Day 700 of 101 goals in 1001 days

This update is late as I have been busy. 84 Revisit Met Museum Went while I was at Hadoop World (pic is actually the Natural History museum but what the hell) During my recent Africa Trip: 24 - Swim with sharks 33 - Safari Visited Addo Elephant »

Reith Lecture by Aung San Suu Kyi

Today I woke up to Radio4 as usual and was surprised to hear this years Reith Lecture by Aung San Suu Kyi on Securing Freedom. Very interesting, looking forward to hearing the remainder The archive is available and I thought I would share my highlights »

Walking The Great Glen Way

Over Easter, while we had all the extra days off because some chinless wonder married a model in an old church in London I went with two of my best friends and walked the 73 miles from Inverness to Fort William along the Caledonian Canal. (picture from »

Berlin Buzzwords

I have just returned from Berlin Buzzwords. It was a great conference and well organised so thanks to the organisers. As all the talks will be online soon I will just mention a few things that I enjoyed. The two keynotes were excellent, Doug Cutting »

Compressing Text Tables In Hive

At Forward we have been using Hive for a while and started out with the default table type (uncompressed text) and wanted to see if we could save some space and not lose too much performance. The wiki page HiveCompressedStorage lists the possibilities »