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)

TO REGISTER, visit: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program?text=tech+cafe.
(registration for the June webinars is not yet available)

Is free software really free
Monday, March 1, 4:00 pm

And, if it is free, can it be any good? In this session, we will find that the answer to both questions is a resounding yes. There is lots of free software available, and many free programs are very good indeed. So, join Alan German from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group to find out about some must-have – and absolutely free – software!

Making a hard copy book from digital photos
Monday, March 8, 4:00 pm

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 online service to create beautiful hard-copy books of your photos, completely customized, with embellishments, backgrounds, frames, text and more.

Clicking, flicking and tweeting: social networking controversy
Monday, March 22, 4:00 pm

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.

Managing your Android phone
Monday, March 29, 4:00 pm

What is happening “behind the curtain” of your Android smartphone? In this presentation, Alan German from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will review some of the basics of the Android operating system, the underlying file system, and the apps. You don’t need to be limited to just the software that came bundled with your phone; there are lots of third-party apps–many of them free–that can make your life a whole lot easier. There are also some annoyances with Android, and Alan will show how to work around some of these. Finally, Alan will take a brief look at the ultimate solution–but, one only applicable to those brave enough–replacing that outdated version of Android with a custom ROM!

Reduce the anxiety of managing your passwords using #PasswordPhrasing
Monday, June 7, 4:00 pm

#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!

How the Internet works … and doesn’t
Monday, June 14, 4:00 pm

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.

Where are self-flying planes and self-driving cars taking us
Monday, June 21, 4:00 pm

In the last few years, there has been a lot of news about autonomous self-driving cars. Bob Walker from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will talk about what’s happened up to now and where it’s likely to go in the future, including the technology and the social implications.