Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. —Piet Hein

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Two weeks off the net

I've just arrived back from a two-week family holiday in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Before I went I confess I was a little worried that two weeks without a computer or net access would be difficult. The last two-week holiday was four years ago to see family in Thailand, and we ended up using their computer now and again. But this time it was fine - and I resisted the occasional urge to nip into the local resource centre to check email. (There were of course lots of other things to do as you can see in the picture.)

Also on holiday I read a Guardian article about BlackBerry addiction (in a real newspaper, of course) and was glad I don't have one of the blasted things...

Monday, 6 August 2007

Tim O'Reilly on Hadoop

Tim O'Reilly has a written a nice piece about Hadoop, following its starring role at OSCON. I was tickled pink to see that he linked to my article about running Hadoop on Amazon EC2 to do log analysis!

Also, from the comments: Google has some courseware on MapReduce and Hadoop. Everyone seems to love Hadoop at the moment.