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.

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Sun's Schwartz: (free) Google and Yahoo are major signs of things to come

In issue #8 of ZDNet's IT Matters series of podcasts (download the MP3, or learn how to have them automatically downloaded while you're sleeping), Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz lays out his vision for utility computing, why Sun's $1-per-CPU-per-hour pricing has no choice but to trend down towards (maybe to 50 cents next year), why services built on utility grids will trend to be free, and why Google, Yahoo and eBay are examples of how we're actually already there.

January 31, 2005 by David Berlind


Amidst restructuring, Open Source Initiative founder Eric Raymond makes room for new regime

Under a great deal of stress from all corners of the technology industry due to a structure and process that more closely resembles that of a club rather than an organization that can professionally lead and represent the interets of such a rapidly growing community, the Open Source Initiative has announced that it will restructure to meet the demands of a much more mature open source world.

January 31, 2005 by David Berlind


Enterprises still pay more for Wi-Fi

On his Wi-Fi blog, Glenn Fleishman points to an article about the huge price disparity between wireless equipment for business and similar kits sold to the SOHO market. He offers this explanation: There is, of course, a price premium you pay for devices that handle VLAN switching, multiple broadcast SSIDs, and other enterprise-related features.

January 31, 2005 by Chris Jablonski


Gentoo: We're not the Napster of Open Source

In response to my recent blog entry regarding Sun's OpenSolaris, its 1600 patents and whether they'll create a safer legal haven to which Linux developers will be drawn, the folks at Gentoo are disputing my characterization of their Portaris and Portage technologies as being Napster-like facilitators that can grease the wheels of open source license violation.

January 31, 2005 by David Berlind


Government IT projects <em>are</em> different

People are still talking about the recent news that the FBI's Virtual Case File system won't work after almost $170 million has been spent on it. A Wired News story has generalized the commentary to talk about government IT blunders.

January 30, 2005 by Phil Windley


WebEx: The bumpy road to five-nines

Earlier this week, I chatted with WebEx CEO Subrah Iyar at a dinner set up by his PR firm, Antenna Group . Subrah was explaining some of the challenges for taking his company from four-nines to five-nines.

January 28, 2005 by ZDNet


Turning nose movements into mouse movements

A student at the Institute of Information Technology in Ottawa, Canada, has invented the nouse, a piece of image-processing software that watches your face in order to 1) translate nose movements into mouse movements and 2) translate winks (left and right) into clicks (left and right). So what?

January 28, 2005 by ZDNet

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Is Novell's Groupwise on death row?

After listening to Brian Green, Novell's European director of Linux solutions, give a keynote regarding the company's forthcoming marriage of NetWare's services to the SuSE Linux kernel (Novell calls this Open Enterprise Server), Novell's customers are worrying that the company will put some of its non-open source products such as Groupwise on the chopping block. The worries are not unfounded.

January 27, 2005 by David Berlind