What We Do

At 8020 connections.com we have a simple mission…. Provide low cost computing to help you get the most out your hardware and software.

How do we do that?

We make use of what you already have and ensure that you get the most from what computing equipment you have already invested in. When different equipment is needed, we’ll will either provide you with good used equipment at low prices or when new equipment is required we will guide you in the selection of what best suits your needs. In short, we’ll work with you to get you connected at the least possible cost.

In most cases, what you have is all you need. It may just require a tune up or a minor adjustment. Sometimes all you need is a little coaching on how to achieve the desired result… just a little push in the right direction.

We often find that there is very little time and money needed to get you moving forward.

Services we provide.

– Hardware and Software service.

– Used equipment sales

– Hardware and Software Upgrades

– Network setup and Maintenance

– Software installation and training

Areas of Expertise – Over 40 years of I.T. experience

Software: Windows, Linux, and Android Operating systems.

Applications: Internet Access, Office Applications, Entertainment Systems

Internet access, Network installation and configuration

What you won’t find

We won’t sell you or talk you into more than you need. If all you want is Internet surfing and email, that’s what you will get. We have customers that range from Seniors with minimal needs to businesses with complete automation. We’re pretty good at assessing the requirements and providing the solutions you need at minimal cost

Learn more?

call us at 519-240-1836… providing service to the Kitchener / Waterloo / Cambridge and Guelph

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After 40 years in the I.T. business, I’m striking out on my own!

Well, the time has come to see if I’m half as smart as I think I am!¬† I’ve been in the I.T. game for 40 years and I think I’ve seen just about everything. The first computer I worked on in 1970 filled a room as big as my current home. It required special flooring, special air conditioning and had a panel of monitoring lights that was most impressive. The memory capacity was 64K bytes (no not megabytes) and the total disc capacity was 128 Megabytes. Wow! have things changed. That smart phone that you’re using has a thousand times more capacity and fits in your pocket.

I’ve had the opportunity to be on the front line of 4 decades of change and it’s been an exciting ride. Programming, software, communications and hardware have all undergone massive changes. The rate of change is astounding. We used to shoot for 5 year plans. Now the planning horizons has shrunk to days.

Mainframes have been replaced by Desktops. Desktops have given way to Laptops and Laptops are now threatened by smart phones and tablets. Could we be on the verge of implants?

Another area of change is software. In the early days, software costs were astronomical. You paid for your software licenses monthly. Purchasing software was out of the question. Things began to change with introduction of Mini computers. By the late 70’s they had gained a foot hold and they presented the first alternative to the Mainframes. They promised and delivered significant power at substantially less money.

The biggest change happened in the early 80’s with the introduction of micro computers. Players like Apple, IBM and others began marketing desktop computers with a price tag of $5,000 including hardware and software. They couldn’t do much in those days but at least they didn’t require a special room with air conditioning and filtered power. The tools were pretty limited. Software titles like Wordstar, Visicalc and Dbase were the forerunners of the current Office tools. They weren’t pretty but they were a start.

Today, we have fabulous tools. Graphical user interfaces, development software and a library of application software that seems endless. These software titles are generally very well priced. In many cases they are actually free to use. There are a growing number of software titles that are available¬† to use license free. Many of these programs are available under a category called “Open Source”. Desktop examples include Firefox, Open Office, and Opera. Server based examples include Drupal, Joomla, Knowledgetree and Sugar CRM. Personally, I believe that Open Source software is the key to the future. I’ve been using many of these programs for years and found them to be as good as, or better than their equivalent commercial products.

It’s the Open Source arena that I hope to promote as I move forward as an independent consultant. Smaller companies who shied away from implementing server based software because of cost, now have an option. With the help of an emerging group of support people such as myself, we can promote and implement software strategies that were simply too expensive for smaller companies to consider.

Stay tuned! Hopefully I’ll be posting some success stories very soon!

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