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General Meetings

Presentations are given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the general meetings and meet our members.

Next Meeting

Wednesday May 8, 2019

Topic: Effective backup strategies
Speaker: Alan German and Chris Taylor, OPCUG

Think about everything that is on your computer; videos of the grandkids playing in a park, photos of your trip to Patagonia (lucky you!), tax records, emails… Now think about whether those files exist anywhere else. If the answer is no, you really should think about backup.

There are many ways you could lose data including viruses, fire, theft, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, and a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. In this presentation, we will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Alan and Chris have been involved for many years in helping people use technology more effectively. Both are passionate believers in making sure all important data is backed up and recoverable. 

May Raffle

The May raffle prize is an X-Dragon Solar Power Bank with Cigarette Lighter.

This nifty gadget is a USB power pack that you can charge up with any USB charger or leave in the sun (e.g. on a picnic table) and the sun will charge it. It will power any USB toy including smart phones, tablets, notebooks, etc. for hours. While NOT being waterproof (i.e. submersible) it can be left out in the rain.
It has a flashlight with three modes: steady light, SOS and strobe. There is a cigarette lighter that can ignite paper, leaves or grass.

Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten. 


Questions and Answers (Q&A)

There is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A section on our website.

Future Meetings (there are no meetings in July and August)
Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites.

June 12Annual PIzza Night and eWaste event at 6 pm followed by our speaker at 7:30 pmCameron Bell, CEO of CANImmunize, the vaccination tracking appTBA
Oct 9Members' FavouritesLawrence Patterson, Bob Walker (and Bob Herres), Alan German, Chris Taylor, OPCUGTBA

Call for Presentations

The OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if you know someone who is, please contact our Meeting Coordinator(s). Our club has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 35 years! Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites. Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional information about our venue.

Bob Herres and Lawrence Patterson,

More Information

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Expect to receive no more than 2 or 3 messages a month from the list. Every message you receive from the list will contain information on how to unsubscribe, should you decide you no longer want to receive them.

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Meeting Schedule
General meetings are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
(no meetings in July and August).
Meeting room opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Meeting Location
Meetings are at the Riverside United Church, 3191 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, located on the east side of Riverside Drive, just south of Walkley Road. 

PARKING: Parking is free at the church.

OCTranspo Bus #87 stops nearby.
Plan your bus route here.

Picture of United Church
    Photo courtesy of Chris Taylor, OPCUG

Map to United Church

Earth view of United Church