[Pdx-pm] [Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, May 13]

Josh Heumann perl-pm at joshheumann.com
Mon May 16 09:53:31 PDT 2005

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Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, May 13
From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
Date: Fri, May 13, 2005 2:43 pm
To: ug.oreilly at joshheumann.com

O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
May 13, 2005
-Put Up an O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference Banner, Get a Free Book
-Looking for Amateur Astronomers
-Safari Affiliate Program for User Groups
Book Info
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
May 13, 2005
Book News
-GDB Pocket Reference
-Deploying Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0
-Digital Audio Essentials
-802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
-Don't Click on the Blue E!
-Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook
-The Art of Project Management
-Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook
-iMovie HD and iDVD 5: The Missing Manual
-Access Hacks
-MAKE Subscriptions Available
Upcoming Events
-Cary Millsap at the NoCOUG Spring Conference, Sunnyvale, CA--May 19
-Mike Clark ("Pragmatic Project Automation") at Agile Denver,
  Boulder, CO--May 23
-O'Reilly Sponsors the Coalition Summit for IPv6, Reston, VA--May 23-26
-Dan Gillmor ("We the Media"), WTC's Technology Breakfast Series,
  Mountain View, CA--May 26
Conference News
-Registration is Open for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention,
  Portland, OR--August 1-5
-Where 2.0 Conference Registration Open, San Francisco, CA--June 29-30
-EuroOSCON Call for Papers Now Open,
  Amsterdam, The Netherlands--October 17-20
-How to Build a Nonprofit for Your Community
-Addison-Wesley Professional on SafariU
-The Geospatial Web: A Call to Action
-Learning Lab: Certificate Series $200 Instant Rebate
-Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware
-(No Starch) Author describes keys to business-ready Linux clusters -CVS
-The Soul of WWDC 2005
-Build a Dashboard Widget
-Magnificent Seven: What's New for Users in QuickTime 7
-O'Reilly books Recommended on AARP's article "Windows:
  Better Safe (Mode) Than Sorry"
-Putting A Browser Into Your Windows Application
-Five Things I Love About Spring
-Configuring Database Access in Eclipse 3.0 with SQLExplorer
-Ed Carreon: Making the Connection
-Hands On: Create Insane Reason Grooves
-On the Go with the Motorola MPx220 Camera Phone
-Build an eCommerce Application with eZPublish
-Radical Interface Approaches
-Validate User Input in PHP 5
-MAKE: Audio
-Call MAKE
-MAKE: Weather

Book News
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New Releases
***GDB Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100272
Covering several popular programming languages, this handy guide details
the essentials of using GDB in a testing environment. This book shows
you how to specify a target for debugging, perform a careful examination
to find the cause of program failure, and make quick changes for further
testing. Having a quick way to refer to GDB's essential functions is the
key to making the process work smoothly, and this book is the only
reference you'll need.

***Deploying Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 193226650X
This book covers all the topics needed to plan, design, and implement a
reliable, scalable server-based computing solution in a Citrix/Windows
2003 environment. Whether you're building thin client environments for
disaster recovery purposes or rolling Citrix MetaFrame out as the
network model for the day-to-day activities of a company, you will find
this book to be a great resource. It also offers invaluable advice and
direction on optimization, redundancy, troubleshooting, and scalability.

***Digital Audio Essentials
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008562
This indispensable reference helps you avoid time-consuming, costly
trial and error in downloading audio files, burning CDs, converting
analog music to digital form, publishing music to and streaming from the
web, setting up home stereo configurations, and creating your own MP3
and other audio files. Designed for both Mac and PC users, it includes
reliable hardware and software recommendations, tutorials, resources,
and it even explains the basics of the DMCA and intellectual property

Chapter 16, "Setting Up an Internet Radio Station," is available online:

***802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100523
If you want to deploy your own wireless network, this book is the
perfect starting place to gain an understanding of the capabilities and
risks associated with the 802.11 protocols. This updated edition covers
everything you need to know about integrating wireless technology into
your current infrastructure. Designed with the system administrator or
serious home user in mind, it's a no-nonsense guide for setting up
802.11 on Windows and Linux.

Chapter 21, "Logical Wireless Network Architecture," is available
online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/802dot112/chapter/index.html

***Don't Click on the Blue E!
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009399
For anyone who has grown disenchanted with Internet Explorer, this book
is here to help. With its straightforward approach, it gives
non-technical users a step-by-step roadmap for switching to a better web
browser: Firefox. As the only book that covers the switch to Firefox,
this how-to guide is a must for all those who want to browse faster,
more securely, and more efficiently.

A sample excerpt, "Safety and Security," is available online:

***Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007264
This practical book offers nearly 50 hands-on projects in an informal,
code-intensive style. Each project explores a new feature of the
language, with emphasis on changes that can increase productivity,
programming tasks, and help you add new functionality to your
applications. This one-of-a-kind book also offers suggestions for
further experimentation and links to online documentation and other
sources of information.

Chapter 2, "The Visual Basic Language," is available online:

***The Art of Project Management
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007868
In this book, you'll learn from a veteran manager of software and web
development how to plan, manage, and lead projects. This personal
account of hard lessons learned over a decade of work in the industry
distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of
useful advice. Inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, this is the
book you and your team need to have within arm's reach.

Chapter 3, "How to Figure Out What to Do," is available online:

***Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600799X
This unique "all lab, no lecture" guide covers all of the great new
features in C# with 50 hands-on projects. Each project explores a new
feature, with emphasis on changes that increase productivity, simplify
programming tasks, and add functionality to applications. You'll find
suggestions for further experimentation, links to online documentation,
plus practical notes and warnings. The book also shows developers how to
acquire, install, and configure Visual Studio .NET 2005.

Chapter 1, "C# 2.0," is available online:

***iMovie HD and iDVD 5: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100337
For both professional and amateur moviemakers, David Pogue's witty and
entertaining guide details every step of iMovie HD video production,
from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work
onto DVDs. In addition, this book provides a firm grounding in basic
film technique so that the quality of a video won't rely entirely on
magic. It's your ultimate moviemaking-made-easy source.

***Access Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009240
This valuable guide provides hands-on solutions to help users master
Access. For experienced users, "Access Hacks" offers a unique collection
of proven techniques and tools that will take their database skills and
productivity to the next level. For Access beginners, this book helps
them acquire a firm grasp of the program's most productive features.
Topics covered range from utilizing SQL inquiries to working with Access
in multi-user environments.

Sample Hack 61, "Use Excel Functions Inside Access," is available online
(along with five others):

***MAKE Subscriptions Available
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subscribe with this link, you'll get a free issue--the first one plus
four more for $34.95. So subscribe for yourself or friends with this
great offer for charter subscribers: five volumes for the cost of four.
Subscribe at:

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Upcoming Events
***For more events, please see:

***Cary Millsap at the NoCOUG Spring Conference, Sunnyvale, CA--May 19
Author Cary Millsap ("Optimizing Oracle Performance") is giving a
keynote address at the Northern California Oracle Users Group Spring
Conference. http://www.nocoug.org/next.html

***Mike Clark ("Pragmatic Project Automation") at Agile Denver,
  Boulder, CO--May 23
Pragmatic Bookshelf author Mike Clark presents "Building Software,
Better and Faster." You'll learn good practices (and see some bad ones)
while you take a peek inside a well-oiled agile project that's using the
essential practices covered in the Pragmatic Starter Kit: version
control with Subversion, unit testing with JUnit, and automation with
Ant and friends. http://www.agiledenver.org/2005MayMeeting.php

***O'Reilly Sponsors the Coalition Summit for IPv6, Reston, VA--May
23-26 Join leaders from dozens of forward-looking governments and
companies shaping the New Internet at the Coalition Summit for IPv6. And
keep an eye out for our new book "IPv6 Network Administration."

***Dan Gillmor ("We the Media"), WTC's Technology Breakfast Series,
  Mountain View, CA--May 26
Author Dan Gillmor and other panelists discuss the impact open source
has, not only on business strategy in developing revenue models, but
also license implications and what open source development means for

Conference News
***Registration is Open 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.

User Group members who register before June 20, 2005 get a double
discount. Use code "os05grpusr" when you register, and receive 15% off
the early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***Where 2.0 Conference Registration Open,
  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.

User Group members who register before May 31, 2005 get a double
discount. Use code "whereug" when you register, and receive 15% off the
early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***EuroOSCON Call for Papers Now Open,
  Amsterdam, The Netherlands--October 17-20
EuroOSCON 2005, to be held October 17-20 in Amsterdam, will explore the
best and newest open source technologies, with a focus on what's
particularly useful to companies, governments, and non-profits. Session
and tutorial proposals are due by midnight, May 23rd. We're interested
in all aspects of building applications, services, and systems that
utilize the new capabilities of the open source platform.

Submit your proposal:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***How to Build a Nonprofit for Your Community
Many open source projects have already created nonprofit organizations
that support their communities, while other projects are considering
ways to establish nonprofits. David Boswell details how mozdev.org built
a nonprofit organization and shows you how to do the same for your
community. He covers fundraising, obtaining legal advice, staffing, and
more. David is the coauthor of "Creating Applications with Mozilla."

***Addison-Wesley Professional on SafariU
SafariU, O'Reilly's web-based platform for creating, publishing, and
sharing textbooks, now includes 416 Addison-Wesley Professional titles.
With books covering topics from programming, data mining, AI,
networking, security, web design, web programming, databases, and a
whole range of subjects in between, Addison-Wesley is a welcomed
addition to the SafariU repository. Log on to SafariU now to see this
incredible new content. https://www.safariu.com/

***The Geospatial Web: A Call to Action
What needs to happen to build a sustainable geospatial web? Mike
Liebhold offers ten steps designed to help tap the as yet unharvested
business opportunities in a geospatial web. If this topic gets your
creative juices flowing, you belong at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 Conference,
coming up in June in San Francisco.

***Learning Lab: Certificate Series $200 Instant Rebate
Learning programming languages and development techniques has never been
easier. Using your web browser and Useractive's Learning Sandbox
technology, the Learning Lab gives you hands-on, online training in a
creative environment (and a Certificate from the University of Illinois
College of Extended Education upon course completion). Only in May,
receive a $200 instant rebate when you enroll in any Certificate Series.

Open Source
***Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware
If you're careful, you can often pick up viable hardware from companies
throwing out machines too old to run the latest and greatest Windows
software. This is viable for free Unixes, if you can get past the
installation. Mikhail Zakharov walks through a tale of exploration,
discovery, and patch-writing to install NetBSD over NFS through the
serial port of a Pentium I-era Toshiba notebook.

***No Starch Author describes keys to business-ready Linux clusters
SearchEnterpriseLinux.com interviews Karl Kopper, author of No Starch's
"Linux Enterprise Cluster."

***CVS Trouble
Noel Davis looks at problems in CVS, PostgreSQL, Squid, Gaim, Debian's
lsh, Xine-lib, Caroline, Convert-UUlib, Rootkit Hunter, snmppd,
Kommander, kimgio, RealPlayer, Helix Player, xli, and Debian's samba.

***The Soul of WWDC 2005
A few years ago, Apple moved WWDC from San Jose to the brand new Moscone
West building in San Francisco. The new location improved the face of
its developer conference. This year, Apple wants to enhance its very
soul. Here's how O'Reilly is going to help them do that.

***Build a Dashboard Widget
A little HTML, a dash of JavaScript, and a sprinkle of CSS and you can
create your own Dashboard widget. Andrew Anderson shows you how.

***Magnificent Seven: What's New for Users in QuickTime 7
Tiger is cool, but it's not the only new cat on the block. Apple has
also released an updated version of QuickTime. Chris Adamson examines
the user-visible features and changes in QT 7, including QT 7 Pro,
renovations to the QuickTime Player application, and the implications of
the powerful new H.264 video codec.

***O'Reilly books Recommended on AARP's article "Windows: Better Safe
(Mode) Than Sorry"
Gabe Goldberg's states "Windows XP books' indexes provided surprisingly
few entries for Safe Mode. I found the best coverage in two O'Reilly
books, 'Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual' and 'Windows XP Home
Edition: The Missing Manual.'" In addition to writing for www.aarp.org,
Gabe contributes to the "Washington Post" and computer industry/trade
publications. He's active in his local PC user group, CPCUG (Capital PC
User Group) serving as Outreach Director and Program Director. He's also
Region 2 Advisor for APCUG, helping user groups from VA to NJ. Thanks

***Windows XP Annoyances Needed for New Book
We're looking for your gripes, complaints, hassles, and other
frustrations with Microsoft's favorite OS. Billions of people use
Windows,  and we want to help them...and your help would be much
appreciated.  We'll be covering XP in all its flavors (including XP with
Service Packs 1 and 2,  Windows Media Center Edition), and in all its
settings (from standalone PCs to running on a WiFi network).

If you have an annoyance you'd like to see solved, email
marsee at oreilly.com  with "Windows XP Annoyances" in the subject line.
Just note which version of XP your're using (with SP1? SP2? Windows
Media Center Edition?) As thanks  for sharing, we'll make sure to get
copies of "Windows XP Annoyances" sent to your group shortly after

***Putting A Browser Into Your Windows Application
There are times when it would be awfully convenient to have the
capabilities of Internet Explorer inside your Windows application. The
classic case is when you want to look at an XML document, and you'd like
to take advantage of IE's ability to show the document as a collapsible
and expandable hierarchy. In this article, Jesse Liberty will show you
how to do that, in just a few easy steps.

***Five Things I Love About Spring
For hardcore enterprise development, Bruce Tate turns to Spring, the
topic of his latest collaboration, "Spring: A Developer's Notebook." In
this article, Bruce describes five reasons why he's hooked on Spring.

***Configuring Database Access in Eclipse 3.0 with SQLExplorer
It's 2005 and you're using Eclipse. Should you still be creating your
database tables and seeding them with data by hand, from an SQL
command-line utility? Deepak Vohra introduces the SQLExplorer plugin for
Eclipse, which allows you to put a GUI on your development-time database

Digital Media
***Ed Carreon: Making the Connection
During a four-month visit to a remote village in Mexico, Ed Carreon
photographed a world with one foot still in the past, a distant place he
had heard about as a boy through family stories. His images capture the
beauty and the struggle of a land that few of us will ever see.

***Hands On: Create Insane Reason Grooves
Don't settle for the same loop everyone else is using! This MP3-packed
tutorial shows how to blast beats apart in Propellerhead Reason, then
shape them into unique, twisted grooves.

***On the Go with the Motorola MPx220 Camera Phone
The Motorola MPx220 is a 3.88-ounce, portable multimedia tool cleverly
disguised as a mobile phone. The ROM-based Microsoft Windows Media
Player can play back MP3 and WMA audio, as well as WMV video files. The
integrated  camera can record 1.3-megapixel still photos. Todd Ogasawara
explores all in  this in-depth review.

***Build an eCommerce Application with eZPublish
Launch into the world of ecommerce using eZ publish. Bard Farstad
explains step-by-step how to create a fully functional product catalogue
with online credit card processing functionality.

***Radical Interface Approaches
Alex Walker takes a look at several web sites which feature radical
interfaces for users. Read along and find out what's possible with just
a little bit of imagination.

***Validate User Input in PHP 5
Discover how to validate user data in PHP and produce user-friendly
error messages when something goes wrong, or when someone attempts a
malicious attack.

***MAKE: Audio
Here's the latest audio from MAKE Magazine. In this MAKE audio show,
Cory Doctorow talks about the Brodcast Flag--it's history, the fight,
and now its (hopeful) permanent demise. Right click or Control + click
to download this MP3 to you local system or add the MAKE Audio feed to
your podcasting application and get the show automatically!

***Call MAKE
Call in to our MAKE voicemail and ask a question; anything is fine. How
about something like, "I have an old PC, what can I do with it?" We'll
try and answer these on our audio program or on the MAKE: Blog. It's
not a toll-free call, so keep that in mind. 206-888-6253 (MAKE)

***MAKE: Weather

More about our Weather Experiment

>From Your Peers
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groups around the globe are up to:

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Marsee Henon

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