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General Meetings

Presentations are given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the general meetings and meet our members.

Next Meeting  (there are no meetings in July and August)

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Speaker: Chris Taylor, OPCUG
Topic: My experiences upgrading to a Solid State Drive (SSD)

Have you ever wondered if it would be worth the trouble to upgrade from a hard disk drive to a solid-state drive? Have you ever asked, "How much does it cost?", "Will an SSD work in my computer?", "Will I break something if I try to do this myself?", "How do I transfer my operating system, programs, and data?", "Will I really ever notice a speed boost?", or "Are there any benefits to an SSD beyond speed?"

Well you are in luck! Chris Taylor, President of the OPCUG also asked himself those questions and more. And he actually found some answers too.

Come out to the September meeting to hear all the nitty-gritty details of what Chris when through when upgrading his main computer to an SSD.

Spoiler alert: Chris thinks you can - and should - do this.

September Raffle

In tandem with Chris Taylor’s talk on upgrading to a solid-state drive, the September raffle prize is a Samsung T5 500GB portable SSD. This tiny (74 x 57.3 x 10.5 mm), featherweight (51 grams), blazingly fast (USB 3.1 Gen2, 540 MB/s transfer rate), rugged (metal case) solid-state drive features AES 256-bit encryption, a 3 year warranty, and comes with both USB Type-C to C and USB Type-C to A cables for flexibility.

Speed up your computing with this nifty little SSD.

Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten.


Questions and Answers (Q&A)

There is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A section on our website.

Future Meetings (there are no meetings in July and August)
Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites.

Oct 9 Members' Favourites (to be confirmed) Lawrence Patterson, Bob Walker (and Bob Herres), Alan German, Chris Taylor, OPCUG TBA
Nov 13
(in Room 6)
Dec 11

Call for Presentations

The OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if you know someone who is, please contact our Meeting Coordinator(s). Our club has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 35 years! Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites. Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional information about our venue.

Lawrence Patterson,

More Information

To subscribe to our automatic announcements and meetings list, visit our Google Group at and join the OPCUG-Announcements group. More detailed instructions can be found here.

Expect to receive no more than 2 or 3 messages a month from the list. Every message you receive from the list will contain information on how to unsubscribe, should you decide you no longer want to receive them.

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Meeting Schedule
General meetings are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
(no meetings in July and August).
Meeting room opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Meeting Location
Meetings are at the Riverside United Church, 3191 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, located on the east side of Riverside Drive, just south of Walkley Road. 

PARKING: Parking is free at the church.

OCTranspo Bus #87 stops nearby.
Plan your bus route here.

Picture of United Church
    Photo courtesy of Chris Taylor, OPCUG

Map to United Church