OPCUG Beginners' Workshop

Workshop scheduleDraft Schedule*

 

Saturday, November 22 2003
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Margaret Rywack Center
68 Knoxdale Road

 

0900 Introduction  
0905 Computer Maintenance
To keep your computer running optimally, you need to know where to find such things as patches for the operating system, and updated drivers for some of the machine's devices. We can show you how to locate the required material, and how to install the individual components, in order to maintain your system's performance and security.

Vince Pizzamiglio

1000 Basic Applications
Typical office-type software packages provide an array of programs, each of which has a complex menu structure, and an amazing number of task bars and hot buttons. This session on word processors, spreadsheets and databases will highlight the main features and some of the functionality of these applications .
 
1000 Word Processing Jocelyn Doire
1030 Spreadsheets Alan German
1100 Databases Bob Gowan
1130 Disk Tune-Up
Let us help you to organize your computer's drives. Delete unused files, empty the recycling bin, scan the drive for corrupt areas, and defragment the disk for optimum performance. We emphasize backing things up before the crash!

Chris Taylor



1200 Lunch


1330 Burn Baby Burn!
In this primer on using CD burners, we look at methods for backing up important data, providing extra storage, creating long-term archives, and making beautiful music -- all without creating more coasters!

Vince Pizzamiglio

1415 Browsing the Internet
Having t-t-trouble finding what you want in the maze of the w-w-world wide web? This session will focus on the effective use of search engines to narrow down the number of hits identified for specific topics, and will point you to various sites that provide exceptionally useful information relating to computing.

Brigitte Lord

1500 Virus Scanners and Firewalls
Do you use the Internet? Want to keep hackers out but allow useful information in? We can show you how to practice safe computing -- keeping virus scanners and firewall software up to date and properly configured.

Chris Taylor

1545 E-mail
Is your E-mail system in chaos? Are you swimming in Spam? This session will show you how to organize your mail, search for items that you know you filed somewhere, and discuss methods for identifying and eliminating unsolicited mail.

Brigitte Lord

1630 Users-Helping-Users
Now that you are members of the Ottawa PC Users' Group, you will be able to build on your knowledge of computing techniques by putting our club's motto of "Users-Helping-Users" into practice. OPCUG's President gets the final word!

Chris Taylor

1645 Close

 

* The topics listed will be those presented; however, the timing of the individual sessions is subject to change

 

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