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

When society makes technical decisions

Britain's plans for a universal ID card  have suffered at the hands of of a London School of Economics report (PDF) that called into question the scheme's implementation.  Now, an organization called the Pledge Bank has started a campaign to build a legal defense fund for people who publicly declare that they'll refuse to register for the new ID card.

July 28, 2005 by Phil Windley


Shining example of why patents and standards don't mix

I've routinely used ZDNet as a bully pulpit directed at both the sellers and buyers of technologies who look to establish or adopt certain standards that have patents connected to them.   When a proprietary (often patented) technology earns the status of de facto standard (aka: practically unchallenged market dominance), the licensor of that technology (usually the patent holder) is basically afforded a legal monopoly and an unprecedented amount of market control.

July 27, 2005 by David Berlind


Views into Vista Beta 1

According to Windows head Jim Allchin, the first beta of Vista is not suitable for mere mortals. "Beta 1 is not what I would call deeply interesting, unless you are a real bithead.

July 27, 2005 by Dan Farber


On being bugged

Gilles Caprari of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed a matchbook-size robot named Insbot. Insbot can secrete reassuring chemicals and has successfully insinuated itself into colonies of cockroaches.

July 27, 2005 by Ed Gottsman


10 petaflops at your service

Next year, Japan plans to begin development of what it hopes will be the fastest of all supercomputers--73 times faster (10 petaflops: 1 petaflop is one thousand trillion floating point operations per second)  than IBM's top-ranked Blue Gene, according to an Japan Times story.  It may take up to $1 billion and five years to get there.

July 26, 2005 by Dan Farber


Advertising's final (online) frontier

Advertisers spend $200 million annually to place ads in video games--and that figure is supposedly (by what magic do they come up with projections like these?) set to grow five-fold by 2008.

July 25, 2005 by Ed Gottsman


Ohhh. The pain, the pain: The Bluetooth pain

If you read my recent post on how EV-DO saved the day during a recent heat-wave induced blackout in New England, then you'd know that I was accessing my company's corporate network through a virtual private network connection (VPN) that involved my Thinkpad T42 connected via Bluetooth to a Verizon Wireless (EV-DO)-provisioned  PocketPC-based Audiovox XV6600 smartphone.

July 25, 2005 by David Berlind