Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Google BigQuery vs MapReduce vs PowerDrill

  What is big data? Today, every electronic device that we use, transmits some kind of data and most of it is being collected. We generate over 2.5 Exabytes (2.5 billion Gigabytes) every single day. In corporations, the most common types of big data collected are Log Files, Infrastructure Resource monitoring details and Spam data.   What is Big Query / Dremel / Apache Drill? Dremel is a querying service that allows you to run SQL queries against huge datasets (think hundreds of millions of rows).  It is quite simple to use and extensive development experience is not required to use Read More →

Music to play Games by

  I love listening to Western Classical music, especially while playing MMOs. You can just sit back and relax when grinding (especially when D3 is just THAT easy) while the soothing tones pump out. These are a few of my favorite pieces. I am not ranking them in any order, as I believe you cant really rate great pieces of music that way. I currently listen to these on the Logitech Z263. I used to have the Altec Lansing VS3251 5.1 and hope to get the Logitech Z906 very soon! Also, I use the Bose MiE2i while traveling and am looking for Read More →


SUPERHOT is a game which blends time freezing from Prince of Persia and Braid. It slickly combines this into a fast (pun?!) paced FPS which requires a lot of strategizing. We get to see the bullets flying through the levels, like Bullet time from Max Payne which feeling very Matrix-esque. The best part is that you get to shoot a few people, decide your strategy to kill the next few enemies and then go ahead and kill them. The element of pausing in between a gun fight, to figure out what to do next, is what makes this game very Read More →

Indie Game: The Movie

There are movies, and then there are movies. Indie Games : The Movie (IGTM) falls into the latter category for me. It covers the production process for 3 major indie game hits – Super Meat Boy, Fez and Braid. You can get the movie here: As a gaming documentary, I learned a lot about creating “the next big thing”. Now I understand that the situations depicted in the movie may not be every persons story. However, what resonated with me was the fact that you spend every breathing moment into creating your vision and what you want to Read More →