OPCUG Beginners' Workshop 2015


The OPCUG Beginners' Workshop 2015 was a great success with 31 participants and tons of information! Many of the presentations are available online by clicking on the title of the presentations below.

A lot of people made this possible; Jeff Dubois for starting the ball and organizing the lunch, Jocelyn Doire for creating the web page, printing the certificates and evaluations, Wayne Houston for helping with the setup, Mark Cayer for helping with the registrations, Alan German for taking care of the accounting and creating a presentation web page, Chris for taking pictures, Gail Eagen for helping with the lunch and distributing the certificates, and last, but not least, all the presenters; Chris Taylor, Jeff Dubois, Bert Schopf, Alan German and Jocelyn Doire.

The OPCUG would like to thank the Microsoft Technical Communities Program for sponsoring our workshop lunch, in concert with Kylie Foster and Amy Beck of Subway for organizing it.

The door prizes went to Erica Philips, Nadine Kennedy, Sharon Eakin, Gladia Azur and Luc-Emmanual Morisset

Pictures taken at the workshop. Click on any picture to enlarge.

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Photo Editing
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Backup Strategies
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Backup Strategies
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Office Applications
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OPCUG Beginners' Workshop 2015


The Ottawa PC Users' Group's motto is "Users Helping Users" and, this fall, we are going back to offering a Beginners' Workshop. A group of knowledgeable and experienced members of the club will provide sessions on a number of topics that will be of interest to the new computer user, and even those not-so-new users who need to know a little more about their software.

Our Beginners' Workshop is scheduled to run from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM on Saturday, November 7th, 2015, at the Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1049 Bank (south of the canal), and will consist of five sessions:

Chris Taylor 1) How to Protect Your Computer by Chris Taylor

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.

Jeff Dubois 2) Upgrading to Windows 10 by Jeff Dubois

July 29th marked the release date of Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system. If your computer is currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then an upgrade to Windows 10 is available free of charge. Jeff Dubois, Program Coordinator of the Ottawa PC Users' Group, will discuss a number of considerations which should factor into your decision to upgrade to the new operating system.

Bert Schopf 3) Digital Photo Editing by Bert Schopf

So, you bought a digital camera and now have dozens of not-so-terrific pictures that just need a little tweaking to make them look great. But, the image editing software that came in the box is so complicated and not in the least intuitive. What you need is Digital Imaging 101. Our graphics expert will give you the low down on the different types of digital images, and the basic features of image editors and management tools that you can put to work to create the masterpieces hidden inside your pictures.

Alan German 4) Backup Strategies by Alan German

The only thing you can guarantee about your hard drive is that it will fail. And, when it does, you will wish you had a recent backup. Alan German, Treasurer, Ottawa PC Users' Group will show how to create full backups with disk imaging software, synchronize files and folders, and implement a real-time backup system for data files. Use one or all of these techniques and keep your data safe.

Jocelyn Doire 5) Office Applications by Jocelyn Doire

Office applications are one of the most important tools on computer, used for writing a text document, calculating a budget on a spreadsheet, or making a slide presentation. This session will introduce those applications using free software available to all on the internet.

The cost to attend the entire day's workshop sessions is just $45.00. This includes a light lunch and coffee breaks, door prizes, certificate and a complimentary one-year OPCUG membership (a $25.00 value by itself). Tell all your friends - who are not yet OPCUG members - about our workshop. This is a not-to-be-missed event. Not only will they obtain lots of great information, they will become members of the club for a year. Current members will receive a one-year extension to their membership.

Space at the workshop venue is limited and participation will be limited to the first 55 registrants. A registration form can be found here or inside the newsletter.

Payments can be made by:

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email them to .

The workshop in the media:

Door Prizes: Thanks to N.J. Kelly of DUKENet.ca for supporting the 2015 OPCUG Workshop.
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