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Battery technology is not keeping pace with computing power demands

By Matthew Gast
March 13, 2014

I’ve spent the past decade of my professional life working to enable connectivity everywhere with Wi-Fi. Back when I started working with Wi-Fi, it was a way of connecting laptops to the network more easily. These days, Wi-Fi is more …

Safe(er) Passwords in PHP

By Chris Cornutt
January 22, 2014

As anyone whose used a web applications knows, the password is still the go-to form of identification. Sure, there have been lots of improvements in the world of identify over the last few years, but there’s still a constant flow …

Four short links: 25 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 25, 2013

Seagate Kinetic Storage — In the words of Geoff Arnold: The physical interconnect to the disk drive is now Ethernet. The interface is a simple key-value object oriented access scheme, implemented using Google Protocol Buffers. It supports key-based CRUD (create, …

An update on in-memory data management

By Ben Lorica
February 21, 2013

By Ben Lorica and Roger Magoulas We wanted to give you a brief update on what we’ve learned so far from our series of interviews with players and practitioners in the in-memory data management space. A few preliminary themes have …

Four data themes to watch from Strata + Hadoop World 2012

By Roger Magoulas
November 8, 2012

At our successful Strata + Hadoop World conference (including successfully avoiding Sandy), a few themes emerged that resonated with my interests and experience as a hands-on data analyst and as a researcher who tracks technology adoption trends. Keep in mind …

DNA: The perfect backup medium

By Timothy M. O'Brien
August 20, 2012

It wasn’t enough for Dr. George Church to help Gilbert “discover” DNA sequencing 30 years ago, create the foundations for genomics, create the Personal Genome Project, drive down the cost of sequencing,  and start humanity down the road of synthetic biology. …

Complexity fails: A lesson from storage simplification

Complexity fails: A lesson from storage simplification
By Randy Bias
April 11, 2012

Simple systems scale effectively, while complex systems struggle to overcome the multiplicative effect of potential failure points. This shows us why the most reliable and scalable clouds are those made up of fewer, simpler parts.

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data

By Audrey Watters
January 26, 2012

We take a look at the big data obstacles and opportunities for genomics, digital humanities scholars respond to Stanley Fish's mischaracterization of what they do with data, and Hadoop World and the Strata Conference merge.

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data

Strata Week: Genome research kicks up a lot of data
By Audrey Watters
January 26, 2012

We take a look at the big data obstacles and opportunities for genomics, digital humanities scholars respond to Stanley Fish's mischaracterization of what they do with data, and Hadoop World and the Strata Conference merge.

Four short links: 28 December 2011

By Nat Torkington
December 28, 2011

Terrier IR -- open source (Mozilla) text search engine, now with Hadoop support. s3ql -- open source (GPLv3) Linux filesystem which stores its data on Google Storage, Amazon S3, or OpenStack. (via Adam Shand) Esprima -- open source (BSD) fast Javascript parser in Javascript. (via Javascript Weekly) Hogan.js -- open source (Apache) Javascript templating engine from Twitter. If it...

BuzzData: Come for the data, stay for the community

By Alex Howard
September 20, 2011

BuzzData looks to tap the gravitational pull of data, then keep people around through conversation and collaboration.

BuzzData: Come for the data, stay for the community

By Alex Howard
September 20, 2011

BuzzData looks to tap the gravitational pull of data, then keep people around through conversation and collaboration.

Strata Week: What happens when 200,000 hard drives work together?

Strata Week: What happens when 200,000 hard drives work together?
By Audrey Watters
September 1, 2011

IBM takes data storage to a whole new level (120 petabytes, to be exact), Infochimps' new API tries to make life easier for geo developers, and the "Internet of people" keeps an eye on Hurricane Irene.

Strata Week: What happens when 200,000 hard drives work together?

By Audrey Watters
September 1, 2011

IBM takes data storage to a whole new level (120 petabytes, to be exact), Infochimps' new API tries to make life easier for geo developers, and the "Internet of people" keeps an eye on Hurricane Irene.

Real-time data needs to power the business side, not just tech

By Jenn Webb
July 26, 2011

Real-time data analysis has come a long way, but Theo Schlossnagle, principal and CEO of OmniTI, says some technology improvements are actually causing a data analysis devolution.

Real-time data needs to power the business side, not just tech

By Jenn Webb
July 26, 2011

Real-time data analysis has come a long way, but Theo Schlossnagle, principal and CEO of OmniTI, says some technology improvements are actually causing a data analysis devolution.

Re-engineering the data stack for speed

Re-engineering the data stack for speed
By Audrey Watters
May 12, 2011

Acunu CEO Tim Moreton talks about how his company has redesigned the data stack from the ground up, and what the resulting speed boost might mean for big data developers.

The truth about data: Once it's out there, it's hard to control

By Jenn Webb
April 4, 2011

In a recent interview, Jeff Jonas, IBM distinguished engineer and chief scientist at IBM Entity Analytics, discussed the willingness of consumers to give away their data and the issues around data replication.

Data integration services combine storage and analysis tools

By Jenn Webb
March 15, 2011

IBM Netezza and Revolution R Enterprise announced a new partnership, which together with recent moves by Microsoft and HP signal a growing realization that integrating data storage and analysis provides a better client experience.

Four short links: 16 July 2010

By Nat Torkington
July 16, 2010

GPL WordPress Theme Angst -- a podcaster brought together Matt Mullenweg (creator of WordPress), and Chris Pearson (creator of the Thesis theme). Chris doesn't believe WordPress's GPL should be inherited by themes. Matt does, and the SFLC and others agree. The conversation is interesting because (a) they and the podcaster do a great job of keeping it civil and...

MySQL conference begins in the midst of industry shifts

By Andy Oram
April 13, 2010

The conference comes at a time of unusual uncertainty and change for MySQL--and I'm not talking about the Oracle acquisition, which the community dealt with last year.

Four short links: 21 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 21, 2009

A Taxonomy of Social Networking Data (Bruce Schneier) -- he divides information by who gave it, why, and who controls it. Useful to remember that not all social data are equal. Five Ways to Revolutionise Computer Memory (New Scientist) -- the physics and economics of new memory technology. News at Seven -- project to automatically generate news report, complete...

Four short links: 29 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 29, 2009

Julie Learns to Program -- blog from our own Julie Steele as she learns her first programming language. The point is: it’s in me. I wasn’t sure that is was, and now I know—it is. And what, exactly, is “it”? It is the bug. It is the combination of native curiosity and stubbornness that made me play around with...

Four short links: 3 September 2009

By Nat Torkington
September 2, 2009

Many Eyes Make All Bugs Shallow, Especially When The Eyes Get Smarter (David Eaves) -- Mozilla released bug submission data, and David realizes with some minor investment (particularly some simpler vetting screens prior to reaching bugzilla) bug submitters could learn faster. For example, a landing screen that asks you if you've ever submitted a bug before might take newbies...

Four short links: 4 August 2009

By Nat Torkington
August 3, 2009

NASA Nebula Services/Platform Stack -- The NEBULA platform offers a turnkey Software-as-a-Service experience that can rapidly address the requirements of a large number of projects. However, each component of the NEBULA platform is also available individually; thus, NEBULA can also serve in Platform-as-a-Service or Infrastructure-as-a-Service capacities. Bundles RabbitMQ, Eucalyptus, LUSTRE storage, Fabric deployment, Varnish front-end, MySQL and more. (via...

My Fear Of Commodity Storage

By Chris Josephes
January 27, 2009

Despite the Barracuda issues, Seagate is probably one of the better consumer drive vendors out there. I give them credit for offering recovery services to anyone that needs it; although I have the benefit of making that statement without...

Beefy Storage Offering From Sun

By Chris Josephes
November 11, 2008

Sun Microsystems revealed their new enterprise storage solution today. The first enterprise product to market combining HDDs and SDDs.

Microsoft Live Mesh for Mac

By Todd Ogasawara
November 5, 2008

Microsoft Live Mesh is a free (so far) online storage service. Microsoft recently released a beta client for Mac OS X Leopard. I installed it on my MacBook and took it for a spin. You can find nearly a dozen screenshots illustrating the installation procedure and initial configuration.


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