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Fred Moyer fred at redhotpenguin.com
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From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
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Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, May 27
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Hi there,

We'll be heading off to Maker Faire
in San
Mateo, CA, this weekend. If you or any of your group members are
attending, make sure you stop by the O'Reilly Information booth to say
hi. We've got an art project for you and the kids and we'll also be able
to help you find your way around the fair.

If you're looking for alternative ways to get to the event this year
check out our nifty page on traveling by Rail, Bus, or Bike:

Another event happening this weekend in Southern California is the 16th
annual Southwest Computer Conference. It will be held May 29-31, at
the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego,
California. For more information visit
or contact Judy Taylour at judytaylour(at)theswcc.org

If you're looking to improve your Twittering skills don't miss the
O'Reilly Twitter Boot Camp in New York City on June 15. We're bringing
together an exciting roster of leading Twitter experts--including
O'Reilly Media founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly, Edelman Digital SVP Steve
Rubel, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and more--in an exciting and affordable
one-day conference. Just some of the issues to be explored include
understanding Twitter data, tracking trends, conversing with customers,
growing a brand, and attracting followers.

Group members save $50 by using code ORUG50 when you register.

For more information on Twitter Boot Camp and a complete program, see:
<http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1zbeacslnkjrlffmgh686pmte43hqa984vk3vns0g email1>

One last thing, we need tech reviewers for the next edition of our
classic "Linux in a Nutshell." Please let me know if you or any of your
members are interested and I'll pass the info along to our editor. We're
looking for many sets of eyes on this one.


O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
May 27, 2009
Put Up a Banner, Get a Free Book

We're looking for user groups to display our discount banners on their
web sites. If you send me your group's site with one or more banners,
I'll send you the O'Reilly book(s) of your choice. Choose from
the following list:

The Art Of Community
(post this one and we'll preorder the book for you!)

OSCON Banners

O'Reilly School of Technology Banners

Customizable O'Reilly Book Widgets

35% off User Group Discount Banners

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
May 27, 2009
New Releases--Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts
Get 35% off from O'Reilly, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing,
Pragmatic Bookshelf, Rocky Nook, SitePoint, or YoungJin books and ebooks
you purchase directly from O'Reilly. Just use code DSUG when ordering
online or by phone 800-998-9938.

Free ground shipping on orders of $29.95 or more.
For more details, go to:

Did you know you can request a free book, ebook, or PDF to review
for your group? Ask your group leader for more information.

For book review writing tips and suggestions, go to:

New Releases:

Android Application Development

Art of Drum Layering (PC Publishing)

Automating System Administration with Perl, Second Edition

Beautiful Security

Computer Orchestration Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)

DJing and Live performance with Ableton Live (PC Publishing)

Even Faster Web Sites: Rough Cuts Version

Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual

Gray Hat Python (No Starch)

Head First Networking

iMovie '09 and iDVD: The Missing Manual

Impact of P2P and Free Distribution on Book Sales

iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual

iWork '09: The Missing Manual

Java Message Service, Second Edition

Learning Flash CS4 Professional

Learning SQL, Second Edition

Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 18

Mastering the Nikon D700 (Rocky Nook)

Online Marketing Inside Out (SitePoint)

Practical Programming (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

Programming Clojure (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

Programming Ruby 1.9 (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

Regular Expressions Cookbook

SEO Warrior: Rough Cuts Version

Sound Equalization Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)

The Art of Concurrency

The Blender GameKit, Second Edition (No Starch)

The DAM Book, Second Edition

The Geek Atlas

The Manga Guide to Physics (No Starch)

The Passionate Programmer (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

The Twitter Book

Using Google App Engine

Web 2.0 Architectures

XMPP: The Definitive Guide

MAKE Magazine Subscriptions

The annual subscription price for four issues is $34.95. When you
subscribe with this link, you'll get a free issue--one plus four
more for $34.95. So subscribe for yourself or friends with this
great offer for UG Members: five volumes for the cost of four.
Subscribe at:

Upcoming Author Events
For more events, please see:

Webcast: Finding Design Opportunities in the Twitter Ecosystem
May 29, 2009
Fast approaching its third birthday, the Twitter API has spawned
thousands of applications that extend functionality of the basic
microblogging service. Some applications mature, while others fade away.
The methods and data available through the API continue to evolve, as
does the Twitter community, to create new opportunities for application
development. This webcast takes a closer look at the Twitter design
space by reviewing existing applications across several dimensions and
looking for unaddressed needs of the user and developer community.

Bill Scott at Big (D)esign Conference
May 30, 2009
The Art Institute of Dallas
Dallas, TX
Author Bill Scott (Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for
Rich Interaction) will be presenting "Designing Rich Web Interfaces with
Design Patterns."

4th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area: Re-Make America
May 30-31, 2009
San Mateo County Fairgrounds
San Mateo, CA
According to USA Today, Maker Faire Bay Area is one of the ten best
places in the nation for a family-friendly, hands-on craft experience.
And this May's 4th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area is heeding President
Obama's call to "begin the work of remaking America." With the theme,
Re-Make America, Maker Faire celebrates the folks the President
described as the "risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things."
Plan on joining us at Maker Faire, May 30 & 31, at the San Mateo County
Expo Center. Tickets available for purchase now.

Michael Barr at Embedded Software Boot Camp
Jun 1-5, 2009
Los Angeles, California
Join Michael Barr (Programming Embedded Systems, Second Edition) at the
Embedded Software Boot Camp. It's a one-week skills strengthening
program consisting of a series of lectures and hands-on exercises. This
intense educational (yet fun!) program is guaranteed to quickly and
dramatically raise the embedded programming skills of individuals and

Webcast: The Cloud Dilemma for Developers
Jun 2, 2009
In this webcast, Javier Soltero, CEO of Hyperic will discuss these and
other dilemmas developers face in the cloud and address the steps
companies can take to ensure that their applications' performance is not
affected by these challenges. This event is for any developer wanting
-Hear how some developers are successfully leveraging cloud platforms to
build manageable applications
-Learn about the latest tools for instrumenting and managing
applications in highly virtualized and cloud environments
-Get tips on bringing IT and ops teams into the conversation early while
keeping the agility that pushed you to the cloud in the first place

Allison Randal at Silicon Valley Linux User Group
Jun 3, 2009
Mountain View, CA
Allison Randal (Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials) is chief architect and
lead developer of the open source project Parrot. She also works for
O'Reilly Media, planning the program for their Open Source Convention

George Reese Keynotes Rockin' the Cloud
Jun 3, 2009
Metropolitan Ballroom
Minneapolis, MN
George Reese (Cloud Application Architectures) joins Reside CEO Matt
Meents for a big picture view of Cloud Computing: Its roots, its
relevancy, and its rapid growth as the preferred environment for
business platform development, hosting and management.

Conferences and Special Events

User Group Discount Information for our upcoming conferences:

OSCON 2009
July 20-24, 2009
San Jose, CA

The 2009 O'Reilly Open Source Convention Moves to San Jose, CA--
Registration Now Open, So Make Your Plans

Use code "os09usrg" when you register, and receive 20% off
the registration price. Early registration ends on June 2.

To register for the conference, go to:


Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase
Government as a Platform
Co-produced by O'Reilly Media and TechWeb
September 8, 2009
Washington, DC

Call for Proposals is Open
Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase is a one day event that previews the larger Gov
2.0 Expo scheduled for May 2010. Our goal is to highlight the projects
that are leading the way, those that leverage the web as a platform,
that drive towards transparency, participation and collaboration, that
drive down costs while they increase value. All these cutting-edge
efforts, married with a profound shift in thinking, are helping to build
what Tim O'Reilly has called "government as a platform." On September
8th, 20 innovators will show how this is really happening, concretely,
right now, inside (and outside) government. The submission deadline for
all proposals is June 30, 2009.


O'Reilly Velocity Conference
June 22-24, 2009
The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA

Attending Velocity makes you competitive immediately because it is
rooted in practical application, sending you back to work with a deeper
understanding of how the technology and applications you deploy can
accelerate performance and deliver a better front end experience.

Use code "vel09usrg" when you register, and receive 20% off
the registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

For a complete list of conferences, go to:


If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only
got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around
the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their

Create your own Ignite in your area

Upcoming Ignite events:

Ignite Bend 2
June 4, 2009
Tower Theatre
Bend OR, USA

Ignite Phoenix 4 - June 16th!
June 16, 2009
700 W Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe AZ

Sparking it up in Salem
June 18, 2009
3893 Commercial St.
Salem OR

For more events, go to

O'Reilly School of Technology
O'Reilly School of Technology Courses: UG Members Receive
a 30% Discount

By enrolling in the O'Reilly School of Technology, you can stay
competitive in Information Technology without the high cost or huge time
commitment. Our courses work around YOUR schedule, not the other way
around. And within months, not only will you have the University of
Illinois Certificate to display on your resume, you'll also have a
portfolio of projects that are sure to impress in your interviews!

OST's full-price tuitions are already lower than comparable continuing
education or community college courses. However, as an O'Reilly User
Group member, you save an additional 30% on all the courses in the
following University of Illinois Certificate Series:

-New--Database Administration Certificate
-Java Programming
-PHP/SQL Programming
-Linux/Unix System Administration
-Web Programming
-Open Source Programming
-.NET Programming
-Client-Side Web Programming featuring AJAX

To redeem, use Promotion Code "ORALL1" good for a 30% discount,
in Step #2 of the enrollment process. Each course comes with a free
O'Reilly book and a 7-day money-back guarantee.

Register online:

(This discount is not combinable with other offers.)

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
News & Blogs
RubyLearning Interview: Author David Griffiths, "Head First Rails"


Why $9.99 Won't Always Be an eBook Pricing Ceiling

Have you stumbled across any of those Kindle owners who get angry
anytime they see an ebook price over $9.99? How about publishers who
insist on maintaining their print list price for the e-version? Btw, for
the record, at O'Reilly we typically fall somewhere in between; our
"digital list price" is generally less than the print list price and, of
course, Amazon is free to discount to an even lower price. As a
consumer, when I see a Kindle price over $9.99 I'm highly likely to skip

More Geo-Games: Ship Simulator on Google Earth

At Google I/O 2008 the Google Earth API was released. It brought Google
Earth's 3D capabilities to the web (with the help of browser
extensions). Since that release they've started supporting Macs. One
really nice part of the Google Earth API is the ability to create games
in the 3D world.

Scribd Store a Welcome Addition to Ebook Market (and 650 O'Reilly
Titles Included)

The document-sharing site Scribd has launched a new "Scribd Store"
selling view and download access to documents and books. As part of the
launch, there are now more than 650 O'Reilly ebooks now available for
preview and sale in the Scribd store, and all include DRM-free PDF
downloads with purchase. (Scribd will soon be adding EPUB as a format,
and we'll make that available as soon as possible.)

Being a Suggested User Leads to Thousands of Twitter Followers

Ever since Twitter started suggesting accounts to new users, it was
clear that those on the suggested users list were gaining thousands of
followers. Setting aside the fact that number of followers is a poor
gauge of influence (see our Twitter report for details), I wanted to
know how many followers a suggested account gains by appearing on the

Announcing InsideRIA Conference

Yep, you heard correctly in association with the 360Conferences guys,
InsideRIA is having its first conference August 23-24, 2009 in San Jose,
CA at the eBay facilities. This 2-day event will get into the nitty
gritty of developing for the Rich Internet Application (RIA) space.
Sunday will be hands-on workshops to get you familiar with a few of the
RIA platforms. Monday will be a full day of sessions with 3 distinct
tracks: Development, Design/User Experience and Business Development.
All 3 tracks will be aimed at the RIA platform in general.

Until next time--

Marsee Henon


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