|How to sign up for OPCUG Google Groups
1988, the OPCUG has run its own server
(see page 6 of http://opcug.ca/public/Articles/8810o.PDF)
to provide online services to members through the PUB ( for PC
Users’ Group Bulletin
Board). Over the
years we have been well-served by hosting our own services. However,
recently, it has become apparent that switching to use external
hosting services will be much more cost-effective.
1988 – The
club buys its own computer: AT Clone, 640K memory, 1.2MB floppy,
Hercules card and monitor, 72MB hard drive, Digiboard with 4 channels
serial interface and three 2400 modems for about $10 000 (information
obtained from the OPCUG
currently provided by the PUB need to be replaced with external
services; conference areas with mailing list functionality, email,
and web site.
will be done
in stages, beginning with replacing the conference areas and
associated mailing lists with the following Google Groups:
– a “read only” group replacing the PUB’s Announcements
conference area/mailing list and used to post upcoming meeting details.
Anyone from the public can join.
– a “read only” group replacing the PUB’s NewsletterPDF
conference area/mailing list and used to post the newsletter each
month. Anyone from the public can join.
– a forum for any member of the OPCUG to read and post anything of
general interest to other members. Only members of the OPCUG will be
authorized to access the group. This will replace the PUB’s General
Messages conference area/mailing list.
should to sign up for the OPCUG-Announcements and
OPCUG-Newsletter groups to ensure you
are kept informed of
what’s happening in the club. Additionally, members are encouraged
to sign up for the OPCUG-Member-Forum if you want
in the online discussions currently taking place in the General
Messages conference area on the PUB.
ways of signing up for and accessing Google Groups. If you are
familiar with those processes, feel free to “go your own way”.
Otherwise, the sign-up processes detailed below will allow you to
access the OPCUG Google Groups either via the web or through your
access to Google Groups requires authentication, everything is far
simpler if you have a Google Account before you start the process to
sign up for groups. Gmail is already a Google Account, so if you have
Gmail, and are happy with postings from the OPCUG groups arriving in
your Gmail account, you can use your existing Gmail as your Google
Account. You can then skip the next instructions on creating a Google
address can be used as a Google Account. Pick an email address you
want to use and browse to accounts.google.com. Click Create
account and follow the instructions. One thing worth noting;
you create a Google Account, although you are using an existing email
address, there is no real link between the two. You do not need to,
and perhaps should not, give the Google
Account the same
password as you use to access the email.
new Google Account is functioning properly by going to
accounts.google.com and sign in.
the OPCUG Google Groups
groups.google.com. If you are not signed into your Google Account,
click the Sign in button at the top.
In Search for groups
or messages, enter OPCUG. The top of the search results will
show Groups matching OPCUG. Click on See
on OPCUG-Announcements, then click the Join
group button. In the resulting dialog box (shown below), you can opt to
change some preferences, such as;
display name shows as your email address you can change this
to something like firstname lastname
preferences can be changed to only send daily summaries or not email
you at all when new postings are made (meaning you must manually check
at the web site to see if there are any new postings)
the Join this group button.
will then see the list of postings that have been made to the group.
Click on any entry to see the actual posting.
handy feature is to click the star just below the name of the group to
make it a favourite. Then, when you browse to Google Groups, your
favourites are listed in the left column and you can jump to one by
clicking its entry.
Groups near the top of the left column
to return to the main
Google Groups page and repeat the above steps to join the
OPCUG-Member-Forum is a little different
because only members
of the OPCUG can join.
the red Groups near the top of the left column to
return to the main Google Groups page, search groups for OPCUG
and select OPCUG-Member-Forum from the results.
on Apply for membership. You will get a dialog box
that presents all the options you had for the other groups. An
additional edit box asks you for either your email address the OPCUG
has on file for you or name, address, and membership number. This
information is required to verify your membership in the OPCUG prior to
granting you access to the group.
Apply to join this group.
is verified, you will get an email letting you know that your request
to join OPCUG-Member-Forum has been approved.
can then read
messages posted to the group, respond to existing posts, as well as
post new items in the group by browsing to the group and clicking on
can also post
to the group by sending an email to the group address, which is
You can reply to any message from the group and your reply will go
back to the group and be re-distributed to other members of the
every email sent out by the groups includes information about how to
post, how to unsubscribe, and a link to visit the group in your web
There will be a transition period where the PUB’s conference
areas/mailing lists will remain. We expect to shut down the PUB’s
conference areas and mailing lists at the end of June.
another email service and web hosting will be completed in the fall.
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