[Wellington-pm] [Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, August 10]

Grant McLean grant at mclean.net.nz
Wed Aug 17 02:57:55 PDT 2005

Marsee has asked me to point out that O'Reilly have recently increased
their discount for User Group members from 20% to 30%.  If you want to
take advantage of this then order online through their web site and
quote the discount code 'DSUG'.

-------- Forwarded Message --------
> From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
> To: perlmongers at catalyst.net.nz
> Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, August 10
> Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 17:51:28 -0700
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> O'Reilly News for User Group Members
> August 10, 2005
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> Book News
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> -PC Pest Control
> -Computer Privacy Annoyances
> -Start Your Engines
> -Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition
> -Linux Made Easy
> -Degunking Your Mac, Tiger Edition
> -Host Integrity Monitoring Using Osiris and Samhain
> -Open Source for the Enterprise
> -Car PC Hacks
> -Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One
> -Using Moodle
> -Nokia Smartphone Hacks
> -Propellerhead Reason Tips and Tricks
> -Learning Perl, 4th Edition
> -Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition
> -MAKE Magazine Subscriptions Available
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> Upcoming Events
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> -Chris Date ("Database in Depth") Keynotes NoCOUG Next Conference, 
> San Ramon, CA--August 18
> -Scott Berkun ("The Art of Project Management") Leads Dr. Dobbs 
> Great Writers NetSeminar--Aug 31
> -O'Reilly at PhotoShop World, Boston, MA--September 7-8
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> Conference News
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> -ETech 2006 CFP Now Open
> -Registration is Open for EuroOSCON
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> News
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> -O'Reilly Connection Launched at OSCON
> -Learning Lab August Special
> -What Is Flickr (and Hot Tips for Using It) 
> -An Interview with Chris Date
> -Small Screen Testing in Firefox
> -Don't Waste Time With Black Hat SEO Strategies
> -Business for Geeks at OSCON 2005
> -The Practicality of OO PHP
> -Porting Test::Builder to Perl 6
> -Problems in Oracle Reports 
> -Automator Automaton--David Pogue's Podcast
> -What Is NeoOffice/J (and Can It Replace MS Office)
> -An In-Depth Look at Vista, Part 1
> -Internet Security Annoyances
> -Localization in ASP.NET 2.0
> -Give Your Business Logic a Framework with Drools
> -Digital Photography Hack: A Hands-Free Shooting Rig
> -Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA--November 12 & 13
> -Hacking Ebook Readers
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> >From Your Peers
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> -Announcing "Picn*x14", Sunnyvale, CA--August 14
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> ***PC Pest Control
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596009267
> This comprehensive guide helps you guard against internet pests like
> adware, spyware, homepage hijackers, Trojans, spam, phishing, and more.
> Written in a friendly and engaging manner, it describes each problem and
> its symptoms, rates the danger level, and then shows you how to solve
> the problem step by step, allowing you to surf the web with a whole new
> level of confidence.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pcpestcontrol/
> ***Computer Privacy Annoyances
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596007752
> Written by privacy pro Dan Tynan, and based on interviews with privacy
> experts from all over the globe, this book serves up real-world advice
> in bite-sized portions that will help you stop snoops in their tracks.
> You'll learn how to keep private information private, stop nosy bosses,
> get off that incredibly annoying mailing list, and more. It's your
> complete guide to a safer, saner, and more private life.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/privacyannoy/
> Chapter 2, "Privacy at Home," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/privacyannoy/chapter/index.html
> ***Start Your Engines
> Publisher: Paraglyph Press
> ISBN: 1933097019
> In "Start Your Engines" you will learn all of the secrets and
> programming techniques of developing one of the most popular styles of
> games. The book features the physics, and AI, and 3D techniques of
> driving--from road conditions to collisions--presented in a unique
> step-by-step format. The book is based on a customizable construction
> kit approach and is the first hands-on programming guide that shows you
> how to actually build and customize these popular games.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1933097019/index.html
> ***Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596009305
> Considered by many to be the most complete and authoritative command
> reference for Linux available, this book covers all substantial user,
> programming, administration, and networking commands for the most common
> Linux distributions and has been updated to cover all new features.
> Everything that system administrators, developers, and power users need
> to know about Linux is referenced here.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/linuxnut5/
> Chapter 4, "Boot Methods," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/linuxnut5/chapter/index.html
> ***Linux Made Easy
> ISBN: 1593270577
> Based on Xandros 3, arguably one of the most user-friendly versions of
> Linux available today, "Linux Made Easy" concentrates on the subjects of
> most interest to the average home user or hobbyist: installation, using
> the Internet, playing CDs and audio files, using scanners, working with
> digital cameras and images, games, downloading software and fonts, USB
> storage devices, PDAs, printing, Internet telephony, and more.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1593270577/index.html
> ***Degunking Your Mac, Tiger Edition
> Publisher: Paraglyph
> ISBN: 1933097051
> This Tiger edition shows all Mac users the tried-and-true techniques
> they need to to run Tiger at peak performance. It explains how to get
> the most from the new Tiger features, including Spotlight, Dashboard,
> Safari RSS, iChat AV, OS X Tiger Mail, and many others. Mac users will
> love this book because it will help them get organized, optimize their
> workspace, solve clutter problems, and keep their Macs running smoothly.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1933097051/
> ***Host Integrity Monitoring Using Osiris and Samhain
> Publisher: Syngress
> ISBN: 1597490180
> Host Integrity Monitoring is the most effective way to determine if some
> form of malicious attack or threat has compromised your network security
> to modify the filesystem, system configuration, or runtime environment
> of monitored hosts. This book provides foundation information on host
> integrity monitoring as well as specific, detailed instruction on using
> best of breed products Osiris and Samhain. By the end of the book,
> you'll understand  not only the strengths and limitations of host
> integrity tools, but understand how to effectively make use of them in
> order to integrate them into a security policy.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1597490180/index.html
> ***Open Source for the Enterprise
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596101198
> The authors of this important book have each used open source software
> for some 15 years at IT departments large and small, and they have
> collected the wisdom of a host of experts from IT departments, open
> source communities, and software companies. This book provides a top to
> bottom view not only of the technology available, but of the skills
> required to manage it and the organizational issues that must be
> addressed.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensourceent/
> Chapter 6, "Support Models for Open Source," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensourceent/chapter/index.html
> ***Car PC Hacks
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596008716
> This comprehensive and easy-to-read guide is the first book available to
> introduce and entrench you into the hot new car PC market. It gets you
> started with its introduction to the basics of car electrical systems
> and is packed with clear explanations and real-life examples. Whether
> you're venturing into the car PC world for the first time or you're an
> experienced hobbyist, you're guaranteed a joy ride. 
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/carpchks/
> Sample Hack 60, "Control Your Car PC with Voice Recognition," is
> available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/carpchks/chapter/index.html
> ***Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596100965
> A straightforward, step-by-step guide to the features and functions of
> Photoshop, this book covers the new features of CS2 in depth, with
> plenty of real-world projects and insider tips along the way. Learn how
> to use the new workflow and file handling features, how to batch process
> digital camera raw files, search metadata, quickly review images in
> Slideshow mode, and much more. Comes with two hours of video training 
> on CD.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/photocs2/
> ***Using Moodle
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596008635
> Developed by an extremely active open source community, Moodle is a
> sophisticated course management system that's ideal for creating dynamic
> online learning communities and for supplementing face-to-face learning.
> This book is a comprehensive, hands-on guide that explains how the
> system works, with plenty of examples and best practices for its many
> features and plug-in modules. For anyone who is using (or thinking of
> using) this CMS, this is required reading.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/moodle/
> Chapter 1, "Introduction," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/moodle/chapter/index.html
> ***Nokia Smartphone Hacks
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596009615
> Whether you want to use your smartphone as your lifeline on the road, or
> you're just looking for ways to maximize the time you spend waiting in
> lines, you'll find all the user-friendly tips, tools, and tricks you
> need to become massively productive with your Nokia smartphone. Learn
> how to take screen shots, access internet content, use email and
> messaging, and so much more.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/nokiasmarthks/
> Sample Hack 31, "Record a Phone Call," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/nokiasmarthks/chapter/index.html
> ***Propellerhead Reason Tips and Tricks
> Publisher: PC Publishing
> ISBN: 187077597X
> This invaluable guide covers everything you need to know about using
> Reason in your everyday music making. Ideal for beginners, intermediate,
> and experienced users, this book covers topics from advice on computer
> audio setups and operating systems through to working methods, linking
> Reason with other programs, detailed MIDI editing, and more. It even
> tells you how to mix and publish your original tracks.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/187077597X/
> ***Learning Perl, 4th Edition
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596101058
> Informed by their years of success at teaching Perl as consultants, the
> authors have re-engineered the Llama to better match the pace and scope
> appropriate for readers getting started with Perl, while retaining the
> detailed discussion and eclectic wit for which the Llama is famous. This
> latest edition has been updated to account for all the recent changes to
> the language up to Perl 5.8.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnperl4/
> Chapter 11, "File Tests," is available online:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnperl4/
> ***Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> ISBN: 0596009410
> As soon as Apple comes out with another version of Mac OS X, David Pogue
> hits the streets with another impeccable Missing Manual to cover it.
> This new edition explores the latest features in Mac OS X Tiger, such as
> Spotlight, iChat AV, and Automator. Ideal for every user, this guide has
> something new on every page, along with David Pogue's celebrated wit and
> expertise.
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/macxtigermm/
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> Upcoming Events
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> ***For more events, please see:
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> ***Chris Date ("Database in Depth") Keynotes NoCOUG Next Conference, 
> San Ramon, CA--August 18
> Author Chris Date presents "Foundation Matters" at the Northern 
> California Oracle Users Group's summer conference.
> http://www.nocoug.org/next.html
> ***Scott Berkun ("The Art of Project Management") Leads Dr. Dobbs 
> Great Writers NetSeminar--Aug 31
> Join Scott for a free 60 minute webcast on project management. Scott is
> the first presenter in the new Great Writers NetSeminar Series presented
> by "Dr. Dobb's Journal" and "C/C++ User's Journal."
> http://www.ddj.com/netseminars/
> ***O'Reilly at PhotoShop World, Boston, MA--September 7-8
> We'll be in Booth #514, so drop by for a snapshot of our growing line of
> digital media titles. During the show, don't miss the conference session
> presented by author Deke McClellend ("Adobe Photoshop CS 
> One-on-One"). 
> http://www.photoshopworld.com/
> ================================================
> Conference News
> ================================================
> ***ETech 2006 CFP Now Open
> O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference 2006 is scheduled for March
> 6-9 in San Diego. We invite technologists, strategists, CTOs, chief
> scientists, researchers, programmers, hackers, standards workers,
> business developers, and entrepreneurs to lead sessions and tutorials at
> ETech. This year's challenge focuses on the amazing amount of digital
> data in our worlds: how do we visualize the data, filter it, remix it,
> and access it in meaningful ways? Proposals are due by September 19th.
> http://conferences.oreillynet.com/etech/
> ***Registration is Open for EuroOSCON
> Join developers, systems and network administrators, and IT managers at
> the very first O'Reilly European Open Source Convention in Amsterdam on
> October 17-20. EuroOSCON will explore the best and newest open source
> technologies, particularly for companies, governments, and nonprofits.
> EuroOSCON showcases the diversity in open source while maintaining a
> practical edge.
> http://conferences.oreilly.com/eurooscon/
> User Group discounts are available, email marsee at oreilly.com for more
> information.
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> ================================================
> News From O'Reilly & Beyond
> ================================================
> ---------------------
> General News
> ---------------------
> ***O'Reilly Connection Launched at OSCON
> O'Reilly Connection is a tech-centric jobs and networking site for
> developers and those who want to hire them. The service was conceived
> and created by Greenplum, a company commercializing the open-source
> database PostgreSQL for Business Intelligence.
> On O'Reilly Connection, developers build a professional profile that
> lays out their skills, and experience, and network in one place. They can
> connect with peers and designate "go to" people-other site members whom
> they consider experts in a particular technology area-and keep tabs on
> those alpha geeks through personalized watch lists.
> Employers can quickly search through O'Reilly Connection to find job or
> consultant candidates with the specific qualifications they need.
> Because profiles on O'Reilly Connection display members' networks, they
> provide a richer picture than a standard resume. During the beta period,
> O'Reilly Connection is offering free job postings to all members.
> http://connection.oreilly.com/
> ***Learning Lab August Special
> In our practice-based, self-paced courses, you can build your online
> portfolio with plenty of instructor feedback and a free O'Reilly book
> for reference. For a limited time, use the discount passcode "tarsier"
> to save an extra 15% off any of our courses--including all University of
> Illinois Certificate Series. 
> http://oreilly.useractive.com/courses/certificates.php3
> ***What Is Flickr (and Hot Tips for Using It) 
> Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application. And it's
> also one of the most innovative photo services available today. In this
> article, Giles Turnbull shows you how Flickr works, then introduces you
> to some of the great tools you can use to interact with it.
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/08/02/flickr.html
> ***An Interview with Chris Date
> In this extensive conversation, Chris Date debunks a lot of
> misinformation on "weaknesses of the relational model;" discusses the
> impact of his classic book, "The Third Manifesto;" evaluates the future of
> SQL as well as his past comments on the language; and closes with his
> thoughts on the future of DBMSs. Chris is the author of "Database in
> Depth: Relational Theory for Practitioners."
> http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/07/29/cjdate.html
> ***Small Screen Testing in Firefox
> Want to test how your webpages will look on PDA's and cell phones? Alex
> uncovers a nifty Firefox utility that allows you to do just that.
> http://www.sitepoint.com/blog-post-view.php?id=284188
> ***Don't Waste Time With Black Hat SEO Strategies
> Dan Thies recounts an email from a reader of his blog who wasted dozens
> of hours setting up an elaborate scheme to fool Google--only to fall
> flat on his face.
> http://www.sitepoint.com/blog-post-view.php?id=278042
> ---------------------
> Open Source
> ---------------------
> ***Business for Geeks at OSCON 2005 
> In his sold-out opening day tutorial at O'Reilly's Open Source
> Conference (OSCON) 2005, Marc Hedlund, O'Reilly's
> entrepreneur-in-residence, gave a crash course in seeing work from the
> business point of view.
> http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/08/04/oscon2005_1.html
> ***The Practicality of OO PHP 
> PHP is an easy language for doing practical things immediately. The
> easiest ways to begin aren't always the best ways to stay productive,
> though. PHP's support for object orientation requires a little more
> learning and a little more discipline, but it has many benefits for
> larger projects. David Day explains the basics of OO in PHP 4.
> http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/php/2005/07/28/oo_php.html
> ***Porting Test::Builder to Perl 6
> With Pugs and Parrot playing nicely and bringing Perl 6 to the rest of
> us, enterprising early adopters are experimenting with porting their
> popular Perl 5 modules to Perl 6. O'Reilly editor chromatic recently
> pushed the limits of Pugs by porting Test::Builder to Perl 6. Here's
> what he learned about Perl 6, Pugs, and his design along the way.
> chromatic is the coauthor of "Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook."
> http://www.perl.com/pub/a/2005/07/28/test_builder_p6.html
> ***Problems in Oracle Reports 
> Noel Davis looks at problems in Oracle Reports, Skype for Linux,
> MediaWiki, Kate, Kwrite, Shorewall, ekg, libgadu, PHPNews, phpSurveyor,
> Affix, Heartbeat, and phpPgAdmin.
> http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2005/07/29/security_alerts.html
> ---------------------
> Mac
> ---------------------
> ***Automator Automaton--David Pogue's Podcast 
> Listen to David Pogue cover Automator workflows that can help save on
> computing time. Learn how to use Automator to automate backups, zip up
> applications, and set alarms for automatic processing. 
> (4 minutes, 26 seconds)
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/08/09/tigerpodcast3.html
> ***What Is NeoOffice/J (and Can It Replace MS Office) 
> NeoOffice/J is the long-awaited Mac-friendly version of OpenOffice.
> This open source project provides Mac users with most of the
> functionality of Microsoft Office, but for free. Is NeoOffice robust
> enough to serve as your only office suite in a Microsoft-dominated
> world? Matthew Russell explores. Plus, an in-depth interview with its
> lead developer, Patrick Lubby.
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/08/09/neooffice.html
> ---------------------
> Windows/.NET
> ---------------------
> ***An In-Depth Look at Vista, Part 1 
> The long wait for the first beta of Microsoft's new Windows OS is
> finally over. Wei-Meng Lee took it for a spin and gives a detailed
> overview of Vista.
> http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/08/02/vista.html
> ***Internet Security Annoyances 
> Spyware, Trojans, worms, viruses, phishing, and now pharming--all
> security issues that can lead to a disenchanting internet experience.
> This excerpt from Internet Annoyances can help you prevent these kinds
> of security breaches with tips on configuring your home router for
> maximum security, constructing your own personal firewall, and more. 
> http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/excerpt/internetannoy_chap9/index.html
> ***Localization in ASP.NET 2.0 
> The Web is an international place. Why shouldn't your websites be ready
> for international visitors? With the introduction of ASP.NET 2.0,
> Microsoft aims to make it easy to localize your website for individual
> users, no matter where they hail from. Wei-Meng Lee shows you how you
> can localize your ASP.NET 2.0 web applications.
> http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2005/08/08/localizingaspnet20.html
> ---------------------
> Java
> ---------------------
> ***Give Your Business Logic a Framework with Drools 
>  It's almost too easy to express your business logic as a spaghetti-code
> fiasco. The result is hard to test, hard to maintain, and hard to
> update. Rule engines offer an alternative: express your business logic
> as rules, outside of your Java code, in a format even the business side
> of the office can understand. Paul Browne uses the open source Drools
> framework to introduce the idea.
> http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2005/08/03/drools.html
> ---------------------
> Digital Media
> ---------------------
> ***Digital Photography Hack: A Hands-Free Shooting Rig 
> Here's how to build a hands-free photography rig using an iSight, a
> Bluetooth headset, a backpack, and a dash of AppleScript that enables
> you to capture images on the go by simply speaking, "Take shot." Romain
> Guy shows you how to build it.
> http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/08/05/photography.html
> ---------------------
> ---------------------
> ***Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA--November 12 & 13
> Join us for MAKE magazine's first ever Maker Faire--a hands-on event
> featuring Makers whose science and technology projects will amaze you
> and ignite your imagination. Bring your family and friends to the San
> Mateo Fairgrounds for a weekend of hands-on exploration, recipe-sharing,
> creative mischief-making and wholesome play.
> For more information, go to:
> http://makezine.com/faire/
> ***Hacking Ebook Readers
> The Sony Librie is a stunning, e-ink eBook reading device with the most
> print-like book reading experience you can have at this time (the
> display moves microscopic black and white particles held within
> spherical microcapsules). For the most part, it hasn't been a success in
> the market--Sony crippled it with DRM and only released in it Japan.
> But the hackers and tinkerers of the world have taken this device and
> modded the firmware. Now we're going to show you how to make non-DRMed
> eBooks for free
> http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2005/08/how_to_make_drm_1.html
> ***For more information on MAKE, go to:
> http://www.makezine.com/
> ================================================
> >From Your Peers
> ================================================
> ***Announcing "Picn*x14", Sunnyvale, CA--August 14
> August marks the 14th birthday of the Linux kernel, and the local Linux
> community is throwing its annual picnic and barbecue to celebrate. The
> picnic is a free, family-friendly event. Free food and soft-drinks will
> be provided to those who RSVP in advance. Sports, games, and geeky
> activities will take place.
> http://www.linuxpicnic.org/
> For maps and directions, see:
> http://www.linuxpicnic.org/directions/
> To RSVP for this event, visit:
> http://www.linuxpicnic.org/rsvp/
> ***Don't forget to check out the O'Reilly UG wiki to see what user
> groups around the globe are up to:
> http://wiki.oreillynet.com/usergroups/index.cgi
> Until next time--
> Marsee Henon
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