Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

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Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

Latest Posts

Sun draws lines in the sand

Sun has set tomorrow as the date to draw a proverbial line in the sand on behalf of the entire IT industry. That's the latest proclaimation from Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz, who says in his blog that it is time for the industry to take responsibility for not only the quality of products but the "integrity of those products after they're put into operation....

May 3, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Wal-Mart's Domain Name Battles

A recent decision by the WIPO Arbitration Center took the domain name away from Jeff Milchen, a self-described Wal-Mart critic.

May 3, 2005 by Phil Windley


Why copy Microsoft?

In a previous blog entry, I talked about why I thought Microsoft wouldn't have trouble convincing Windows users to upgrade to Longhorn. As I also claimed that older versions of Windows are the biggest competitor to Longhorn, the Talkbacks started discussing Linux, believed by many to be a credible alternative to Windows.

May 2, 2005 by John Carroll


Municipal Broadband Across the US

CNET News has an interactive map showing municipal broadband projects across the US.  I've written before about the need to educate legislators and municipal officials about the benefits of municipal broadband.

May 2, 2005 by Phil Windley

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The true origins of the personal computer

When you think of the history of personal computing, three figures stand out--Gordon Moore, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They represent the major platforms of personal computing today, but their ascendancy was preceded by a cultural, social and political movement that is closer to the open source movement than Itanium, Windows or Macintosh.

May 2, 2005 by Dan Farber


Globus Toolkit 4.0

The Globus Consortium unleashed the version 4.0 of the Globus Toolkit (GT4), which is a key component for accelerating the adoption of enterprise-class grids.

May 2, 2005 by Dan Farber


For Windows bug hunters, there's strength in numbers

Last week, I responded to some of James Coplien's remarks concerning what customers expect from their software. At the ACCU conference last month, Coplien also talked about the security advantages enjoyed by a distributed, independent development community:Security is a system concern--it is a complex system.

May 1, 2005 by John Carroll


Ruling jeopardizes media copy protection

A French court has ruled against copy protection software on DVDs that prevented the plaintiff from copying a DVD of Mulholland Drive into a video tape for "personal use" (which is mildly amusing, as Mulholland Drive is exactly the kind of movie I'd expect would appeal to French tastes).

May 1, 2005 by John Carroll