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Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2005 12:29:04 -0700
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, October 5

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
October 5, 2005
Book News
-Ambient Findability
-Halo 2 Hacks
-Cult of iPod
-Windows Server 2003 Network Administration
-Degunking Windows, Second Edition
-eBay: The Missing Manual
-iPod Shuffle Fan Book
-Behind Closed Doors
-Security and Usability
-iLife: The Missing Manual
-Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition
-Oracle PL/SQL Programming, 4th Edition
-TCP/IP Guide
-Cisco IOS in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Upcoming Events
-Stephen Teilhet ("C# Cookbook" and "Subclassing and Hooking with
 Visual Basic") at Compuware OJ.X, Detroit, MI--October 6
-"The Art of Project Management" Tour, Boston, NYC, and 
 Pittsburgh--October 11-19
-O'Reilly Authors at Macromedia Max, Anaheim, CA--October 16-19
-Steven Feuerstein's Oracle PL/SQL Programming Conference, 
 Chicago, IL--November 2-3

Conference News
-ETel Registration Now Open
-Registration is Open for EuroOSCON
-Tim O'Reilly in the News
-What Is Web 2.0?
-Beta Broadcast 002: Data for Web 2.0
-What Is Asterisk?
-Marking up your Designs with HTMLstamps
 Opera Goes Free Without Ads
-User Group Members receive a special 50% discount Learning 
 Lab Courses
-Perlcast Interviews Jesse Vincent, author of "RT Essentials"
-What Is Free Software?
-Installing Debian
-Backward Compatibility? We've Heard of It
-Using FreeBSD's ACLs
-How to Set Up Backup 3 and Save Your Data
-Installing Fink on Mac OS X
-What Is ASP.NET?
-Using Windows Explorer with Alternate Credentials
-What Is C#?
-What Is Quartz?
-What Is Hibernate?
-Jack Herrington ("Podcasting Hacks") on the User Group Report
-Nate Howard: Midwestern Photographer in Iraq
-Julian Kwasneski: Inside Game Audio
-Make your own "PowerSquid"

Book News
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New Releases
***Ambient Findability
ISBN: 0596007655
Written by best-selling author Peter Morville, this thought-provoking
book describes the future of information and connectivity, examining how
the melding of innovations like GIS and the internet will impact the
global marketplace and society at large. Focused on information
literacy, information architecture, and usability as critical
components, this book doesn't preach or pretend to know all the answers,
rather, Morville presents research, stories, and examples for support.

Chapter 1, "Lost and Found," is available online:

Book Blog:

***Halo 2 Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100590
Even if you've finished Halo 2 in Legendary Mode, you're not done with
this game. This incredible book gives you a horde of great hacks for
weapons, levels, vehicles, game play, and mods. With all the clever tips
and tricks we have in store, you'll turn Halo 2 into a whole new
experience, whether you're at level 25 or a complete n00b.

Sample Hack 46, "Drop Your Weapons," is available online:

***Cult of iPod
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270666
"The Cult of iPod" is a comprehensive look at how the iPod is changing
music, culture, and listening behavior. This 4-color book includes the
exclusive back story of the iPod's development, looks at the many ways
iPod's users pay homage to their devices, and investigates the quirkier
aspects of iPod culture. From Wired News reporter Leander Kahney.

***Windows Server 2003 Network Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008007
Ideal for system administrators and network managers, this essential
guide is divided into three distinct sections: fundamental concepts,
tutorial, and reference. The first three chapters are a basic discussion
of the network protocols and services. The remaining chapters provide a
how-to tutorial for planning, installing, and configuring various
important network services. The book concludes with three appendixes
that are technical references for various configuration options.

Chapter 14, "Troubleshooting TCP/IP," is available online:

Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008740
If you understand object-oriented design, and you want to save time and
money by considering more efficient designs before you begin your
project, Prefactoring will show you the way. This practical,
thought-provoking guide details prefactoring guidelines in design, code,
and testing, derived from lessons learned by many developers over the
years. With these guidelines, you'll create more readable code before
you reach the second-guessing stage.

Chapter 2, "The System in So Many Words," is available online:

***Degunking Windows, Second Edition
Publisher: Paraglyph Press
ISBN: 1933097078
This fully updated and expanded edition provides numerous new Degunking
techniques to help Windows users get the most out of the latest version
of Windows XP-Service Pack 2. The book features new software, an
expanded 12-step Degunking plan, expanded hardware coverage, techniques
for getting the "kinks" out of SP 2, and new chapters on Windows Media
Player and security updates to keep PCs running safely and efficiently.

***eBay: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006446
This book has gems of wisdom for everyone from total novices to more
experienced traders. It covers both buying and selling, and it's chock
full of step-by-step instructions. Buyers will find the most effective
ways to find what they want and pay great prices. Sellers will get
surefire tips from eBay veterans who have discovered ways to ramp up
their own auctions and sell at the highest possible prices.

Chapter 3, "Finding and Getting Bargains," is available online:

***iPod Shuffle Fan Book
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100701
This is the ultimate written companion for iPod Shuffle owners. This
user-friendly guide will teach you how to get your Shuffle up and
running, load it with up to 240 songs, and even use it as a flash drive
to transport files. Then, learn how to create custom playlists, share
and publish with iMix, burn playlists on CDs, and more. Beautifully
designed in a colorful, compact format, this handy reference book is a
must have for "shufflers" everywhere.

***Behind Closed Doors 
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 0976694026
If you're a seasoned manager who wants to be more effective, or if
you're considering moving into management, this book will show you what
to do and how to do it effectively.

***Security and Usability
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008279
Destined to be the classic reference in this emerging field, Security &
Usability collects groundbreaking essays from leading security and
human-computer interaction (HCI) researchers on authentication, privacy
and anonymity, secure systems, commercialization, and much more. This
book is expected to start an avalanche of discussion, new ideas, and
further advances in this important field.

Chapter 23, "Privacy Analysis for the Casual User with Bugnosis," is
available online:

***iLife: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100361
Objective and in-the-know, David Pogue highlights the newest features,
changes, and improvements of iLife '05, covers the capabilities and
limitations of each program within the suite, and delivers countless
undocumented tips, tricks, and secrets for getting the best performance
out of every iLife application. Pogue examines all five programs in
iLife '05 in depth: iTunes 4.7, iPhoto 5, iMovie HD, iDVD 5, and
GarageBand 2.

***Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100159
Portable and affordable, this is the perfect on-the-go guide for taking
top-notch digital photos. In full color, this third edition of the
bestseller covers everything from shooting sports action, close ups, and
night shots, to dealing with image resolution, archiving, memory cards,
and more. There's also a comprehensive table of contents and index, so
you'll waste no time flipping to the specific information you need.

A sample excerpt, "Who's in Charge?", is available online:

***Oracle PL/SQL Programming, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009771
This fourth edition of the 10-year bestseller is a comprehensive update
with significant new content extending to Oracle Database 10g Release 2.
New chapters added cover security, I/O (file, email, and web), and
internationalization. New features described include the PL/SQL
optimizing compiler, conditional compilation, compile-time warnings,
regular expressions, and much more. This classic reference provides
language syntax, best practices, and extensive code.

Chapter 20, "Managing PL/SQL Code," is available online:

***TCP/IP Guide
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 159327047X
The "TCP/IP Guide" is both an encyclopedic and comprehensible guide to
TCP/IP protocol suite. Its personal, easy-going writing style lets
anyone understand the dozens of protocols and technologies that run the
Internet, with full coverage of PPP, ARP, IP, IPv6, IP NAT, IPSec,
HTTP, Telnet, and much more.

***Cisco IOS in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008694
Fully revised, this second edition takes the mystery out of IOS 12.3 and
consolidates the most important commands and features of IOS into a
single, well-organized volume that you'll find refreshingly
user-friendly. This book covers IOS configuration for the TCP/IP
protocol family, and includes information on the user interface,
configuring lines and interfaces, dial-on-demand routing and security,
access lists, and much more.

Chapter 14, "Switches and VLANs," is available online:

***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:

***Stephen Teilhet ("C# Cookbook" and "Subclassing and Hooking with
Visual Basic") at Compuware OJ.X, Detroit, MI--October 6
Author Stephen will sign copies of his books at this event.

***"The Art of Project Management" Tour, Boston, NYC, and Pittsburgh--
October 11-19
Scott Berkun, author of the bestselling book "The Art of Project
Management," is hitting the road in October. Inspiring, funny, honest,
and compelling, this essential book is fueled by over a decade of work
in the industry and will save you and your team countless hours of trial
and error. Further details on the tour can be found on Scott's blog.

***O'Reilly Authors at Macromedia Max, Anaheim, CA--October 16-19
Colin Moock ("Essential ActionScript 2.0" and "ActionScript for Flash
MX: The Definitive Guide") and Joey Lott ("Actionscript Cookbook") are
both presenting at this year's event.

***Steven Feuerstein's Oracle PL/SQL Programming Conference, 
 Chicago, IL--November 2-3
Join Steven Feuerstein, author of "Oracle PL/SQL Programming, 4th
Edition," for this one-of-a-kind event on everything PL/SQL. It's a
unique opportunity to learn from some of the most respected and
experienced PL/SQL experts in the world. Whether you've been using
PL/SQL for years or have recently started working with this language,
OPP 2005 is a must-attend event.

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.

Use code "etel06dsug" when you register, and receive 15% off the
registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***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.

Use code "euos05usrg" when you register, and receive 25% off the
registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Tim O'Reilly in the News

"The New York Times," September 28, "Search and Rescue"

"Wired," October 2005,  "The Trend Spotter":

***What Is Web 2.0
Defining just what Web 2.0 means still engenders much disagreement. Some
decry it as a meaningless marketing buzzword, while others have accepted
it as the new conventional wisdom. Tim O'Reilly attempts to clarify just
what we mean by Web 2.0, digging into the implications of viewing the
web as a platform, which applications fall squarely under its purview,
and which do not.

***Beta Broadcast 002: Data for Web 2.0 
This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program "Distributing the Future"
takes a look at the Data for Web 2.0. Tim O'Reilly explains "What is Web
2.0," Marc Hedlund ponders the browsers of the future that might
mash up the private data on your hard drive with data that lives on the
Web, NAVTEQ's Robert Denaro discusses why NAVTEQ drives so many miles
each day to gather the geographic information you use in your favorite
online mapping applications, Phil Torrone is already hacking the iPod
nano, and our "FOO Cast" is more of Richard Giles' Gadget show interview
with John Batelle. (24 minutes, 52 seconds)

***What Is Asterisk?
Asterisk is an open source PBX (private branch exchange) that provides
all the functionality of high-end business telephone systems, and much
more. Brian McConnell explains how Asterisk works, where to get it, and
provides an overview of its feature set and platform capabilities.

***Marking up your Designs with HTMLstamps
Alex shows you how to bridge the gap between Website designs
done in Photoshop (or any other graphics editor) and the HTML 
code required to make them real.

***Opera goes free without ads
It's finally happened. Opera, the 3rd player in the browser market
(after Microsoft and Mozilla's Firefox), has finally made its popular
browser available for free--without embedded ads. Kevin Yank takes a
closer look at the move and what it means.

***User Group Members receive a special 50% discount Learning 
 Lab Courses
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:

Open Source
***Perlcast Interviews Jesse Vincent, author of "RT Essentials"

***What Is Free Software?
Today, free software is a large body of high-quality code on which much
of the internet depends for critical functions. But free software is
much more than a collection of programs. Karl Fogel examines free
software under three different lights: as a political movement, as a
programming methodology, and as a business model. Karl is the author of
"Producing Open Source Software."

****Installing Debian 
Debian GNU/Linux is a powerful and popular community-developed Linux
distribution--and the basis for several other useful and usable
distributions. With the recent release of Debian Sarge, it's better than
ever. Edd Dumbill, Debian developer and GNU/Linux advocate, walks
through a typical installation.

***Backward Compatibility? We've Heard of It
PHP 5's release has sparked a PR disaster for the popular open source
programming language because of some significant backwards compatibility

***Using FreeBSD's ACLs 
The standard Unix permissions scheme works fine if you have simple
needs, but juggling groups and users can grow unwieldy very quickly.
FreeBSD's Access Control Lists give you more control over who can access
files and directories. Dru Lavigne explains how to enable, understand,
and use them appropriately.

***How to Set Up Backup 3 and Save Your Data 
Combined with a hefty 1GB of online storage, Backup 3 provides .Mac
subscribers with a robust, easy-to-use workflow for protecting their
most valuable data. In this tutorial, Derrick Story shows you how to get
the most out of version 3, using both your iDisk and DVDs for preserving
your work.

***Installing Fink on Mac OS X 
The Fink project aims to port Unix software to Mac OS X and make it easy
to install. In this article, Koen Vervloesem shows you the ins and outs
of Fink, with some info about how it compares to DarwinPorts, another
package management system for Mac OS X.

***What Is ASP.NET? 
Part of the .NET Framework, ASP.NET allows developers to build dynamic
web apps and web services using compiled languages like VB.NET and C#.
Wei-Meng Lee provides a look under the ASP.NET hood, describing how it
works, its improved support in areas like state management and tracing
and debugging, and important new features in version 2.0. Wei-Meng is
the author of "ASP.NET: A Developer's Notebook."

***Using Windows Explorer with Alternate Credentials 
Running Windows using administrator credentials can be hazardous to the
health of your machine. Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows Server Hacks,"
shows you how you can help solve the problem by using Windows Explorer
while running alternate credentials.

***What Is C#?
Jesse Liberty reveals this little-understood secret: C# is really one of
two "coatings" of MSIL, the Microsoft Intermediate Language (the second
is Visual Basic 2005). Both C# and VB 2005 produce MSIL, and it is MSIL
that runs on the .NET platform. Jesse provides an overview of the C#
language and how it works within the .NET platform, and concludes with
resources for coding in C#. Jesse is the author of "Programming C#, 4th

***What Is Quartz?
Java programmers: if you've ever needed an application to perform a task
at a specific time, automatically, Chuck Cavaness suggests you check out
the Quartz Scheduler. Cavaness looks at this open source job-scheduling
framework, explains where to get it, how it works, and reviews its
feature set.

***What Is Hibernate?
Hibernate is a free open source Java package that makes it easy to work
with relational databases. James Elliott describes the "enlightened
laziness" that resulted in the development of Hibernate, how it works,
and when it makes good sense to use it in your projects. James is the
author of "Hibernate: A Developer's Notebook."

Digital Media
***Jack Herrington ("Podcasting Hacks") interviewed on the 
User Group Report on The MUG Center.
(You can also subscribe to this Podcast through iTunes.)

***Nate Howard: Midwestern Photographer in Iraq
A photojournalist from Rochester, Minnesota is assigned to cover a local
transportation unit on duty in Iraq. The images that Nate Howard
returned with document the Iraqi people and American soldiers from a
compassionate point of view.

***Julian Kwasneski: Inside Game Audio
If you've played Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, James
Bond, or any number of NBA, NFL, PGA, or NCCA console games, you've
likely heard the music and sound effects of Bay Area Sound. Cofounder
Julian Kwasneski takes us inside the process of optimizing audio for
games, then shares five MP3s.

***Make your own "PowerSquid"
Have you seen the "PowerSquid" on ThinkGeek? It's a very cool,
five-outlet power strip that allows you to plug in those bulky square
adapters. The Make team was going to order one, but they were out of
stock and so they made their own--with a total of eight outlets--for
almost half the price. Here's the simple cheap version.

Try a Sample Project from MAKE:

MAKE Show Archive:

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

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groups around the globe are up to:

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