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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.



February 2020

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Monday, February 3, 2020, 2:00 - 4:00 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.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Cumberland 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
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Sunnyside 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, February 10, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Greenboro 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.

How to Buy a PC
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Centennial Branch

When buying a PC, you are faced with a lot of choices, laptop or desktop, dual or quad core processor, AMD or Intel, how big a hard drive, how big a monitor, is it better to buy a faster processor or more memory ... Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs.

Clicking, Flicking and Tweeting: Social Networking Controversy
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Emerald Plaza 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.

How to Secure a Home Wireless Network
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Centennial Branch

Most wireless routers do not default to the most secure configuration. Make sure you are not the "low hanging fruit"; that someone will decide to attack. It is surprisingly easy to make sure your network is secure. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you just how easy it is.

Making a Hard Copy Book from Digital Photos
Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Centennial 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.

Scam avoidance and trust
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carlingwood Branch

For as long as humans have been communicating with each other, scams exist in one form or another, we no longer just have our front door or home phone to guard against and now the baddies have multiple ways to have the victim immediately become susceptible to blind trust actions. Join Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & two decades supporting people’s personal / professional technology needs) as he reviews the significant difference between blind and wise trust, the various scam sources, tips to be aware of, details common to all scams and most importantly how to take control. As we review the various scam methods, participants will be encouraged to speak out on their own examples as we all learn how to become more aware and protect our electronic and personal lives.

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, St. Laurent 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.

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Main 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.

March, 2020

Whoa, Backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Monday, March 2, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Beaverbrook 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, March 3, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hazeldean 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.

Scam avoidance and trust
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Alta Vista Branch

For as long as humans have been communicating with each other, scams exist in one form or another, we no longer just have our front door or home phone to guard against and now the baddies have multiple ways to have the victim immediately become susceptible to blind trust actions. Join Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & two decades supporting people’s personal / professional technology needs) as he reviews the significant difference between blind and wise trust, the various scam sources, tips to be aware of, details common to all scams and most importantly how to take control. As we review the various scam methods, participants will be encouraged to speak out on their own examples as we all learn how to become more aware and protect our electronic and personal lives.

How to Secure a Home Wireless Network
Monday, March 9, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Orleans Branch

Most wireless routers do not default to the most secure configuration. Make sure you are not the "low hanging fruit"; that someone will decide to attack. It is surprisingly easy to make sure your network is secure. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you just how easy it is.

Protecting Your Computer
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 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.

Basic Photo Editing - Learn easy, stunning techniques (hands-on)
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Sunnyside 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.

Who's the Boss - you or your camera?
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Centennial 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 and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Monday, March 23, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 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 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.

Scam avoidance and trust
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Main Branch

For as long as humans have been communicating with each other, scams exist in one form or another, we no longer just have our front door or home phone to guard against and now the baddies have multiple ways to have the victim immediately become susceptible to blind trust actions. Join Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & two decades supporting people’s personal / professional technology needs) as he reviews the significant difference between blind and wise trust, the various scam sources, tips to be aware of, details common to all scams and most importantly how to take control. As we review the various scam methods, participants will be encouraged to speak out on their own examples as we all learn how to become more aware and protect our electronic and personal lives.

Basic Photo Editing - Learn easy, stunning techniques (hands-on)
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Ruth E. Dickinson 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.

Windows Performance Tune-up
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6:15 - 8:15 PM, Centennial 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.


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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