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. A link to the OPL Tech Café is provided below.

We also hold regular meetings on the second Wednesday of every month (except July and August) and have Q&A sessions.

(there are no presentations in July and August)

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!

Typography – the art and science of written communications
Monday, June 14, 4:00 pm

Typography—the art and technique of arranging type—has been around for thousands of years and is constantly evolving. Good typography makes it easy to read and can be eye-catching. Bad typography can be distracting and hard to read.

Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group, will outline the somewhat arcane terminology used. He will discuss some of the historical significances of type. Then he will delve into the subjective nature of choosing typefaces: what makes a typeface more or less readable, how and when to combine multiple typefaces, what emotions are evoked in readers, and how to avoid common faux pas.

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.