2016-01-02

Review: Macroanalysis (Topics in the Digital Humanities)

Macroanalysis (Topics in the Digital Humanities)Macroanalysis by Matthew L. Jockers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great foray into data mining literature...

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2015-12-31

Review: Cassandra High Availability

Cassandra High AvailabilityCassandra High Availability by Robbie Strickland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent high-level view, providing direction and guidance for relative newcomers to Cassandra. My background is 10+ years with relation Db's, covering SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, cubes, data marts, etc., and this pointed out the mistakes that can be made by someone with a relational Db background. It's an easy read, well-written and high-level, with enough code to make the point, but not so much that reading becomes drudgery.

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2015-11-25

Proposed Site Architecture

I have been toying with the idea of migrating one of my sites to a better host - it was supported by Yahoo and now AAbaco - and implementing some newer technologies. Among products I have used at work or are working with peripherally, I am considering using ASP.NET MVC, Entity Framework, ReSTful API's, NoSQL, and Azure-hosted databases - it is currently a mixture of very low-end PHP, HTML5/CSS3, light Javascript, and MySQL - so I decided to write up an architectural diagram - it looks like any standard architecture, with maybe a few additional elements - to help with the planning:

Preliminary architectural diagram of planned site.
2015-10-23

Review: NoSQL Distilled

NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot PersistenceNoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence by Pramod J. Sadalage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For developers, an excellent overview and primer of the new database types. Although I think that one needs a good understanding of numerous technology-related topics, this is a fairly light introduction covering the NoSQL incarnations.

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2015-10-16

Hackers Prove They Can ‘Pwn’ the Lives of Those Not Hyperconnected

It is an interesting article, but one almost immediately ruined by the naivete of the target.

Comment:
One phrase, click-bait, ruins this. As an non-hyper-connected individual she did not have enough savvy to avoid the most common ruse. She was trusting, in a way she should not have been. I could go on - pardon if this is like blaming the victim - but one needs to be cautious, and in fact, untrusting, or electronic media. Consider the source is no less true in this case than with material one reads or hears.

Question from another reader:
What does the phrase "click-bait" ruin and why?

Answer
The title of the article made me think the hack was of a person unconnected from the internet, or possibly the opposite, using IoT. Also, there was nothing ingenious about this. It was the typical old-school social hack, getting someone to open something they should not, like movies, documents, etc., that are actually viruses or links to cross-scripted sites that hijack your entries. The hack was simply finding one of the millions of unsuspecting, naive users...
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