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and forgot to send it along!

Hi there,

I'd like to start with a couple of requests for help:

We're looking for Facebook developers to review two manuscripts. One on
FBML (Facebook Markup Language) and the other is a Facebook Cookbook. If
you're interested, send me a note.

We're also looking for middle school contacts who work with technology.
Do you know of anyone who might want to take a look at a new book we're
working on called HackerTeen?

Here's a video with more information:

And if you're looking for more videos, we have plenty.
Why not show your favorite at your next meeting?

Our recent O'Reilly Webinar, "Writing LINQ Queries with LINQPad" is a
must-view webinar for anyone working in C# 3.0 and Framework 3.5.

Tim O'Reilly at ETech: Why I Love Hackers

David Pogue at MacWorld: Leopard Secrets

O'Reilly wins Five Jolt awards at SD West including Best General book
for "Beautiful Code" and Best Web site for radar.oreilly.com:

Need an expo hall pass for Photoshop World Las Vegas April 3 and 4?
Please share it with your members. <http://oreilly.com/PSW-TechExPass.pdf>

Here's a recent article on Tim O'Reilly from our local paper,
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***Jonathan Zdziarski at the MIT Spam Conference
Mar. 27-28, 2008
MIT Stata Center
Cambridge, MA
Jonathan Zdziarski, leading iPhone app developer and author of iPhone
Open Application Development, presents "Adaptive Language Parsing."

***Jesse Liberty at VSLive! San Francisco
Mar. 30-Apr. 3, 2008
Moscone Convention Center West
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***O'Reilly Sponsor at MuleCon 2008
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***Dru Lavigne Speaks at Flourish
Apr. 4-5, 2008
Chicago, IL
Dru Lavigne (BSD Hacks) will be speaking at Flourish in Chicago, IL from
April 4-5, 2008. She will be speaking on women in open source, as well
as manning the BSD booth and proctoring the BSDA exam. Keep an eye out
for her!

***Sean Duggan Presents an All-Day Workshop: "Selections & Masking in Adobe
Photoshop CS3"
Apr. 11, 2008
Outreach College, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI
Sean Duggan's (The Creative Digital Darkroom) day-long seminar will
focus on essential Photoshop concepts and techniques for creating
accurate selections, alpha channels and layer masks for precision
control in the modification of photographic images.

***Brandon Schauer at Information Architecture Summit 2008
Apr. 12-14, 2008
Miami, FL
The Information Architecture Summit is the premier gathering place for
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how topics such as social networking, gaming, patterns, tagging,
taxonomies, and a wide range of IA tools and techniques can help as
users \223experience information." Brandon Schauer (co-author of Subject to
Change will be presenting on the topic of "The Long Wow."

***Sean Duggan Presents a Weekend Seminar: "Creative Collage with Adobe
Photoshop CS3"
Apr. 12-13, 2008
Outreach College, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI
Sean Duggan (The Creative Digital Darkroom) focuses on exploring the art
of the photographic composite with Adobe Photoshop CS3. Explorations
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to control contrast, to the creation of surreal, photo-realistic flights
of fancy. Topics include masking and knockout techniques; layers and
layer groups; simple collages based on image overlays, blend modes, and
opacity; precision collage control with layer masks; image
transformation tools including Free Transform and Warp; using Smart
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control contrast; and matching color and lighting between images.

***Allison Randal at LugRadio Live USA 2008
Apr. 12-13, 2008
The Metreon Theater
San Francisco, CA
Author and OSCON Program Chair Allison Randal will be presenting "Linux
Kernel." Featuring over 35 speakers and 40 exhibitors, LugRadio Live USA
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***MySQL Conference & Expo
Apr. 14-17, 2008
Santa Clara, CA
Co-presented by O'Reilly Media and MySQL AB, the friendly, professional
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appeal and capabilities.

***Sean Duggan Presents a Hands-on Workshop: "Camera Raw 4 & Adobe Bridge
Apr. 14, 2008
Outreach College, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI
Sean Duggan's (The Creative Digital Darkroom) hands-on workshop delves
into the raw processing combo of Adobe Bridge CS3 and Adobe Camera Raw
4.1 in Photoshop CS3. Every feature in the eight tabbed panels of the
Camera Raw dialog is explored and fully explained to help you get the
most from your raw files. Also covers speeding up the raw workflow using
batch processing capabilities and saved presets, and specialized
techniques that are only available with raw files such as Dual Process
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***Eric Meyer at MinneWebCon 2008
Apr. 14, 2008
McNamara Alumni Center, Twin Cities Campus, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Author Eric Meyer (CSS: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Ed. & CSS Pocket
Reference, 3rd Ed.) will be speaking at MinneWebCon 2008, located at the
University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. This conference will deliver
a practical blend of technical and creative information from industry
practitioners and educators.

***Derrick Story at NCMUG
Apr. 15, 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." North Coast Mac Users Group.

***FOWD - Future of Web Design
Apr. 17-18, 2008
Kensington Town Hall
London, UK
Join the industry's leading and most inspirational designers for some
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designers create from scratch on the stage. At breaks, stop by the
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***Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco
Apr. 22-25, 2008
San Francisco, CA
Co-produced by O'Reilly Media and CMP Technology, the annual gathering
of technical, design, marketing, and business professionals, Web 2.0
Expo events bring together the innovators and industry figures building
the next generation web.

***Derrick Story at Northbay Adobe User Group
Apr. 28, 2008
Rm 1999 in Bech Hall
Santa Rosa Junior College, CA
Author Derrick Story (The Digital Photography Companion, iPhoto 8: The
Missing Manual, and Digital Photography Hacks) presents Adobe Camera

Conference News
***2008 MySQL Conference & Expo Registration is Open,
   Santa Clara, CA--April 14-17
The largest gathering of MySQL developers, users, and DBAs worldwide,
the event reflects MySQL's wide-ranging appeal and capabilities. The
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****Registration for RailsConf 2008 is Open, Portland, OR--
    May 29-June 1, 2008
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****Graphing Social Patterns East Registration is Open, Washington,
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GSP is the premier conference for developers and marketers building and
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***Registration for Velocity is Open, Burlingame, CA--June 23-24
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performance work, to improve the experience of web users worldwide.
Pages will be faster. Sites will have higher up-time. Companies will
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Use code "vel08usgr" when you register, and receive 15% off
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***Web 2.0 Expo New York, NY--September 16-19
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
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To submit a proposal to speak at Web 2.0 Expo, go to:

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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
UG News
***LugRadio Live USA 2008 comes to San Francisco
Featuring over 35 speakers and 40 exhibitors, LugRadio Live USA 2008
brings the popular UK conference to San Francisco, combining an
incredibly unique, social, and fun atmosphere to cover a range of
subjects in and around Open Source, digital rights, technology and
more. At only $10 for the full weekend, LugRadio Live USA 2008 is well
within anyone's reach, and if you encourage people to pre-register, you
can win an Asus EEEPC or Neuros OSD, O'Reilly books, and more.

Want to share this event on your website?

***TechEd 2008: Get Involved with Birds-of-a-Feather
INETA is once again coordinating the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions
at TechEd 2008. THey have extended the deadline for topic submissions to
Wed 4/2/2008 and the voting deadline to Mon 4/7/2008.

***LinuxFest Northwest 2008
LinuxFest Northwest is happening in April, the 26th and 27th. LFNW is an
annual, international, technical event focused on Linux and OpenSource
software that attracts around 1,000-2,000 attendees each year, the
majority from Canada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and
California.  Online registration is available for Presenters/Speakers.

***LinuxWorld Now Accepting Applications Birds-of-a-Feather Topics and
   .org Projects
If you'd like to lead a BOF discussion, submit an idea for a session by
Monday, May 5, 2008.

The .org Pavilion is your opportunity to exhibit your free open source
software and open source projects. They're looking for projects that
produce great software and can host an informative, helpful exhibit. The
deadline for submitting is Friday, April 11, 2008.

***Two new research reports: "Virtual Worlds: A Business Guide" and "The
Facebook Application System" have been published by O'Reilly Radar.
Very limited review copies are available.

"Virtual Worlds: A Business Guide"
What's the real business opportunity in Second Life and other virtual
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some high-profile virtual worlds flopped? You'll find answers in this
report. Learn more.

"The Facebook Application Ecosytem: Why Some Thrive--and Most Don't"
What do the killer apps on the Facebook platform have in common? What
must you build into your application if you want Facebook users to adopt
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***Head First Caption Contest
The Head First team is extending the caption contest that was in our
puzzle book at SDWest and SXSW onto the Head First Labs site. For the
next two months, readers can submit their questions and have a chance to
win $200 in O'Reilly products. If you're familiar with Head First books,
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***Step by Step: Configuring SSL Under Apache
This is the first in a new series of ONLamp articles you'll be seeing
over the next few months. They aren't breaking news about the hottest
new technologies, they're step by step guides to common but sometimes
complicated procedures you may have to tackle. In the first installment,
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running SSL in nothing flat.

***Using Zend Studio for PHP Programming
Most programmers are familiar with Eclipse, and PHP programmers are
familiar with Zend Studio. But, like two great tastes that taste good
together, the two have now been combined into a single tool. Learn how
you can use Zend Studio to make your PHP programming more productive.

***Aperture 2 Features 101-103 with Joe Schorr
Apple's web page says, "Aperture 2 delivers over 100 dramatic, new
features." And still there are a few terrific ones they forgot to put on
the list. In this podcast, Derrick Story chats with Joe Schorr, Senior
Product Manager for Aperture, to uncover a few of these hidden gems.

***Reverse Callback Templating
Many programmers know of the two main systems of templating. One embeds
actual source code into the template. The other provides a mini language
with loops, conditionals, and other control structures. There is a third
way -- a reverse callback system. James Robson explains this
best-of-both-worlds approach by demonstrating Perl's Template::Recall

***Audio Insights from the 2008 Game Developers Conference
To hear the future of audio, listen to video games. Interactive Audio
expert Kurt Heiden did just that at the Game Developers Conference. He
brings you what the experts at GDC 2008 had to say about the state of
audio in games, and then dives into some of the technology advancements
that are changing the interactive audio landscape.

For more articles, go to:

***Windows IT Evangelist Matt Hester interviews Laurel Ackerman about
O'Reilly's new Up-to-Date Series at SXSW

***MAKE Magazine highlighted on NPR: Digital DIY

***Head First or Head Rush?

***Julie Lerman blogs about writing her first book for O'Reilly.

***Quality Begs for Object-Orientation

***The Dangers of The Death March Mentality

***Find Some Serenity on Your Mac

***Anton Security Tip of the Week #14: More access_log Fun: What Are You
   Not GETting?

***Windows Mobile Weekly Roundup

***Pocket These Tips from Derrick Story

***Jolting the Industry Again

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