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

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


What makes tick

Yesterday I attended a event at the tony Four Seaons in San Francisco in which CEO Marc Benioff previewed (again) the forthcoming (June 8) edition of his company's product and showcased sforce 6.

April 13, 2005 by Dan Farber


Can open source IT be a money pit?

Last year, Doug Kaye over at IT Conversations recorded an interview with MIT professor and serial entrepreneur Philip Greenspun. Greenspun's most successful venture to date (revenue-wise) was probably ArsDigita -- an open source business that flamed out after he handed the reins over to venture capitalists who, he claims, ran a perfectly good company into the ground.

April 13, 2005 by David Berlind


Sharing enterprise software

Baseline Magazine (still one of my favorite sources of information about enterprise computing) has an article discussing corporations that share homegrown software using the Avalanche Corporate Technology Cooperative. According to their Web site, Avalanche's mission is to provide: A gated community that enables our members to contribute, collaborate, and legally distribute intellectual property with other members.

April 13, 2005 by Phil Windley


Gordon Moore: Software people are losing ground

Gordon Moore, of Moore's Law and Intel, talked with ZDNet UK while he was in Hawaii marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of his seminal paper. What resonated with me was his take on computer interfaces: I would like a much simpler interface though don't know what it would look like.

April 12, 2005 by Dan Farber