Monthly Archives: January 2010

Exa-, Peta-, Tera-scale Informatics: Are *YOU* in the cloud yet?

One of the aspects of my job over the last few years, both at Sanger and now at Oxford Nanopore Technologies has been the management of tera-, verging on peta- scale data on a daily basis. Various methods of handling filesystems this large have been around for a while now and I won’t go into […]

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Bookmarks for January 26th through January 27th

These are my links for January 26th through January 27th: Mechanical Spider – Japanese Food Mount Fuji International – Online Japanese Food Shopping – teapigs | fine green white black and organic herbal teas – expensive leaves Temperature Logger – solar water heating data-logging controller Tom’s Planner | Gantt Chart Software | Faster than Excel […]

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Bookmarks for January 25th through January 26th

These are my links for January 25th through January 26th: Nicholas Felton | Feltron.com – 2009 Personal Annual Report. I want this for my life! TV Scrobbling :: Home – Unlocking innovation | data.gov.uk – MariaDB – Askmonty.org – SheldonShirts.com – The Big Bang Theory TV T-Shirts, Shirts Worn by Sheldon & Leonard –

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The Importance of Being Open

Those of you who know me know I’m pretty keen on openness. The hypocrisy of using a Powerbook for my daily work and keeping an iPhone in my pocket continue to not be lost on me, but I want to spend a few lines on the power of openness. Imagine if you will, a company […]

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On scaling data structures

One concept, or data-structure paradigm if you will, which I’ve seen many, many times is the tree. Whatever sort of tree it is – binary or otherwise, it’s a hierarchy of some sort. Tree structures are very common in every day life. Unfortunately in most programming languages they’re pretty clunky to code up. This aspect, […]

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Shared Development Environments; why they suck and what you can do about it

I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time but only recently have I been made frustrated enough to do so. So.. some background. When I worked at the Sanger Institute I ran the web team there. This was a team with three main roles – Make sure the website was up Internal software […]

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Switching to WordPress

So.. Sorry as I am to say it, I’ve decided to take the plunge and switched this blog from the home-grown one over to wordpress, which is hard to beat for support – features & plugins. With any luck it’ll mean this thing is updated much more frequently but I can’t say I’m happy using […]

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