What's with the Swiss Army Knife?

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein

The Swiss Army Knife is our metaphore for our approach to doing things. Whether it be graphic design, software architecting or systems integration. We use what tools we have at our disposal to effect swift, appropriate and effective solutions that stand the test of time.

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Agriculture

Growing Cocoa, making chocolate, food drying, product packaging.

Technology

Business-in-a-box. LoVo power, Open Source, Loco Stack.

Tourism

Espiritu Santo, charter flights, information and bookings portal.

Agriculture

Starting from small beginnings with a few thousand trees in 2013, Freshwater is expanding its cocoa crop over the 300 acres of the plantation property. We produce some of the highest quality cocoa, carefully tended, kept free from pests and fungus with exceptional yield. Fermenting is done with daily oversignt to ensure that the beans don't 'cook' too hot. Similarly, when drying the beans they are sheltered from the fierse sun and moisture that reduces their super food value. The gentle catabatic breezes from our escarpment aides the drying process. When done the beans are bagged and sent off for chocolate making.

Currently the Cocoa from Freshwater Plantation is crafted into dark chocolate at ACTIV in Port Vila. Their careful attention to detail and wide experience makes a product of consisent quality. You can buy Aelan brand chocolate from Freshwater Aore beans at the plantation and other venues in Santo. Soon we will be producing our own range of souvenier packaged product for you to take home as a momento of your Freshwater Plantation visit.

Freshwater Plantation also produces a range of other food products from its own and local produce such as coco balls and goats cheese. Now we are drying bananas, pineapple, hibiscus flower, tomatoes and other produce from the gardens to be packaged for local consumption. 

With our packaging equipment we are able to vacuum seal, label and pack a variety of our products either dried or processed. Look for the Vanuatu Organic brand. Starting small we will be looking for others to join us with their organic produce to be packaged and marketed under the Vanuatu Organic brand.

Technology

Business in a Box comprises a powerful i7 based, solid state (no moving parts) computer ready for you to come out of the cloud and take control of your business. Inside you will find a range of computing options, all running on open source (free) technology.
Starting with Virtual Box virtualisation; A loco stack web server. A VitalPBX phone system. A Firebird database server. All configured and ready to go. 

When we decided to buy a run down cocoa plantation a thousand miles from anywhere in the middle of the south pacific we learned all about 'off-grid'. Amazingly, we were not in the dark for long. Before we put in our 'big fella' solar system and deep bore water pump we had to get by with what we had. Some old car batteries and a couple of solar panels and a petrol generator. Our data center runs totally on 12 volt power direct from batteries powered by the sun.

The Gotoogle initiative is to combine the best of all we have experienced in 30 years of IT into a comprehensive technology stack. Starting with a solid database replication system so that one is not committing everything in the cloud. Moving on to a web application stack using Nginx as the web/reverse proxy server. Utilizing Firebird database and business base schema; a PHP alike pascal based scripting environment and a powerful FastCGI runner. 

The Gotoogle initiative is to combine the best of all we have experienced in 30 years of IT into a comprehensive technology stack. Starting with a solid database replication system so that one is not committing everything in the cloud. Moving on to a web application stack using Nginx as the web/reverse proxy server. Utilizing Firebird database and business base schema; a PHP alike pascal based scripting environment and a powerful FastCGI runner. All packing in a Virtual Box business package.

Tourism

Gotosanto.com is a web portal for information and bookings for everything Santo. Furthermore we are extending our reach, not just on the web but by providing the content locally, as well as the means to access it. Starting 2019 a Free WIFI service will be offered downtown in Santo from most businesses through a single transmitter and through the internet from resorts and hotels. 

Where we live in the South Pacific is really about as close to paradise as you will find. The people are friendly, the climate is warm, the air is clean and the water is crystal clear both the fresh and the salt water. But the internet is slow and erratic and the banks charge 4-5% for payment processing fees. A rip off! We setup Gotoogle in Australia to process payments for us so that our guests can enjoy not having to lumbered with a surcharge and they get the best exchange rate on the day.

The Gotoogle data center at Freshwater Plantation is my 'sand pit' for all things tech. My office used to look like a mad professor's laboratory so we deciced to hide it in a converted sea container. We hooked up a satelite internet service and linked it back to town. But when Adam our boatman and I started chatting about how we could steamline the way we get messages to the boys when we need them for boat driving duties using all this high tech, it was a bit hard realising he could not read. Lookimyu is set up for locals to reach out to each other and learn.

Located on Aore Island,
Sanma Province
Vanuatu.

Postal Address

PO Box 88
Luganville, Vanuatu

+1 805 682 9999