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Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, November 3

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
November 3, 2004
Book News
-Spam Kings
-The Cult of Mac
-Gaming Hacks
-Perl Core Language Little Black Book, 2nd Edition
-Wireless Hacking: Projects for Wi-Fi Enthusiasts
-DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio
-Game Console Hacking
-Steal This File Sharing Book
-How to Cheat at Managing Windows Small Business Server 2003
-Write Great Code
-Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# & VB.NET
-Nessus Network Auditing
-Cisco Routers for the Desperate
-Programming Ruby
Upcoming Events
-International PHP Conference, Frankfurt-Morfelden, Germany--
  November 9-10
-Niel M. Bornstein (".NET and XML"), XML 2004 Conference and Exposition,

  Washington, DC--November 15-19
-Peter Morville ("Information Architecture for the World Wide Web"), 
  Information Architecture & Findability, Washington, DC--November 18
-Bonnie Biafore ("Online Investing Hacks"), NAIC Puget Sound 
  Investor Fair, Bellevue, WA--November 19
Conference News
-Call for Participation: The MySQL Users Conference--
  Proposals are due by November 15
-Gauging the Geek Factor--A Look at Technology's Impact
-Russian Denies Authoring "SoBig" Worm
-Analyzing Baseball Stats with R
-Ruby on Rails Project
-Introducing PHP 5's Standard Library
-A Firm Foundation for the Linux Desktop
-Copeland Operating System Rocks Mac OS X Con
-Hacking iPod and iTunes
-Free Exhibit Hall Pass for Macworld, San Francisco, CA--
  January 11-14 2005
-Stop Mac Envy Forever
-Introducing SQL Server Reporting Services
-How to Use JMS with PHP
-The Singleton as a Network Management Pattern
-Interview: Carmen Rizzo--Synthesizing the World
Book News
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New Releases
***Spam Kings
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007329
The mounting onslaught of email pitches has some techno-pundits
that spam is on the verge of destroying the Internet. In this book,
and veteran investigative journalist Brian McWilliams delivers a
compelling account of the cat-and-mouse game played by spam
(including the notorious Davis Wolfgang Hawke, "Dr. Fatburn," and Scott
Richter) in search of easy fortunes and the cyber-vigilantes who are
trying to stop them. 

Chapter 1, "Birth of a Spam King," is available online:

***The Cult of Mac
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1886411832
"The Cult of Mac" is an in-depth look at Mac users and their unique,
creative, and often humorous culture. Like fans of a football team or a
rock group, Macintosh fans have their own customs, with clearly defined
obsessions, rites, and passages. From people who get Mac tattoos and
haircuts, to those who furnish their apartments out of empty Mac boxes,
this book exposes all sides of Mac fanaticism, from the innocuous to the

***Gaming Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007140
It doesn't take long for an avid or just wickedly clever gamer to chaff
the limitations of videogame software and hardware. If you want to go
beyond the obvious, there's a tremendous amount of free fun you can have
by following the creative exploits of the gaming gurus. Gaming Hacks is
the indispensable guide to cool things gamers can do to create, modify,
and hack videogame hardware and software. 

Five sample hacks are available online:

***Perl Core Language Little Black Book, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Paraglyph
ISBN: 1932111921
"Perl Core Language Little Black Book, Second Edition," provides
insightful tips and techniques for programming with Perl. Immediate
solutions are provided with field-tested examples to help programmers
web developers quickly solve problems and exploit the power and
flexibility of Perl. This updated edition covers the current version of
Perl (5.8) as well as highlighting critical features of the upcoming 6.0

***Wireless Hacking: Projects for Wi-Fi Enthusiasts
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 193183637X
As the cost of wireless technology drops, the number of wi-fi users
continues to grow. Millions of people have discovered the joy and
of "cutting the cord." Many of those people are looking for ways to take
the next step and try out some of the cutting edge techniques for
and deploying "homebrew" wi-fi networks, both large and small. This book
shows wi-fi enthusiasts and consumers of wi-fi LANs who want to modify
their wi-fi hardware how to build and deploy homebrew wi-fi networks,
large and small.

***DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005881
This indispensable book gives you the tools and know-how to master DVD
Studio Pro 3. Oversized and in full color, it's a highly visual book
ideal for Macintosh ProApps developers--those who use Final Cut Pro 4 
and Shake 3--as well as for prosumer and professional filmmakers who
wish to transfer their projects to DVDs. The book goes well beyond the
program's features list to demystify the entire process of DVD design

Chapter 5, "An International DVD Project," is available online:

***Game Console Hacking
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1931836310
"Game Console Hacking" is the first book on the market to show video
enthusiasts (self-described hardware geeks) how to disassemble,
reconfigure, customize and re-purpose their Atari, Nintendo,
and Xbox systems. 

***Steal This File Sharing Book 
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 159327050X
"Steal This File Sharing Book" peels back the mystery surrounding file
sharing networks such as Kazaa, Morpheus, and Usenet, and shows you how
they work and how to use them wisely. The book goes on to reveal the
dangers (viruses, spyware, lawsuits) of using file sharing networks and
tells you how to avoid those threats. It also includes coverage of the
ongoing battle between software, video, and music file sharers and the
industries that are trying to stop them.

***How to Cheat at Managing Windows Small Business Server 2003
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1932266801
If running a Windows Small Business Server 2003 network is just one of
your many job responsibilities, this book is for you. It applies the
and true "80/20" rule to this incredibly complex operating system,
providing you with exactly the information you need to install,
and troubleshoot the W2K3 features most likely to ruin your day (such as
setting user permissions, restoring lost data, and sharing hardware)
without having to wade through material you don't need.

***Write Great Code
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1593270038
You'll hear that the secret to efficient, well written software is
learning assembly language programming. However, what you really need to
learn is machine organization, which will help you make wise choices
respect to programming statements and data types when writing software,
matter which language you use. This book teaches the important concepts
machine organization in a language-independent fashion, without the
overhead of having to learn assembly language.

***Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# & VB.NET
Publisher: SitePoint
ISBN: 0957921861
Want to write dynamic, database-driven ASP.NET websites? Look no further
than this beginner's book which provides an excellent introduction to
databases,programming concepts, and more. Learn through practical
by creating and customizing an Intranet website, ecommerce store,
cart with PayPal check out, and more. All you need to get started is a
Windows PC. 

***Nessus Network Auditing
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1931836086
Nessus is the premier Open Source vulnerability assessment tool, and was
recently voted the "most popular" open source security tool of any kind.
This is the first book available on Nessus and it is written by the
world's premier Nessus developers led by the creator of Nessus, Renaud

***Cisco Routers for the Desperate
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1593270496
"Cisco Routers for the Desperate" is a brief, meaty introduction to
routers that will make a competent systems administrator comfortable
the Cisco environment, teach them how to troubleshoot problems, and take
them through the basic tasks of router maintenance and integration into
existing network. This compact book is designed to be read once, and
left on top of the router until something breaks.

***Programming Ruby
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 0974514055
The famous Pickaxe book (so named for the tool on the cover) is the
definitive reference to the highly-regarded Ruby programming language.
Author Dave Thomas has expanded the new Second Edition with over 200
of new material and major enhancements from the original, covering all
new and improved language features of Ruby 1.8 and standard library

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

***International PHP Conference, Frankfurt-Morfelden, Germany--
  November 9-10
We'll have our own stand and editor in attendance at this conference
runs in tandem with MySQL ComCon.

***Niel M. Bornstein (".NET and XML"), XML 2004 Conference and
  Washington, DC--November 15-19
Niel presents a tutorial based on his book at this annual event.

***Peter Morville ("Information Architecture for the World Wide Web"), 
  Information Architecture & Findability, Washington, DC--November 18
Peter leads a new full-day seminar on information architecture from top
bottom, explaining how search and navigation systems can be designed to
support and shape user behavior.

***Bonnie Biafore ("Online Investing Hacks"), NAIC Puget Sound 
  Investor Fair,  Bellevue, WA--November 19
Bonnie speaks at this National Association of Investors Corporation

Conference News
***Call for Participation: The MySQL Users Conference--
  Proposals are due by November 15
>From embedded solutions to web-commerce and critical business
applications, MySQL is everywhere--with more than five million active
installations worldwide. To introduce new users to MySQL and help
developers and IT professionals keep pace with the latest advancements,
MySQL AB has teamed up with O'Reilly Media, Inc. to co-present the third
annual MySQL Users Conference, scheduled for April 18-21, 2005, in Santa
Clara, CA.

For complete conference details visit:

Visit the submissions page for all the details on tracks and proposal
guidelines--this year's theme is "MySQL Everywhere." Proposals are due
later than November 15, 2004.

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Gauging the Geek Factor--A Look at Technology's Impact
Hundreds of new technologies are changing the way we work, play...and
how we think. Are they just making it easier for us to do what we
do? Or are they having a more fundamental impact? Our books explore how
today?€™s technology is transforming society--including the
musings and tongue-in-cheek outlook of the geeks responsible.
For a complete list of these books, check out:

***Russian Denies Authoring "SoBig" Worm 
SoBig, the computer worm that ran rampant on the Internet in 2003, is
subject of a new, anonymously authored report that definitively claims
Send-Safe as its creator. Ruslan Ibragimov, owner of the accused,
Russian-based bulk email company, flatly denies the report's claim in an
online interview with author Brian McWilliams.

***Analyzing Baseball Stats with R 
An introduction to one way of examining the abundance of raw data
available on the Web: using R to analyze baseball stats.

Open Source
***Ruby on Rails Project
Rails is a new open source web application framework that provides
everything needed to build real-world applications, using fewer lines of
code than other development environments. It's a full-stack framework,
all layers are built to work seamlessly together and you can use a
language from top to bottom. Everything from templates to control flow
business logic is written in Ruby.

***Introducing PHP 5's Standard Library
Program reusable code easily with the Standard PHP Library extension. 
As Harry Fuecks explains, this promising functionality snuck into PHP 5
fanfare, but bodes extremely well for the future of standardised PHP

***A Firm Foundation for the Linux Desktop 
Nearly every advance of Linux, open source, and free software on the
desktop owes a debt to the X Window System. Too often, this debt goes
unacknowledged. With the birth of X.org earlier this year, a
but once-stagnant project prepares to improve itself and its code to
free desktops everywhere. Andy Oram reports.

***The Copeland Operating System Rocks Mac OS X Con 
Although it's been twenty years since the band broke up, Stewart
is still best known as the former drummer of the Police. David Battino,
chairman of the Audio Track of the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference audio
track, hosted a keynote conversation with Copeland about the drummer's
career as a film composer. 

Photos of Stewart at the conference:

And here's an interview with Stewart on Inside Mac Radio:

***Hacking iPod and iTunes
Your favorite toy just got better. Push the envelope of your iPod's
capabilities: turn it into a universal remote, permanently install it in
your car, run Linux on it, make smart playlists, and tame iTunes with
AppleScript. These hacks are excerpted from O'Reilly's "iPod and iTunes

***Free Exhibit Hall Pass for Macworld, San Francisco, CA--
  January 11-14 2005
Make sure you register online with priority code NO220 before 
December 10.

***Tips for Improving Graphics Performance 
Stephen Bigelow, author of "PC Hardware Annoyances," breaks it down to
basics with seven tips to improve your computer's graphics performance.
Oftentimes, the solution to what seems to be a hefty problem may be as
simple as reading the fine print on a box and adjusting your settings

***Stop Mac Envy Forever 
Do you suffer from Mac envy? You're not alone. Apple is famous for its
interface design. But suffer no more--Thomas Kunneth shows you how to
your PC work like Mac OS X.

***Introducing SQL Server Reporting Services
Microsoft has finally added reporting capabilities to SQL Server 2000.
Wei-Meng Lee walks you through the basics of creating a simple report
using the SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services.
***How to Use JMS with PHP 
Java Messaging Service (JMS) is a great enterprise messaging
but what if you have have a web application written in a non-Java
that wants to participate in JMS? Amir Shevat shows how PHP can be made
work with JMS.

***The Singleton as a Network Management Pattern 
Patterns aren't for the local memory space any more. As Stephen B.
points out, patterns are also useful for network management problems. In
this installment, he shows how the Singleton pattern can be used to
access to functionality in a networked system.

Digital Media
***Interview: Carmen Rizzo--Synthesizing the World
If Carmen Rizzo were in a circus, he?€™d be its best juggler.
amazing how this Hollywood-based producer, composer, and remixer keeps
artists, songs, technologies, concerts, films, studios, continents, and
even trustees aloft. Appropriately, one of his remixes appears this year
on Cirque du Soleil?€™s 20th Anniversary CD.

O'Reilly User Group Wiki
Don't forget to check out the O'Reilly UG wiki to see what user groups
across the globe are up to:

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