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Geek'd out

What is the equivalent of testosterone for geeks? I mean, besides testosterone? I went to the Nutch meeting at the Rite-Spot Cafe (a delightfully greasy spoon not far from my house, actually), and sat around a loud, long table with (fellow) geeks talking about search and map-reduce and clusters and regression testing and spidering. The noise level became VERY LOUD and so I left to come home and sleep (though I’m writing this instead).

Folks there (that I met) from local.com, shopping.com, Yahoo! and the Internet Archive project. The later was represented by Micheal Stack, next to whom I happened to sit, and I’m glad I did.

2 responses to “Geek'd out

  1. Daniel Lemire May 19, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    I’m impressed.

    Now, what about Nutch? What’s up with that?

    Lucene is something quite significant (I teach my students to use it), but what good is Nutch these days?

    With Yahoo, Microsoft and Google investing massively, can Nutch be anything we care about?

  2. Tim Converse May 21, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    Daniel —

    Do you mean with Y!/MSFT/G investing massively in Nutch? If so, yeah, I don’t follow why investment would make Nutch less interesting, unless it’s some sort of now-it’s-not-cool-anymore reaction….

    If you mean Y/G/M investing massively in their own search clusters, and feeling that Nutch can’t compete, then it makes a little bit more sense ….

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