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Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:07:22 -0800
From: Marsee Henon
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, February 22
To: pr@lugod.org

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   O'Reilly News for User Group Members
   February 22, 2008

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   Upcoming Events

   For more events, please see: events.oreilly.com

   O'Reilly Sponsors Code4lib Conference 2008                                 
   Feb 25-28, 2008                                                            
   Embassy Suites Downtown                                                    
   Portland, OR                                                               
   The Code4lib Conference is an outgrowth of a highly successful Access      
   Hackfest, wrapped into a conference format. The attendees are the folks    
   who implement, program, administer, and manage the systems and software    
   libraries use. Gold sponsorship by TOC Division.                           

   E.A. Vander Veer on WDEV Radio Live                                        
   Feb 26, 2008                                                         
   E.A. Vander Veer (author of the new Facebook: The Missing Manual)    
   will be live on WDEV-AM & FM Radio at 8:05am Central Time on         
   February 26th, 2008. She will be speaking for 20 minutes on various  
   topics regarding Facebook, security, and applications. Be sure to    
   tune in!                                                             [IMG]
   E.A. Vander Veer on WHAM Rochester New York                          
   Feb 26, 2008                                                         
   E.A. Vander Veer (author of the new Facebook: The Missing Manual)    
   will be live on WHAM Rochester NY for the Chet & Beth morning show   
   at 8:30am Central Time on February 26th, 2008. She will be speaking  
   for 10 minutes on various topics regarding Facebook, security, and   
   applications. Be sure to tune in!                                    

   PHP Conference                                                             
   Feb 29, 2008                                                               
   Inmarsat's international headquarters                                      
   London, UK                                                                 
   The PHP Conference represents a great opportunity for delegates with a     
   potential audience that includes web-developers, programmers, open-source  
   enthusiasts, and business-people. As well as being able to hear about some 
   of the most interesting current topics within PHP from people at the       
   forefront of the technology, delegates will also have the opportunity to   
   network with the other attendees. O'Reilly will be there, so come and      
   browse our latest books and benefit from a 35% discount on the day.        

   E.A. Vander Veer on the Jan Michkelson Show                                
   Feb 29, 2008                                                               
   E.A. Vander Veer (author of the new Facebook: The Missing Manual) will be  
   live on the Jan Mickelson Show for WHO-AM in Des Moines at 9:05am Central  
   Time on February 29th, 2008. She will be speaking for 30 minutes on        
   various topics regarding Facebook, security, and applications. Be sure to  
   tune in!                                                                   

   Barcamp                                                                    
   Mar 1-1, 2008                                                              
   The MEN Media Headquarters                                                 
   Manchester, UK                                                             
   It's been in the works for a while now, but it finally got announced:      
   BarCamp is coming to Manchester! And O'Reilly will be there with all kinds 
   of goodies. Do come and have a chat.                                       

   Sean Duggan Presents a Two-Day Workshop: "Creative Collage                 
   with Adobe Photoshop"                                          
   Mar 1-2, 2008                                                  
   Monteray Adult School                                          
   Monteray, CA                                                   
   This weekend workshop will focus on using Adobe Photoshop CS2  
   to explore the art of the photographic composite. Explorations 
   will range from simple collages and blended overlays to        
   combining two exposures of the same scene to control contrast, 
   to the creation of surreal, photo-realistic flights of fancy.  Sean Duggan
   Topics include: masking and knockout techniques; layers and    
   layer groups; simple collages based on image overlays, blend   
   modes and opacity; advanced blending options; precision        
   collage control with layer masks; image transformation tools   
   including Free Transform and Warp; Using Smart Objects to      
   preserve flexibility of transformed elements; creating a       
   photo-realistic collage from different source photos;          
   multi-exposure composites to control contrast; matching color  
   and lighting between images.                                   

   O'Reilly at SD West                                                        
   Mar 3-7, 2008                                                              
   Santa Clara Convention Center                                              
   Santa Clara, CA                                                            
   Stop by the O'Reilly booth (# 407) to check out our books and say hello.   

   O'Reilly Beautiful Code Authors at SD West 2008                            
   Mar 3, 2008                                                 
   Santa Clara Convention Center                               
   Santa Clara, CA                                             
   Meet Beautiful Code Authors -- Elliotte Rusty Harold,       
   Author/Adjunct Professor, Polytechnic University; Michael   
   Feathers, Senior Trainer/Mentor/Consultant, Object Mentor;  
   Alberto Savoia, CTO, Agitar Software; Christopher Seiwald,  Beautiful Code
   CEO, Perforce.                                              
                                                               
   What makes code beautiful? Is it all in the eye of the      
   beholder or is there an aesthetic of code we can all agree  
   on? How important is it for code to be beautiful? What      
   trade-offs can or should be made in the name of beauty?     
   Come hear several authors of the best-selling O'Reilly book 
   Beautiful Code discuss these and other questions.           

   O'Reilly WCF Authors at SD West 2008                                       
   Mar 3-7, 2008                                                              
   Santa Clara Convention Center                                              
   Santa Clara, CA                                                            
   Meet Learning WCF Author, Michele Bustamante, Chief Architect, IDesign,    
   Inc. and Programming WCF Services Author, Juval Lowy, President, IDesign,  
   Inc.                                                                       

   E.A. Vander Veer on the Kathryn Zox Show                                   
   Mar 3, 2008                                                                
   E.A. Vander Veer (author of the new Facebook: The Missing Manual) will be  
   live on the Kathryn Zox Show with WMET-AM Washington at 11:30am Central    
   Time on March 3rd, 2008. She will be speaking for 30 minutes on various    
   topics regarding Facebook, security, and applications. Be sure to tune in! 

   Emerging Technology Conference (ETech)                                     
   Mar 4-6, 2008                                                  
   San Diego, CA                                                  
   The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech) centers on ETech photo
   future technologies that truly matter. From robotics, health   
   care, and space travel to gaming, finance, and art, ETech      
   explores promising technologies new to the innovation horizon, 
   and investigates those that have been on the horizon too long. 

   Jesse Liberty at MIX08                                                     
   Mar 5-7, 2008                                                              
   The Venetian                                                               
   Las Vegas, NV                                                              
   Author Jesse Liberty (Programming .NET 3.5 and Learning ASP.NET with AJAX) 
   will be talking about Microsoft Silverlight.                               

   O'Reilly Authors Host Book Readings at SXSW                                
   Mar 7-11, 2008                                                             
   Austin, TX                                                                 
   O'Reilly authors Steve Souders (High Performance Web Sites), Todd Wilkens  
   (Subject to Change), Michael Yuan (Nokia Smartphone Hacks) and Thomas Myer 
   (Lead Generation on the Web) are participating in "Book Readings at the    
   South by Bookstore" during SXSW 2008.                                      

   O'Reilly at SXSW Interactive                                               
   Mar 9-11, 2008                                                        
   Austin Convention Center                                              
   Austin, TX                                                            SXSW
   The SXSW Interactive Festival brings together the world's most        
   creative web developers, designers, bloggers, wireless innovators,    
   and new media entrepreneurs. While you're there, stop by the O'Reilly 
   booth to say hi, and pick up some great new books.                    

   QCon London 2008                                                           
   Mar 10-14, 2008                                                            
   The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre                                   
   London, UK                                                                 
   QCon London 2008 is an Enterprise Software Development Conference,         
   providing a venue for learning, networking, and tracking innovation in     
   Java, .Net, Ruby, SOA, Languages of tomorrow, Banking Architectures,       
   Agile, Scrum and Software Architecture and Design. Come and meet some of   
   our authors at our booth. Book now and quote promo code:                   
   oreilly_qconlondon2008 and get -L-50 registration discount.                

   Derrick Story at Windsor Senior Computer User's Group                      
   Mar 10, 2008                                                               
   Rohnert Park, CA                                                           
   Author Derrick Story (The Digital Photography Companion, iPhoto 8: The     
   Missing Manual, and Digital Photography Hacks) presents "Digital           
   Photography Tips, Tricks, and Stunts."                                     

   O'Reilly at SPE (Society for Photographic Education)                       
   Mar 14-15, 2008                                                            
   Adam's Mark Hotel                                                          
   Denver, CO                                                                 
   The Society for Photographic Education is the longest-lived and largest    
   association devoted to photography and related media as it applies to      
   education, practice, and scholarship. While you're at the 45th National    
   Conference, stop by the O'Reilly booth to say hi, and check out our great  
   new books.                                                                 

   O'Reilly at PyCon                                                          
   Mar 14-15, 2008                                                      
   Chicago, IL                                                          PyCon
   Look for O'Reilly authors Noah Gift, Van Lindberg, and Brian         
   Fitzpatrick. Stop by the O'Reilly booth to say hi and pick up some   
   great new books.                                                     

   Sean Duggan Presents a Week-long Seminar: Creative Photoshop Enhancements  
   for Photographers                                                          
   Mar 17-21, 2008                                                            
   Palm Beach Photographic Centre                                             
   Delray Beach, FL                                                           
   Sean Duggan's (The Creative Digital Darkroom) week-long seminar at the     
   Palm Beach Photographic Centre combines presentation, artistic discovery,  
   making photographs and exploring the creative possibilities for image      
   transformation in the digital darkroom. Prerequisites include Imaging      
   Overview or equivalent experience.                                         

   E.A. Vander Veer on Computer Outlook Radio                                 
   Mar 17, 2008                                                               
   E.A. Vander Veer (author of the new Facebook: The Missing Manual) will be  
   live on Computer Outlook Radio at 7pm Central Time on March 3rd, 2008. She 
   will be speaking for an hour on various topics regarding Facebook. Be sure 
   to tune in!                                                                

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   Conference News

   O'Reilly Web 2.0 Conference Web 2.0 Expo
   September 16-19, 2008 in New York, NY
   The Call for Participation is now open. Web 2.0 Expo is for the builders
   of the next generation web: designers, developers, entrepreneurs,
   marketers, business strategists, and venture capitalists. O'Reilly and CMP
   are seeking the best and brightest in the Web 2.0 universe to show the
   world how the next Internet Revolution is being designed and delivered.
   To submit a proposal to speak at Web 2.0 Expo, click here.
   O'Reilly GSP West Conference O'Reilly GSP West Conference
   March 3-4, 2008 in San Diego, CA
   This two-day conference presents a behind-the-scenes look at the business
   and technology of social networking platforms. With MySpace, Facebook, and
   Flickr attracting millions of visitors each day, the implications for
   business, marketing, and software developers are enormous.
   Use code "gspw08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the early
   registration price. Click here to register for the conference.
   O'Reilly ETech Conference Registration for ETech Open
   March 3-6, 2008 in San Diego, CA
   Body hacking. DIY spectrum. Crowd visualization. Sensor games. ETech 2008
   will explore the tech that's influencing how we're seen as individuals and
   what affects our perception of the world around us.
   Use code "et08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the early
   registration price. Click here to register for the conference.
   O'Reilly 2008 MySQL Conference & Expo Registration is Open 2008 MySQL
   Conference & Expo Registration is Open
   April 14-17, 2008 in Santa Clara, CA
   The largest gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs worldwide, the
   event reflects MySQL's wide-ranging appeal and capabilities. The open
   atmosphere of the MySQL Conference & Expo helps IT professionals and
   community members to create the best database applications, tools, and
   software through expert instruction, hands-on tutorials, readily available
   MySQL developers, and guru business advice.
   Use code "mys08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
   registration price. Early registration discount deadline ends February 26.
   Click here to register for the conference.
   O'Reilly Web Expo SF Conference Web Expo SF Registration is Open
   April 22-25, 2008 in San Francisco, CA
   A companion event to the Web 2.0 Summit, Web 2.0 Expo is an expanded,
   inclusive gathering for the technology and business communities through a
   combined conference and trade show.
   Use code "websf08ug" when you register, and receive 15% off the early
   registration price. Click here to register for the conference.
   O'Reilly Where 2.0 2008 is Open Where 2.0 2008 is Open
   May 12-14, 2008 in Burlingame, CA
   At the O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, we expose the tools pushing the
   boundaries of the location frontier, track the emergence of new business
   models and services, and spend time examining new sources of data and the
   platforms for collecting them.
   Use code "whr08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
   registration price. Early registration discount deadline ends March 23.
   Click here to register for the conference.
   O'Reilly Registration for RailsConf 2008 is Open Registration for
   RailsConf 2008 is Open
   May 29-June 1, 2008 in Portland, OR
   Co-produced by Ruby Central and O'Reilly Media, RailsConf is "the" event
   for the growing Rails Community--the largest official gathering
   dedicatedto everything Rails. If you're passionate about Rails and what it
   helps you achieve--or if you're curious about how Rails can help you
   create web applications better and faster--this conference is the place to
   be.
   Use code "rc08usrg" when you register, and receive 15% off the
   registration price. Click here to register for the conference.

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   O'Reilly School of Technology

   OST O'Reilly School of Technology Courses: UG Members Receive a 30%
   Discount
   O'Reilly School of Technology has opened its virtual doors with
   educational offerings and certification for IT students looking to further
   their careers or to launch one. As an O'Reilly User Group member, you save
   on all the courses in the following University of Illinois Certificate
   Series:

     * PHP/SQL Programming--New!
     * Linux/Unix System Administration
     * Web Programming
     * Open Source Programming
     * .NET Programming
     * Client-Side Web Programming featuring AJAX

   To redeem, use Promotion Code "ORALL1" good for a 30% discount, in Step #2
   of the enrollment process. Each course comes with a free O'Reilly book and
   a 7-day money-back guarantee. Register online.

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   News from O'Reilly & Beyond

   UG News

   it 360Toronto Asterisk Users' Group at IT360.ca
   The Toronto Asterisk Users' Group has been working closely with IT360.ca
   conference organizers in Toronto and have put together an excellent
   Asterisk track. Speakers this year include "Asterisk: The Future of
   Telephony" authors Jim Van Meggelen, Leif Madsen, and Jared Smith.

   New York Times Spotlights Myths of Innovation
   "Epiphany has little to do with either creativity or innovation. Instead,
   innovation is a slow process of accretion, building small insight upon
   interesting fact upon tried-and-true process" writes Janet Rae-Dupree in
   her Sunday New York Times column featuring Scott Berkun's "The Myths of
   Innovation."

   How to Prevent Windows Vista's 'Green Ribbon of Death'
   Here's an excerpt from "Windows Vista Annoyances" at Computerworld.

   Installfest for Schools, Four Locations in the SF Bay Area, March 1
   Signup and join an installfest in San Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo, or
   Novato, CA and help the local schools at this open source community event.

   Leo Leporte's Interview with O'Reilly author Mikkel Aaland

   Editor Andy Oram posted several blogs exploring online technical
   information and its relation to professional computer books:

     * Educating computer users: the need for community/author collaboration
     * Two tools we need to improve online information
     * Developing an improved online environment for educating computer users

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   Articles

   ONLamp articleA Look Back at 10 Years of OSI
   It's been 10 years since the Open Source Initiative was launched, and what
   a 10 years it has been. Open Source has gone from an obscure and radical
   concept to a vibrant sector of the software landscape. For the 10th
   Anniversary, our faithful newshound Federico Biancuzzi talked to some of
   the early pioneers of the OSI (such as Bruce Perens and Eric Raymond)
   about where it came from and how it is relevant today.

   Aperture 2.0 with Joe Schorr
   Aperture 2.0 is faster, easier to use, and produces better images, says
   Joe Schorr, Apple Senior Product Manager. In this interview with Derrick
   Story, Joe explains how Aperture 2.0 meets those lofty claims. This chat
   covers a lot of new ground.

   Using Xenn for High Availability Clusters
   Virtualization is one approach that you can take to implementing clusters.
   But you still have to arrange to handle failures in a high-availability
   environment. Here's one solution, using Xen.

   Developing RESTful Web Services in Perl
   REST has become a widely used alternative to protocols such as SOAP,
   providing a simpler way to tell your server what you want to do without
   all that messy WSDL stuff. In this article, you'll see how to create a
   RESTful web service, using Perl.

   Music Technology at NAMM 2008
   Part 1: America's biggest musical instrument show debuted more high-tech
   wonders than ever this year. O'Reilly Digital Media prowled NAMM's five
   massive, noisy halls to bring back these high-tech hits.

   Part 2: We're back from NAMM 2008 with even more intriguing new gadgets
   and gear. Once again, the throbbing halls of America's biggest musical
   instrument trade show introduced a torrent of high-tech goodness. From a
   $99 Steinway to a truly killer guitar, from audible notation to singing
   keys, here's what you'll be playing this year.

   Katrin Eismann's Digital Darkroom Magic
   Katrin Eismann, coauthor of The Creative Digital Darkroom, sat down with
   Derrick Story at PhotoPlus Expo in New York for a chat about how the
   darkroom has evolved from chemical-based to digital, and how that
   evolution has influenced her approach to image making. Katrin touches on
   many interesting topics, including her explanation on 3-step sharpening.

   For more articles, go to: http://www.oreillynet.com/

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   Blogs

   Community Pricing for Books
   Ruby Turns 15 and Other Important Stuff
   10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Facebook
   Mac FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software)
   Where Did the Courier & Helvetica Fonts Go?
   O'Reilly Books and the Cuban Internet
   Learning Flex From Scratch: Meet the Authors, Meet Flex
   Sonar for your Home

   For more blogs, go to: http://www.oreillynet.com/blogs/

   Until next time-
   Marsee Henon
               Spreading the knowledge of innovators.O'Reilly.com
   O'Reilly Media, Inc. 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
   http://ug.oreilly.com/   http://ug.oreilly.com/creativemedia/

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