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LinuxChix Coordinator jenn at linuxchix.org
Thu Mar 24 22:26:29 EST 2005

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From: Marsee Henon <marsee at oreilly.com>
To: jenn at linuxchix.org
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, March 17
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 15:43:37 -0800

O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
March 17, 2005
-We Need Help!
-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 
your request. Let me know if you need your book by a certain date. 
Allow at least four weeks for shipping. 

***Please send copies of your book reviews
Email me a copy of your newsletters or book reviews.
For tips and suggestions on writing book reviews, go to:

***Discount information
Don't forget to remind your members about our 20% discount on O'Reilly, 
No Starch, Paraglyph, Pragmatic Bookshelf, SitePoint, and Syngress 
books and O'Reilly conferences. 
Just use code DSUG.

***Group purchases with better discounts are available
Please let me know if you are interested and I can put you in 
touch with our sales department.

General News
***Attention PC Groups--Do you have a QuickBooks or money SIG?
Let me know and I'll send a copy of our new "QuickBooks: The Missing
Manual." Sorry, this book is for Windows users only.

***Web site and Newsletter Editors--New Sample Chapters Page Available
You can use the sample chapters or sample hacks we provide online for your
group's web site or newsletter. Just reprint the article and include a URL
back to the original page. You 
can always find the latest chapters here:

***Promotional Material Available:
The following items are available for your next meeting.
Numbers are limited so please don't wait too long.

Let me know the type and the amount you would like
and I will do my best.

-"QuickBooks 2005: The Missing Manual" Flier
(This book is geared toward the Windows version only)

-2005 O'Reilly Winter Book Catalogs

-SitePoint Sampler Booklets

-MySQL Users Conference Brochures
Santa Clara, CA--April 18-21


***Safari Affiliate Program for User Groups
Give your members access to content from Safari's thousands of technology
books, right on your site--for free--and raise money for your user group
at the same time.

For more information and to sign up for the Safari Affiliate Program,
go to:

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
March 17, 2005
Book News
-Aggressive Network Self-Defense
-IPv6 Network Administration
-Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition
-QuickBooks 2005: The Missing Manual
-Outlook 2003 Personal Trainer
-Intrusion Prevention and Active Response
-Python Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition
-Word 2003 Personal Trainer
-Learning Windows Server 2003
-Cyber Spying
-MAKE Magazine
Upcoming Events
-Tom Stafford and Matt Webb ("Mind Hacks"), Foyles Bookshop, 
  London, UK--March 23
-Bonnie Biafore ("QuickBooks: The Missing Manual" & 
  "Online Investing Hacks"), EduFest, Denver, CO--March 26
-Bonnie Biafore, the AAII Denver Chapter Meeting, 
  Denver, CO--April 4
Conference News
-Register for the 2005 MySQL Users Conference, 
  Santa Clara, CA--April 18-21
-Where 2.0 Conference Debut
-From the Labs: ETech 2005
-The SafariU Revolution: An Interview with Professor Kent Sandoe
-No Starch Titles Included in MIT Review Article
-O'Reilly Learning Lab: $200 Instant Rebate
-MAKE Subscriptions Available
-Secure Batch Email with UUCP and SSH
-Subversion UI Shootout
-Building Connected Embedded Systems
-Closed Source PHP
-Getting Things Done with Your Mac
-Exploring the Mac OS X Firewall
-Inside StYNCies
-Receive Podcasts Using Your PC
-Enhanced Text Input in Windows Forms 2.0
-Go Wireless
-Building Modular Applications with Seppia
-Reducing Upgrade Risk with Aspect Oriented Programming
-High Tech Hybrid: The Casio EX-P505 Digital Camera
-Doc Wiley: Master of the 30-Hour Album
-Customizing GMail with Grease Monkey
-Why Consistency is Critical
>From Your Peers
-Powered by Detroit Flash/ColdFusion Conference, Detroit, MI--April 9-10

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 
applies to U.S. delivery addresses in the 50 states and Puerto Rico.
For more details, go to:

New Releases
***Aggressive Network Self-Defense
ISBN: 1931836205
Publisher: Syngress
The name says it all. This is the first book to analyze the technical,
legal, and financial ramifications of revolutionary and controversial
network strike-back and active defense techniques. The authors reveal
tightly guarded secrets to expose your online attackers and provide
valuable information for finding and prosecuting criminal hackers. Learn
how to identify, target, and nullify your adversaries through expert
techniques and real-life examples.

***IPv6 Network Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009348
This essential guide explains what works, what doesn't, and most of all,
what's practical about IPv6. A must-have for network administrators
looking to fix their network's scalability and management problems, this
book also covers other IPv6 benefits, such as routing, integrated
auto-configuration, quality-of-services, enhanced mobility, and end-to-end

Chapter 5, "Installation and Configuration," is available online:

***Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009186
"Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition" is an ideal all-in-one resource for XP
beginners as well as experienced power users. Now completely revised and
updated to cover Service Pack 2 (SP2), the second edition of this
bestseller breaks down the new SP2 features, including IE pop-up blocker,
Windows Firewall, and the new wireless client. You'll also find timesaving
hacks for security, file distribution, digital media, web browsing, and

Hack 36, "Surf Anonymously Without a Trace," is available online along
with 9 others hacks:

***QuickBooks 2005: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009011
"QuickBooks 2005: The Missing Manual" is a comprehensive guide that
examines everything the QuickBooks Pro Windows edition has to offer, from
invoices and inventory to assets and accounts payable. By covering details
in a friendly and lighthearted way, the book explains when and why a
feature is useful and then offers indispensable, relevant advice. Each
page provides insightful tips and tricks to help readers become more
efficient, sophisticated users no matter what the extent of their existing

***Outlook 2003 Personal Trainer
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009356
This fully illustrated book takes a modular approach to learning, allowing
you to start with the fundamentals and then work your way up to advanced
topics--at your own pace. Designed to address both beginners and experts,
this handy reference is written in a non-technical style that you're bound
to find engaging and informative. The companion CD tutorial guides you
through each lesson interactively.

Chapter 8, "Advanced E-Mail Features," is available online:

***Intrusion Prevention and Active Response
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 193226647X
This is the first book-length work that specifically concentrates on the
concept, implementation, and implications of intrusion prevention and
active response. The authors establish a common understanding of the
terminology and then compare the many approaches to intrusion prevention.
In short, this book serves as a reference for next-generation IDS
technology that provides active response and intrusion prevention
functions both at the network and host levels.

***Python Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009402
With its convenient, quick-reference format, this book is the perfect
on-the-job reference that delivers need-to-know information at the flip of
a page. This third edition has been refreshed to cover Python 2.4 and also
includes an easy-lookup index to help developers find answers fast. The
"Python Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition" serves as the perfect companion to
"Learning Python" and "Programming Python."

***Word 2003 Personal Trainer
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009364
As the most complete and engaging tutorial available for Word, this
invaluable guide details all of the latest advancements to Word 2003,
featuring sections on templates, WordArt, charts, and drawings, plus
advanced topics like how to perform mail merges and create web pages. To
best guide learning, this Personal Trainer includes detailed diagrams,
dozens of task-oriented lessons, and a fully interactive training
simulation CD--everything you need to become a Word pro.

Chapter 8, "Performing a Mail Merge," is available online:

***Learning Windows Server 2003
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006241
"Windows Server 2003" is the right server for a world dominated by
enterprise networks and web-based server applications, but getting this
server up and running is a formidable task. Our no-fluff guide gives you
exactly what you need for installing, configuring, securing, and managing
Server 2003, and offers hands-on advice for planning, implementing, and
growing Windows networks without trying to teach you how to be a system

Chapter 10, "Windows Terminal Services," is available online:

***Cyber Spying 
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1931836418
Have you ever wondered about that friend your spouse emails, or who they
spend hours chatting online with? Are you curious about what your children
are doing online, who they meet, and what they talk about? Do you worry
about them finding drugs and other illegal items online, and wonder what
they look at? This book shows you how to monitor and analyze your family's
online behavior. 

***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:

***Tom Stafford and Matt Webb ("Mind Hacks"), Foyles Bookshop, 
  London, UK--March 23
Spend a mind boggling evening with "Mind Hacks" authors Tom Stafford and
Matt Webb, who will demonstrate happiness, and optical tricks to see how
the brain responds. In the process, you'll learn a little bit more about
how this fearsomely complex organ works. No previous neuroscience
experience necessary! Please bring a pen--and your brain--if you'd like to
play along. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are 4 pounds (redeemable
on the purchase of any O'Reilly title that evening), and can be booked by
calling 0870 4202777, visiting Foyle's site, or dropping by the shop.
113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, UK

***Bonnie Biafore ("QuickBooks: The Missing Manual" & 
  "Online Investing Hacks"), EduFest, Denver, CO--March 26
Bonnie is a featured speaker at the NAIC Rocky Mountain Chapter EduFest.

***Bonnie Biafore, AAII Denver Chapter Meeting, Denver, CO--April 4
Bonnie discusses online investing with members of the Denver Chapter of
the American Association of Individual Investors.

Conference News
***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:

***Where 2.0 Conference Debut
Join us at the first O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference June 29-30 in San
Francisco. Explore the emerging consumer and enterprise ecosystems around
location-aware technologies--like GPS, RFID, WLAN, cellular networks, and
networked sensors--that enable an ever-growing array of capabilities from
local search and mapping to enterprise integration and commercial
applications. Registration opens in April.

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

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***From the Labs: ETech 2005 
On the opening day of O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference, attendees
got a preview of projects that may or may not ever be released as full
scale products from Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google.

For more ETech coverage:

***The SafariU Revolution: An Interview with Professor Kent Sandoe
Professor Kent Sandoe of the Information Systems Department of Chico State
University wanted to produce a textbook on information security for his
Systems Management course this semester, but at the last minute, those
plans fell through. He turned to SafariU, OâReillyâs new web-based
platform for creating, publishing, and sharing textbooks. Read about his
experience in this interview.

Visit SafariU for a video demo

***No Starch Titles Included in MIT Review Article
"Hack License," by Simson Garfinkel ("Database Nation"), includes No
Starch's "Hacking: The Art of Exploitation" and "Hacking the XBox."

***O'Reilly Learning Lab: $200 Instant Rebate
Learning programming languages and development techniques has never been
easier. Using your web browser and Useractive's Learning Sandbox technology, 
the Learning Lab gives you hands-on, online training in a creative
environment. This month, receive a $200 instant rebate (and a Certificate
from the University of Illinois Office of Continuing Education upon course
completion) when you enroll in any Certificate Series.

Open Source
***Secure Batch Email with UUCP and SSH 
Not everyone has reliable, always-on Internet access. For some,
reliability has to come through software, not hardware. Fortunately,
protocols designed to work around slow and unreliable networks still work.
Christophe Prevotaux demonstrates how to set up FreeBSD, Postfix, and SSH
to send and receive email via UUCP.

***Subversion UI Shootout 
As Subversion continues to take over from CVS, more advanced interfaces
have started to appear. How do they compare to each other? How do they
compare to the svn CLI tool? Jeremy Jones puts svn, RapidSVN, and
TortoiseSVN though their paces and draws out UI principles along the way.

***Building Connected Embedded Systems 
Embedded systems aren't all Linux; microcontrollers still dominate the
scene. Erstwhile hardware hackers, rejoice! The tools for programming
microcontrollers work just fine under Linux. George Belotsky starts a
series on embedded development by demonstrating what you have to do to
make Hello World run.

***Closed Source PHP
A look at the many different options PHP Developers have for protecting
their source code from prying eyes when creating commercial PHP

***Getting Things Done with Your Mac 
Even the most savvy Mac user can have problems staying organized. A number
of tips for using a Mac to help organize your life are available from 43
Folders and other sources. This article takes a look at them with the help
of Merlin Mann himself.

***Exploring the Mac OS X Firewall 
Like so many tools built in to Mac OS X, the firewall just works. But
what's really going on inside it? Peter Hickman explains why the firewall
works so well, and then takes you inside and shows you how to fiddle with
things. In the end, he returns you safely to the default settings.

***Inside StYNCies 
Stickies is one of the handiest little apps out there. It's been bundled
with Apple's operating systems for ages, but Apple hasn't yet taken
advantage of the new possibilities for it. This first installment of a
two-part series works through building a partial implementation of
StYNCies, a neat little utility that synchronizes your Stickies to your
iPod and/or iDisk.

***Receive Podcasts Using Your PC 
Receiving podcasts using free software, your PC, and a portable music
player is a snap. Jake Ludington shows you how to do it in a few easy

***Enhanced Text Input in Windows Forms 2.0 
Visual Studio 2005 provides enhanced controls for managing data input in
Whidbey. In this new column by Jesse Liberty, he discusses the advanced
WinForms Text Input control.

***Go Wireless 
Here's an excerpt from "Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, 2nd Edition,"
that shows you how to set up a simple wireless network, connect that
network to the Internet, connect your wireless devices to other people's
wireless networks, and prevent others from sneaking onto your network. All
without wires, and the most amazing thing is that it actually works. 

***Building Modular Applications with Seppia 
Isn't object-oriented programming supposed to be about code reuse? The
Seppia framework encourages reuse by allowing you to combine functionality
collected in multiple .jar files, stitching the behavior together with
JavaScript. Lorenzo Puccetti has an introduction to this interesting

***Reducing Upgrade Risk with Aspect Oriented Programming 
Upgrading code in the field is usually frowned upon, if not prohibited
outright, because of the risk and expense of pushing code changes through
a release cycle. But could you just insert the tiny bit of code you need
with AOP? Stephen B. Morris looks at how careful design and separation of
responsibilities can make this less risky.

Digital Media
***High Tech Hybrid: the Casio EX-P505 Digital Camera
The Casio EX-P505 is a smart-looking, 5-megapixel camera that fits in the
palm of your hand. It captures full-frame, full-motion digital movies with
ease, and it's packed with creative features sure to stir the imagination
of fun-loving photographers. Derrick Story helps you decide if this is a
high-tech toy or a real photographic tool.

***Doc Wiley: Master of the 30-Hour Album
Pro Tools wiz Doc Wiley combines studio psychology and cutting-edge
technology to coax the best performances out of artists ranging from U2 to
Whitney Houston. Here are some of his favorite approaches.

***Customizing Gmail with Grease Monkey
Learn about using Firefox Extensions to customize Gmail, or any other web
site you visit, thanks to the power of the Document Object Model and

***Why Consistency is Critical
Consistency is the cornerstone of a positive user experience. But
consistency means more than simply putting your nav at the top left, your
search on the right. Gerry explores consistency, explaining what it is,
why it's important, and the areas where consistency counts.

>From Your Peers
***Powered by Detroit Flash/ColdFusion Conference, Detroit, MI--
  April 9-10
The conference will feature expert speakers on Flash, ColdFusion, Flex,
Dreamweaver, and more, with emphasis on development of Rich Internet
Applications. Participants will engage in two days of cutting-edge
seminars, talks, and discussions on the latest web development tools and
techniques, while also enjoying the company of like-minded professionals.
The event features Macromedia's Greg Rewis and Ben Forta as keynote
speakers, and other top experts, including Kevin Hoyt, Michael Dinowitz,
Hal Helms, Simon Horwith, Jeffry Houser, Charlie Arthart, Shlomy Gantz and
Alexandru Costin.

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--

LinuxChix Coordinator <jenn at linuxchix.org>

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