Feb 22, 2012
A few days ago, I received a couple of questions from a student of Syracuse University, NY who is writing a paper about cloud computing and virtualization. Questions are relatively broad, so I am taking the opportunity to directly post here the answers.
What was the actual technical and business impact of adopting cloud technology?.
The technical impact was a complete rewrite of our codebase. It has been the large upgrade ever undertaken by Lokad, and it did span over 18 months, more or less mobilizing the entire dev workforce during the transition.
Jan 23, 2012
I had been a long time Subversion user even before I started my company. Since 2006, the data analytics core of Lokad had been managed over SVN which proved to be a very robust piece of software (combined with TortoiseSVN).
We had a few hiccups where the easiest way forward was to delete the local version and check-out again, but otherwise, our SVN hoster has been operating flawlessly over 5 years, which is a long time as far software technology goes.
Jan 11, 2012
For a long time, posting something as simple as a square root on the web has been a major pain. Despite MathML having been around for years, Firefox is still the only browser (that I know of) to render MathML correctly.
Dec 20, 2011
Update 2012-05-17: Double spending can be made extremely difficult through quasi-instant double spending attempt detection. See TransactionRadar.com as an illustration. I now believe that the ideas posted below are moot, because early double spending detection is just the way to go.
Bitcoin is a crypto-currency (check out my previous post for some more introductory thoughts) that provides many desirable properties such as decentralization, very low transaction fee, digital-native, … However enabling instant payment has not been a forte of Bitcoin so far.
Nov 23, 2011
Among the (small) community interested by the software practices of Lokad to develop entreprise software over Windows Azure, Lokad.Cloud vs Lokad.CQRS comes as a recurring question.
It’s a good question, and to be entirely honest, the case is not 100% solved even at Lokad. One of the core difficulty to address this question is that Lokad.Cloud and Lokad.CQRS come:
from different backgrounds: Lokad.Cloud orginates from the hard-core data analytics back-end.
Oct 14, 2011
Developping machine learning software is special. I did already describe a bit how it feels to be in a machine learning company, but let’s be a bit more specific concerning the code itself.
One of most shocking aspect of machine learning code is that it tends to be full of super-short cryptic 1-letter or 2-letter variable names. This goes completely against the general naming conventions which emphasis readability over brievity. Yet, over the years, I have found that those compact names where best for mathematical / statistical / numerical algorithms.
Aug 3, 2011
Bitcoin is a fascinating concept, in short, it’s a crypto-currency backed by nothing other than raw processing power and geeky enthusiasm. For those who’ve never heard of it, you can have a look at the introduction provided by the Bitcoin community itself or by The Economist.
This currency seems to trigger a much positive reactions than skeptical ones. My personal stance is very inclined in favor of Bitcoin, and I have invested a conservative amount of Euros in exchange of Bitcoins.
Jul 4, 2011
My second (ever) guest post has been published today by Jason Cohen, founder at WP Engine: Why your company should have a single email address. This discussion is mostly based on our experience at Lokad, I will address of concerns expressed in both the comments on the original post and on the Hacker News discussion.
This is not an email problem, but a CRM problem. Very true. The secret ingredient to make single email work is, I believe, a CRM such as Relenta (or their next best alternative).
Jun 29, 2011
Yesterday for the 10th time or so, I have been sending a ticket to Squarespace - the company hosting this very blog - support to improve their abysmal spam filter (inexistent actually) for blog comments. This is rather frustrating esperience to delete about 10 spam comments on a daily basis just because Squarespace can’t manage to do things right in this area. Worse, people have been quitting Squarespace for years for this very reason - spam comment being the No1 reason quoted for the change.
Jun 23, 2011
Wheels that big aren’t technically required.The power of the “wow” effect seems frequently under-estimated by analytical minds. Nearly a decade ago, I remember a time when analysts where predicting that the adoption color screens on mobile phones would take a while to take off as color was serving no practical purposes.
Indeed, color screens arrived several years before the widespread bundling of cameras within cell phones. Then, at present day, there are still close to zero mobile phone features that actually require a color screen to work in smooth condition.