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From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
To: jenn at linuxchix.org
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, April 14
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 14:44:07 -0700

O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
April 14, 2005
-Help! We're Looking for Linux Book Reviewers 
-Promotional Material Available for Your Group
-Safari Affiliate Program for User Groups
Book Info
***Review books are available 
Copies of our books are available for your members to review--
send me an email and please include the book's ISBN number on 
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Allow at least four weeks for shipping. 

***Please send copies of your book reviews
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Just use code DSUG.

***Group purchases with better discounts are available
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touch with our sales department.

General News
***Help! We're Looking for Linux Book Reviewers
We have many new Linux books out and I'm having trouble finding reviewers.
Please let me know if you have any interested members. Some of our new
titles that need reviewing are "Linux in a Windows World," "Linux
Cookbook," "Linux Network Administrator's Guide, 3rd Ed," and many more.

***Promotional Material Available:
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-Missing Manual series bookmarks featuring the "Mac OS X: The Missing
Manual" and
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-"QuickBooks 2005: The Missing Manual" Flier
(This book is geared toward the Windows version only)

***Safari Affiliate Program for User Groups
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
April 14, 2005
Book News
-iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
-The Linux Enterprise Cluster
-Snort Cookbook
-Learning the bash Shell, 3rd Edition
-Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security
-Linux Desktop Hacks
-PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition
-Visual Studio Hacks
-Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual
-Sockets, Shellcode, Code and Porting
-MAKE Subscriptions Available
Upcoming Events
-Tim O'Reilly at AIWS, Los Angeles, CA--April 18-20
-Bonnie Biafore, ("Online Investing Hacks," "QuickBooks: The Missing
  Manual"), Kansas City Investor Fair, Overland Park, KS--April 29-30
-Tim O'Reilly, Location Technology and Business Intelligence Conference, 
  Philadelphia, PA--May 2-4
-Scott Berkun, ("The Art of Project Management") at BayCHI, 
  Palo Alto, CA--May 10
Conference News
-Last chance--Register for the 2005 MySQL Users Conference, 
  Santa Clara, CA--April 18-21
-MySQL Sessions in iCal
-O'Reilly Launches CodeZoo
-Ready to Build Your First Flash Project?
-RoboGames 2005
-The Bacula Philosophy
-Anatomy of an Attack: The Five Ps
-Learning Lab: Save on Open Source Programming Certificate
-17 Things You Might Not Know You Could Do with iWork
-Protect Your Source Code: Obfuscation 101
-Create Podcasts Using Your PC
-C# Generics: Collection Interfaces
-Building .NET Add-Ins for Windows Media Center Edition
-Form Your Own Design Pattern Study Group
-Managing Component Dependencies Using ClassLoaders
-Inside FL Studio--Euro Technoâs Secret Weapon, Part 1
-The File Manager Is Dead. Long Live the Lifeblog
-See Your Web Site on a Mac
-Search Engine Marketing
-Blogging Primer
>From Your Peers
-LinuxFest Northwest 2005, Bellingham, WA--April 30

Book News
Did you know you can request a free book to review for your
group? Ask your group leader for more information.

For book review writing tips and suggestions, go to:

Don't forget, you can receive 20% off any O'Reilly, No Starch, 
Paraglyph, Pragmatic Bookshelf, SitePoint, or Syngress book you 
purchase directly from O'Reilly.
Just use code DSUG when ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938.

***Free ground shipping is available for online orders of at 
least $29.95 that go to a single U.S. address. This offer 
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New Releases
***iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008775
O'Reilly has again fully updated its bestselling Missing Manual to reflect
the most recent versions of iPod and iTunes. These changes include all the
new iPod models (including iPod Photo and iPod Shuffle), Airport Express,
and the latest version of iTunes (4.7). Features an astonishing collection
of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts for prospective iPod owners, as well
as experienced iPodders.

Chapter 2, "The iPod Sync Connection," is available online:

***The Linux Enterprise Cluster
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270364
"The Linux Enterprise Cluster" is a practical guide for building and
installing an enterprise-class cluster for mission critical applications
using commodity hardware and open source software. Includes information on
how to build a high-availability server pair using the Heartbeat package,
how to use the Linux Virtual Server load balancing software, how to
configure a reliable printing system, and how to build a job scheduling
system with no single point of failure.

***Snort Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007914
Snort, the defacto standard of intrusion detection tools, can save
countless headaches; the new "Snort Cookbook" will save countless hours of
trial and error. Each "recipe" offers a clear description of a gnarly
problem, a concise but complete solution, and practical examples. But this
ultimate Snort sourcebook offers more than just immediate cut-and-paste
answers; it also showcases the best tips and tricks to leverage the full
power of Snort--and still have a life.

Chapter 7, "Miscellaneous Other Uses," is available online:

***Learning the bash Shell, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009658
If you are new to shell programming, this book provides an excellent
introduction, covering everything from the most basic to the most advanced
features. And if you've been writing shell scripts for years, it offers a
great way to find out what the new shell offers. This refreshed edition is
full of practical examples of shell commands and programs guaranteed to
make everyday use of Linux that much easier.

Chapter 4, "Basic Shell Programming," is available online:

***Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006268
Using an application-specific approach, this book provides sound technical
information on FreeBSD and OpenBSD security in conjunction with real-world
examples to help you configure and deploy a secure system. The authors
walk you through the installation of a hardened operating system, the
installation and configuration of critical services, and ongoing
maintenance of your FreeBSD and OpenBSD systems. Even administrators in
other environments--like Linux and Solaris--can find useful paradigms to
emulate here.

Chapter 1, "The Big Picture," is available online:

***Linux Desktop Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009119
With hacks that any user can follow, "Linux Desktop Hacks" demonstrates
how easy it is to modify Linux to suit your needs. The book is packed with
tips on customizing and improving the interface, boosting performance,
administering your desktop, and generally making the most out of what X,
KDE, Gnome, and the console have to offer.

Sample Hack 97, "Use an iPod with Linux," is available online (along with
four others):

***PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008821
Ideal for PC users of all levels, this revised version of the bestselling
book covers the gamut of common PC gripes, including those related to
Windows, hardware, email, Microsoft Office, and the Internet. It offers 50
additional pages of updated information guaranteed to get your system
purring again. Plus, you get access to more than 100 utilities that will
help you squash bugs, enhance your email, untangle a system snarl, and
much more.

Chapter 1, "Email Annoyances," is available online:

***Visual Studio Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008473
Offering valuable tips, tools, and tricks, this hands-on guide is designed
for developers who want to go far beyond the obvious features of Visual
Studio. You can read this book from cover to cover or, because each hack
stands its own, you can browse and jump to sections that interest you
most. Topics covered include code editor hacks, all manners of
customization, and even external tools such as PowerToys.

Sample Hack 44, "Speed Up Visual Studio," is available online (along with
four others):

***Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596004532
Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional photographer, this
comprehensive guide will help you become a more efficient, sophisticated
digital camera user by understanding all of Photoshop Elements 3's
capabilities. Offering page after page of valuable insight, "Photoshop
Elements 3: The Missing Manual" tackles such tasks as fixing image flaws,
organizing photos for display, and creating dynamic slide shows and photo
emails, with each feature explained in easy-to-understand language.

Chapter 4, "The Quick Fix," is available online:

***Sockets, Shellcode, Code, and Porting
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1597490059
In this groundbreaking book, bestselling author James C. Foster provides
cutting-edge detail on how the fundamental building blocks of software and
operating systems are exploited by malicious hackers. He provides working
code and scripts in C/C++, Java, Perl, and NASL to detect and defend
against attacks. The book is divided into five main categories
representing the major skill sets required by security professionals and
software developers: Coding, Sockets, Shellcode, Porting Applications, and
Coding Security Tools.

***MAKE 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:

The MAKE blog is available at:

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

***Tim O'Reilly at AIWS, Los Angeles, CA--April 18-20
Tim presents a keynote address, "Open Source Changes All The Rules of
Business," at the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summit

***Bonnie Biafore, ("Online Investing Hacks," "QuickBooks: The Missing
  Manual"), Kansas City Investor Fair,Overland Park, KS--April 29-30
Bonnie is a featured speaker at the NAIC Kansas City Investor Fair. She'll
be signing books there on both days, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

***Tim O'Reilly, Location Technology and Business Intelligence Conference,
  Philadelphia, PA--May 2-4
Tim presents a keynote address on the "Business Model Design Patterns for
the Internet Era" at this conference on how to more efficiently analyze
location-based information.

***Scott Berkun, ("The Art of Project Management") at BayCHI, 
  Palo Alto, CA--May 10
Scott presents "What To Do When Things Go Wrong: Saving Design Train
Wrecks" at the May meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of ACM
SIGCHI, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Conference News
***Last chance--Register for the 2005 MySQL Users Conference, 
  Santa Clara, CA--April 18-21
The MySQL Users Conference, co-presented by O'Reilly Media and MySQL AB,
brings together experts, users, and industry leaders with unique MySQL
insights, offering attendees a detailed look into new features in MySQL
5.0, sessions and workshops designed to teach best practices, and exposure
to new open source technologies.
For more information, go to:

Use code DSUG when you register, and receive 20% off the registration

To register for the conference, go to:

***MySQL Sessions in iCal
Now you can subscribe to the MySQL Users Conference information via iCal.

To receive up-to-date conference news and information, sign up for the
conference newsletter at oreilly.com.

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***O'Reilly Launches CodeZoo
CodeZoo exists to help you find high-quality, freely available, reusable
components, getting you past the repetitive parts of coding, and onto the
rest of your projects. The CodeZoo community, through component ratings,
tips, download tracking, and more, makes it easy to sort out the good code
from the rest.

Read Marc Hedlund's blog for the inside scoop:

***Ready to Build Your First Flash Project?
Claudia Snell, manager of the Worcester Macromedia User Group, has some
helpful resources and first projects to get you going. Go to article
number 5 in Macromedia's "The Edge Newsletter":

***RoboGames 2005 
Matchbox-size autonomous sumo bots, 350-pound combat robots, improvised
LEGO Mindstorms mix-ins, complex firefighters, daring ribbon climbers, and
more all converged--with their human counterparts--on San Francisco
recently for the 2005 RoboGames. Quinn Norton reports on what went on, and
what robotics enthusiasts learned from rubbing elbows with each other for
a weekend.

Open Source
***The Bacula Philosophy 
Bacula is a mature client-server backup solution that runs on several
platforms and flexibly meets many needs. It's also a good model for open
source development. Nathan Valentine (member of the Lexington Professional
Linux User's Group) recently interviewed lead developer Kern Sibbald on
the design, implementation, and future plans of the product.

***Anatomy of an Attack: The Five Ps 
The five Ps--Probe, Penetrate, Persist, Propagate, and Paralyze--represent
a model of how a security attack progresses. In this excerpt, Kerry Cox
and Christopher Gerg discuss an attack's progression through these five
steps, whether the attack is sourced from a person or an automated worm or
script. Kerry and Christopher are the authors of "Managing Security with
Snort & IDS Tools."

***Learning Lab: Save on Open Source Programming Certificate
Acquire the skills necessary for a complete understanding of programming
using open source operating systems and earn a Certificate from the
University of Illinois Office of Continuing Education. This five-course
series covers CGI programming with Perl, SQL database programming, PHP
programming, object-oriented programming with Java, and basic Linux/Unix
system administration. Enroll in all five courses by April 20th and save

***17 Things You Might Not Know You Could Do with iWork 
If you've installed iWork on your hard drive but haven't had a chance to
really dig into it yet, maybe this article will inspire you to do so.
Giles Turnbull takes you on a romp through this production suite showing
you lots of fun and useful things to do with it.

***Protect Your Source Code: Obfuscation 101
You can protect your applications from attack by applying obfuscation
techniques to convolute your source code. Matthew Russell shows you how.

***Create Podcasts Using Your PC 
Want to create a podcast? It's simpler than you think. Jake Ludington
shows you how to do it using tools virtually everyone has or can easily
acquire on a tiny budget.

***C# Generics: Collection Interfaces 
The .NET framework provides two sets of standard interfaces for
enumerating and comparing collections: the traditional (non-type-safe) and
the new generic type-safe collections. In this excerpt from "Programming
C#, 4th Edition," Jesse Liberty focuses on the key type-safe collection
interfaces, reviewing each collection interface and providing code
examples that demonstrate how to implement each one.

***Building .NET Add-Ins for Windows Media Center Edition 
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is an exciting platform for enjoying
all of your media from the comfort of your sofa. However, in many cases
you might wish to extend Media Center to perform functionality that it
does not have "out of the box." Microsoft has created a software
development kit that lets you write your own software that runs in Media
Center. In this article, Michael Earls shows you how to write your first
.NET add-in for Media Center Edition of Windows XP.

***Form Your Own Design Pattern Study Group 
Like most complex subjects, design patterns are best learned over a period
of time, not in a few sittings. Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Freeman,
coauthors of "Head First Design Patterns," suggest one way to ease the
learning curve (and have some fun along the way): form a study group,
using their book. If you're ready to get your engineering team together,
the Freemans get you started in this article with a plan to follow and
chapter-by-chapter questions to help generate discussion. 

***Managing Component Dependencies Using ClassLoaders 
Use of the Class-Path entry within a JAR file's manifest can help you
manage external dependencies--to a point. Once you start using multiple
JARs that need incompatible versions of external JARs, problems quickly
ensue. As Don Schwarz shows, you can get out of this problem by using your
own class loader to manage the dependencies.

Digital Media
***Inside FL Studio--Euro Technoâs Secret Weapon, Part 1
The software formerly known as Fruityloops delivers exceptional
music-making power for an amazingly low price. This tutorial explores some
of its little-known but cool features while also bringing newcomers up to

***The File Manager Is Dead. Long Live the Lifeblog
Christian Lindholm wants us to change the way we think about electronic
media, especially the way we store and archive it all. As part of his work
for Nokia, he's championing the Lifeblog era. Find out how it can
revolutionize the way you think about digital media.

***See Your Web Site on a Mac
Blane explores a tool that allows you to see what any web site will look
like on a Mac in Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer.

***Search Engine Marketing
Get an in-depth understanding of how search engines work, how they view
your web site, index your content and prioritize what to crawl.

***Blogging Primer
Blogs: you read 'em, you love 'em, you want one of your own! Now's your
chance to splash into the blogosphere, thanks to this handy primer. His
tutorial has the essential ingredients you'll need to establish and run
your own successful blog!

>From Your Peers
***LinuxFest Northwest 2005, Bellingham, WA--April 30
LinuxFest Northwest is the biggest LinuxFest in the Pacific Northwest and
Western Canada. You'll find from Google, IBM, Helix, SuSE/Novell, LPI, to
homemade Linux clusters, from amateur to professional. Presented by the
largest international consortium of LUGs ever on the campus of the
Bellingham Tech College. For presentation schedule and exhibits, go to:
See http://www.linuxnorthwest.org

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

Until next time--

Marsee Henon

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