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Matt Osgood

Matt Osgood

Matt is an entrepreneur whose projects sometimes spiral outwards into real-world businesses.  Joint Venture Systems was the first of these, and after almost ten years it is certainly the longest-running.

He likes travel, computers, lying on the beach, reading a good book and putting silly pictures of himself on websites.

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Manhattan Wardrobe Supply

Thursday, 19 January 2012 13:23 Published in Systems Management
Manhattan Wardrobe Supply is one of the most complex projects I've ever been a part of.  From their beginnings as a two computer/two printer shop with an afterthought web presence to the current website that does >$1.5M in sales annually to the support staff of shipping, stocking and computers that goes with that.

IslandMusicScene.tv

Thursday, 19 January 2012 12:22 Published in Web Development
Hosted and Linked Streaming Video? Check.
Hawaii? Check.
Blog-style updates? Check.

IslandMusicScene.tv is the home of the television show of the same name.  The show and the site are designed to showcase local Hawaiian talent as they make their run at stardom, not just in the Islands, but in the wider world.  Look for video interviews, photos, show clips and more to make their way online as time passes.

Joint Venture Systems did the full implementation, which included heavy customization of the site's theme and layout, as well as additions of components and plugins to the site's Joomla core allowing the handling of video content, photo layouts and user feedback.  A shopping cart is currently in Beta and will be coming soon.

SideWalksLosAngeles.com

Thursday, 05 January 2012 09:42 Published in Web Development
Sidewalks LA is a site that we host.  We also consulted on the design and provided some support to the site's owner/coder when she was looking for some help.  We're also on call for updates and changes.

Link: http://www.sidewalkslosangeles.com

BrownieProject.com

Thursday, 05 January 2012 09:28 Published in Web Development
BrownieProject.com is a site designed to display connected works collectively known as "the Brownie Project."  It's a Joomla 1.5 site with quite a few modifications to make it more multimedia friendly.

Link: http://www.brownieproject.com

rustica-sgr.com

Thursday, 05 January 2012 09:16 Published in Web Development
When her webmaster and hosting provider disappeared on her, Susan of Rustica-SGR turned to us to provide hosting and updates. We got her site re-hosted, uploaded and back online within 24 hours.  At her request, we also added a page and made the site more search engine friendly with properly-tagged images and used CSS3 to replace the image-based navigation from the old site.

Link: http://www.rustica-sgr.com

Managed Web Hosting

Thursday, 07 April 2011 17:18 Published in Web Hosting
Joint Venture Systems' web hosting is co-located in some of the best server racks in the world, wherever they happen to be.

The thing that makes us really stand out, however, is our dedication to timely customer service and our commitment to giving you the personal attention that you need.  Joint Venture Systems is platform agnostic, meaning that we work with you to determine what you need (from physical server location to operating system to installed packages) and then provide for those needs, rather than offer a one-size-fits-all experience.

Features:

  • Hundreds of gigs of web storage (ever-growing and burstable as needed)
  • Dedicated Processor Time & System Memory
  • IMAP/POP/SMTP servers
    • Aliases, Lists & Autoresponders
    • SpamAssassin Spam Filtering
    • Easy switch to Google Mail for your Domain
  • full FTP access to your site
  • the latest Programming Languages (PHP5, Ruby, Perl, Python, CGI, etc...)
  • Streaming Audio & Video Capability
  • Snapshot Backup Capability
  • Raw logs and Awstats access

Custom Systems

Thursday, 07 April 2011 16:17 Published in Systems Management
Clients have requested that I build custom servers and workstations for business or personal use.

This picture is of a 4U Rackmount chassis that sports 20 hotswap drives - complete overkill for all but the most demanding storage needs, and exactly what some of my clients want.  Coupled with a Xeon processor and a cascade of SAS-to-SATA connectors, this system puts terabytes of storage into play with ease.

Sometimes you need more power than your off-the-shelf Linksys router can give you, either in terms of packet support or firewall strength and extensibility.  In that case, I recommend (and build) secure, power-efficient network infrastructure that runs Smoothwall GPL or pfSense.  These small, rackmount machines do DHCP, firewall, VPN and QoS (among other options) and can really make a difference in your network's performance and security.

Tech I Love

Monday, 15 November 2010 12:21 Published in Software & Platforms

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!

DaniBroder.com

Friday, 03 September 2010 14:18 Published in Web Development
Dani Broder is a California-based artist (formerly of LA, currently SF) who needed help getting her site from Photoshop files that she created to a web-friendly (and search engine friendly) layout.  I set her up with a testing server and helped her make some design decisions related to the transition from image to HTML.  After heavily modifying the code that she'd started in Dreamweaver, I uploaded it to her server and gave her a tutorial on how to edit things herself.

Link: http://www.danibroder.com

Hope & Faith

Thursday, 02 September 2010 15:51 Published in Systems Management
For the pilot of Hope & Faith for ABC Television in 2003, I was tapped to provide the rental systems (14), the printers and the networking hardware and to put it all together.  The real challenge here was the fact that I was given basically a weekend to do the install.  The rental was on monthly terms for the entire package, and was aggressively negotiated by the show-runner, but my bid impressed her, and I won the contract.

With help from a fellow techie, we managed the job, but it was harrowing getting everything installed and configured and then networked (wireless wasn't the ubiquity that it is today, of course, and few people brought their own laptops).  This was my first rental job of any size, and it led directly to other, similar gigs in the NYC Television industry.
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