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Tim Chambers timc+perl at divide.net
Thu Mar 27 13:18:39 PDT 2008

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Subject: 	Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, March 25
Date: 	Tue, 25 Mar 2008 12:24:37 -0800
From: 	Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>

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O'Reilly.com <http://www.oreilly.com>UG Program Newsletter

Hi there---

viguy I'd like to start with a couple of requests for help: We're 
looking for Facebook developers to review two manuscripts. One on FBML 
(Facebook Markup Language) and the other is a Facebook Cookbook. If 
you're interested, send me a note.

We're also looking for middle school contacts who work with technology. 
Do you know of anyone who might want to take a look at a new book we're 
working on called HackerTeen 
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596516475/index.html>? Here's a 
video <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5UAq3_GLuU> with more information.

And if you're looking for more videos, we have plenty. Why not show your 
favorite at your next meeting?

Our recent "Writing LINQ Queries with LINQPad" 
is a must-view webinar for anyone working in C# 3.0 and Framework 3.5.

Tim O'Reilly at ETech: Why I Love Hackers 

David Pogue at MacWorld: Leopard Secrets 

O'Reilly wins Five Jolt awards 
at SD West including Best General book for "Beautiful Code" and Best Web 
site for radar.oreilly.com:

Need an expo hall pass <http://oreilly.com/PSW-TechExPass.pdf> for 
Photoshop World Las Vegas April 3 and 4? Please share it with your members.

Here's a recent article 
on Tim O'Reilly from our local paper, The Press Democrat.

Marsee <http://www.oreillynet.com/fyi/blog/marsee_henon/>


In this issue:

    * O'Reilly UG Program News---Just for User Group Leaders <#ugprogram>
    * New Releases <#newreleases>
    * Upcoming Events <#upcoming>
    * Conference News <#conferencenews>
    * School of Technology <#school>
    * News from O'Reilly & Beyond <#news>


O'Reilly UG Program News---Just for User Group Leaders
March 25, 2008


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* Sean Duggan Presents a Hands-on Workshop: "Camera Raw 4 & Adobe Bridge 
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* Apr 14, 2008 *
Outreach College, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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* Eric Meyer at MinneWebCon 2008 <http://www.minnewebcon.umn.edu/> *
* Apr 14, 2008 *
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* Derrick Story at NCMUG <http://www.ncmug.org/> *
* Apr 15, 2008 *
Rohnert Park, CA
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Rm 1999 in Bech Hall
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*LugRadio Live USA 2008 comes to San Francisco * 
Featuring over 35 speakers and 40 exhibitors, LugRadio Live USA 2008 
brings the popular UK conference to San Francisco, combining an 
incredibly unique, social, and fun atmosphere to cover a range of 
subjects in and around Open Source, digital rights, technology and more. 
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2008: Get Involved with Birds-of-a-Feather 
INETA is once again coordinating the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions 
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*LinuxFest Northwest 2008* <http://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org>
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*Reverse Callback Templating* 
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*Audio Insights from the 2008 Game Developers Conference* 
To hear the future of audio, listen to video games. Interactive Audio 
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