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2005/2006 contest is now closed. Details of the 2006/2007
contest will be posted in the fall of 2006.
winner of the 2005/2006 contest is Lionel Wagner (Are you ready for Linux? Linux is
ready for you.(RTF, 82KB), December
He wins these 3 prizes:
Microsoft Notebook optical mouse
2. Age of Empires III game
3. A copy of the book "Firefox Hacks"
Final list of
2005/2006 contestants and their articles:
Poulter, Firefox Extensions (RTF), October
Doug Poulter, FoxReader vs. Adobe
Don Chiasson, Mind Hacks, November
Lionel Wagner, Are you ready for Linux? Linux is
ready for you.(RTF), December 2005 (CONTEST
Dunc Petrie, Beyond Making MP3s (full article, RTF), December
Dunc Petrie, To (US)B or not to (US)B, That is
the Question (full article, RTF), Part 1:January
Part 2:February 2006
Gary Byron, Internet Annoyances, April
Sarah Gelfand, Windows XP Personal
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Only members registered on The Pub can vote.
Voting instructions are below.
an effort to generate more content for our popular Ottawa
PC News, the Board of Directors (BOD) has decided to hold
a contest for best article written by one of our members.
The contest will launch in September 2005 and run until
May 2006. Members of the BOD cannot participate.
You do not need to be a computer expert to participate.
You can write about a personal computer experience that
was humourous or frustrating. Did something you buy
improve your computer experience (be it software or
hardware)? Maybe you know of a terrific virtual photo
album that organizes digital pictures. How do you ward
off all the SPAM invading our inboxes? There are many
Articles can be submitted between June 1st, 2005 and
April 16th, 2006. These will be published in the Ottawa
PC News between September 2005 and May 2006 inclusive.
Articles will be published in the order they are
received. If a large number of articles is received, some
may not be published due to space restrictions as we
approach the April deadline. And in that case, in order
to have as many contestants as possible, an article
submitted by a new participant will be published over one
submitted by a returning participant. Participants will
be offered a choice of having unused articles published
after the contest period or having them destroyed. Only
those articles published during the contest period will
be eligible for the contest.
All articles must be original and written by the
participant. There is no word limit. Lengthy articles
will be made available online from the OPCUG website and
two or three pages will be published in the newsletter.
If an article can be broken into two parts of two or
three pages each, then it may be published in two
subsequent monthly issues, space permitting. Only members
of the OPCUG may participate (BOD members are excluded).
The BOD reserves the right to refuse an article because
of improper or questionable content and the article will
be returned to the author for revision or retraction.
Individual participants may submit more than one article
over the contest period.
Voting will take place online at the OPCUG website.
Instructions will follow once the system is in place and
voting time approaches (May-June). The winner will be
presented with a prize at the June meeting of the OPCUG
(prize to be determined).
Send submissions to
between June 1, 2005 and April 16, 2006. Articles may be
written in any basic text editor, MS Word, or Corel
Good luck and good writing!
Editor, Ottawa PC News
The winner in our contest will get a Microsoft
Notebook Optical Mouse and Microsoft's
Age of Empires III. The winner will be announced
at the June 14th general meeting and presented with the
Good luck to our participants. The deadline for
submission of contest articles is April 16, 2006.
Articles should be submitted to .
Voting for the best newsletter article will be done
electronically. Voters must be registered users of The
PUB, the private side of the OPCUG website. If you are
not currently registered, follow the instructions below
(taken from p.5 of the October 2003 newsletter). These instructions are
also posted on the OPCUG website at http://opcug.ca/public/pubacc.htm#Create . Register early so you
can test your access well before voting time.
account on The PUB
As mentioned, the information [public] side of
The PUB is freely available to anyone with a Web
browser at http://opcug.ca.However, to access
conference and file areas, you must be a
registered user. Registering is easy. The
simplest method is through a web browser.
Browse to http://opcug.ca and click The
PUB button on the left side of the screen.
New information will appear on the right. Click
the button labelled New User.
Leave the radio button at the top set to Dynamic
HTML and fill in the other three boxes. For name,
use your real name, and separate your first name
from your last name with a space, as in Sam
Spade. Choose a password, plug it in the two
remaining boxes, and click the Continue
A dialog box will pop up asking you to log in. Do
so using the exact same information you just
provided. You will then be prompted to input a
location you want to be considered from and
whether you would like others to be able to page
you while you are connected to The PUB. There is
an on-line chat feature on The PUB that may be
used, if users choose to.
Once you have completed this process, you are
presented with the web interface to the private
areas on The PUB. However, you will still have
limited access. In order to have your account
upgraded to member status, you need to send an
e-mail to .
Include your name as it appeared when you
registered on The PUB, your postal address, and
your membership number, if known. Once your
membership has been verified, your account will
be upgraded and you will have complete access to
all member areas on The PUB. This generally
happens within 24 hours.
Online voting will begin in the
last week of April, the day after the electronic version
of the May newsletter has been e-mailed. Voting will
remain open until June 12th, 11:00PM. In the meantime,
registered users can familiarize themselves with the
online voting process at (voting page closed)
and cast a few practice votes (these will be
deleted before the official voting period). In the last
week of April, voters can check the online voting page to
see if voting has officially begun.
So show your support and vote. And dont forget to
be at the June 14th (2006) general meeting where we will
announce the winner after our annual BBQ.