Crashing servers and riding waves

In my last blog I mentioned that I've had some security-related problems with my previous VPS. A commenter asked what happened and how bad it was, and he also wanted to know why I chose Pelican for this site. I'm taking his suggestion to write about it on my blog …

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BigData & Hadoop in a Marketing Context

It's been a while since I wrote on this blog. The main reason for that is that I've been working on my Bachelor thesis since July, and I had to wrap up all other courses before that, so I've been quite busy. I'm halfway through the alotted time for the research now, so I'll be presenting my findings in the beginning of November. Today I want to talk a bit about the research I'm doing and the interesting things I found out already. Note that, although the blogs I write tend to be mostly technical-oriented, this article will put emphasis less on technology and more on the functional aspects of BigData. In later articles I will detail installation processes of Hadoop, and delve into using Hadoop and related systems.

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Download prohibition & Privacy

The whole debate concerning the legality of (unpayed) downloading and the legislation surrounding it, interests me a great deal. Coming from a career as a professional musician, and working in the tech industry now, I think I have a uniquely mixed perspective on the subject matter at hand. While I feel artists have the right to earn a decent income from the works they produce, I also think the entertainment industry as a whole should try to adapt to the technological advances happing right now. Ever since the Dutch government opted to criminalize downloading, I wanted to write an article about the implications of that particular idea. When one of the courses at the University required me to write an article concerning Security and/or Privacy, I decided to combine the ideas. The result is the article you can read below. It is written in Dutch, and has also been published on the Music Industry group on LinkedIn. You can find the original LaTeX typeset PDF document here.

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