Diving into Microsoft’s Azure Data Lake | CIO

If you’re ready to start working with petabytes and exabytes of data — or just with a wide mix of data types on which you want to run multiple levels of analysis — Azure Data Lake promises a bridge to the data science world, using tools that will be familiar to enterprise developers and analysts.

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Performance

There’s never enough. Performance. Speed. Optimisation. I recently became reacquainted with the dark and mysterious arts of hosted website optimisation eeking out as much additional performance as possible from my end. This reminds me of the days when I optimised DOS systems then NetWare and Windows NT servers squeezing out every last drop of performance I could get. Back then it was advantageous if you knew about cache and memory optimisation, stripe and cluster sizes and it was mandatory to have profiled the application to get any decent increase in performance. We’re more limited these days without reaching into your wallet for content distribution services, dedicated virtual servers and enhanced server configs…

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What’s in a name?

So it turns out, quite a lot. That’s what’s in a name. Our response. Our attitudes. Our history. Our background. Our imperfections. Our desires. Us. We transpose ourselves on to the name, the thing, the semblance of our perceptions. We sign the signifier and in doing so give it a meaning, our meaning, our relationship with that name…

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Germanic

Been doing some work with a German piece of content management software, interesting getting to know the product, its limitations and strengths and also the subtle language differences. This image is their “standard” error message, what they actually want you to do is save any open sections then save this section. The “Ok fine!” was amusing for a while, now less so…

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Errorware

Cute error message today from a site while uploading some source code: programmers love their “alternate” sense of humor 😀

FileZilla retried and kept on trucking.

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An incumbent’s guide to digital disruption

“From the vantage point of 2016, when print media lie shattered by a tsunami of digital disruption, it’s easy to talk about who made the “right” decision and who the “wrong.” Things are far murkier when one is actually in the midst of disruption’s uncertain, oft-hyped early stages…”

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Second Life creators to revamp in VR

I’m fascinated by virtual worlds and communities: existence outside the physical, projecting yourself, your mind, your existence into the digital realm, new possibilities, new ways of being, new fronters. The “issue” is making it a compelling business model…just like the Internet wasn’t built for commercial gain: not everything should be business return driven, and the issue then is how to achieve scale, penetration and uptake without it. If you build it will they come?…

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When Old Technologies Create New Industries

“People understandably get excited about new digital technologies, whether it’s the digital camera that is cheaper than developing rolls upon rolls of film, or the photo-sharing apps that – in turn — make your iPhone camera easier to use than your old digital camera…”

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Code Monkey

On the back of NetworkWorld’s recent announcement, and other harbingers of doom, that Android’s KitKat (4.x) LolliPop (5.x) & Marshmallow (6.x) releases have known security issues, I decided to seriously revisit taking up being a code monkey again. This time though it’s (more?) serious with 100+ issues including several chipset code vulnerabilities being reported by our good friends at Google. Easy, I’ll have this fixed in a jiffy: whip out VirtualBox currently enjoying a cushy life as a Xamarin Android Player for a virtualised Nexus 7 LolliPop plaything (what, you don’t have virtual playthings?) and that old copy of Ubuntu LTS 14.04 which has been taking up precious NAS space and use up some of that extraneous SSD space on my i7 laptop…

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Outages and Lemons

Outages. I hate them. You hate them. We all hate them. Just fixed an issue with a component which should have automagically updated itself but when pressed into action curiously deciding that it wasn’t in a co-operative mood, refusing to play ball and failing “closed” making the entire site unavailable. It was a lemon moment…

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HTML Cheat Sheet (including new HTML5 tags) for Beginners

“How many times have you Googled: “how to add forms in HTML” or “what are new HTML5 tags” … only to end up twenty minutes later staring blankly at 30 new browser tabs, forgetting what got you here in the first place? Remembering each HTML element off the top of your head at a moment’s…”

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Are you a zero or a one? The role of wisdom.

…How does that relate to “the role of wisdom”? Wisdom imbibes fortune (“luck”) when fortune is attained through knowledge of the new potentials of the digital disruption landscape, we choose to know and we choose to act and these combined with thought give us opportunity. We consciously make our own “luck”…

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