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Open Computing generally provides four types of service: Network Services, Backup Services, Web Services and Research & Development. Our clients cover many fields of endeavour including industrial, medical, retail, engineering, social services, public sector agencies and the creative arts.

OC Network Services

We are often called upon to set up and administer reliable networks. Naturally, our tools of choice come from the world of open source. For example, we promote the use of Linux servers or open source software whenever possible.

Since most of our clients run Windows on the desktop we have learned ways to support their needs while minimizing the need for expensive, proprietary software. Just as we specialize in Linux and open source, our work on Windows is made easier with the support of the top Windows shop in Tillsonburg, Personal Computer Systems. We defer to them when there a "deep" Windows mysteries to be solved.

We are privileged to serve our clients and strive to improve our 'value-add' for them whenever we can.

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OC Web Services

To be honest, we didn't originally intend to get into websites. It's a side-effect of what we work with: open source software. Since open source software dominates the creation and running of the Internet, it puts us in the fortunate position of being able to help our clients design the site their looking for.

Usually we employ a Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla. Joomla is a website framework that allows clients to update their own sites with a minimum of knowledge. It works much like a word processor. There's no need to go out and buy expensive website creation software. Like virtually everything else in the open source world, it's free.

Sometimes clients bring us website tasks whose requirements are quite specific. If we have access to the source code we have the skills to get under the hood and fix what needs to be fixed. Sometimes they bring to us projects that are more encompassing than websites; they want web "applications." These are websites that act like sophisticated on-line programs. We can do that too. This sometimes falls into the realm Research & Development and requires a much more extensive skillset. Content Management Systems are set aside in favour of custom programming frameworks.

Occasionally, when we feel inspired, we create corporate or organizational identities on our own. However, we know our limits. When the challenge gets too big for us we bring in the excellent design firm of Barber & Veri. Custom design work by these firms costs more but is worth every penny. The best design work is timeless and you will be rewarded for many years to come.

 

 

OC Research & Development

Tired of fighting with premade software or the program just does not work the way you want it to? Ask us about creating a customized program that works the way you want it to. From touchscreen kiosks to project management software.

  • Custom database management systems and designs
  • Work-In-Progress displays
  • Touchscreen kiosks