Finding the right tool for big data
There are generally multple ways to solve a complex problem. The right solution for you will depend upon your skills, your resources and your personality. (Yes, companies and development teams have a personality.) With big data there are a lot of new approaches to thinking about data, which are all very cool, but they can be overwhelming if you are used to approaching things from a certain point of view. Dr. Sherif Sakr examines some of the different ways of working with big data and helps you identify which ones might best leverage your existing skills and understandings.
It's always great to grow and learn new things, but sometimes it's nice to start from the standpoint of familiarity. Personally, I'd probably gravitate to Hive because I like the SQL-like feel. You might be different. Check out his article, "Use SQL-like languages for the MapReduce framework" and give it a rating.
The better to encrypt you, my dear
I've been fascinated with encryption since I first read about secret codes as a kid. PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) and later GPG (Gnu Privacy Guard) are interesting tools that I wish more people would use.
My public key
If you ever want to interact with me with encrypted keys, here is my public key for firstname.lastname@example.org.
I embedded the search using an iframe so it would always be current. (I had to make a key change the other day.) If you can't see it with your browser, then you can always get it at this URL: http://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371/pks/lookup?search=chris%40opensourcedude.com&op=get.