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-XML Hacks
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-IT Ethics Handbook
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2004 Australian InDesign Conference--August 12-14
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-Techies Reshape 9/11 History
-O'Reilly Radar: OSCON 2004
-Top 10 Online Investing Tips
-The Great Linux Desktop Migration Contest--Enter by August 9
-O'Reilly and MySQL AB Present the MySQL Users Conference
-Questioning Promises at LinuxWorld
-Open Source and NASA's Mars Rover
-21.5 Things You Can Do with Office 2004
-Creating DVD/VCD Photo Slide Shows for Your Mac
-OS 9, Mine, All Mine
-Windows Server Hacks: Creating a Password Reset Disk
-Power Up the Windows Clipboard
-Rapid Application Development with VB.NET 2.0
-XML-Java Data Binding Using XMLBeans
-Keeping Up with the Java Joneses
-What Countermeasures Really Mean
News From Your Peers
-Report from OSCON 2004

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***XML Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007116
This practical, roll-up-your-sleeves guide distills years of ingenious XML
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to uncover the true power of XML. With plenty of real-world projects that
illustrate how to define, read, create, and manipulate XML documents,
you'll learn to put XML to work on the Internet and within productivity
applications. Explore and experiment, discover clever shortcuts, show off
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***CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007779
"CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition" is an indispensable reference for web
designers and developers. This handy book condenses all the details in its
companion volume, "Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide," into one
easy-to-use cheat-sheet, covering the essential information you need to
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***IRC Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600687X
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is more than an accessible, multi-platform chat
environment; it's a network of intercommunicating servers that allows
thousands of clients to connect from anywhere in the world. "IRC Hacks"
shows you how IRC works, and how to best use some of the features that
have made IRC the most successful, most scalable, and most mature chat
system on the planet. Featuring contributions from renowned IRC hackers,
many of whom collaborated on IRC, this collection of tips and tools covers
just about everything needed to become a true IRC master.

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***Cyber Adversary Characterization
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1931836116
The ever-increasing emphasis and reliance on the use of computers and the
Internet has come hand in hand with the increased threat of cyber-crime.
Many systems and infrastructures are exceedingly vulnerable to attacks, as
the complexity of computer networks is growing faster than the ability to
understand and protect them. Heightened vigilance is not enough, but needs
to be coupled with active defensive measures to guarantee the best
protection. This book provides the reader with understanding of and an
ability to anticipate that "cyber adversary" silently waiting in the wings
to attack.

***OpenOffice.org Writer
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008260
This handy reference to using Writer, the word processor that comes with
OpenOffice.org, is the open source alternative to Microsoft Word. You???ll
learn how to write, edit, and review documents; use templates and styles
effectively; control page layout; insert, edit, and create graphics; and
much more--even how to make a smooth transition from Word. With the
complete office suite included on a CD, this book makes using Writer an
easy decision.

Chapter 2, "Writing, Editing, and Reviewing Documents," is available

***AI for Game Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596005555
Written for the novice AI programmer, this book introduces techniques such
as finite state machines, fuzzy logic, neural networks, and many others,
in straightforward, easy-to-understand language, supported with code
samples written in C/C++. The book explains basic techniques such as
chasing and evading, pattern movement, and flocking to genetic algorithms,
then presents a mix of deterministic (traditional) and non-deterministic
(newer) AI techniques, all designed to provide usable techniques you can
apply to your games right now.

***IT Ethics Handbook
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1931836140
Ethical judgments are no different in the area of computing from those in
any other area. Computers raise problems of privacy, ownership, theft, and
power, to name but a few. This book covers subjects ranging from defensive
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human element of employer and employee ethics. The book is written by IT
professionals for IT professionals, and always brings any discussion back
to a practical example and application.

***Upgrading to PHP 5
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006365
If you're using PHP 4, chances are good that an upgrade to PHP 5 is in
your future. This book offers a concise appraisal of the differences
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Chapter 4, "SQLite," is available online:

Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007078
SpamAssassin is the leading open source spam-fighting tool. The drawback?
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***We the Media
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007337
Not content to accept the news as reported, grassroots journalists are
dismantling Big Media's news monopoly, and publishing in real time to a
worldwide audience via the Internet. The impact of their work is just
beginning to be felt by professional journalists and the newsmakers they
cover. In "We the Media," nationally known business and technology
columnist Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon, and
sheds light on this deep shift in how we make and consume the news.

The book's Introduction is available online:

***Zero-Day Exploit
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 19318360
A group of highly sophisticated cyber-terrorists have developed a Zero-Day
Exploit targeting critical, pertrochemical infrastructure systems in the
United States. Once launched, the exploit will cripple the country's
ability to respond or defend itself. The only defense against disaster
rests with an elite cyber-security expert with the skill and savvy to
thwart the plot.

***Mono: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007922
This no-fluff, lab-style guide jumps right into Mono 1.0 as you work
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and compelling aspects of the 1.0 release. You'll learn how to acquire,
install, and run  Mono on Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X. You'll work with
the various Mono  components: Gtk#; the CLR; the class libraries (.NET and
 Mono); and much more. This book lets you  roll up your sleeves and see
what Mono can do.

Chapter 3, "Core .NET," is available online:
Upcoming Events
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***Deke McClellend ("Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One") 2004 Australian 
InDesign Conference, Melbourne, Australia--August 12-14
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***Wil Wheaton ("Just a Geek" and "Dancing Barefoot"), 
Hollywood Borders--August 15
Wil stops by the Hollywood Borders to sign copies of "Just a Geek" at
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***Wil Wheaton ("Just a Geek" and "Dancing Barefoot") at Mysterious Galaxy
Books, San Diego, CA--August 21
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Simmons of Ranchero Software; Michael Bartosh of 4AM Media; Mac authors
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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***"We the Media" Blog
Nationally recognized technology columnist Dan Gillmor has launched a new
blog that covers the shifts we're seeing as journalism becomes less of a
lecture and more of a conversation. Check it out if you're interested in
the future of journalism, and don't miss his latest book on the topic, 
"We the Media."

***Techies Reshape 9/11 History
Within hours of the release of The 9/11 Commission Report, multiple
formats of the report were posted online by people interested in
increasing its accessibility and usability. One of those people was PDF
expert Sid Steward, who reduced the file size of the commission's original
PDF, added bookmarks, and created a front-page HTML portal. Learn how easy
and flexible PDF can be in Sid's upcoming "PDF Hacks."

***O'Reilly Radar: OSCON 2004 
Daniel Steinberg reports on Tim O'Reilly's OSCON 2004 keynote. Tim's
remarks focused on what is currently on his radar. He discussed Internet
applications and social software, and ended with the announcement that
O'Reilly will be producing the third annual MySQL Conference next year in
Santa Clara, CA

***Top 10 Online Investing Tips 
Plucked from the pages of "Online Investing Hacks," author Bonnie Biafore
offers ten of the most important things you can do to improve your
financial situation, and the tools that will simplify these tasks.

Open Source
***The Great Linux Desktop Migration Contest--Enter by August 9
If you're considering, or you have already embarked upon, a Linux desktop
migration, here's your chance to help guide and inspire others and be
eligible to win an all-expense-paid trip to Barcelona, Spain. Novell and
O'Reilly Media have  joined forces to present this contest and are looking
for entries that describe the benefits realized from a desktop migration,
a phased migration plan, or the most practical tips for migrating to
Linux. http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/linux/contest/

***O'Reilly and MySQL AB Present the MySQL Users Conference
According to Tim O'Reilly, "MySQL is at the heart of revolutionary changes
in the computer industry." Join us in Santa Clara, CA in April 2005 to
meet the MySQL development team, peruse the latest products and services,
get detailed insight into new features in MySQL 5.0, and much more.

***Questioning Promises at LinuxWorld
O'Reilly editor Andy Oram reports this week from LinuxWorld 2004 in San
Francisco. He'll be exploring the promises of Linux and trying to
determine how realistic they are, because, as Andy writes, "In many areas,
the important foundations have been laid--but a lot remains to be done."

***Open Source and NASA's Mars Rover 
NASA's recent Mars Rover mission uses a host of open source tools. Three
members of the team presented how they promoted open source software at
NASA, use it in the project, and hope to release more code in the future.
Ann Barcomb reports.

***21.5 Things You Can Do with Office 2004 
By now you've probably read about all the new features in Microsoft Office
2004. Good. Because we're not going to cover them here again. Instead,
Giles Turnbull shows you 21 and a half things you can do in Office that
you might not have previously realized.

***Creating DVD/VCD Photo Slide Shows for Your Mac 
Let's face it: you still have friends and family who've yet to enter the
computer age. And yet you'd like to send them copies of your vacation
photos (or your newborn, or your cat) taken with your digital camera. What
to do? Wei-Meng Lee offers an alternative to using iPhoto for creating
slide-show CDs--Ulead's DVD PictureShow for Mac. He walks us through 
how to burn digital photos onto disc so anyone with a DVD/VCD player can 
view them. 

***OS 9, Mine, All Mine 
What serious Mac fan in his or her right mind would consider booting
anything other than OS X? Well, lots of them. Giles Turnbull interviews a
handful of dedicated OS 9 users to find out why.

***Windows Server Hacks: Creating a Password Reset Disk 
Losing a password for an account can be anything from a pain to a
disaster. Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows Server Hacks," shows you how
to solve the problem by creating a password recovery disk. 

***Power Up the Windows Clipboard 
The Windows Clipboard is about as useless a utility as you can imagine.
Throw it away and replace it with one of these clipboard power tools.

***Rapid Application Development with VB.NET 2.0
Jesse Liberty has supported the idea that it really doesn't matter if you
program in C# or in VB.NET, since both are just syntactic sugar layered on
top of the Microsoft Intermediate Language--the true language of .NET. But
that appears to be changing with Whidbey. Get a look at the new My Object
in VB.NET 2.0 in this article by Jesse, author of "Programming Visual
Basic .NET, 2nd Edition."

**XML-Java Data Binding Using XMLBeans 
XMLBeans, currently in the Apache incubation process, is a promising
framework for providing XML/Java data binding unmarshalling well-formed
XML into Java objects, and marshalling Java objects into XML files. Hetel
Shah provides an introduction to its features.

***Keeping Up with the Java Joneses 
Ian Darwin covers a variety of new Java 1.5 features, including J2SE 1.5
threading, the return of printf, and the IDEs NetBeans and Eclipse. Ian
wraps up this article with resources to help you keep up with the rest of
the Java Joneses. Ian is the author of the recently released "Java
Cookbook, 2nd Edition."

***What Countermeasures Really Mean
As the number and range of attacks on computer systems have grown
exponentially and conventional firewalls and intrusion detection systems
have proven inadequate for the task, security researchers have started to
talk about employing "countermeasures" to preserve security. 

News From Your Peers
***Report from OSCON 2004
Steve Riggins of the Portland Mac Users Group and the statewide Oregon
MacPioneers User Group gives us his scoop on the 2004 O'Reilly Open Source
Convention in Portland, OR. Thanks Steve! And thanks to OMUG leader Steve
Welsh for passing this along.

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

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