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Software & Platforms
Software & Platforms

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Software and Systems are the heartbeat of good tech choices, which is why I do my best to keep current with the best stuff out there.

Monday, 15 November 2010 12:21

Tech I Love

Written by Matt Osgood

I'm a nerd.

Some of the technology I've worked with and brief explanations where appropriate follow.  This list isn't in any particular order, and will be updated from time to time as I remember that one really cool, obscure project or as I get new, cool projects to do.

  • Windows Home Server
  • windowsI've used WHS to act as automated backup in clients' offices after extensive testing in my own home, where the system streams audio and video to the television in my living room as well as backs up my daily-use Windows workstations


  • Custom Teleprompting Rigs
macI've built out a half dozen or so custom teleprompting kits, including a couple of large kits designed to be sent on the road.  These kits include a 5U dual-monitor "confidence monitor", an SSD recorder/audio monitor, a Video Distribution Amp that can output to up to 20 different screens, Apple MacBook computers, accessories and hundreds of feet of BNC and power cable to string all over the place.  Add to that all the LCD monitors that the client needs (plus backups!), monitor wedges, accessory drawers, connectors, tools and various other accoutrements needed on the road, roll all that stuff up into road cases designed to handle the intense abuse from being loaded in and out of trucks, container ships and planes day in and day out for years on end, and you have a challenging, but satisfying project.


  • Dedicated Firewalls
  • linuxWhen your Linksys router fails you in terms of firewall capability or packet collision, it's time to upgrade to one of the big-boys.  In this case, that means enterprise-ready network protection and DHCP tools, things like Smoothwall and pfSense.  Able to run headless on very low-power hardware, these firewalls don't add much to your overall power consumption, but add layer-upon-layer of powerful protection and functionality to your network.


  • Joomla CMS
  • joomlaGreat for organizing lots of content, showing off advanced coding techniques and using some of the latest advances in design, Joomla is one of the software suites I've been using and supporting for years.  Here's what joomla has to say for itself: "Joomla is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) and application framework that powers 2.7% of the entire web. With a vibrant volunteer community, user-friendly features and plenty of power, Joomla is perfect for your site!"

  • ShopSite
  • shopsiteShopsite is an ecommerce solution for sites that appreciate design flexibility and totally custom websites. Running a static, user-friendly backend and administrator section, Shopsite is great for stores that want to do a lot of their own maintenance and product work

  • WordPress
  • WordPress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on at least 60 million sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.  With plugins for everything from Guest Books to shopping carts and thousands of themes already, WordPress is almost infinitely extensible.  And maybe best of all, it's all licensed under the GPL!