A few months ago I spent some time exploring Hadoop. Just the basic stuff. Did the install. Worked some tutorials. Loaded some test data and played. And then these last couple weeks I've been playing with MongoDB.
I discovered the joys of coffee when I was thirteen at Golden Star Donut shop in Richardson, Texas. I was a 6:00 a.m. regular, arriving after I finished my Dallas Morning News paper route. Then, and for years after, I drank it black because Vic Steelhammer, my paper-route buddy, told me that's the way real men did it.
My favorite project of all time began eighteen years ago at IBM’s Toronto lab on a product called ImagePlus. It wasn't my favorite because of the technologies we were using or the thing we were developing. It was the joy of working with that particular team.
We completed the project on time, within budget, and with an unusually low defect rate. Two doctoral students from the University of Guelph somehow heard about our project and came out to study the team and find the secret to our success.
I watched a great video by Tim O'Reilly about the importance of (he says data, though I would choose the word) information, Because O'Reilly is a veritable fountain of knowledge in many areas of computing he said a lot of good things along the way. His main point though was that tremendous market pressure is focused toward a single-source for data - by Google, Microsoft, or whomever - and that we need to actively resist that force. He raised this as the question, "Who