[Nottingham-pm] [Fwd: O'Reilly User Group Newsletter - Issue 10-05]

Michael perl at tecspy.com
Tue Jul 5 23:41:34 PDT 2005

All, here follows the latest from Josette at O'Reilly

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Subject: O'Reilly User Group Newsletter - Issue 10-05
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 10:42:04 +0100
Thread-Topic: O'Reilly User Group Newsletter - Issue 10-05
From: Josette Garcia <Josette at Oreilly.co.uk>

O'Reilly UK User Group Programme
Issue 10-05


-Historical Maps Online
-Creating a Textbook My Way: An Interview with Charles Anderson
-Live Backups of MySQL Using Replication
-Ajax on Rails
-Top Ten Data Crunching Tips and Tricks
-An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 2
-Ten PowerPoint 2004 Tips to Beat Tight Deadlines
-It's True! Jobs Switches to Intel: A Review of the WWDC 05 Keynote
-Using Tabbed Browsing in Internet Explorer 6
-Using Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool
-Porting a Project from Visual Studio .NET to Mono
-How to Talk About Jini, J2EE, and Web Services at a Cocktail Party
-Exploring Laszlo Classes, Attributes, and Events
-Adam Williams: Massive Guitars, Micro Computers
-Bring Your MIDI Music to Life
-MAKE's Rebellious Credo: Void the Warranty!
-MAKE: Blog
- Books for review
- Coming soon


General News
***Historical Maps Online
David Rumsey writes about his collection of more than 150,000 historical 
maps of the Americas and the world, many of which he has made available 
free to the public in an online map library. At O'Reilly's Where 2.0 
Conference, David will draw on his personal map collection, as well as 
his work with geographic information systems, to discuss how information 
of all kinds has been mapped and will be mapped in the future.

***Creating a Textbook My Way: An Interview with Charles Anderson
Charles Anderson is an assistant professor in the Division of Computer 
Science at Western Oregon University, teaching mostly networking and 
operating system courses. Being very particular about the materials 
covered in his classes, he's had difficulty finding appropriate and 
timely textbooks. Learn how Charles used SafariU to create his custom 
textbook, while avoiding copyright fair use limitations and the 
time-consuming process of gathering appropriate materials. Check out the 
SafariU homepage for details and a demo.

Open Source
***Live Backups of MySQL Using Replication
One of the difficulties with a large and active MySQL database is making 
clean backups without having to bring the server down. A simple method 
to ensure reliable backups is to set up replication for MySQL. Russell 
Dyer, author of "MySQL in a Nutshell," walks through the process of 
using replication for data backups.

***Ajax on Rails
XMLHttpRequest and Ruby on Rails are two hot topics in web development. 
As you ought to expect by now, they work really well together. Curt 
Hibbs explains the minimal Ajax you need to know and the minimal Ruby 
you need to write to Ajax-ify your Rails applications.

***Top Ten Data Crunching Tips and Tricks
Every day, programmers perform unglamorous but necessary data crunching: 
recycling legacy data, checking configuration files, yanking data out of 
web server logs, and more. Knowing how to crunch data with the least 
amount of effort can make the difference between meeting a deadline and 
making another pot of coffee. Greg Wilson, author of Pragmatic's "Data 
Crunching," offers ten tips for crunch time.

***An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 2
In this second tutorial on Tiger Terminal by MacinTech UG member Mary 
Norbury-Glaser, you'll learn how to use the terminal app to look at 
external volumes, then enable ssh to access files, scp to securely copy 
them remotely, sftp for secure ftp, and finally how to use rsync to 
synchronize files between two computers.

***Ten PowerPoint 2004 Tips to Beat Tight Deadlines
PowerPoint 2004 lets you turn text, graphics, sounds, and movies into 
dazzling presentations that get your message across in high style. But 
what if you're on a short deadline? Franklin Tessler, author of "Office 
2004 for Mac: The Missing Manual," shows you ten ways to use PowerPoint 
to put together slideshows in no time.

***It's True! Jobs Switches to Intel: A Review of the WWDC 05 Keyno20
Don't get too comfortable after making the transition to Mac OS X. Steve 
Jobs decides to keep things interesting by announcing during his WWDC 05 
keynote that Apple will switch to Intel processors. Here's what he said 
and how he plans to make it happen.

***Using Tabbed Browsing in Internet Explorer 6
You don't need to wait for Internet Explorer 7 for tabbed browsing--with 
the latest MSN Toolbar, you can use it in IE 6. Wei-Meng Lee shows you 
how to use it.

***Using Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool
The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool can rid your PC of 
malware, even if you're already protected by antivirus software. Mitch 
Tulloch shows you the ins and outs of how to use it. Mitch is the author 
of "Windows Server Hacks."

***Porting a Project from Visual Studio .NET to Mono
Three years ago, when .NET was still in pre-release status, Kevin 
Farnham developed a C# application to automatically generate stock 
market web pages. Recently, he ported the project to Mono and Debian 
Linux. Follow along to see how the port went.

***How to Talk About Jini, J2EE, and Web Services at a Cocktail Party
Heard about distributed technologies for Java, but not sure what they 
are or why they're important? Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, authors of 
"Head First Java, 2nd Edition," present this cocktail-party overview. 
Hold your own in conversation with Java geeks.

***Exploring Laszlo Classes, Attributes, and Events
Laszlo offers an interesting option for rich client-side GUIs--XML 
markup of widgets and their event handling, which is then converted into 
a Flash executable that is run with the Flash plugin in the user's 
browser. Satya Komatineni introduces Laszlo and shows how to get started 
writing web applications with it.

Digital Media
***Adam Williams: Massive Guitars, Micro Computers
The former Powerman 5000 guitarist reveals how to make huge guitar 
sounds on a home computer--without waking the neighbors--then shares 
loads of MP3 examples.

***Bring Your MIDI Music to Life
Jim Aikin shares numerous tips on getting the best musical expression 
out of them--both through playing technique and crafty computer editing.

***MAKE's Rebellious Credo: Void the Warranty!
"New York Times" columnist Lawrence Downes recently touted the virtues 
of O'Reilly's new MAKE magazine. Downes salutes MAKE's renegade DIY 
spirit, noting, "In this world, to tinker--to open the case, to fiddle 
with wires, and see what happens--is to rebel." Are you ready to rebel? 
(Free registration required)

***MAKE: Blog

***For more information on MAKE, go to:


****Latest books available for review -

ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook 
To bring you up to speed with ASP.NET 2.0, this practical book offers 
nearly 50 hands-on projects. Each one explores a new feature of the 
language, with emphasis on changes that can increase productivity, 
simplify programming tasks, and help you add new functionality to your 
applications. You get the goods straight from the masters in an 
informal, code-intensive style. Part of our new Developer's Notebook series.

Digital Video Hacks <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/digitalvideohks/>
With digital video, the hacking possibilities are limitless, for both 
amateurs and professional artists. From acquiring footage, mixing, 
editing, and adding effects to final distribution, Digital Video Hacks 
provides unique tips, tools, and techniques for every stage of video 
production. Whether you're looking for a new technique to include in 
your next project, a solution to a common problem, or just a little 
inspiration, this book reintroduces you to the digital video you only 
thought you knew.

Knoppix Pocket Reference <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/knoppixpr/>
Knoppix is a portable Linux distribution replete with hundreds of 
valuable programs and utilities -- a veritable Swiss Army knife in 
bootable CD form. It includes Linux software and desktop environments, 
automatic hardware detection and hundreds of other quality open source 
programs. If you want more information than the average Knoppix user, 
Knoppix Pocket Reference is an absolutely essential addition to your 
personal library.

Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mactigerpg/>
The Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide introduces you to the fundamental 
concepts of using Mac OS X Tiger, including over 250 tips and tricks for 
using and configuring your Mac OS X system. It concentrates a wealth of 
tables, common keyboard shortcuts, tips for configuring your Mac, and a 
quick introduction to using the Terminal to enter Unix commands into a 
package that is literally small enough to fit in your pocket.

MAKE: Technology on Your Time Volume 02 
If you like to tweak, disassemble, re-create, and invent cool new uses 
for technology from home entertainment systems to in-car computers 
you'll love MAKE, our new quarterly publication for geeks and 
do-it-yourselfers. Inspired by our bestselling Hacks books, MAKE is a 
mook. It combines the unexpectedness and visual appeal of a magazine 
with the permanence and the in-depth instructiveness of a how-to book. 
Visit MAKE's web site: make.oreilly.com <http://make.oreilly.com>.
Volume 02 focuses on Retrogaming and HD Recorders, and features coverage 
of HDTV Recorders, The Atari2600 PC Project , Podcasting, Mouse Robot, 
Star Wars Robot Builders.
The Maker Profile for Volume 02 is Natalie Jeremijenko

Mapping Hacks <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mappinghks/>
Mapping Hacks is a collection of one hundred simple techniques available 
to developers and power users who want to draw digital maps. You'll 
learn where to find the best sources of geographic data and then how to 
integrate that data into your own creations. With so many 
industrial-strength tips and tools, Mapping Hacks effectively takes the 
sting out of digital mapmaking.

****Coming Soon
	*	Advanced Perl Programming <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/advperl2/> 
(Second Edition)
	*	Astronomy Hacks <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/astronomyhks/>
	*	eBay Hacks <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/ebayhks2/> (Second Edition)
	*	Exchange Server Cookbook <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/exchangeckbk/>
	*	JBoss: A Developer's Notebook <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/jbossadn/>
	*	Programming .NET Components 
<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pnetcomp2/> (Second Edition)
	*	Project 2003 Personal Trainer 
	*	SharePoint Office Pocket Guide 
	*	Swing Hacks <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/swinghks/>
	*	Switching to VoIP <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/switchingvoip/>
	*	UML 2.0 in a Nutshell <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/umlnut2/>
	*	Web Mapping Illustrated <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/webmapping/>
	*	Word Annoyances <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wordannoyances/>


***Early Registration Ending Soon for the O'Reilly Open Source 
Convention, Portland, OR--August 1-5
OSCON 2005 explores three deep trends affecting open source: the 
commoditization of software, network-enabled collaboration, and software 
customizability. Join us at this essential gathering of open source 
leaders and practitioners of every persuasion to exchange ideas and push 
the boundaries of vital open source technologies. This year, we 
introduce the Open Source Business Review, along with a host of other 
exciting presentations and events.

***Last Chance to Register for the Where 2.0 Conference, San Francisco, 
CA--June 29-30
Join us at the first O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference. Location-based 
services and mapping are becoming mainstream technologies. Meanwhile, 
innovative new software makes it possible to apply the wealth of new 
data to old business problems. Come explore the emerging consumer and 
enterprise ecosystems around location-aware technologies that 
increasingly impact the way we work and play.

Use code "whereug" when you register, and receive 15% off the 
registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:


*** MUG Aragon reviewed - CSS Pocket Reference 2e 
***MMUG-Egypt reviewed - Flash Hacks <http://mmug-egypt.mxdj.com>
***Irish Linux User Group reviewed - Computer Security Basics 
***Scottish Developers reviewed - don't click on the blue e! 
***JUG Milano reviewed
Java in a Nutshell
		<http://www.jugmilano.it/jsp/Wiki?JavaInANutshell>  (in italian)
		<http://www.diotalevi.com/weblog/?p=79>  (in english)
Head First Java 2e
		<http://www.jugmilano.it/jsp/Wiki?HeadFirstJava>	 -Italian
		<http://www.diotalevi.com/weblog/?cat=4>	 - English

YOUR NEWS and more

*** Italian Perl Mongers and the Pisa.pm group are proud to announce the 
2nd edition of the Italian Perl Workshop, at the Polo Fibonacci, Pisa, 
June 23-24, 2005.
For more information: on the Web, at the address 

*** LUG Radio Live - Wolverhampton, June 25th - 
<http://www.lugradio.org/live/2005/> .
LugRadio Live 2005 is the expo for people who like some fun with their 
Linux. Taking place in Wolverhampton on 25th June 2005, we've got beer, 
some cool speakers, lots of Linux, and no corporate salesmen. If you 
like LugRadio, you'll love LugRadio Live.

***OpenTech 2005, London, 23 July - 
>From the UKUUG and NTK, sponsored by backstage.bbc.co.uk, Open Tech 2005 is an informal, low cost, one-day conference about technologies   that anyone can have a go at, from "Open Source"-style ways of working to repurposing everyday electronics hardware. Taking place on 23rd July, 2005, in Hammersmith, London the line up includes:
- The official launch of the backstage.bbc.co.uk developer network, 
opening up BBC content for you to play with
		- Ted Nelson, inventor of hypertext
- Danny O'Brien, co-editor NTK, co-author: Life Hacks. Talking about 
"Living in Public"
We're also hoping to have some tables available for groups and projects 
to have an hour or two where people interested in what they do can come 
and have a chat. If you're interested in this, contact 
opentech at ukuug.org <mailto:opentech at ukuug.org> saying which project you 
represent, what it does.
Booking for attending the event will open on or before the 1st July. 
Cost of entry will be 5 pounds.

***Annual UKUUG Linux Technical Conference - Thursday 4th August - 
Sunday 7th August 2005, Swansea - <http://www.ukuug.org/events/linux2005/>
A wide cross-section of the Linux community will gather in Swansea, 
Wales for the annual UKUUG Linux Technical Conference. It's a great way 
to broaden your knowledge and keep up-to-date with what's happening in 
the world of linux. This low-cost event is for anyone with a serious 
interest in linux including systems administrators, linux professionals, 
developers and enthusiasts from companies and linux user groups 
throughout the UK and beyond.

***The HP User Group - Seminars: Further information from admin at hpug.org 
<mailto:admin at hpug.org>
"Enterprise UNIX Migration Options"  -  22nd June  -  London
"TCP/IP Update":  - 28th June - Reading
"Building an OpenVMS Web Server"  -  12th July  -  Bristol
"eBusiness Strategy for OpenVMS"  -  14th July  -  London
"Visualisation - Getting the Whole Picture"  -  21st July  -  Birmingham
"Making and Breaking OpenVMS Clusters"  -  15th September  -  Warrington
"Unified Messaging"  -  29th September  -  London

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