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Special Edition: Interview with Paul Martini

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This is a Geeks and God Special Edition interview with Paul Martini. Paul is the Founder and CEO of Phantom Technologies and the chief designer of the iBoss. We talk with Paul about his background, Phantom Technologies, the iPhantom, and the iBoss.

The iBoss is a product many churches, ministries, and even schools should be interested in. In the interview we discuss how the iBoss has simplified what is otherwise a complex task for network admins.... filtering content. With the iBoss you don't have to be a network admin to manage filter content. Not a fan of content filtering? We discuss why someone might want to filter content and how it can be good.

Come join us for all this and more in our interview with Paul Martini, CEO of Phantom Technologies.

Really enjoyed hearing this

Really enjoyed hearing this cast about iboss. I guess Im sort of a iboss fan boy. I wont go on ranting about how much I have enjoyed using this product any more than I have in other posts here.
If you have children its a must have. I have a young daughter who I dont think would intentionally go to any adult or other unwanted websites. But all it takes is a typo to a wrong url or a google search and your there.

Curious. Does anyone have plans of getting an iboss now since you heard the podcast on it?

Yup

He convinced me...in the coming months I'll most likely order mine. My daughter will probably pick up the keyboard at 6 months old :)

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.bobchristenson.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

Me as well

My wife and I are 11 weeks pregnant as well, and I think this would definitely be a good investment to think about, even to keep oursleves safe as well! It was a great episode.

Here's a question though...when you go to myiboss.com, is it password protected? I assume you would have to log in. Because if someone saw your internet history and saw that site, they could go there and change things if there wasn't any type of login.

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A Smart Thing...

MyiBoss.com is one of the really smart things they did.

If you have an iBoss connected to your network, myiboss.com simply redirects to your units interface (not an actual website). This makes it really easy for non-techies to browse to the device configuration...a really smart move in my opinion.

If you don't have an iBoss connected, that address just dumps to the phantom technologies site.

So, all your settings are on your local box, not the phantom servers...which keeps them safe and secure.

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.bobchristenson.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

You can password protect it

You can apply a password to access the iboss. So if you have someone who knows to go to myiboss.com they will see a password prompt screen they would have to input first if you enable it.

To be upfront if you want it disabled all thats needed is to disconnect it from the network. Which isnt hard at all to figure out. I have heard of a person who made a box with small holes for the cords to run through. They padlocked the lid on it to prevent tampering. This may be an option for some.

Did you get one yet?

So Rob, have you picked up an iboss yet? Wondering how you like it if you did.

Yup...pretty good...

Techmate...
Yeah, I have the iboss and it's installed. Since it's not a unit that "does something", it's hard to say whether I like it or not...I only notice it when something DOESN'T work (and that's not really a fair assessment).

My biggest complaints so far are:

1. It seems to "freeze" every week or so...but from what I see this depends heavily on web activity. Certain websites/functionalities freak it out, I think, and it just shuts off (disabling the internet in the meantime). I have yet to contact tech support because I'm too lazy. So far, I unplug, and replug..and it's good.

2. I wish you could limit port 80 traffic with a separate feature. For example, on Sunday's I have it turn off the internet, so we can have a day "unplugged". However, our phone now runs thru Skype, so by turning off the internet, it's also turning off skype...as of now, I haven't found a way to, basically, do port blocking on a schedule, so I can only turn off port 80 on sundays, and leave everything else open.

3. Speed? I have this faint feeling that it's affecting my internet speed, but that's impossible to nail down...it may be the iboss, it may be my ISP...i'm not sure which.

4. In order to setup specific computers with specific settings, you have to have a switch installed. I wish I had known that up front, as I don't have a switch and don't really want to spend the money for one right now. Therefore, it's all or nothing.

I really purchased it for when my daughter gets a bit older, and at that point, I'll get a switch and be able to have her internet settings differnet than mine...but until then, I guess I'd say it's "doing the job".

we're about to record a podcast episode, and I think MF and I are going to talk about a DNS service that will block adult sites (much like the iboss) for free...stay tuned to see if I can convince him to share about that (I just heard about it from him last week)...

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.bobchristenson.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

You should call tech

You should call tech support. My first iboss wasnt working right and would appear to disconnect. I got a hold of tech support and the guy really new his stuff. Had me do a few tests and determined one of the ports on the back were faulty. He sent a new one out. When it came I just boxed up and put on the prepaid label and shipped back. New one hasnt given me any issues. Maybe once every month or so the network appears to go down for a few minutes I noticed. But it has got back on before I even had a chance to call about it.

Open DNS would be the ideal way to go since there is no hardware at all to install. I was looking into this myself. There was a good episode on this and some of the issues you may experience with it if you have a Airport extreme such as I do.

Check out the episode