OPCUG PRESENTATIONS AT THE
OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY

The OPCUG gives numerous presentations at various branches of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL). Topics are wide-ranging and include many aspects of computer security, digital photography, social media, using Windows 10 effectively, and more. Registration for these free presentations is through the OPL web site.

You must be an OPL card holder to register. Although registering for a presentation is optional, doing so will insure that you are notified of a cancellation (provided you choose to be notified when registering for the event). Registered participants also help us determine if a presentation is worth holding. If participants don’t register, a presentation may be cancelled due to seemingly low interest.

Upcoming Presentations

(there are no presentations in July and August)

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Ottawa Public Library will be closed for 3 weeks starting Monday, March 16. Presentations from March 18 through April 1 have been cancelled.

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
CANCELLED

Windows 10: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Monday, March 23, 2020, 6:15 – 8:15 PM, Centennial Branch
CANCELLED

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

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

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

APRIL 2020

#PasswordPhrasing is all about making it easier to manage passwords. Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & two decades supporting people’s personal / professional technology needs) will review the changing landscape of keeping our lives secure by evangelizing our individualism, showing how typing the same set of characters can bring an inner smile as well as sharing techniques that will focus less on the complexity and more on the way we each think. Acknowledging that password advice has varied significantly in the last few years and is expected to change further in the coming months / years, Lawrence will explore the challenges and discuss why #PasswordPhrasing is important to all of us, all the while making the connection between passwords and footwear!

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.

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.

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.

#PasswordPhrasing is all about making it easier to manage passwords. Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & two decades supporting people’s personal / professional technology needs) will review the changing landscape of keeping our lives secure by evangelizing our individualism, showing how typing the same set of characters can bring an inner smile as well as sharing techniques that will focus less on the complexity and more on the way we each think. Acknowledging that password advice has varied significantly in the last few years and is expected to change further in the coming months / years, Lawrence will explore the challenges and discuss why #PasswordPhrasing is important to all of us, all the while making the connection between passwords and footwear!

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.

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.

#PasswordPhrasing is all about making it easier to manage passwords. Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & two decades supporting people’s personal / professional technology needs) will review the changing landscape of keeping our lives secure by evangelizing our individualism, showing how typing the same set of characters can bring an inner smile as well as sharing techniques that will focus less on the complexity and more on the way we each think. Acknowledging that password advice has varied significantly in the last few years and is expected to change further in the coming months / years, Lawrence will explore the challenges and discuss why #PasswordPhrasing is important to all of us, all the while making the connection between passwords and footwear!

PAST PRESENTATIONS (old website)