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

The lonely crowd gets a big brother

A Dave Matthews Band bus driver was recently convicted of emptying a septic tank onto the open deck of a Chicago River tour boat containing 100 passengers. He didn't mean to dump it on the tour boat, by the way--he just meant to dump it in the river.

April 18, 2005 by Ed Gottsman


New Siebel chief says he can do better, but when and how?

Coming up on a year as CEO of the 'troubled' Siebel Systems, former IBM'er Mike Lawrie was rolled out to the press to talk about whatever milestones were achieved during his first 11 months on the job. Less than two weeks later he was unceremoniously sacked, replaced by George Shaheen, who had been a Siebel board member for a decade.

April 18, 2005 by Dan Farber


A new metric for economic power

 IT Facts has details of the Cinema Index survey, comparing the cost of a movie ticket to average earnings around the world. Workers in India have the best deal, earning the price of a movie ticket in about 16 minutes.

April 18, 2005 by Dan Farber

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The view from Cisco's helm

In an interview with, Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers describes Cisco's ideal takeover target as a company with "about 100 people, primarily in an engineering product area, with good engineers that are just about to bring a new product out (or has just come out.

April 18, 2005 by


Why Comcast is chasing DNS outages

If you're not a Comcast customer, you're probably blissfully unaware of the problems that Comcast customers have been experiencing the last few weeks.  If you are a Comcast customer, then like me, you've likely experienced serious downtime and you're probably wondering what's going on.

April 15, 2005 by Phil Windley


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