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Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 17:51:28 -0700
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Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, August 10

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
August 10, 2005
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
-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

Book News
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New Releases
***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.

***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.

Chapter 2, "Privacy at Home," is available online:

***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.

***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.

Chapter 4, "Boot Methods," is available online:

***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.

***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.

***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.

***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

Chapter 6, "Support Models for Open Source," is available online:

***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. 

Sample Hack 60, "Control Your Car PC with Voice Recognition," is
available online:

***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.

***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.

Chapter 1, "Introduction," is available online:

***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.

Sample Hack 31, "Record a Phone Call," is available online:

***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.

***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.

Chapter 11, "File Tests," is available online:

***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

***MAKE Magazine Subscriptions Available
The annual subscription price for four issues is $34.95. When you
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:

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

***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.

***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."

***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 

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.

***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.

User Group discounts are available, email marsee at oreilly.com for more

To register for the conference, go to:

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
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.

***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. 

***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.

***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
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."

***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.

***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.

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.

***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.

***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."

***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.

***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)

***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.

***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.

***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. 

***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.

***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.

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.

***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:

***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

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

>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.

For maps and directions, see:

To RSVP for this event, visit:

***Don't forget to check out the O'Reilly UG wiki to see what user
groups around the globe are up to:

Until next time--

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