Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CNET News.com. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the University of Delaware.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is the security editor for ZDNet. You can send tips securely via Signal and WhatsApp to 646-755-8849, and his PGP fingerprint for email is: 4D0E 92F2 E36A EC51 DAAE 5D97 CB8C 15FA EB6C EEA5.

Stephanie Condon

Stephanie Condon is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Portland, Oregon, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously covered politics for CBSNews.com, as well as the intersection of technology and politics for CNET. Stephanie graduated with a B.A. in communication from Stanford University.

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Sandbox schmandbox.  Java springs a critical security leak.

Sandbox schmandbox. Java springs a critical security leak.

If I ever get asked what it is that I'll most remember 2005 for, perhaps it will be the fact that two of the most widely-promoted-as-impregnable technologies weren't so impregnable after all.  The first of these is Oracle's database technology which the company's CEO Larry Ellison has routinely hocked as being unbreakable.

November 29, 2005 by in Open Source

It's not about OpenDocument vs MS.  It's about open standards.

It's not about OpenDocument vs MS. It's about open standards.

In his response to my blog about how open source legal expert Larry Rosen gave his blessings to Microsoft's newest terms for implementing its file formats in third party software, a ZDNet reader asks "David: Why can't you just admit MS did the right thing?" In his comment, he goes on to say "Your prejudice is showing in full force guy.

November 29, 2005 by in Open Source

XBox 360:  A harbinger of the PC lockdown to come?

XBox 360: A harbinger of the PC lockdown to come?

According to Engadget, the Free60 project has developed a list of barriers to hacking Linux onto Microsoft's XBox 360s that reads like an art thief's list of obstacles to stealing the Mona Lisa.  At first glance, a story about how the XBox could be hackproof may appear to you to be irrelevant if you're reading this blog (Between the Lines, "The blog for discriminating IT buyers").

November 28, 2005 by in Virtualization

Let the file format hairsplitting begin

Let the file format hairsplitting begin

Now that Microsoft has issued a special covenant not to sue developers -- even open source developers -- that develop software that supports its XML-based Office file formats, the entire industry (OK, a goodly portion of it) is holding breath to see how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will respond.  Originally, Massachusetts sent Microsoft and its file formats packing on the basis that they didn't satisfy the state's test for openness.

November 28, 2005 by in Open Source

Grand Central turning to Swivel

Grand Central turning to Swivel

After co-founding and leading CNET (from which this blog issues forth) from obscurity to Web stardom, Halsey Minor started 12 Entrepreneuring, raising over $130 million to incubate Web services companies before flaming out during the 2001 bubble bursting. One of the few incubated companies to survive 12 Entrepreneuring's dissolution was Grand Central Communications, which provided a hosted SOA integration hub.

November 28, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

What happened to Dewie the e-Turtle?

What happened to Dewie the e-Turtle?

Security expert Bruce Schneier was interviewed by Tom Espiner of ZDNet UK regarding the notion that foreign governments are a serious threat to a nation's critical national infrastructure and whether cyberterroism is a more potent threat than the rampant cybercrime. Schneier views cyberterrorism threats as overstated.

November 25, 2005 by in Security

Blogging as 'intellectual hydroplaning'?

Blogging as 'intellectual hydroplaning'?

Nick Carr responded to my post about "Why blogging matters," characterizing blogging as mostly superficial and impressionistic, and suggesting that the blogoshere is a "fantasy community crowded with isolated egos pretending to connect." Here's a piece from Nick's post:The blogosphere's a seductive place - it's easy to get caught up in it - and there's lots of interesting thoughts and opinions bouncing around amid the general clatter.

November 22, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

UPS: Driving cost savings by eliminating left-hand turns

UPS: Driving cost savings by eliminating left-hand turns

UPS does IT on a very large scale: $1 billion in IT spending this year, nearly 5,000 IT staff, 384,000 employees, 15 mainframes, 8,700 servers, 250,000 PCs, 2,700 networked sites, 474 terabytes of storage, 500 applications, 10 million tracking requests per day, 88,000 vehicles, 90,000 handheld devices and the 9th largest airline. The massive array of technology and personnel is all focused on delivering more than 14 million packages a day across 200 countries.

November 22, 2005 by in CXO

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