You Got Mailbot – A Slack App [U]

You Got Mailbot – A Slack App [U]

Current favorite* intern, Braedan Kennedy, has whipped up one of our favorite Slack apps yet.  You Got Mailbot is a Slack app which posts a photo from the inside of our mailbox when we receive snail mail. As a bonus, You Got Mailbot posts a snapshot of the first face...
Rotary phone and Asterisk

Rotary phone and Asterisk

In keeping with our obsession with old technology, we recently acquired a beautiful 1947 model 7H6 North Electric rotary dial telephone and got it working on our phone system in the OO office.  In the early 1940’s the 7H6 body was made of metal but during the...
pfSense Multisite Backup Tool

pfSense Multisite Backup Tool

pfSense is a secure and proven open source firewall.  As we grow, we find ourselves managing more and more pfSense firewalls across our client base. pfMb is a utility that we have created to automatically backup multiple pfSense firewalls easily and securely....
Kids Pi balloon launch!

Kids Pi balloon launch!

The 2014 KidTech class project #1 was a great success! Each team of 3 kids built and programmed their Raspberry Pis, taped them inside a small box with a battery for power and today, we launched each tied to a large weather balloon on a 300′ tether. We got some...
Raspberry Pi class for kids

Raspberry Pi class for kids

One of our goals at Outside Open is to pass on the love of technology to others.  This summer we are offering a class on computers to Kids age 9 and over in Santa Barbara. The class is based on the Raspberry Pi single-board computer and the goal is to introduce kids...