Information Systems Design and Development

no sql?

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.

driving hard

From an Engaget article:

  • Number of hard drives Seagate shipped since 1980: 2 billion
  • Number shipped in the last four years: 1 billion

That boggles my brain!  Along with the fact the drives they sold in 1980 were sized in megabytes and now the average is a terabyte. 

We can store ALL the digital everything1

tempest in a coffee cup

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.

microsoft's dilemma

I'm not in the Bill-Gates-is-the-Antichrist crowd, but I think the current situation is interesting. Consider this:

not stupid

Author Douglass Rushkoff blogged at The Huffington Post on Why Johnny Can't Program.  His title is, of course, a glom of Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johhny Can't Read.  Flesch published that book in 1955 and followed almost thirty years later with Why Johnny Still Can't Read: A New Look At The Scandal Of Our Schools.  Now over fifty years after the first book, with the cost per public school student skyrocketing, the problem Flesch described has worsened, not improved.


Seth Godin wrote a great piece a few days ago about our current economic condition. It's short, just go read it.

laugh or cry?

At the client company where I'm working just now, my desktop monitor is smaller than my (personal) laptop screen.  Obviously I'm working waaaaaay too cheap.

the key to success

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.

information is king

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