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

Death by deregulation

In David Berlind's latest Alice in Wonderland trip through the American telecommunications universe -- "Are Baby Bells abusing gov't granted right-of-way?" -- he credits Bob Frankston, the co-inventor of the VisiCalc electronic spreadsheet, for inspiring this tour-de-force of imaginative fact development.

August 22, 2005 by Evan Wilner


OSI committee rejects former founder Bruce Perens' membership application

Over the weekend, Bruce Perens, who was one of the original founders of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) but now currently serves as vice president of developer relations and policy for SourceLabs, publicly expressed his dismay over the rejection of an application he filed to become a member of a newly formed OSI committee for dealing with the problem of open source license proliferation.

August 22, 2005 by David Berlind


Sybase's mobility emphasis makes more sense

Sybase, through announcements and messaging from its TechWave conference this week here in Las Vegas, appears in a stronger position than the conventional wisdom has held for second-tier software tools and infrastructure vendors. Sybase has carefully and quietly created a whole greater than the sum of its parts, and is setting itself up for future growth fueled by the far greater use of mobile endpoints to access and create enterprise data.

August 22, 2005 by Dana Gardner


The fox in the open source henhouse

eWeek reports that Microsoft approached OSDL (Open Source Development Labs, where Linus Torvalds plies his trade) to do joint "fact-based," "independent" analysis and research on Linux and Windows. OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen (left) and Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy Martin Taylor (right) met at LinuxWorld earlier this month to discuss the proposal, in which Microsoft would pay half the cost.

August 22, 2005 by Dan Farber


Phil Wainewright's Software as Services blog

Phil Wainewright, who founded and now runs Loosely Coupled, a specialist website covering enterprise adoption of Web services and business process automation, has joined ZDNet's blogger network.

August 22, 2005 by Dan Farber


Sun continues sailing its free and open course with DRM

Sun has lately been crowing lately about how it was the original open source company, and despite not jumping on or responding to the Linux open source movement until the last few years (OpenSolaris is a 2005 phenomenon), the company is now trying to claim its more open than thou status and touting community development.

August 21, 2005 by Dan Farber


Two tech pioneers: Dave and Ray

Dave Winer's OPML Roadshow in Berkeley was attended by more than the local geeks. Ray Ozzie, as well as Robert Scoble, represented Microsoft among the audience.

August 21, 2005 by Dan Farber


Winer's OPML Roadshow rolls into Berkeley

My old friend Dave Winer is taking a new tact in evangelizing his latest invention--driving cross country on a barnstorming tour. The fourth stop of his OPML Roadshow was in Berkeley, CA last night, and a crowd of about 50 people listened as Dave demonstrated his OPML Editor.

August 21, 2005 by Dan Farber