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OPCUG PRESENTATIONS AT THE OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY (OPL)

by Chris Taylor

As was announced in the spring of 2008, we are now giving presentations through the Ottawa Public Library. We hope this will continue to be a win-win situation, where we get to introduce people to the OPCUG and the library gets access to skilled presenters.

Following are upcoming presentations currently scheduled.

April 2019

How to Secure a Home Wireless Network
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Ruth E. Dickinson Branch

Most wireless routers do not default to the most secure configuration. Make sure you are not the "low hanging fruit"; that someone will decide to attack. It is surprisingly easy to make sure your network is secure. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you just how easy it is.

Moving on from Windows 7
Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Orleans Branch

Windows 7 reached end-of-life status on January 13, 2015 but will receive extended support until January 14, 2020. However, that final date is now less than a year away. If you are currently using Windows 7, do you have a contingency plan? Sure, you have some options. You can buy a brand new computer for several hundreds of dollars which will include a pre-installed version of Windows 10. Or, you can purchase a shiny new copy of Windows 10 Ė for the meagre sum of $189.99 Ė and install this software on your current machine. But, there is another option. Why not give a different operating system a try? Linux is open-source and free to use. It installs easily and comes packed with all the applications you are likely to need. You can even run most Windows programs inside Linux. But, best of all, it will run seamlessly as a Live-CD/USB without affecting anything on your current computer. And, you can install Linux "alongside" Windows in a dual-boot system and so obtain the best of both worlds. But, is the problem that you donít know anything about Linux? We can fix that with a live demonstration of the installation process and an in-depth discussion of the major features of Linux. (Donít run Windows 7 but would like to learn about Linux? - this library presentation is just what you need!). Given by Alan German, Treasurer, Ottawa PC Users' Group.

How to Buy a Digital Camera
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Orleans Branch

When buying a digital camera, you are faced with a bewildering array of choices. Chris Taylor, Ottawa PC Users' Group President and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will help "focus" your search for the ideal digital camera to fit your budget and suit the style of photography that interests you.

Basic Digital Photo Editing (demo-only)
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Nepean Centrepointe Branch

It is easy to take hundreds of photos with your digital camera. But then what? Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group will help you discover easy ways to organize and enhance your photos by adjusting light, colour, and composition so you will be proud to display them. Lynda will be using free photo editing software available for both Windows and MacOS. Note: this session is demo only. If you would like to have a hands-on session, see listings for "Basic Digital Photo Editing - Hands on"

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, St. Laurent Branch

The explosion of social networking websites such as Flickr, Facebook, blogging sites and Twitter has raised more than privacy concerns. Join the discussion with Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. Chris will look at both the value of social media sites, and the cautions about using these tools so that you don't compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse.

How to Take Better Vacation Photos
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, North Gloucester Branch

Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your vacations through pictures. Learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to create a better picture that needs no captioning. Presented by Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group.


May 2019

How to Take Better Vacation Photos
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Emerald Plaza Branch

Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your vacations through pictures. Learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to create a better picture that needs no captioning. Presented by Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group.

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, North Gloucester Branch

We all take lots of digital photos. But most just sit on a computer and, at best, are seen on-screen. Why not do more with your photos? Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you how easy it is to use an on-line service to create beautiful hard-copy books of your photos, completely customized, with embellishments, backgrounds, frames, text and more.

How to Buy a PC
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean Branch

When buying a PC, you are faced with a lot of choices, laptop or desktop, dual or quad core processor, AMD or Intel, how big a hard drive, how big a monitor, is it better to buy a faster processor or more memory ... Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs.

How to Secure a Home Wireless Network
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Sunnyside Branch

Most wireless routers do not default to the most secure configuration. Make sure you are not the "low hanging fruit"; that someone will decide to attack. It is surprisingly easy to make sure your network is secure. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you just how easy it is.

Basic Digital Photo Editing (hands on)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Manotick Branch

Led by Lynda Buske with assistance by Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users' Group this hands-on session will help you discover easy ways to organize and enhance your photos by adjusting light, colour, and composition so you will be proud to display them. You must bring a laptop computer (Windows or MacOS). You will be contacted in the week prior to the session with instructions on how to download the free software that will be used. This workshop is limited to 10 people per session. It is recommended (but not a requirement) that you have previously attended one of the "Basic Digital Photo Editing" demo-only sessions given by Chris or Lynda at the Ottawa Public Library.

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Thursday May 16, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Blackburn Hamlet Branch

Windows 10 represents a considerable change from Windows 7 and an evolutionary refinement from Windows 8.1. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will talk about some of the important changes both visible and "under the hood". If you find Windows 10 confusing, or just want to know more about what’s hidden, this session is for you.

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, St. Laurent Branch

We all take lots of digital photos. But most just sit on a computer and, at best, are seen on-screen. Why not do more with your photos? Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you how easy it is to use an on-line service to create beautiful hard-copy books of your photos, completely customized, with embellishments, backgrounds, frames, text and more.

Windows Performance Tune-up
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood Branch

If your Windows computer is getting sluggish, you don't have to re-install Windows just to gain back lost performance. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will demonstrate and explain how to safely use many native and 3rd party tools that can help speed up Windows. While a few techniques are exclusive to the latest version of Windows 10, most also apply to older versions of Windows.

Basic Digital Photo Editing (hands on)
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Nepean Centrepointe Branch

Led by Lynda Buske with assistance by Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users' Group this hands-on session will help you discover easy ways to organize and enhance your photos by adjusting light, colour, and composition so you will be proud to display them. You must bring a laptop computer (Windows or MacOS). You will be contacted in the week prior to the session with instructions on how to download the free software that will be used. This workshop is limited to 10 people per session. It is recommended (but not a requirement) that you have previously attended one of the "Basic Digital Photo Editing" demo-only sessions given by Chris or Lynda at the Ottawa Public Library.

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Monday May 27, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood Branch

Windows 10 represents a considerable change from Windows 7 and an evolutionary refinement from Windows 8.1. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will talk about some of the important changes both visible and "under the hood". If you find Windows 10 confusing, or just want to know more about what’s hidden, this session is for you.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, North Gloucester Branch

The explosion of social networking websites such as Flickr, Facebook, blogging sites and Twitter has raised more than privacy concerns. Join the discussion with Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. Chris will look at both the value of social media sites, and the cautions about using these tools so that you don't compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse.


June 2019

How the Internet works ... and doesn't
Saturday June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Ruth E. Dickinson Branch

Did you ever wonder how your computer communicates with servers on the Internet? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will explain how computers find each other and connect so they can exchange information. As well, Chris will give some hints on how to trouble-shoot things when they don't work as they are supposed to. Note: This is a fairly technical presentation.

Who's the Boss - you or your camera?
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Orleans Branch

Take your photography to the next level by getting your camera off "Auto" to achieve the creative effects you want. Learn how to tell your camera to capture what you see - don't let it decide for you. Topics covered will include an understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO which can be applied to any camera that has a dial for selecting exposure settings (e.g. "A" or "Av", and "S" or "Tv"). Presented by Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

Protecting Your Computer
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, North Gloucester Branch

The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don't let it be yours. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your computer from being hacked.

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Noth Gloucester Branch

Windows 10 represents a considerable change from Windows 7 and an evolutionary refinement from Windows 8.1. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will talk about some of the important changes both visible and "under the hood". If you find Windows 10 confusing, or just want to know more about what’s hidden, this session is for you.


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Presentations are scheduled as they are arranged with the Ottawa Public Library. This page will be updated as things change.

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For more information about these presentations, you can check the Ottawa Public Library web site biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program
Free registration at the Ottawa Public Library web site is required.

Here is a list of Ottawa Public Library presentations given in the past