Wow! Was I really blogging that late last night (or that early this morning)? I don't know if that's dedication or madness. I just have a hard time of letting go of things when I start having breakthroughs, a blessing and a curse.
This week in the zones
There are some fun data articles this week in the Linux and Open Source zones. I was fascinated by what databases could do ever since my first relational database on my Commodore 64. (I can still hear the 5.25" floppy chugging away as it processed the data.) Holy almagamation, Batman! We have come a long way and databases are involved in everything from documents (now XML files) to pictures and more. (Heard of search engines?) So, to honor our data obsessions Linux and Open Source both have something to share.
Throw your data to the Pig
Big Data is the new buzzword and it's no wonder! With everything and everyone connected to the Internet (and by everyone, I mean 37% of the world) there is a lot of data floating around. Once you began trying to track information it's amazing the amount of it that you can accumulate. Then you have to organize it and make sense of it all. People are building businesses on figuring out how to do that and it is very likely that if you work with technology in a business environment that you are dealing with something like that right now. Apache Pig gives provides a way to address Hadoop data using an SQL-like interface. This could make a huge difference for your tangled data mess. Read the article now. Don't forget to rate and add your comments.
Using MongoDB to process video?
This concept surprised me, but the more I thought about it the more I liked it. I talked about how far we've come with databases and their usage and this is a perfect example. M. Tim Jones tells us how he uses the MongoDB work queue to process video. As video becomes more and more prevailent we're all going to have to deal with practical applications like this. Yet the technique lends itself to other sorts of job queue functions. Read the article now. Again, your ratings and comments are very important.
SXSW prep continues
Things continue as SXSW approaches. I've been looking over the schedule and figuring out just how little sleep I'm going to get. Can I drink that much coffee? We'll find out. Please forgive me if my next projects are covered in drool when it's all over. I'll be tagging my activities, which I plan to include live video reports, with the #sxswdw tag. Look for that and don't forget to keep up with me on Twitter and Facebook. That's where I'll announce the official page when it's ready.
Tell me what you need
As an editor it is always challenging to figure out what's going to make the most difference to you. Send me feedback about what you want in the way of Linux and Open Source articles. I'll do my best to get requested material. It's all so much more interesting when it's a conversation, not a broadcast.