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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.


January - March 2018

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Blackburn Hamlet 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.

Cloud Computing 101
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Sunnyside Branch

The "cloud" has become a ubiquitous term in the modern computing vernacular. In a nutshell, cloud computing is merely the practice of using an Internet hosted server to store, manage or process data rather than relying on a local network server or personal computer. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will examine a number of cloud-based practical applications, services and features that may be of interest to the consumer market.

Media Streaming 101
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Emerald Plaza 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.

Who's the Boss - You or your camera?
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 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.

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Ruth E. Dickinson 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.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10:00 AM - noon, Main 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 and Jeff Dubois from the Ottawa PC Users' Group. Jeff will describe the value of social media sites, while Chris will give the cautions about using these tools so that you don't compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse.

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Stittsville 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.

Who's the Boss - You or your camera?
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Elmvale Acres 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.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Greenboro 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 and Jeff Dubois from the Ottawa PC Users' Group. Jeff will describe the value of social media sites, while Chris will give the cautions about using these tools so that you don't compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse.

Media Streaming 101
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Sunnyside 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.

Media Streaming 101
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Orleans 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.

Windows 10 - The good, the bad, and the ugly
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Beaverbrook 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.

How the Internet works ... and doesn't
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Blackburn Hamlet Branch

Did you ever wonder how your computer communicates with servers on the Internet? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will explain in simple terms 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.

Cloud Computing 101
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood Branch

The "cloud" has become a ubiquitous term in the modern computing vernacular. In a nutshell, cloud computing is merely the practice of using an Internet hosted server to store, manage or process data rather than relying on a local network server or personal computer. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will examine a number of cloud-based practical applications, services and features that may be of interest to the consumer market.

Protecting Your Computer
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean 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, March 1, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Manotick 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, March 3, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Centennial 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.

Protecting Your Computer
Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Stittsville 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.

Protecting Your Computer
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Centennial 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.

Cloud Computing 101
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Emerald Plaza Branch

The "cloud" has become a ubiquitous term in the modern computing vernacular. In a nutshell, cloud computing is merely the practice of using an Internet hosted server to store, manage or process data rather than relying on a local network server or personal computer. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users' Group, will examine a number of cloud-based practical applications, services and features that may be of interest to the consumer market.

How to Take Better Vacation Photos
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Orleans 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.

Basic Digital Photo Editing
Saturday, March 17, 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.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Blackburn Hamlet 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 and Jeff Dubois from the Ottawa PC Users' Group. Jeff will describe the value of social media sites, while Chris will give the cautions about using these tools so that you don't compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse.

Media Streaming 101
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Nepean Centrepointe 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.

Media Streaming 101
Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood 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.

Who's the Boss - You or your camera?
Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean 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.

Windows 10 - The good, the bad, and the ugly
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Centennial 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.

VoIP 101
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Sunnyside 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


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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