fall from grace thanks to a new breed of software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, the technologists-in-denial club shows up in the comments section of our blogs with its tar and feathers to give me a lashing.  As the comments section on a recent posting of mine shows (see Next for Sun, Google, Java: Walking papers for the fat client cartel?

November 9, 2005 by David Berlind


MS competitors gather to fast track ODF's evolution

Within days of OASIS' OpenDocument Format (ODF) suffering a political setback in Massachusetts (a drama which has yet to fully play itself out), many of Microsoft's competitors gathered in IBM-stronghold Armonk, NY on Friday, November 4 to plot the next steps for the fledgling XML-based document standard.  Because some of what was discussed was apparently confidential, the press was not invited to observe the ODF Summit.

November 9, 2005 by David Berlind


Is RIM losing its edge?

There was a time, around three years ago, if you wanted to takeway my Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry from me, you would have had to pry it from my dead hands, or, as reality would have it, shut down my service.   I know many other people who felt and still feel the same way.

November 8, 2005 by David Berlind


Are you ready for avian flu?

Recently there's been a lot of talk about the possibility of a pandemic flu and its affects.  Most of the discussion has centered on what the Feds can do.

November 8, 2005 by Phil Windley


Maybe search doesn't matter...maybe it does

Echoing his well known and much discussed and vilified "Harvard Business Review" essay "IT Doesn't Matter," Nick Carr writes at the end of a post on the commoditization of search that "maybe search doesn't matter." Nick posits that search from the big three isn't very differentiated, nor is it a major barrier to switching from one search engine to another.

November 8, 2005 by Dan Farber


Innovators bemoan near-sighted R&D

Technology researchers and scientists gathered in New York City last week to honor two colleagues: Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, and Claude Berrou [at right], co-inventor of turbo codes. Berrou and several of the attendees at the Marconi Society-sponsored symposium added their voices to the growing concern that the United States is falling behind the rest of the world in technological innovation because fewer dollars are being allocated to long-term research.

November 8, 2005 by

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Coming up: The Searchers

Not the famous John Ford movie, "The Searchers," but the SDForum's event, “The Search: A ten year perspective”, which takes place on Thursday night in Mountain View, CA. I'll be interviewing John Battelle, author of Searchblog and The Search, and get a look at some of the newer, specialized search engines that are popping up on the landscape.

November 7, 2005 by Dan Farber