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

Is Microsoft preventing Corel from supporting ODF?

In a recent blog entry entitled Shame on Corel, Andy Updegrove, legal counsel to OASIS (the consortium that's the steward of the OpenDocument Format specification), lashes out at Wordperfect for wavering on support of ODF.  The blog points to a recent eWeek story that reported that Corel would support the format.

October 20, 2005 by David Berlind


IBM and SAP--not this year

Tom Foremski of SiliconValleyWatcher talked to Ray Lane (who was the Gillmor Gang guest last week) about IBM and SAP. Tom writes: Mr Lane is convinced that IBM should acquire SAP.

October 20, 2005 by Dan Farber


Who's accountable (or liable) for software security?

Bruce Schneier has added his viewpoint to the debate that started with Howard Schmidt's comment that programmers should be held personally accountable for the quality of their code. In a Wired News column, Schneier writes: He's on the right track, but he's made a dangerous mistake.

October 20, 2005 by Dan Farber


Ballmer: Microsoft to go after Linux strongholds

During Wednesday's main attraction here at Gartner Symposium in Orlando, FL -- a keynote Q&A session with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer -- the CEO of the Redmond, WA-based company gave some details on how Microsoft plans to win the hearts and minds of buyers who are thinking about going with Linux instead of Windows.  A copy of the entire 45 minute interview can be downloaded (it's 21 MB) by clicking here.

October 19, 2005 by David Berlind


Adding value to other's content

Who does the following scenario describe: An online Web site grabs a bunch of content created by others and puts ads on it in an effort to generate cash.  Content owners are angry at being exploited.

October 19, 2005 by Phil Windley


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