Wednesday, October 23


Daily News Stuff 23 October 2019

Not So Fast Edition

Tech News

  • Elassandra combines the $attribute1 of Cassandra with the $attribute2 of Elasticsearch.  (

    Potentially a useful platform for data warehouse / analytics work.  I've used Cassandra (to store a ~1TB queryable ring buffer of a 10,000 message per second stream) and while it's a little fiddly it does deliver as promised.

    Update: Come to think of it (this project was a few years ago), the buffer was larger than that, and the key point was that it was stored on spinning disk.  This is easy stuff on modern SSDs where 100,000 IOPS is considered consumer-grade, but I didn't have that much SSD to spare at the time.

  • 10 superpowers of HTML5.  (Medium)

    I spend so much time fussing with web apps these days that I forget how nice HTML5 is for web pages.

  • A farewell to Google.  (ZDNet)

    Apple I could drop tomorrow - though I wouldn't throw out my iMac, it would work just fine running a different OS.  Facebook I visit on rare occasions.  Netflix I cancelled.  Twitter cancelled me.

    Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are trickier.  But I'll at least try switching back off Chrome.

  • Stardock is aiming to do for Windows tablets what they did for Windows 8: Make them not suck.  (

    The new product is called TouchTasks and unless my licenses have expired I'll give it a try on my HP Spectre X2.

  • Electronic Arts may be returning to Steam.  (One Angry Gamer)

    I used to play The Sims and buy the new expansions as they came out.  I like the design tools, particularly now that you can create a variety of buildings and not just houses.

    Don't think I've touched it in three years.

  • Blizzard is run by idiots.  (One Angry Gamer)

    The occasional non-idiot just can't make any headway.

  • The 2019 iPad is just fine.  (Ars Technica)

    It's 0.5" larger and has a slightly higher resolution screen, and comes with an extra 1GB of RAM (3 rather than 2) not that Apple specifies this anywhere.  Price and CPU performance remain the same.

    And it retains the headphone jack, so there's that.

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1 "Because of the way Google licenses Android, it's almost impossible to find a device that isn't loaded with Google services."

Just buy a new Huawei!

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, October 24 2019 12:14 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Heh.  For a tablet, a Kindle device is a good option; of course then you're stuck with Amazon.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, October 24 2019 12:19 AM (PiXy!)

3 I bought one of those 7" $50 Kindles in 2015 and sideloaded to get Google stuff on it (or whatever the actual process was--I retired the thing after a year or so because it was so slow.)  But if you don't mind the performance, or Amazon instead of Google, they're not bad.  And I think the current generation might actually be a bit more performant?

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, October 24 2019 03:14 AM (Iwkd4)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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