At the time, Cassandra wasn't mature. This has changed.
Concepts for me are much more clear, and a technology now exists that I can use to help further my desire to challenge myself and to help create some fantastic "things".
This evening I endeavoured with some degree of success to install Nginx on Windows instead of the Apache web server. Subsequently, I installed PHP (non-threaded version) and integrated that with Nginx. Now, the problem I have is trying to get Thrift running with this setup so that I can quickly model some concepts.
Regardless, it's fun to challenge yourself.