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

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


Steve Jobs sighting, monoculture and software ecosystems

While attending the Blog Business Summit this afternoon, I ran into chief Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble (right), who told me (along with IE7 product manager Dean Hachamovitch and SOAP and RSS pioneer Dave Winer) his tale of running into Steve Jobs at lunch. Star struck, Scoble introduced himself and the others, and true to form Jobs said, "It's nice to see that you're copying our stuff.

August 19, 2005 by Dan Farber


New vendors-a-bloggin'

Just a heads up that two more vendors have officially launched multi-employee-written blogs for their customers, fans, followers, and partners.   Adobe is funnelling all new blog entries from eight of its staffers to the top level URL blogs.

August 19, 2005 by David Berlind


On technology for the elderly

Toshiba has two teams working on "home life support robots" designed to aid Japan's aging population. (Japan's population growth is near zero and its citizens' average age is climbing rapidly.

August 19, 2005 by Ed Gottsman


One man's corporate standard--another man's monoculture?

If you caught one of my recent blogs about zero-day exploits, a day in the life of a real IT manager, and how he's very worried about what he's seeing (in terms of what's getting through the cracks), then you also saw that Doc Searls is recommending that companies consider the idea of polycultures.  There's no question that  monoculture-based IT deployments increase the odds that a simple exploit can devastate an entire company, let alone the Internet.

August 19, 2005 by David Berlind


Uh oh. Has the zero-day exploit tipping point finally arrived?

By way of linkage from Doc Searls comes this tale of woe from Mike, an IT guy in the trenches who, up until now, felt as though he was doing a pretty good job beating back the bad guys from the networks and users that he supports.  Says Mike of the Windows installation he oversees: So, here it is in Mid-2005, we've got a continous stream of system patches, and a continous stream of virus definitions, most of our spam is gone, and we're behind a continously updated firewall.

August 19, 2005 by David Berlind