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

Measuring RSS and your Internet/Intranet effectiveness

Based on a recent e-mail I received, word is starting to get out that ZDNet is running an auction on eBay that awards the winning bidder some audio advertising space in the IT Matters series of podcasts that I host.  Normally, it goes against every rule in the editorial book here at ZDNet for someone like me to be discussing one of the company's advertising initiatives, but in this case, I'm crossing the line because I think its for a very worthy cause.

April 15, 2005 by David Berlind


Gillmor points to new OSs that aren't Longhorn

Steve Gillmor's latest blog posting following on my posting about further lays out how a new species of software infrastructure is evolving that is a real alternative to the Microsoft platform.

April 15, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Greenplum takes the open source road to datawarehousing

Yesterday I talked with executives from a company making the transition from selling a proprietary enterprise application to embracing the open source way. The newly minted Greenplum is actually a new iteration of Metapa, a company with an application for data distribution and query execution across a large cluster of commodity Linux machines to boost database performance on large tables.

April 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


Longhorn's new graphics system under scrutiny

Avalon, the new graphics sub-system that Microsoft plans to include in its upcoming Longhorn operating system, lets developers mix 3-D features into designs by simply including them in the markup along with the rest of the user interface. To some, like Microsoft tech evangelist Karsten Januszewski, Avalon holds a lot of promise, but there are also skeptics.

April 14, 2005 by Chris Jablonski


What makes tick

Yesterday I attended a event at the tony Four Seaons in San Francisco in which CEO Marc Benioff previewed (again) the forthcoming (June 8) edition of his company's product and showcased sforce 6.

April 13, 2005 by Dan Farber


Can open source IT be a money pit?

Last year, Doug Kaye over at IT Conversations recorded an interview with MIT professor and serial entrepreneur Philip Greenspun. Greenspun's most successful venture to date (revenue-wise) was probably ArsDigita -- an open source business that flamed out after he handed the reins over to venture capitalists who, he claims, ran a perfectly good company into the ground.

April 13, 2005 by David Berlind