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.

OPCUG is offering online workshops through OPL during the COVID-19 closure of library branches for in-person programs. The series is being called Tech Café. You do NOT need an OPL card to register for online workshops. The links below take you to the OPL website for registering. These online workshops are free; however, you must register so that we can send you an email about how to access the workshop on Zoom.

Registration for these free presentations is through the OPL web site. Each presentation has a link to the OPL web site page where you can register.

(there are no presentations in July and August)

Tech Café : Basic photo editing – Learn easy, stunning techniques
Monday, June 1, 2020, 10:00 – 11:15 AM, Zoom webinar
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.
Register at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/tech-café-basic-photo-editing-learn-easy-stunning-techniques

Tech Café: Sharing Photos for Free on the Web
Monday, June 8, 2020, 10:00 – 11:15 AM, Zoom webinar
Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will show you how to put your pictures up on-line so they can be viewed by friends and family. See how to set up a shared site at Shutterfly.com with unlimited, FREE storage and how to customize your site. Learn how to add and organize both photos and albums and how to enable people to make comments.
Register at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/tech-café-sharing-photos-free-web

Tech Café : Protecting your computer
Monday, June 15, 2020, 10:00 – 11:15 AM, Zoom webinar
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 and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your computer from being hacked.
Register at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/tech-café-protecting-your-computer

Tech Café : Windows 10 –The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Monday, June 22, 2020, 10:00 – 11:15 AM, Zoom webinar
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”. Changes to Windows 10 since its release 4 years ago will be discussed. If you find Windows 10 confusing, or just want to know more about what’s hidden, this session is for you.
Register at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/tech-café-windows-10-–-good-bad-and-ugly

Tech Café : Whoa, backup! Effective strategies for keeping your computer files safe
Monday, June 29, 2020, 10:00 – 11:10 AM, Zoom webinar
Think about everything that is on your computer; videos of the grand-kids 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.
Register at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/tech-café-whoa-backup-effective-strategies-keeping-your-computer-files-safe