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

Can software vendors be held accountable for insecure or buggy software?

Based on the Talkbacks to a recent news story about a "highly critical" security flaw in RealNetworks' RealPlayer media player software, the aged-old question of whether software vendors can be held accountable for insecure or buggy software is once again rearing its two heads.  I say two because the answer is both yes and no.

April 26, 2005 by David Berlind


How SAP keeps the pressure on Oracle

The escalating rivalry between SAP and Oracle underlies much of the news coming out of the German software maker's customer conference in Copenhagen this week. The most significant item: the business software giant is teaming with Microsoft to develop and market software that will link SAP's business management systems more closely with Microsoft's Office suite.

April 26, 2005 by


Longhorn before too long?

Charles Cooper explained in a commentary piece last week why Microsoft's upcoming Longhorn operating system is so important for Microsoft to get right. There's a lot of these kinds of articles now, as the technology press in the runup to major software releases serves the same function as the tense music that you heard when David Hasselhoff tried to defuse a bomb in Knight Rider.

April 25, 2005 by John Carroll


Can an open source project get acquired? One just did

Here's a wrinkle that many devotees of open source either don't know about or don't talk about: Open source projects can get acquired by commercial software companies.  To demonstrate that point, one of the more popular open source projects on sourceforge.

April 25, 2005 by David Berlind


Monty Python on the Semantic Web

Tony Byrne of CMS Watch sent me a note about a fun series of posts over at the xml-dev mailing list using Monty Python to poke fun at the Semantic Web, RESTful Web Services, and Web Services specifications.  Its worth reading the comments in between the quips as well.

April 25, 2005 by Phil Windley


Airport kiosks not showing Windows' best hand

Of the many character roles played by Windows, the one that probably gets the least coverage is its use in public as the underlying technology behind embedded applications such as kiosks and information panels.   Earlier this year, I interviewed a designer of embedded systems who had been unwavering in using Windows as his choice for embedded operating systems.

April 25, 2005 by David Berlind


Personalization comes to brick-and-mortar stores

Pittsburg-based HyperActive Technologies has reportedly deployed a fast-food restaurant demand management system, called "Bob," that can reliably predict whether you'll want burgers or chicken nuggets even before you walk in the door. By examining your height, it can decide whether you're a child (nuggets, probably) or an adult (burgers, probably) and get the chefs working seconds or minutes before you actually order.

April 24, 2005 by Ed Gottsman