Customers love products with great design. A product may work great and provide real customer benefit, but will struggle to gain momentum and marketing ’buzz’ if it looks unappealing. Therefore, the design of a product (or service) is just as important as its functionality and the value it provides to a customer. In fact, many customers presently expect products to be just as beautiful to look at much as they are reliable and functional.
A client recently asked me for some technology advice regarding his startup. His team is developing software for physiotherapy patients and was curious on whether switching from MySQL to a no-SQL database (MongoDB) would be advantageous. Their development team is intelligent and capable of learning, but had no previous experience with both Mongo and no-SQL databases. The advice I provided to them is the same that I have told countless startups asking such technology questions:
Spotlight in OSX is not good for finding files on your Mac. It will return things like documents, videos, and songs, but the tool is not useful for finding things like basic text files in non-user directories. Enter the find CLI command.
The Seti@Home package published by Daniel Carrion no longer appears to be compatible with BOINC on the PI. From my searching the internet, I found some information stating that some people may have had some success when compiling both BOINC and the Seti@Home binaries from source, but the results were not consistent.
Last month, a reader contacted me stating that my instructions for setting up BOINC on a Raspberry Pi were quite helpful. The reader also confirmed that the instructions worked. Thank you for the complement!
For the last 25 years, the law firm Osler, Haskin, & Harcourt in a joint effort with the Institute of Corporate Director’s have published an excellent guide to Canadian corporate governance called Director’s Responsibilities in Canada. The document is quite lengthy, but provides detailed information about the roles of shareholders and corporate boards in Canada, and how corporations are governed the decisions made by board members. I recommend this document to any venture preparing to form a board. As always, consult a lawyer before taking action.
Kerberos is an authentication technology used by Microsoft Active Directory. It allows client to access network resources (e.g. file servers, print servers) without having to authenticate (or send a password) to the resource. Instead, clients authenticate against a Key Distribution Center (KDC) (aka Domain Controller in Active Directory-world), which grants individual reusable tickets that the network resource can consume and authenticate against the KDC.
This article is the first of a multi-part series covering the findings from the Early-Stage Business Financing in Alberta study published by NAIT.
The Business Model Canvas is a fantastic method of brainstorming and documenting the business model for your startup or operating business. Unfortunately, when attempting to present a business model to stakeholders, employees, or investors, many founders and business leaders simply display their canvas and explain the content to the audience. This is a poor method of sharing information which will ultimately leave the audience confused and overwhelmed.
justmeteor.com recently posted an article titled Why we don’t denormalize anymore. The article describes how author pmuens and his colleagues have stopped denormalizing data in their Meteor/MongoDB projects due to the complexity of updating data when it changes. This is in despite of his claim that “Denormalization is the “community approved standard” to deal with related data in NoSQL systems”.