Interesting Stuff - Week 47, 2022

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, November 27, 2022

Throughout the week, I read a lot of blog-posts, articles, and so forth that has to do with things that interest me:

  • AI/data science
  • data in general
  • data architecture
  • streaming
  • distributed computing
  • SQL Server
  • transactions (both db as well as non db)
  • and other “stuff”

This blog post is the “roundup” of the things that have been most interesting to me for the week just ending.


  • AWS and Blockchain. This is a very interesting post, looking at - as the title implies - AWS and Blockchain. The reasoning behind AWS not investing in Blockchain is eye-opening.


  • What is a distributed database and how do they work?. Distributed systems/architecture is nowadays mainstream in the world of software development. In the database world, not so much, but that is slowly changing. This post looks at what a distributed database is and its use cases.

Azure Data Explorer


  • Machine Learning for Fraud Detection in Streaming Services. Netflix streaming services serve content to millions of users all over the world. Certain restrictions exist, such as the number of active devices, the number of streams, etc. Having million of users across makes for a large attack surface for fraud, and being able to detect fraud in real time is of vital importance. This post looks at some of Netflix’s real-time fraud detection strategies.

SQL Server


WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

This is not so much about what I am doing as what I not have been doing 😞.

As I wrote in the last roundup, I was about to fly out to Seattle and the PASS Summit. After the Summit this weekend, I would present at Azure Bootcamp South Africa.

During my flight to Seattle (boy, Seattle is a looong way away from Durban 😄), I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold, and I did. It worsened during the week, and I spent most of my time in bed in my hotel. However, I managed to do my talk, and it went really well.

The cold did not get any better, and on Wednesday last week, I had to make the difficult decision to cancel my talks at the Bootcamp 😢. So, as you can understand, I am not a “happy camper” right now.

~ Finally

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoy what I did put together. Please comment on this post or ping me if you have ideas for what to cover.

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