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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.


September 2019

Basic Photo Editing - Learn easy, stunning techniques (demo-only)
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Beaverbrook Branch

It is easy to take hundreds of photos with your digital camera. But then what? Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group will help you discover easy ways to organize and enhance your photos by adjusting light, colour, and composition so you will be proud to display them. Lynda will be using free photo editing software available for both Windows and MacOS. Note: this session is demo only. If you would like to have a hands-on session, see listings for "Basic Digital Photo Editing - Hands on"

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Centennial Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Basic Photo Editing - Learn easy, stunning techniques (hands-on)
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Orleans Branch

Led by Lynda Buske with assistance by Chris Taylor from the Ottawa PC Users' Group this hands-on session will help you discover easy ways to organize and enhance your photos by adjusting light, colour, and composition so you will be proud to display them. You must bring a laptop computer (Windows 10 or MacOS v10.12 or later). You will be contacted in the week prior to the session with instructions on how to download the free software that will be used. This workshop is limited to 10 people per session. It is recommended (but not a requirement) that you have previously attended one of the "Basic Photo Editing" demo-only sessions given by Chris or Lynda at the Ottawa Public Library.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 4:30 - 6:30 PM, Beaverbrook 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, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. Chris will look at both the value of social media sites, and the cautions about using these tools so that you don't compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, North Gloucester Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean 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, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. Chris will look at both the value of social media sites, and the cautions about using these tools so that you don't compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Emerald Plaza Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:30 - 8:15 PM, Manotick Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 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, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. Chris will look at both the value of social media sites, and the cautions about using these tools so that you don't compromise your computer, your job, your identity, or worse.

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Monday, September 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean 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 and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, 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.

October 2019

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, North Gloucester 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 and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, 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.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Orleans Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:45 - 8:45 PM, Richmond 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? Lynda Buske from 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.

November 2019

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Thursday, November 07, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Ruth E. Dickinson Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

How to Take Better Vacation Photos
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Ruth E. Dickinson Branch

Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your vacations through pictures. Learn how to use light, foreground, people and framing to create a better picture that needs no captioning. Presented by Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group.

Protecting Your Computer
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Orleans 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.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon, Main Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Monday, November 25, 2019, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, North Gloucester 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? Lynda Buske from 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.

December 2019

Protecting Your Computer
Monday, December 2, 2019, 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.

Windows Performance Tune-up
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Orleans Branch

If your Windows computer is getting sluggish, you don't have to re-install Windows just to gain back lost performance. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will demonstrate and explain how to safely use many native and 3rd party tools that can help speed up Windows. While a few techniques are exclusive to the latest version of Windows 10, most also apply to older versions of Windows.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Alta Vista Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Nepean Centrepointe Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Monday, December 23, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean Branch

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 need to think about backup. You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file rather than copying it. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

How the Internet works ... and doesn't
Monday, December 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean Branch

Did you ever wonder how your computer communicates with servers on the Internet? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will explain 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. Note: This is a fairly technical presentation.


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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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For more information about these presentations, you can check the Ottawa Public Library web site biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program
Free registration at the Ottawa Public Library web site is required.

Here is a list of Ottawa Public Library presentations given in the past