Notes on the Keynote from Black Hat 2014

A few quick notes to share on the keynote yesterday at Black Hat 2014 in Las Vegas: The keynote speaker was Dan Geer. Dan Geer is currently Chief Information Security Officer for In-Q-Tel. In-Q-Tel is the venture funding arm associated with the CIA. The keynote was largely a policy speech with proposals related to security […]

Running Sunspot and Solr with Rails 4 in Production

I recently added full text search capabilities to one of my projects and I decided to use Apache Solr and the Sunspot gem for Rails. Sunspot is awesome and ridiculously easy to integrate with Rails in a development setting, and it comes with a built-in Solr binary that is very useful for development and testing. […]

The Myth of Internet Privacy and Security

I have been following the massive coverage of the Snowden affair with detached professional interest as someone with some Internet security experience. I recently read Bruce Schneier’s call to arms to the technical community to take back the Internet, and it got me thinking about what we have lost and what we actually had in […]

libkafka – a C++ client library for Apache Kafka v0.8+

I had a need for a C++ client API for Apache Kafka with support for the new v0.8 wire protocol, and I didn’t see one out in the wild yet. So I found some time and wrote one. You can find it here on github: https://github.com/adobe-research/libkafka Released under an Apache 2.0 license as open source […]

Siri – a Shot Across Google’s Bow

I had a chance to play with Siri on my wife’s iPhone 4S and after the novelty wore off I was left with a very strong feeling that Siri will usher in a paradigm shift in how we search the internet — both semantically and economically. And this can only be bad news for Google, […]

“How Big is Amazon’s Cloud Computing Business?”

Everyone seems to think that Amazon’s web services business (a.k.a. EC2, S3, and the rest of AWS) is very big and getting bigger, but Amazon stubbornly refuses to break out the AWS contribution to Amazon’s earnings. A recent blog post on GigaOm is the first that I have seen that includes some real data — […]

“Android will run majority of smartphones by Spring”

This latest quote comes from Adobe Systems’ CTO Kevin Lynch during an interview with Fortune. It’s actually an approximation of what he said, but I think it captures his intent, which is to suggest that Android will shortly become the dominant smartphone operating system, and to imply that Adobe — with its close partnership with […]