Friday Five – Big Data, Doppio and Fake Linus Torvalds

Chris Mayer

It’s that time of the week again – where everything begins to wind down as the weekend begins. Featuring Big Data, Craft Beer via RedMonk, coffee, cats, Apple and a Linus Torvalds imposter. A heady mix

It’s that time of the week again – where everything begins
to wind down as
the weekend begins.
Perhaps you’re reading this from an airport departure lounge,
awaiting your flight to San Francisco for this year’s JavaOne. Or
perhaps, like me, you’re still in the office slaving away. Never
fear – the Friday 5 is here to round up some
(and not-so-relevant)
things you may have

 1 – James Governor’s How Not To Define Big

As rumours mount about
Project Sparta
(IBM’s Big Data simplifier),
one of our favourite developer
RedMonk’s James Governor
, offers up his
views on Big Data and why it
’s making an
impact. Definitely worth a watch, as is his

Craft Beer video
, showing how developers can learn
a lot from that industry’s scale-out approach.

2. Linus Torvalds goes off on Linux and Git (sort of)

We at JAX Towers found this satirical interview with Linus Torvalds on his
creations Linux and Git rather amusing, probably because it
captures the man so well. Remember, this is humour – so if some of
it cuts a little deep, we can only say lighten up! Our favourite
line: “No technology can ever be too arcane or complicated for the
black t-shirt crowd.”

3. Doppio – The JVM goes CoffeeScript

From time to time, we like to keep an eye on Github, in hope of
finding something a little bit different. Meet the quirky-titled
bringing together Java and CoffeeScript in a refreshing double shot
of browser goodness. An interesting idea that, if executed well,
could pick up a lot of followers.

4. Kittydar – a cat detector that doesn’t detect

Ah, cats and the internet. A harmonious combination.
Naturally, we’d assume that Github project
(written in JavaScript) would be able to pick out a moggy no
problem. But, after our rigorous testing process,
on one occasion
did we yield a positive match. This
feline project is someway behind

Google’s ground-breaking research
- here’s
hoping open-source cat recognition software will be able catch

5. Apple Maps – Tim Cook’s apology

You surely can’t have missed Apple’s rare debacle in releasing
their own maps service – well, especially since we talked about it
last week. Seven days on from that rather hilarious Tumblr comes an
apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook. In the letter posted
on Apple’s website
, Cook said he was “extremely sorry for the
frustration” felt by Apple’s loyal customers:

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver
the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of
our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are
extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers
and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

A very honest atonement from the head of the company for
failing to deliver a world-class product. Sit tight iOS

6 users, hopefully something that’s actually usable is

That’s your lot for the week – have a good weekend (particularly
if you’re attending a JavaOne pre-conference soiree)

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