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)

FALL 2021

(all presentations are via Zoom videoconference)

Bob Walker, Renewable energy, Monday November 8, 3:30-4:30 PM
All of our computers, smart phones, tablets and other technology need electricity to operate. Bob Walker from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will look at the questions: where does it come from; and what is the future of renewable energy?

Lynda Buske, How to make a photo collage with free software, Monday November 15, 3:30-4:30 PM
Do you have a small collection of photos such as a family outing, a birthday party, a favourite location or a collection of birds or butterflies that would display well as a collage? Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group, will demonstrate how you can use Photoscape X (free for Windows 10 and macOS) to design beautiful collages of your favourite photos. She will show how the quick collage function works but will also teach a method that allows for greater customization and is, in the end, more suitable for printing.

Lawrence Patterson, Scam avoidance and trust, Monday November 22, 3:30-4:30 PM
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 from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group (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.

Lynda Buske, Making a hard copy book from digital photos, Monday November 29, 3:30-4:30 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 on-line service to create beautiful hard-copy books of your photos, completely customized, with embellishments, backgrounds, frames, text and more.

Bob Walker, eBooks, Monday December 6, 3:30-4:30 PM
Books are overtaking paper books in sales. Bob Walker from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will look at resources and sources for eBooks, eBook file formats, eBooks vs. paper books, and an eReader buying guide