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 relevant (and not-so-relevant) things you may have missed.

 1 – James Governor’s How Not To Define Big Data

As rumours mount about Project Sparta (IBM’s Big Data simplifier), one of our favourite developer analysts, 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 Doppio, 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 cats

Ah, cats and the internet. A harmonious combination. Naturally, we’d assume that Github project Kittydar (written in JavaScript) would be able to pick out a moggy no problem. But, after our rigorous testing process, only 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 up.

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 incoming.

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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