O'Reilly News for User Group Members November 10, 2005

Neil Schneider pacneil at linuxgeek.net
Fri Nov 11 10:42:56 PST 2005

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
November 10, 2005
Book News
-The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers
-Greasemonkey Hacks
-Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell
-Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual
-C++ Cookbook
-Integrating Excel and Access
-Just Say No To Microsoft
-Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual
-Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual
-Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual
-Oracle PL/SQL for DBAs
-Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual
-Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook
-Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
-Programming ASP.NET, Third Edition
-Palm and Treo Hacks
-Photoshop Filter Effects Encyclopedia
-Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers
Conference News
-ETel Registration Now Open
-EuroOSCON in Amsterdam
-The Impact of "Ambient Findability"
-Laughing Lemur Contest at Findability.org
-Avoiding Oblivion in Your Tech Career
-Control Freaks: Modding and the Clash with Law
-User Group Members receive a special 50% discount on Learning
 Lab Courses
-MySQL 5.0 is Released
-What Is TurboGears (Hint: Python-Based Framework for Rapid Web
-What Is a Linux Distribution
-Sync Services Framework (How It Works and What You Can Do)
-Tiger's Improved Firewall (and How to Use It)
-Windows Server Hacks: Shadowing Remote Desktop Sessions
-Beware of Network Sniffers
-JBoss Cache as a POJO Cache
-Take Command With AJAX
-The Community of Web 2.0
-MacVoices Features Leander Kahney "The Cult of iPod"
-Vince Lawrence: 8,000 Square Feet of iTunes
-The PEZ MP3 player--A Project, Dream, and a Reality
-Give the Gift of MAKE Magazine--Special Offer for UG Members

Book News
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New Releases
***The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100183
In the world of digital photography, Digital Asset Management (DAM)
refers to every part of the process that follows the taking of the
picture, through final output and permanent storage. Anyone who
shoots, scans, or stores digital photographs is practicing some form
of DAM, but most of us are not doing so systematically or efficiently.
In "The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers,"
photographer Peter Krogh presents a solid plan and practical advice on
how to file, find, protect, and re-use photographs, focusing on best
practices for digital photographers using Adobe Photoshop CS2.

***Greasemonkey Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101651
Greasemonkey--the new Firefox extension that allows you to write
scripts that alter the web pages you visit--allows you to alter site
appearance, fix bugs, or even combine data from different web sites to
meet your own needs. Some people are content to receive information
from web sites passively; some people want to control it. For those
who prefer to customize and control their content, "Greasemonkey
Hacks" provides the expertise you need to take command of any web page
you view.

***Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0-596-00943-7
For consumers, developers, and programmers alike, the up-to-the-minute
"Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell" provides the perfect overview of Tiger.

***Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101554
For anyone interested in zeroing in on just the information they need
without all the complicated jargon, "Windows XP for Starters: The
Missing Manual" provides just the solution. With easy-to-follow,
step-by-step instructions, and plenty of illustrations this book
offers a refreshingly simple approach to XP. Whether you're a
first-time user who just wants the basics, or an experienced user who
simply needs a quick overview, our new "Windows XP For Starters:
Missing Manual" is designed to deliver what you need to know.

***C++ Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007612
Less a tutorial than a problem-solver, this practical guide shows you
how to solve many of the real-world problems that C++ developers
encounter, including how to parse a date and time string and how to
create a singleton class. It's a trusted source of information for
engineers, programmers, and researchers alike, presented in O'Reilly's
classic question-solution-discussion format.

Chapter 10, "Streams and Files," is available online:

***Integrating Excel and Access
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009739
This unique reference shows you how to combine the powerful analysis
tools of Excel with the structured storage and more powerful querying
of Access. It covers everything you need to know, including
interfaces, object models, and code. Learn how to crunch and visualize
data like never before. Perfect for all Microsoft Office users.

Chapter 3, "Data Access from Excel VBA," is available online:

***Just Say No To Microsoft
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 159327064X
Just Say No to Microsoft begins by tracing Microsoft's rise from tiny
startup to monopolistic juggernaut and explains how the company's
practices have discouraged innovation, stunted competition, and helped
foster an environment ripe for viruses, bugs and hackers. Readers
learn how they can dump Microsoft products and continue to be
productive. Includes full explanations of alternate operating systems,
such as Linux and Mac, and outlines various software applications that
can replace the familiar Microsoft products.

***Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101546
"Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual" gives you the information you
need to make Excel do exactly what you want. Clear explanations (with
lots of examples), illustrations, timesaving advice, and step-by-step
instructions guide you through the most useful features of Excel 2002
and 2003--including how to build spreadsheets, add and format
information, print reports, create charts and graphics, and use basic
formulas and functions.

Chapter 2, "Adding Information to Worksheets," is available online:

***Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101589
With "Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual," author Barbara
Brundage has written the perfect digital photography guide that covers
features and techniques--for the most common editing solutions to the
more advanced. In a clear, easy-to-read format, the author provides
step-by-step instructions so readers can learn the right editing
techniques for producing and sharing beautiful digital photography.

***Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008422
Think you have to be a technical wizard to build a great web site?
Think again. For anyone who wants to create an engaging web site--for
either personal or business purposes--"Creating Web Sites: The Missing
Manual" demystifies the process and provides tools, techniques, and
expert guidance for making your ideas and vision a reality with a
professional and reliable web presence.

Chapter 6, "Style Sheets," is available online:

***Oracle PL/SQL for DBAs
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005873
PL/SQL, Oracle's powerful procedural language, has been the
cornerstone of Oracle application development for nearly 15 years.
primarily a tool for developers, PL/SQL has also become an essential
tool for database administration. DBAs who have not yet discovered how
helpful PL/SQL can be will find this book a superb introduction to the
language and its special database administration features. Even if you
have used PL/SQL for years, you'll find the detailed coverage in this
book to be an invaluable resource.

***Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006659
"Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual" delivers everything you
need to use Access right away. The quick and painless way to learn how
to put the world's most popular desktop data management program to
work for you, this book explains all the most useful features of
Access 2003--including designing and creating databases, organizing
filtering information, and generating effective forms and reports.

***Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100221
You don't have to be a Photoshop expert to create sophisticated
effects. With 61 easy-to-follow recipes, "Photoshop Photo Effects
Cookbook" shows you how to use Photoshop CS2 to simulate classic
camera and darkroom techniques and special effects-without making you
learn Photoshop
inside and out first. This book is packed with hundreds of full-color 
photographs, step-by-step instructions, and many practical tips.

***Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100299
This quick reference has been reworked to present you with the current
state of Unix. Featuring chapter overviews, in-depth command coverage,
and specific examples, it's the perfect supplement for Unix users and
programmers. New topics include package management programs, source
code management systems, and the Solaris 10, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS X
systems. <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/unixnut4/>

Chapter 16, "The GNU make Utility," is available online:

***Programming ASP.NET, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600916X
This updated bestseller has been completely refreshed to give you the
inside story on ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. It features a
comprehensive tutorial on Web Forms and detailed explanations of all
new Web server, HTML, and custom controls. Ideal for web developers
looking to create dynamic, interactive web applications.

***Palm and Treo Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059610054X
Written for beginning to experienced Palm users, "Palm and Treo Hacks"
is full of practical, ingenious tips and tricks you can apply
immediately. Whether you're looking to master the built-in
applications or you want to trick out your Palm to its fullest extent,
this book will show you how.

Sample Hacks such as "Get the Most Out of the To Do List" and
"Use Your Treo as a Modem," are available online:

***Photoshop Filter Effects Encyclopedia
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100213
"Photoshop Filter Effects Encyclopedia" explains and decodes the
settings of every filter that Photoshop CS2 has to offer. And, unlike
many reference books, it is filled with easy-to-follow, step-by-step
recipes for creating truly amazing effects using Photoshop filters.
Packed with hundreds of full-color photographs, clearly written
instructions, and practical tips, this book is the ultimate,
no-nonsense Photoshop CS2 Filters reference for creative
photographers, designers, and artists.

***Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100205
Layer blending modes have been part of Photoshop for years, but
they're not easy to understand at first glance. With clear,
instructions, an easy-to-follow format, and hundreds of full-color
examples, "Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital
Photographers" shows you how to use blending modes to achieve a wide
range of image adjustments and special effects-without first having to
learn everything there is to know about Photoshop.

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
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
discount code. Please email marsee at oreilly.com for details.

To register for the conference, go to:

***EuroOSCON has come and gone in Amsterdam
It was a great experience and attendee comments ranged from
"wonderful" to "I'll be back again next year!" OSCON will definitely
be back in Europe next fall, as well as in Portland in July. Check out
Convention Coverage Page for all the latest session files pictures 
and news.

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***The Impact of "Ambient Findability"
Peter Morville, author of "Ambient Findability," discusses the results
of being able to find anything from anywhere at anytime, thanks to
ubiquitous computing and the Net in this Business Week article.

***Laughing Lemur Contest at Findability.org
To enter, snap a photo that includes the lemur, upload it to Flickr,
and tag it with ambientfindability. Entries will be accepted through
December 11, 2005. Evaluation criteria include popularity (in Flickr,
Google, de.licio.us), comicality (make the lemur laugh), and other
facets of the user experience. The winner will receive a $500 Amazon
Gift Certificate, a $100 O'Reilly Gift Certificate, and autographed
copies of the lemur and polar bear books. For contest details and 
rules, please go to:

***Avoiding Oblivion in Your Tech Career
Life moves quickly for the technologist, so it's imperative to stay
young and vital in one's tech career. Using the analogy of
Shakespeare's renowned soliloquy from As You Like It on the seven
phases of life, Michael Havey offers tips on how you can sustain
technology excellence well into your golden years. Michael is the
author of "Essential Business Process Modeling."

***Control Freaks: Modding and the Clash with Law
Modders, and the millions more who possess a natural creativity and an
urge to get control over their lives, have, as Andy Oram puts it,
"tumbled head-on into a legal snake pit." Their passion for changing
things has become one of the fastest up-and-coming social trends in
the US, and thus has drawn the litigious eye of large entertainment
and media companies. Andy remains optimistic, however, that modders
themselves can find ways to shift the focus away from modding as a
legal issue, and toward a view of modding as a social and business

***User Group Members receive a special 50% discount on 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
***MySQL 5.0 is Released
Kevin Yank goes over the new release of MySQL, the ever popular
open-source database software, and what new features it contains.

***What Is TurboGears? (Hint: Python-Based Framework for Rapid Web
TurboGears is a Python-based framework that enables you to quickly
build database-driven, ready-to-extend web applications. In this
article, Matthew Russell takes you inside this framework for a look at
internal mechanisms, then introduces you to its creator, Kevin

***What Is a Linux Distribution?
The Linux kernel may be the star of the show, but like any star, it
needs a supporting cast. In this case, the supporting cast is known as
a Linux distribution--a useful set of system and application programs
bundled with the OS. Edd Dumbill serves up overviews of the major
Linux distributions as well as the specialist distros, and for who (or
what) each distro is best suited.

***Sync Services Framework (How It Works and What You Can Do)
With Tiger, Apple introduced a new extensible Sync Services framework
embedded into the OS. And it's available to any application, not just
Apple programs. Mary Norbury-Glaser explains this framework and shows
you practical examples of its implementation.

***Tiger's Improved Firewall (and How to Use It)
Among Tiger's many enhancements, Apple introduced a whole new firewall
called ipfw2. It works just the like the old firewall, but has new
features that allow greater flexibility and more control. In this
article, Peter Hickman shows you some of the new features and how you
can use them to more easily manage your firewall.

***Windows Server Hacks: Shadowing Remote Desktop Sessions
Shadowing Terminal Services sessions is a cool feature of Windows
Server 2003 that lets you remotely control the desktop session of
another Terminal Services user.

***Beware of Network Sniffers
Network sniffing is harder than most people think, but that doesn't
mean it's not a threat. Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows Server
Hacks," tells you the truth about sniffing dangers, and shows you how
to protect your network.

***JBoss Cache as a POJO Cache
Typical in-memory cache systems can trip you up in ways you don't
expect, from mangled object relationships to overly expensive
serialization operations. A POJO cache offers a simpler,
lower-maintenance alternative. Ben Wang uses JBoss Cache to show how
POJO caches work.

***Take Command With AJAX
Want to get a bang out of your AJAX artillery? In this hands-on
tutorial, Stoyan puts AJAX on the front line as he develops a web app
with which you can execute shell commands on your web server. The
downloadable code provides a real tactical advantage as Stoyan
marshals JavaScript and XML to create the application.

***The Community of Web 2.0
In this 48-minute audio program from the Web 2.0 conference, Tim
O'Reilly speaks with Sun Microsystems COO Jonathan Schwartz and
Mozilla Foundation president Mitchell Baker about developer
distribution, architectures and expandability, and the value of open

Digital Media
***MacVoices Features Leander Kahney "The Cult of iPod"
No Starch Author Leander Kahney discusses the impact of the iPod and
how it has changed the music industry, the music culture and how music
is consumed.

***Vince Lawrence: 8,000 Square Feet of iTunes
Step inside the cavernous studio of Chicago's Slang Musicgroup, where
teams of computer-packing producers create hit songs and remixes in a
vast range of styles—inspired by 20,000 CDs worth of networked

***The PEZ MP3 player--A Project, Dream, and a Reality
Pat Misterovich is a stay-at-home dad with a one-person company who
had a dream to make an MP3 player that looks like a PEZ dispenser.
We've been covering Pat's PEZ MP3 player throughout the year, reading
his progress and milestones, anxiously awaiting the arrival of this
dream-turned-PEZ MP3 player.

Sample Projects from MAKE:

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