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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
December 2, 2005
Book News
-Programming MapPoint in .NET
-DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish 
-Wireless Hacks, Second Edition
-Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing Manual
-Time Management for System Administrators
-Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, Third Edition
-Designing Interfaces
-Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One
-Applied Software Project Management
-Practical Perforce
-Understanding the Linux Kernel, Third Edition
-Wicked Cool Java
-Linux Multimedia Hacks
Upcoming Events
-O'Reilly at LISA 2005, San Diego, CA--December 4-9
-O'Reilly at ApacheCon 2005, San Diego, CA--December 10-14
-O'Reilly at Macworld 2006, San Francisco, CA--January 9-13
Conference News
-ETel Registration Now Open
-New O'Reily Newsletter Topics Available
-UFOs (Ubiquitous Findable Objects)
-User Group Members receive a special 50% discount on Learning 
 Lab Courses--Ends December 31
-What Is Prefactoring?
-Avoid Common Pitfalls in Greasemonkey
-PHP Problems
-TCP Tuning and Network Troubleshooting
-Getting Video Out of Your New iPod--for Cheap!
-An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 5
-What Is Spyware?
-Visual Studio Express 2005: Now Available
-Creating an Application from Scratch, Part 1
-Toughen Forms' Security with an Image
-To Pop or Not To Pop
-Ruby the Rival
-Hibernate for Java SE
-What Is Screencasting
-Inside a Luxury Synth: Creating the Linux-Powered Korg OASYS
-MAKE's Mostly Under $100 Gift Guide 2005
-MAKE on "Attack of the Show"
-Introducing the iPod VR
>From Your Peers
Linuxfest Northwest 2006 Looking for Speakers--Bellingham, WA

Book News
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New Releases
***Programming MapPoint in .NET
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009062
This comprehensive guide shows you how to use MapPoint's interactive
mapping abilities to improve your company's bottom line. Learn how to
build custom applications for the desktop, web, and mobile devices.
Perfect for anyone who wants to render maps, calculate routes, obtain
real-time location information, and analyze map data.

Chapter 6, "MapPoint Web Service Find APIs," is available online:

Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100094
This compact guide offers an exciting tour of the opportunities
presented by Monad, the powerful new command shell from Microsoft.
Improve productivity by learning how to automate a wide range of
existing administrative tasks. Featuring a host of real-world examples,
it's the perfect resource for developers, administrators, and power
users alike. 

***DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish 
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0-596-00848-1
Written in an engaging, accessible style, "DV Filmmaking" provides a
solid foundation of tremendous value to a beginner, while addressing
the fine points of filmmaking with a level of sophistication, detail,
and insight that even the most worldly director or educator can
appreciate. The author draws upon his years of experience teaching at
the college and graduate level, his extensive professional background
as a media producer, and his unmistakable love of cinema to create a
text that's not only easy to learn from, but fun to read.

Chapter 13, "Artistically Using Still Images," is available online:

Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101880
Celebrating digital tinkering, hardware hacks, and D.I.Y. of all
stripes, O'Reilly introduces "Makers," a beautiful hardbound book
celebrating the creativity and resourcefulness of the D.I.Y. movement.
Author Bob Parks profiles 100 people and their homebrew projects--people
who make ingenious things in their backyards, basements and garages.
Technologies old and new are used in service of the serious and the
amusing, the practical and the outrageous as "Makers" explores both the
inventions and the characters behind them in living color. 

***Wireless Hacks, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101449
Wireless technology gives us the flexibility, range and mobility to
live, work, and think differently. It also opens up a vast range of
tasty new hack possibilities, 100 of which are explored in the second
edition of "Wireless Hacks," by Rob Flickenger and Roger Weeks.
Completely revised and updated, "Wireless Hacks" includes over thirty
brand-new hacks, major overhauls of over thirty more, and timely
adjustments and touch-ups to dozens of others introduced in the first
edition. <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wirelesshks2/>

Sample Hacks "Share Your GPS," "Monitor Wireless Links in Linux with
Wavemon," and "Track Wireless Users" are available online:

***Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101279
Quicken is one of today's most popular and convenient ways to keep track
of personal finances, and "Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing
Manual" is the refreshingly funny and sensible guide to using Quicken to
simplify your finances and make the most of your money. It delivers
clear explanations, step-by-step instructions, relevant advice, and
plenty of real-world examples for putting Quicken to the best use.

Chapter 2, "Accounts and Categories," is available online:

***Time Management for System Administrators
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007833
This collection of time management tools addresses the very specific
needs of embattled system administrators everywhere. Author Thomas
Limoncelli shows you how to manage interruptions, eliminate timewasters,
prioritize based on customer expectations, automate processes for faster
execution, and much more. It's the first step to a more productive,
happier you.

Chapter 4, "The Cycle System," is available online:

***Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101422
Revised and updated for the new 1.4 version of Sun Microsystems Java
Enterprise Edition software, "Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, 3rd 
Edition" is a practical guide for Enterprise Java developers.

Chapter 18, "JUnit and Cactus," is availavble online:

***Designing Interfaces
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008031
This convenient resource offers advice on creating user-friendly
interface designs--whether they're delivered on the Web, a CD, or a
"smart" device like a cell phone. Solutions to common UI design
problems are expressed as a collection of patterns--each one containing
concrete examples, recommendations, and warnings. Intended for designers
with basic UI design knowledge.

Chapter 4, "Organizing the Page: Layout of Page Elements" is available

***Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100981
Revised to cover all the new features of Photoshop Elements 4, this
full-color book / high-definition video DVD package gives new users the
accessible guidance they need to master this powerful but complex
digital imaging program from the ground up, while still providing a
wealth of tips, shortcuts, and secrets that even the most experienced
Photoshop users won't know.

***Applied Software Project Management
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009488
Whether you're starting a software project from scratch, or fixing an
ailing one, this handy guide is your ticket to success. Written by a
group of seasoned project managers, "Applied Software Project
Management" provides essential project management tools, techniques, and
practices-all designed to eliminate the frustrating cycle of releases
and patches. Ideal for anyone on a project team.

Chapter 3, "Estimation," is available online:

***Practical Perforce
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101856
Authored by Perforce's own VP of product technology, "Practical
Perforce" is the ideal complement to the existing product manual. The
book is not only a helpful introduction to Perforce, it's an
enlightening resource for those already familar with this versatile SCM
product. Whether you're a programmer, product manager, or build
engineer, you stand to benefit from the many insider tips and ideas
presented in this convenient guide.

Chapter 1, "Files in The Depot," and  Chapter 7, "How Software Evolves,"
are available online:

***Understanding the Linux Kernel, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005652
This new edition covers Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel, which has seen
significant changes to nearly every kernel subsystem, particularly in
the areas of memory management and block devices. "Understanding the
Linux Kernel" provides a guided tour of the code that forms the core of
all Linux operating systems. Beyond the functioning of the code, the
book explains the theoretical underpinnings behind Linux, and many
other operating systems.

***Wicked Cool Java
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270615
Wicked Cool Java contains 101 fun, interesting, and useful ways to get
more out of Java. This isn't intended as a Java tutorial--it's targeted
at developers and system architects who have some basic Java knowledge
but may not be familiar with the wide range of libraries available. Full
of example code and ideas for combining them in useful projects, this
book is perfect for hobbyists, while professionals will find tips and
open-source projects to enhance their code and make their jobs easier.

***Linux Multimedia Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100760
This Hacks book gives you the technical chops to enjoy the considerable
multimedia options available on the Linux platform. Learn step-by-step
how to do cool things with images, audio, and video. Included are tips
and tricks for connecting to iPods, creating MP3s and Oggs, watching and
making DVDs, turning your Linux box into a Tivo ala MythTV, and much

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

***O'Reilly at LISA 2005, San Diego, CA--December 4-9
Authors Eric Allman ("sendmail Desktop Reference" and "sendmail"), David
N. Blank-Edelman ("Perl for System Administration"), Gerald Carter
("LDAP System Administration"), Tom Christiansen ("Perl Cookbook," and
"Programming Perl"), AEleen Frisch ("Essential System Administration,
3rd Edition" and "Essential Windows NT System Administration"), Tom
Limoncelli ("Time Management for System Administrators"), and W. Curtis
Preston ("Using SANs and NAS" and "Unix Backup & Recovery") lead
sessions at this sys admin confab. And don't miss the special evening
with MAKE Magazine on Monday night!

***O'Reilly at ApacheCon 2005, San Diego, CA--December 10-14
Lots of O'Reilly authors are on this year's speaker roster: Rich Bowen
and Ken Coar ("Apache Cookbook"), Brian Fitzpatrick ("Version Control
with Subversion"), Rasmus Lerdorf ("Programming PHP" and "PHP Pocket
Reference"), and Adam Trachtenberg ("Upgrading to PHP 5" and "PHP

***O'Reilly at Macworld 2006, San Francisco, CA--January 9-13
Come to our booth to see our handsome and useful selection of
Mac-related titles. Be sure to tune in to Macworld Live! hosted by
author David Pogue ("Missing Manual Series"); David's guests include
Nitrozac and Snaggy, authors of "The Best of the Joy of Tech." David
will also be presenting a session on Tiger Secrets at Macworld.

Conference News
***ETel Registration Now Open
Emerging telephony networks enable a new generation of powerful
communication applications, which threaten established business
models--but more importantly, open up new opportunities and new markets.
O'Reilly's Emerging Telephony Conference, January 24-26 in San
Francisco, aims to articulate this revolution, provide a framework, and
spark creative discussions among enterprise managers, developers,
hackers, and sponsors interested in telephony. Join us as we explore
this exciting new territory and investigate its implications.

Receive 20% off the registration price when you use our special code
Email marsee at oreilly.com for details.

To register for the conference, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***New O'Reily Newsletters Topics Available-
Now you can subscibe to "Digital Photography--Photoshop" in Product
Annoucements, "Head First Series" Newsletters, or find out more about
our new conferences.

You can update your newsletter subscriptions here:

***UFOs (Ubiquitous Findable Objects) 
The emergence of ubiquitous findable objects (UFOs) enables us to tag
and track products, possessions, pets, and people as they wander through
space and time. In this fascinating read, bestselling author Peter
Morville illustrates the power of the future presence of UFOs with real
examples, such as Plazes, Meetro, Dodgeball, GPS, RFID, flocking
patterns, anomaly detection, and more. Peter is the author of "Ambient

***User Group Members receive a special 50% discount on Learning 
Lab Courses--Ends December 31
As an O'Reilly User Group member, you save on all the courses in the
following University of Illinois Certificate Series:
-Linux/Unix System Administration 
-Web Programming
-Open Source Programming
-.NET Programming

This offer ends December 31st, 2005.  To redeem, use Promotion Code
"ORALL1" to save 50%. Each course comes with a free O'Reilly book and a
7-day money-back guarantee. Register online:

***What Is Prefactoring?
You've probably heard of Refactoring (the process of restructuring code
without changing its external behavior), but what is Prefactoring? Ken
Pugh provides the answer, then covers some of the guidelines to
prefactoring in the areas of Extreme Abstraction, Extreme Separation,
and Extreme Readability. Ken is the author of "Prefactoring."

***Avoid Common Pitfalls in Greasemonkey 
Mark Pilgrim walks through a major security concern that prompted the
architectural changes in Greasemonkey 0.5, and then provides solutions
to ten common pitfalls to avoid when writing Greasemonkey scripts. The
hacks he describes, as well as the underlying history of the breach in
Greasemonkey 0.3's security, provide a useful lesson on designing secure
user scripts. Mark is the author of "Greasemonkey Hacks."

Open Source
***PHP Problems 
Noel Davis looks at problems in PHP, Emacs, ftpd-ssl, Lynx, Roaring
Penguin pppoe, OpenVPN, RAR, Fedora Core X-Chat, HP-UX xterm, libungif4,
and GpsDrive.

***TCP Tuning and Network Troubleshooting 
Information doesn't travel across networks in one big chunk--it goes in
little packets wrapped in packets wrapped in packets. Sure, you know
that, but did you know that a bit of measuring and a bit of tweaking can
improve your networking performance by two orders of magnitude?

***Getting Video out of Your New iPod--for Cheap! 
Yes, you can spend extra dollars for Apple's sleek white video cable for
TV connectivity, or you can hack your own together for cheap.

***An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 5 
In Part 5, Mary Norbury-Glaser looks at how Tiger Mac OS X runs
regularly scheduled commands and scripts to execute recurring jobs, like
system maintenance and backups. She compares the "old" way, using the
Unix tool called cron (for chronological), with the new Tiger method of
using the launched daemon.

***What Is Spyware?
As business use of the internet has grown up, so has business abuse.
>From this incubator emerged spyware--the grownup cousin to viruses and
worms, whose intent is not simply to have fun at someone else's expense
but to make money at someone else's expense. Anton Chuvakin looks at
what spyware is, how it works, and what you can do to keep your systems
free of spyware infection.

***Visual Studio Express 2005: Now Available
Microsoft's Visual Studio Express software is now available as a free
download...Kevin Yank tells you why you should
grab a copy to develop your ASP.NET 2.0 web sites.

***Creating an Application from Scratch, Part 1 
Watch over Jesse Liberty's virtual shoulder as he documents his creation
of a real-world application from scratch. In real time--that is, as he
develops it.

***Toughen Forms' Security with an Image
Keep your web site and server secure from "brute force attacks" by
requiring visitors to type in a code embedded into an image. 

***To Pop or Not To Pop
If you run or own a content web site, should you be using pop-ups to
monetize your traffic? Chris Beasley takes a look at the pros and cons
of pop-up ad networks.

***Ruby the Rival 
Bruce Tate's Beyond Java picks Ruby as the front-runner among languages
that could succeed Java among enterprise developers. But what's so great
about Ruby--and frankly, what's wrong with Java? We asked some top Java
bloggers, authors, and developers what they think of Ruby's challenge.

***Hibernate for Java SE 
For many, Hibernate goes hand in hand with Java EE as part of their
enterprise development strategy. But what if you need access to your
data access objects outside of the EE container? Jason Lee offers some
strategy for getting and using a Hibernate session from Java SE code.

Digital Media
***What Is Screencasting
Whether it's for a tutorial, a how-to, or a software review, if you have
a product you'd like to explain to other users, screencasting???the art
of screen recording with audio narration???can be both easier and more
effective than written descriptions accompanied by static screen shots.
Jon Udell walks you through how to make, edit, and deliver compelling

***Inside a Luxury Synth: Creating the Linux-Powered Korg OASYS
Defying the trend toward ever-cheaper plastic gear and soulless soft
synths, this super-keyboard is designed to rock the world for years to
come. Create Digital Music's Peter Kirn goes behind the scenes at Korg
USA to learn how the designers finally built the dream instrument they'd
been planning for 15 years.

***MAKE's Mostly Under $100 Gift Guide 2005
MAKE proudly presents a gift guide for the holiday season with listings
you certainly won't find anywhere else. MAKE staffers and pals sent in
their favorite maker-friendly gift ideas for mostly under $100, as well
as Editor Phillip Torrone's personal picks...happy holidays! May all of 
your warranties be voided!

***MAKE on "Attack of the Show"
MAKE Editor Phil Torrone was on G4's "Attack of the Show" sharing the
PEZ MP3 player, the "Fly" pen computer, and homemade high-speed flash
photography. Here's a QuickTime of the segment:

***Introducing the iPod VR
MAKE wanted to see if the new iPod video would foster a new market for
virtual reality/LCD goggles. Here are the photos of the iPod video,
homemade battery extender, travel case, and LCD goggles:

***Give the Gift of MAKE Magazine--Special Offer for UG Members
Give the geek on your list a truly unique gift this holiday season--
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your life. 

You have a choice:

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***Please note gift postcards and MAKE vol 4 will begin mailing on
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>From Your Peers
***Linuxfest Northwest 2006 Looking for Speakers--Bellingham, WA 
Linuxfest Northwest 2006 (April 29, 2006), is looking for presentations
on all aspects of Linux and open source technology. They welcome both
introductory lectures and advanced discussions on software development,
database, server application, networking, and system administration
topics. They also invite those using Linux and open source applications
to give talks about their experiences and lessons learned. Lecture slots
are 90-minute with presenters speaking for 45 to 60 minutes followed by 
a question and answering period.
For details see:

***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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