Inveneo Software Archives

Join Our Engineering Team and Volunteer with Inveneo!

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on September 14, 2015 in the categories: Events, News

Are you interested in digital content for both hardware and software? Do you live in San Francisco or the Bay Area? Inveneo could be looking for YOU!

5499255205_16f6c2980a_bInveneo is investigating new and innovative technologies to deliver digital content to rural schools in developing regions which are off-the-power grid and have no Internet connection. Two technologies we would like hands-on help with include Outernet and Rachel Pi.

The work would entail:

  • setting up the hardware and software of these systems
  • testing their approach, benefits, and limitations
  • investigating (from a software approach) how to integrate these systems together to work in a rural school

We ask the volunteer to work a minimum of five (5) hours per week, primarily in the San Francisco office. The individual would work directly under the Engineering Department, and additional comprehensive work may be requested for ICT support. This position could continue after the initial research is completed.

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to Jana Melpolder if you would like to apply. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Inveneo Is a Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller

  1. Posted by Inveneo on September 21, 2011 in the categories: Education, News

Inveneo is proud to announce that it is now a Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller for both Fully Packaged Products (software in a box for a single user) and Academic Volume Licensing (keys for multiple users in an organization). This means we can offer discounted Microsoft software, like Windows 7 and Office, to Qualified Educational Users (QEUs). In general, QEUs are accredited school staff and students.

Microsoft education pricing can reduce overall software costs for educational institutions, their staff, and students. It does however require a higher level of client engagement to certify user status.

Contact an Inveneo Certified ICT Partner for product and pricing information.

ICT Sustainability with DeepFreeze Software from Faronics

  1. Posted by Inveneo on July 20, 2011 in the categories: News

In places where Internet access is hard to come by but computer viruses spread like wildfire, protecting a single PC or an entire computer lab is a huge challenge. When files are shared between friends and colleagues, so is malware. This is not necessarily a problem if the user has taken proper measures against viruses and other types of malicious programs. However, in the developing world many computer owners are either unable or unwilling to purchasegood anti-virus/anti-spyware software, and even with the proper software installed, limited Internet access means less frequent download of the critical updates. Without these updates, anti-virus and anti-spyware software are essentially useless.

To mitigate this problem, Inveneo has adopted the Faronics DeepFreeze software. DeepFreeze is a software program that creates a “frozen” snapshot of a workstation’s configuration and settings. It can freeze entire drives or select files, allowing a computer to boot to a pristine Operating System every single time.

Viruses can be malicious, disrupting the current session, modifying the registry, destroying user content, but when the system is restarted the effects of the virus or malware are wiped away. This is the only solution that Inveneo has found to be bulletproof in low resource settings, keeping the computers up and running over an extended period of time.

The Cisco Community Knowledge Centers (CKCs), scattered in eleven locations across Kenya and Ethiopia, are a great real-world example of Inveneo desktop installations utilizing DeepFreeze. The CKCs are community centers, places where locals from a village or region can gather to learn, explore the Internet, print or copy documents and socialize through events like movie nights. Even after two years, the CKC computers are still up and running with little to no maintenance from Inveneo or our local partners. This is a huge accomplishment considering the harsh environment and number of infected external media constantly cycling through the centers, all a testimony to the effectiveness of DeepFreeze.

DeepFreeze is valuable because it is both flexible and secure. Here are a few of the key features:

  • Password protected software so that non-administrators cannot access the software to make changes or thaw a drive
  • Choose which drive(s) to freeze. Further, the administrator can take a more granular approach, freezing/thawing only specific directories and files.
  • Create up to eight thaw spaces, leaving frequently updated program files or system files thawed.
  • Schedule a maintenance window so the system will reboot thawed for a specific time period, possibly synched with automatic system maintenance.
  • Specify a WSUS (Windows Software Update Server) and batch file for scheduled maintenance period.
  • Create embedded events schedules, like scheduling the system to reboot everyday at a specific time. Configure network settings, security options, and administer License Keys.
  • There are many other more advanced options available with the Administrator Console. Examples include pushing configurations and installations from a centrally located or remote console.

We are grateful for the generous donation that Faronics has made to our efforts in Haiti, contributing complimentary licenses for use in the 40 rural schools participating in the “Haiti Connected Schools” program. This contribution is already making a great impact on the sustainability and longevity of the technology Inveneo is deploying, ensuring use by deserving Haitian schoolchildren for years to come.

For more information on DeepFreeze, please see the Faronics DeepFreeze Enterprise product page. From there you can see more product details, screenshots, read user reviews, and download user guide/tutorials.

Mark Summer Interview at AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference

  1. Posted by Inveneo on March 31, 2011 in the categories: Events, News

AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference and Exhibition is the longest running conference devoted to the Asterisk telephony platform. Our very own Mark Summer, Inveneo Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, gave the keynote speech at this year’s conference, and conference media staff interviewed him just before he took the stage.

Before the keynote, Mark discussed the use of Open Source technology and its role in expanding Internet access and communication opportunities, using examples from Inveneo’s work in Haiti and other underserved regions. He also spoke of the need for greater capacity building within local entities to manage ICT systems and issued a call to action to make Open Source even easier to use and adopt by local organizations.