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  • Comparing the top Hadoop distributions

    Hadoop introduced a new way to simplify the analysis of large data sets, and in a very short time reshaped the big data market. In fact, today Hadoop is often synonymous with the term big data.

  • The desktop-a-week review: Enlightenment

    Over the last few months I've been living, quite happily, with GNOME Shell as the Desktop Environment on my Linux machines. Then, recently, I gave Enlightenment another try. I was blown away by how impressive it was (and, more importantly, how interesting it was).

  • The International Space Station Goes Linux and RunRev goes open source

    On the ISS, Linux is in and XP is out and open source is the way of the future

  • Opinion: Predicting the tech future

    For my recent column of predictions for 2013 I polled a huge number of IT people to see what they are expecting, and ended up getting more than 400 responses.

  • Reminiscences of another Internet transition year

    A good (or was it bad) chunk of 2012 in Internet-land was spent dreading and getting ready for the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai that will conclude about the time this column is published. (See "The Internet has escaped the ax, at least in the US, at least for now"; "When does free mean none?"; "The non-Internet that never was but might be"; "US Congress passes another resolution opposing UN Internet takeover.") But the year was not all focused on the spectre of a United Nations takeover of the Internet.

  • Coming soon: Cameras that never stop taking pictures

    Soon, we will reach a time where pictures are as easy to take as they are not to take, and they will be infinitely disposable. When that happens, says Mike Elgan, the default mode for most cameras will be to never stop taking pictures.

  • 5 examples of "really good stuff"

    In the quest to keep you, dear reader, entertained and informed I undertake extensive research to find what's hot, interesting and useful. This means that I spend a lot of time looking at "stuff" of which only a small fraction of the "really good stuff" gets published.

  • A phased approach to IPv6 that's so easy, you'll almost think you're still ignoring it

    Remember when you were a kid and you got so tired of your parents nagging you to clean your room, you finally just stopped listening? It's kind of that way with IPv6.

  • US Court of Appeals says bank security system wasn’t up to snuff, meaning it might be liable for some loses incurred by a hacked customer

    The decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling that let a bank off the hook for losses incurred by a hacked customer has implications for both financial institutions (they need to do more) and their business customers (who typically lack legal protection from fraud that consumers enjoy).

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    Just linking could get you 10 years in jail

    UK citizen Richard O'Dwyer faces the possibility of ten years in the slammer for having a site that linked to pirated content

  • A better Todo List with Backbone

    JavaScript, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Java language, has become a remarkable platform for elegantly solving programming problems and delivering effective solutions.

  • Welcome to the programming language explosion

    The days of Java and .Net dominance are over. Let a thousand languages bloom and cross-pollinate

  • Purposeful pollution: An Apple patent, but not an Apple idea

    It would be nice if Apple were going to implement the technology in U.S. Patent No. 8,205,265, which was issued to the company in June. There's no reason to think that it will, but I hope Apple at least won't block others from doing so.

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    Functional programming: A step backward

    Functional programming languages will have a place in general application development when we can read their code at a glance

  • Google announces social sharing done right

    The upcoming Google+ History will prepare your content for sharing, but holds it in a private space until you choose to share it. It's how social networking should work, writes columnist Mike Elgan.

  • The long death of fat clients

    Web development and open standards have triumphed, while the JavaFX framework is merely a last gasp

  • Long live SOA in the cloud era

    You might not hear much about SOA anymore, but its imperative to make 'everything a service' is more relevant than ever

  • Learn how to develop iOS apps (for free!), and Developing Video Content with Camtasia

    What a garden of delights we have for you this week. First up, do you want to learn how to build iOS apps? For free? If that sounds like something you'd like to do then yes, there's a course for that.

  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: It's 2016, and Chrome OS is ascendant

    The fat client desktop system has ruled computing for 30 years. Could Google Chrome OS and other cloud-based, thin-client systems dominate the next 30?

  • Joel Capperella: Attract talent by building the IT community at large

    If you invest in the development of IT professionals outside your company, you help improve the level of talent in the entire IT ecosystem -- and, in turn, the quality of candidates who apply for your jobs, says Yoh's Joel Capperella.