Things We Love

Hardware We Love

Synology  – Synology creates network-attached storage (NAS), IP surveillance solutions, and network equipment that transform the way users manage data, conduct surveillance, and manage network in the cloud era. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology is committed to delivering products with forward-thinking features and best-in-class customer service. Synology Blog.

Unifi –  Thrives on innovation and the understanding of customer needs, our technology platforms such as airMax, airFiber, UniFi, and airVision, focus on unparalleled user experience combined with Industry leading performance at disruptive cost points.  Ubiquiti Networks is closing the digital divide by building network communication platforms for everyone and everywhere. With over 10 million devices deployed in over 180 countries, Ubiquiti is transforming under-networked businesses and communities. Our leading edge platforms, airMAX™, UniFi™, airFiber™, airVision™, mFi™ and EdgeMAX™ combine innovative technology, disruptive price performance and the support of a global user community to eliminate barriers to connectivity.  Unifi Blog.

INTELL NUC PC – The Intel® NUC is a powerful 4×4-inch mini PC with entertainment, gaming, and productivity features, including a customizable board that is ready to accept the memory, storage, and operating systems that you want. Intell NUC PC Blog.

Software We Love

Ubuntu – The world’s most popular Linux for servers, desktops and things, with enterprise support and enhanced security by Canonical. Ubuntu Blog.  Ubuntu Blog.

FreeNAS – FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data. Use FreeNAS with ZFS to protect, store, backup, all of your data. FreeNAS is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.  FreeNAS Blog.

FreePBX – FreePBX is a web-based open source GUI (graphical user interface) that controls and manages Asterisk (PBX), an open source communication server. FreePBX is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), an open source license. FreePBX can be installed manually or as part of the pre-configured FreePBX Distro that includes the system OS, Asterisk, FreePBX GUI and assorted dependencies.  FreePBX Blog.

Google Chrome – Google chrome has quickly become one of the the most popular and (we think) best web browsers on the market. It supports fully automated updates to keep you safe from vulnerabilities and gives you a great browsing experience.

Google Docs  – Google Docs is a collection of office suite applications that work entirely online. There is a web version of a word processor, spreadsheet creator, presentation maker, and form creator. All you need is a free Google account. Documents will save in your Google Drive but you can download them in a variety of formats including Microsoft Office formats.LibreOffice is a feature rich open source office suite developed by The Document Foundation.

OpenOffice – (OOo), commonly known as OpenOffice, is a discontinued open-source office suite. It was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice, which Sun Microsystems acquired in 1999 for internal use.  OpenOffice included a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation application (Impress), a drawing application (Draw), a formula editor (Math), and a database management application (Base).[9] Its default file format was the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an ISO/IEC standard, which originated with It could also read a wide variety of other file formats, with particular attention to those from Microsoft Office. Apache renamed the software Apache OpenOffice.[15] Other active successor projects include LibreOffice (the most actively developed[16][17][18]) and NeoOffice (commercial, only for macOS).

LiberOffice – LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice with increased file compatibility and features. It offers many similar features to Microsoft Office at no cost. LibreOffice has support for Microsoft Office and Open Document Type file formats.

VLC Media Player – VLC Media Player is a free and open source media (video and audio) player developed by the VideoLAN Project. VLC can play a large variety of file formats without the need to install additional codecs or additional setup. VLC Media Player also has a wide range of additional features such as DVD support and network streaming.

Notepad++  – Notepad++ is a free and open source notepad and source code editor. Notepad++ supports multiple tabs and syntax markup for many languages to make coding that much easier. Notepad++ also comes with plugin support and the ability to preview files in a web browser (making it a fantastic HTML editor).

7-ZIP – 7-Zip is a free and open source file archiver. 7-Zip supports multiple archive formats including a custom .7z format that offers high file compression. 7-Zip can unpack even more archive formats, including virtual hard disks and disk images.

Invoice Ninja – The leading open-source platform providing powerful invoicing software for small businesses and freelancers. With Free Forever, Professional, and Enterprise editions Invoice Ninja grows with you.

Wiki System –  Wiki is a website on which users collaboratively modify content and structure directly from the web browser. In a typical wiki, text is written using a simplified markup language and often edited with the help of a rich-text editor.

Slack –  Slack is a cloud-based set of proprietary team collaboration tools and services, founded by Stewart Butterfield.  Slack began as an internal tool used by his company, Tiny Speck, in the development of Glitch, a now defunct online game.  The name is an acronym for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge”.

Openstack –   OpenStack (aka O~S) is a free and open-source software platform for cloud computing, mostly deployed as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), whereby virtual servers and other resources are made available to customers.  The software platform consists of interrelated components that control diverse, multi-vendor hardware pools of processing, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center. Users either manage it through a web-based dashboard, through command-line tools, or through RESTful web services.  OpenStack it is managed by the OpenStack Foundation, a non-profit corporate entity established in September 2012 to promote OpenStack software and its community.  More than 500 companies have joined the project.

Open Source Organization

STEM things we love

Raspberry Pi    A small and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming

How to Build a Raspberry Pi Retro Game Console

Services We Love

Carbonite – Carbonite is an online backup service, available to Windows and macOS users, that backs up documents, e-mails, music, photos, and settings. It is named after carbonite, the fictional substance used to freeze Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Beers We Love

Augustiner  Brewery –  The beer is drawn from wooden barrels and served in stone jugs, or steins. Regional and traditional dishes can be bought directly from various food stands in the “Schmankerlgang” (Delicatessen arcade) which is set up to resemble a traditional marketplace.

Saison Dupont –  The Dupont Brewery is an old farmhouse that dates back to 1759.  Today, it is the children and grandchildren of Sylva Rosier who own the Dupont Brewery. Grandson of Sylva Rosier and son of Ghislaine, Olivier Dedeycker entered in 1990 as a brewer. In 2002, he succeeded his uncle Marc Rosier at the head of the family brewery and represents the 4th generation of this family of brewers.  To cope with this growth, we regularly invest in additional production equipment and in the extension of the production premises, our philosophy being to exploit the tool optimally while maintaining traditional manufacturing processes related to the production. history of our brewery.

Hevelius Kaper  – Strong very strong.

Wines We Love

Frei Brothers Reserve Pint Noir Russian River Valley Sonoma County 2014 –

Foods We Love

Prosciutto di San Daniele – Prosciutto di San Daniele PDO is a dry cured ham. It has only three ingredients: selected Italian pigs thighs, sea salt and the special microclimate of San Daniele. No additives or preservatives are used. The distinctive sign of excellence of Prosciutto di San Daniele PDO is the Consortium’s brand, applied to the rind.

Old Charham Nancy’s Camembert –

ILE De France Camermbert from Normandy –

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