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Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 15:31:47 -0700
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, June 17

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
June 17, 2005
Book News
-Assembling Panoramic Photos: A Designer's Notebook
-Ending Spam
-Toad Pocket Reference for Oracle, 2nd Edition
-Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks
-Firefox Secrets
-Ship It!
-eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition
-Digital Video Hacks
-Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration
-.NET Gotchas
-MAKE Subscriptions Available
Upcoming Events
-O'Reilly at JavaOne, San Francisco, CA--June 27-30
-James Avery at the Dayton .NET Developers Group, 
 Fairborn, OH--July 25, 2005
Conference News
-Early Registration Ending Soon for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, 
 Portland, OR--August 1-5
-Last Chance for Where 2.0 Conference, 
 San Francisco, CA--June 29-30
-Historical Maps Online
-Creating a Textbook My Way: An Interview with Charles Anderson
-Wire Frame Your Site
-Live Backups of MySQL Using Replication
-Ajax on Rails
-Top Ten Data Crunching Tips and Tricks
-What's New In PHP 5.1
-An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 2
-Ten PowerPoint 2004 Tips to Beat Tight Deadlines
-It's True! Jobs Switches to Intel: A Review of the WWDC 05 Keynote
-Using Tabbed Browsing in Internet Explorer 6
-Using Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool
-Porting a Project from Visual Studio .NET to Mono
-How to Talk About Jini, J2EE, and Web Services at a Cocktail Party
-Exploring Laszlo Classes, Attributes, and Events
-Adam Williams: Massive Guitars, Micro Computers
-Bring Your MIDI Music to Life
-MAKE's Rebellious Credo: Void the Warranty!
-MAKE: Blog
Book News
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New Releases
***Assembling Panoramic Photos: A Designer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009755
Reflecting the very best of French photography, graphic design, and
digital artistry, this book is dazzling in concept and design. Part art
book, part how-to guide, this Designer's Notebook sits you down next to
renowned digital artists as they work step-by-step to create high-quality
panoramas and 360-degree virtual reality scenes. It's a goldmine for any
digital artist who wants to learn new Photoshop techniques for maximum

Chapter 6, "On the Boulevards," is available online:

***Ending Spam
Publisher: No Starch
ISBN: 1593270526
This landmark title describes, in-depth, how statistical filtering is
being used by next generation spam filters to identify and filter spam.
Readers gain a complete understanding of the mathematical approaches used
in today's spam filters, decoding, tokenization, the use of various
algorithms (including Bayesian analysis and Markovian discrimination), and
the benefits of using open-source solutions to end spam.

***Toad Pocket Reference for Oracle, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009712
This new edition, revised to reflect Toad for Oracle V8.0 and V8.5, is
packed with quick-reference material. It covers new features (e.g.,
CodeXpert and Script Debugger), shortcut keys, productivity tips, and
more. If you're a developer needing to streamline code development or a
DBA trying to simplify day-to-day administrative tasks, this pocket-sized
guide is the one book to have by your side.

***Mac OS X Tiger for Unix Geeks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009127
This is the book for Mac command-line fans. Completely revised and updated
to cover Mac OS X Tiger, this invaluable resource helps you quickly and
painlessly get acclimated with Tiger's familiar-yet-foreign Unix
environment. If you're a Unix geek with an interest in Mac OS X, you'll
find that this concise book is the ideal survival guide for taming the
Unix side of Tiger.

Chapter 2, "Searching and Metadata," is available online:

***Firefox Secrets
Publisher: SitePoint
ISBN: 0975240242
"Firefox Secrets" is a guide to getting the most from the Mozilla Firefox
browser. It will teach you to use all the hidden features, extensions, and
tricks available to Firefox. This book is loaded with tips and advice on
everything from making your browser faster to essential tools for
developers, including plenty of examples throughout.

***Ship It!
Publisher: Pragmatic
ISBN: 0974514047
Aimed at beginning to intermediate programmers, this book provides a
wealth of practical advice on how to ensure successful software projects.
It begins by introducing the common technical infrastructure that every
project needs, letting readers choose from a variety of recommended
technologies according to their skills and budgets. The next sections
outline the necessary steps to get software out the door reliably, using
easy-to-adopt, best-of-breed practices that actually work.

***eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0-596-10068-X
This second edition has been completely revised and updated with 30 brand
new hacks, plus tons of expanded, deepened, or otherwise completely
rewritten hacks. Learn clever tricks and shortcuts, such as advanced
searching techniques, selling strategies, photography tips, and even
research techniques for PowerSellers. This bestseller supplies you with
the tools you need to master eBay, whether as a buyer or seller, casual
surfer or serious collector, novice or seasoned expert.

Sample Hack 87, "Sell and Ship Internationally," is available online
(along with six others):

***Digital Video Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009461
>From acquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to final
distribution, this book provides unique tips, tools, and techniques for
every stage of video production. Whether you're looking for a new
technique to include in your next project, a solution to a common problem,
or just a little inspiration, "Digital Video Hacks" reintroduces you to
the digital video you only thought you knew.

***Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006357
If you've ever wondered how to safely manipulate Mac OS X Panther Server's
many underlying configuration files, this book's for you. Full of
much-needed insight, clear explanations, troubleshooting tips, and
security information in every chapter, this comprehensive guide shows
system administrators how to utilize and customize the software's
capabilities and features for their individual needs. Topics covered
include installation, deployment, server management, web application
services, data gathering, and more.

***.NET Gotchas
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009097
The ultimate guide for pain-free coding, this book tackles 75 common .NET
programming pitfalls, steering you away from application performance
problems and tainted code. The book is organized into nine chapters, each
focusing on those features and constructs of the .NET platform that
consistently baffle developers, complete with detailed examples,
discussions, and guidelines for avoiding them. It's the ideal resource for
.NET developers yearning for a more productive, stress-free existence.

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Upcoming Events
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***O'Reilly at JavaOne, San Francisco, CA--June 27-30
Drop by our booth (#537) to say hi and check out our latest Java
offerings. This conference takes place at Moscone Center, 
San Francisco, CA.

***James Avery at the Dayton .NET Developers Group, 
 Fairborn, OH--July 25, 2005	
Author James Avery ("Visual Studio Hacks") discusses getting the most out
of Visual Studio's Integrated Development Environment with his talk titled
"Pimp your IDE." James is the founder of the Cincinnati .NET Users Group
and is the founder and president of InfoZerk, a software consulting
company. The meeting starts at 6pm.

Conference News
***Early Registration Ending Soon 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:

***Last Chance to Register for the Where 2.0 Conference,
 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.

Use code "whereug" when you register, and receive 15% off the registration

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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Historical Maps Online 
David Rumsey writes about his collection of more than 150,000 historical
maps of the Americas and the world, many of which he has made available
free to the public in an online map library. At O'Reilly's Where 2.0
Conference, David will draw on his personal map collection, as well as his
work with geographic information systems, to discuss how information of
all kinds has been mapped and will be mapped in the future.

***Creating a Textbook My Way: An Interview with Charles Anderson
Charles Anderson is an assistant professor in the Division of Computer
Science at Western Oregon University, teaching mostly networking and
operating system courses. Being very particular about the materials
covered in his classes, he's had difficulty finding appropriate and timely
textbooks. Learn how Charles used SafariU to create his custom textbook,
while avoiding copyright fair use limitations and the time-consuming
process of gathering appropriate materials. Check out the SafariU homepage
for details and a demo.

***Wire Frame Your Site
Many elements of a site affect how successfuly it communicates with users.
Wire frames can untangle your site's layout from its graphical
communication, to help boost usability, logical content flow, and support
the creation of a compelling graphic design.

Open Source
***Live Backups of MySQL Using Replication 
One of the difficulties with a large and active MySQL database is making
clean backups without having to bring the server down. A simple method to
ensure reliable backups is to set up replication for MySQL. Russell Dyer,
author of "MySQL in a Nutshell," walks through the process of using
replication for data backups.

***Ajax on Rails 
XMLHttpRequest and Ruby on Rails are two hot topics in web development. As
you ought to expect by now, they work really well together. Curt Hibbs
explains the minimal Ajax you need to know and the minimal Ruby you need
to write to Ajax-ify your Rails applications.

***Top Ten Data Crunching Tips and Tricks 
Every day, programmers perform unglamorous but necessary data crunching:
recycling legacy data, checking configuration files, yanking data out of
web server logs, and more. Knowing how to crunch data with the least
amount of effort can make the difference between meeting a deadline and
making another pot of coffee. Greg Wilson, author of Pragmatic's "Data
Crunching," offers ten tips for crunch time.

***What's New In PHP 5.1
Explore the new features and changes to the popular open-source web
development technology.

***An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 2 
In this second tutorial on Tiger Terminal by MacinTech UG member Mary
Norbury-Glaser, you'll learn how to use the terminal app to look at
external volumes, then enable ssh to access files, scp to securely copy
them remotely, sftp for secure ftp, and finally how to use rsync to
synchronize files between two computers.

***Ten PowerPoint 2004 Tips to Beat Tight Deadlines 
PowerPoint 2004 lets you turn text, graphics, sounds, and movies into
dazzling presentations that get your message across in high style. But
what if you're on a short deadline? Franklin Tessler, author of "Office
2004 for Mac: The Missing Manual," shows you ten ways to use PowerPoint to
put together slideshows in no time.

***It's True! Jobs Switches to Intel: A Review of the WWDC 05 Keynote 
Don't get too comfortable after making the transition to Mac OS X. Steve
Jobs decides to keep things interesting by announcing during his WWDC 05
keynote that Apple will switch to Intel processors. Here's what he said
and how he plans to make it happen.

***Using Tabbed Browsing in Internet Explorer 6 
You don't need to wait for Internet Explorer 7 for tabbed browsing--with
the latest MSN Toolbar, you can use it in IE 6. Wei-Meng Lee shows you how
to use it.

***Using Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool
The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool can rid your PC of malware,
even if you're already protected by antivirus software. Mitch Tulloch
shows you the ins and outs of how to use it. Mitch is the author of
"Windows Server Hacks."

***Porting a Project from Visual Studio .NET to Mono 
Three years ago, when .NET was still in pre-release status, Kevin Farnham
developed a C# application to automatically generate stock market web
pages. Recently, he ported the project to Mono and Debian Linux. Follow
along to see how the port went.

***How to Talk About Jini, J2EE, and Web Services at a Cocktail Party 
Heard about distributed technologies for Java, but not sure what they are
or why they're important? Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, authors of "Head
First Java, 2nd Edition," present this cocktail-party overview. Hold your
own in conversation with Java geeks.

***Exploring Laszlo Classes, Attributes, and Events 
Laszlo offers an interesting option for rich client-side GUIs--XML markup
of widgets and their event handling, which is then converted into a Flash
executable that is run with the Flash plugin in the user's browser. Satya
Komatineni introduces Laszlo and shows how to get started writing web
applications with it.

Digital Media
***Adam Williams: Massive Guitars, Micro Computers
The former Powerman 5000 guitarist reveals how to make huge guitar sounds
on a home computer--without waking the neighbors--then shares loads of MP3

***Bring Your MIDI Music to Life
Jim Aikin shares numerous tips on getting the best musical expression out
of them--both through playing technique and crafty computer editing.

***MAKE's Rebellious Credo: Void the Warranty! 
"New York Times" columnist Lawrence Downes recently touted the virtues of
O'Reilly's new MAKE magazine. Downes salutes MAKE's renegade DIY spirit,
noting, "In this world, to tinker--to open the case, to fiddle with wires,
and see what happens--is to rebel." Are you ready to rebel? (Free
registration required)

***MAKE: Blog
Phillip Torrone kicks the tires on the iPod photo connector. The iPod
photo connector is a neat little accessory ($29) that you plug in to your
iPod photo and to your supported camera; it can transfer all the photos
off your camera and to the iPod, giving you 40/60 gigs of storage. The
connector charges the shuffle and you can make a super-cheap DIY version
of the Belkin media reader, too. 

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

>From Your Peers
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around the globe are up to:

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