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A Guest Post on Big Data

I've been speaking with guys from Adoreboard a start up based in Belfast, on how Big Data works - from a practical point of view.  The differing data structures often mean that a typical monolithic approach to data storage doesn't always make sense. Bob Marks, from Adoreboard wrote a guest post on all things Big Data…
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Running MongoDB in a Virtual Environment

I got the chance to give an updated version of my introduction to MongoDB to the Dublin MongoDB user group (@MongoDBDublin). Download the Slide Deck: I've supplied my slide deck, along with meeting notes here. I think I can share with you the most interesting learning I had when initially using MongoDB - virtual machines lie... they…
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Halloween Special a self Postmortem – Using MongoDB

This evening I had a terrifying experience. I stood up in front of a room of talented and experienced developers, and a MongoDB expert and I told them about all the stupid and silly mistakes I'd made building VocZie with MongoDB. The really strange thing is I feel much better now, hope this feeling lasts until…
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Twitter API1.1 – What to do… What to do…

I've got to make a call on the immediate future of VocZie, and it is tied directly to the new Twitter API (API1.1) which has yet to be released. In my last blog post I outlined the problem; basically the changes coming in API1.1 have the potential to prevent VocZie from working. The problem I…
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Twitter API Changes & A Request for Help

I've just posted the following request for support on Twitter's developer site. You can find the request at the following URL: https://dev.twitter.com/discussions/10124 The changes to the Twitter API mean I can't continue to use my current implementation and scale my web application. In the introduction to the forthcoming API changes @sippey (Michael Sippey) points out…
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Running to Stand Still MongoDB and OpenVZ

The story of several cold sweats, and sleepless nights started in such a relaxed way. Who knew I'd feel so tired now... After a weekend of relaxing I get back to the PC and checking news via VocZie, except for some strange reason I can't log in. Oh dear... So I start investigating - I…
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Introducing VocZie

"VocZie is my experiment - it is a web site which allows you to read news stories and web sites and at the same time join an active discussion about the web site via Twitter. So you can not only read a news story, but also participate in a conversation about the story." "I like that" You talk, I…
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An insight from 1800’s has arrived in your Inbox

In the middle of a meeting and surrounded by technology I my mind suddenly jumped out of the meeting and raced backward to a visit I had made years ago, as a boy to a folk museum. In my mind’s eye I saw the letter, on faded coffee stained paper, hand written in impeccable script, but…
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What is “The Cloud”?

There is still a good deal of confusion, even among the IT literate about what “The Cloud” really is. It doesn’t help that some consumer orientated companies are using the term to help publicise their own services, for example, HTC has a cloud, Apple has an iCloud, DropBox lets you store your files in the…
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From Sketches to User Experience – URL Import on Headlines

I was tired, knackered in fact, after many long nights scratching my head and feeling like I was getting nowhere It came to me….in the shower….No, not a big scary knife from an Alfred Hitchock movie, but an idea about how I could make importing feeds from URLs simple. Now I’d just like to know…
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