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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.


September - December 2018

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Monday, September 10, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean 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? Chris Taylor, President of 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
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Centennial 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.

Windows Performance Tune-up
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Blackburn Hamlet 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.

Computer Basics: Things you should know
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Orleans Branch

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.

Windows Performance Tune-up
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, North Gloucester 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.

Computer Basics: Things you should know
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Emerald Plaza Branch

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.

Windows Performance Tune-up
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:00 am - noon, Main 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.

How to Secure a Home Wireless Network
Monday, October 1, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood 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.

Windows Performance Tune-up
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, St. Laurent 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.

How to Buy a PC
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 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 will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs.

How to Take Better Vacation Photos
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Ruth E. Dickinson Branch

Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your travels through pictures. Also learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to not only create a better picture but to enhance the sensation of "being there"; when viewed by others. Presented by Lynda Buske and Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users' Group.

CANCELLED Computer Basics: Things you should know
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Sunnyside Branch

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.

Windows 10 - The good, the bad, and the ugly
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 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, 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.

Who's the Boss - You or your camera?
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Manotick 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.

CANCELLED Email 101
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Centennial Branch

In this presentation, Jeff Dubois, Program Coordinator of the Ottawa PC Users' Group, provides a basic understanding of the electronic mail structure and explores several considerations with the objective of maximizing your email experience. Considerations such as email flavour (POP vs IMAP), accessing email (webmail vs. mail clients) and multiple device access will be among some of the topics explored.

Protecting Your Computer
Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood 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.

CANCELLED VoIP 101
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Emerald Plaza Branch

Today's internet has transform the telecommunications industry. Reasonable quality internet connections have served to facilitate the effective use of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) as an alternative to the traditional landline telephone. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group examines a number of free and low-cost options to replace or augment your existing telephone service

How to Secure a Home Wireless Network
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Manotick 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
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00 am - noon, Main Branch

It is easy to take dozens or hundreds of photos with your digital camera. But then what? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will help you discover some easy ways of fixing up your photos to correct many basic flaws so you will be proud to display them.

Windows Performance Tune-up
Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Orleans 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.

How to Buy a PC
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, North Gloucester 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 will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs.

Computer Basics: Things you should know
Monday, November 5, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood Branch

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.

Protecting Your Computer
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, St. Laurent 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.

Basic Digital Photo Editing
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Nepean Centrepointe Branch

It is easy to take dozens or hundreds of photos with your digital camera. But then what? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will help you discover some easy ways of fixing up your photos to correct many basic flaws so you will be proud to display them.

How to Take Better Vacation Photos
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, St. Laurent Branch

Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your travels through pictures. Also learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to not only create a better picture but to enhance the sensation of "being there"; when viewed by others. Presented by Lynda Buske and Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users' Group.

Computer Basics: Things you should know
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, North Gloucester Branch

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.

How to Buy a PC
Monday, November 12, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Greenboro 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 will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs.

Who's the Boss - You or your camera?
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Centennial 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.

Computer Basics: Things you should know
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Centennial Branch

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.

How to Buy a PC
Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Blackburn Hamlet 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 will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs.

Media Streaming 101
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:00 am - noon, Main Branch Branch

Broadband internet has significantly transformed the delivery of media content to our households. With more content readily available, a growing number of Canadians are cutting the traditional cable and satellite umbilical cord and opting for online alternatives. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group examines some of the alternatives, restrictions and solutions used to maximize your streaming experience.

Computer Basics: Things you should know
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Main Branch

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.

How to Secure a Home Wireless Network
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, St. Laurent 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.

How to Take Better Vacation Photos
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Nepean Centrepointe Branch

Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your travels through pictures. Also learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to not only create a better picture but to enhance the sensation of "being there"; when viewed by others. Presented by Lynda Buske and Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users' Group.

Email 101
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Orleans Branch

In this presentation, Jeff Dubois, Program Coordinator of the Ottawa PC Users' Group, provides a basic understanding of the electronic mail structure and explores several considerations with the objective of maximizing your email experience. Considerations such as email flavour (POP vs IMAP), accessing email (webmail vs. mail clients) and multiple device access will be among some of the topics explored.

How to Buy a PC
Monday, December 3, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Orleans 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 will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs.

Computer Basics: Things you should know
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00, St. Laurent Branch

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.


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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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Free registration at the Ottawa Public Library web site is required.

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