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O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
July 8, 2005
-UG Book Discount Increases to 30% Off
-Going to OSCON?
-Put Up an O'Reilly OSCON Banner, Get a Free Book
-Promotional Material Available
Book Info
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General News
***UG Book Discount Increases to 30% Off
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
July 8, 2005
Book News
-JBoss: A Developer's Notebook
-SharePoint Office Pocket Guide
-Project 2003 Personal Trainer
-Astronomy Hacks
-UML 2.0 in a Nutshell
-Maven: A Developer's Notebook
-Web Mapping Illustrated
-Exchange Server Cookbook
-ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook
-Knoppix Pocket Reference
-Mapping Hacks
-Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide
-Learning Unix for Mac OS X Tiger
-MAKE Magazine Subscriptions Available
Upcoming Events
-O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, San Francisco, CA--August 8-11
-David Pogue at Macworld Boston, SOHO Apple Store, and
  Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Conference News
-Register for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention,
  Portland, OR--August 1-5
-Top Ten Questions People Ask About Switching to Internet Telephones
-Anti-spam Techniques
-Hacking Maps
-Making Your RSS Feed Look Pretty in a Browser
-Google Launches Payment System to Compete With PayPal
-ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore"
-Problems in OpenSSH, Sudo, and Java
-Secure Your MySQL Databases
-What Developers Want
-Music Gadgets
-Going to the Movies (and More) in iTunes
-Tweaking Tiger Mail
-Is This Security Alert Really from Microsoft?
-Atlas: Microsoft's Answer to Ajax
-Generics in .NET 2.0
-Getting Your Bluetooth Headset to Work in XP
-Java City: The Java Enterprise Ecosystem
-Getting Started with Maven
-Seven Steps to Noise-Free Digital Audio
-The Ultimate Portable Studio
-MAKE: Audio--Interview with John Maushammer
-MAKE: Blog--Podcasts on Audible

Book News
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New Releases
***JBoss: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100078
This Developers Notebook takes you on a complete tour of JBoss in a very
unique way: rather than long discussions, you will find code--lots of
code. In fact, the book is a collection of hands-on labs that take you
through the critical JBoss features step-by-step. Don't just read about
JBoss, learn it through direct practical application.

Chapter 9, "Rolling Out JBoss," is available online:

***SharePoint Office Pocket Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101120
With this handy reference as your guide, you can reap all the benefits
of SharePoint. It shows you, in plain language, how to construct
websites where individuals from all over can capture and share ideas.
Learn how to upload documents, edit content, send alerts, track work
items, add new team members, and much more.

***Project 2003 Personal Trainer
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008546
Entertaining, clear, and informative, this book begins with the
fundamentals of planning and managing a project with Microsoft Project
2003, and then includes sections on working with task lists, updating a
project, tracking progress, creating reports, and more. This fully
illustrated Personal Trainer features dozens of time-saving,
task-oriented lessons, includes detailed diagrams, and comes with an
interactive CD tutorial to guide your learning.

Chapter 5, "Working With Tasks," is available online:

***Astronomy Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100604
Do you relish viewing and identifying celestial objects? Whether you're
a first timer or an advanced hobbyist, this book makes a brilliant
cosmic companion. This handy field guide covers the basics of observing,
and what you need to know about tweaking, tuning, adjusting, and
tricking out a telescope. It includes priceless tips and tools for using
a Dobsonian Telescope that you can build in your garage inexpensively.

Sample Hack 18, "Print Custom Charts," is available online:

***UML 2.0 in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007957
This comprehensive guide has been crafted to help IT professionals read,
create, and understand system artifacts expressed using UML, and its
fully revised to cover UML 2.0. It not only provides a quick-reference
to all UML 2.0 diagram types, it also explains key concepts in a way
that appeals to readers already familiar with UML or object-oriented
programming concepts. Also includes an example-rich tutorial for those
new to the system.

Chapter 7, "Use Case Diagrams," is available online:

***Maven: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007507
If you're a Java programmer, this book will arm you with all the
critical information you need to get up to speed on Maven. It forces you
to get hands-on experience by working through a series of poignant
exercises that speak to you instead of at you. In the end, you'll find
yourself spending less time working on your project's build system and
more time working on your project's code.

Chapter 1, "Maven Jump-Start," is available online:

***Web Mapping Illustrated
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008651
This clear and concise book shows you how to create maps (even
interactive maps) with open source tools, including MapServer, OpenEV,
GDAL/OGR, and PostGIS. It also explains how to find, collect,
understand, use, and share mapping data, both over the traditional web
and using OGC-standard services like WFS and WMS.

Chapter 3, "Converting and Viewing Maps," is available online:

***Exchange Server Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007175
This comprehensive how-to guide covers the most common tasks for both
Exchange 2000 and Exchange Server 2003, everything from installation and
maintenance to configuration and optimization. In addition, you'll find
solutions to many uncommon tasks, advanced procedures, and ways to write
scripts for Exchange management and deployment tasks. What's more,
get answers quickly because chapters are laid out by recipe with
cross-references to related solutions.

Chapter 9, "Public Folder Management," is available online:

***ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008120
To bring you up to speed with ASP.NET 2.0, this practical book offers
nearly 50 hands-on projects. Each one explores a new feature of the
language, with emphasis on changes that can increase productivity,
simplify programming tasks, and help you add new functionality to your
applications. You get the goods straight from the masters in an
informal, code-intensive style.

Chapter 1, "What's New?" is available online:

***Knoppix Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100752
If you want more information than the average Knoppix user, this book is
an absolutely essential addition to your personal library. This handy
reference shows you how to use Knoppix to troubleshoot and repair your
computer, how to customize the Knoppix CD, run RAM memory checks,
recover data from a damaged hard drive, scan for viruses on a Windows
system, and much more.

***Mapping Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007035
This collection of one hundred simple techniques is ideal for developers
and power users who want to draw digital maps. You'll learn where to
find the best sources of geographic data, how to interpret the data, and
how to integrate it into your own creations. It even provides practical,
integrative uses for GPS devices.

Sample Hack 15, "Zoom Right in on Your Neighborhood," is available

***Mac OS X Tiger Pocket Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009143
This concise guide introduces you to the fundamental concepts of using
Mac OS X Tiger, including over 250 tips and tricks for using and
configuring your system. It concentrates a wealth of tables, common
keyboard shortcuts, tips for configuring your Mac, and an introduction
to issuing basic Unix commands using the Terminal application into a
package that is literally small enough to fit in your pocket.

***Learning Unix for Mac OS X Tiger
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009151
Thoroughly revised and updated for Mac OS X Tiger, this new edition
introduces Mac users to the Terminal application and shows how to
navigate the command interface, explore hundreds of Unix applications
that come with the Mac, and, most importantly, take advantage of
both the Mac and Unix interfaces. If you want to master the command
line, look no further.

Chapter 8, "Taking Unix Online," is available online:

***MAKE Magazine 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.
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Upcoming Events
***For more events, please see:

***O'Reilly at LinuxWorld, San Francisco, CA--August 8-11
Stop by our booth (#818) to check out our latest Linux and open source
titles. We'll also have info on some of our groovy new projects like
Make, Safari, and SafariU.

***Don't Miss David Pogue, "NY Times" columnist, Emmy-winning
correspondent for CBS News, and the always hilarious, always informative
author of the Missing Manual series at the following locations:

*MacWorld Boston, MA--July 13-14
David will speak at the conference July 13 at the following times:

11:15am-12:15pm The Mac OS X Tiger Supersession

1:15pm - 2:15 pm David's Favorite OS X Secret

Or stop by the our booth (#423) to pick up the latest Missing Manual
titles. David will be around on Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, go to:

*SOHO Apple Store, New York, NY--July 18
6:30 pm
103 Prince Street
For more information, including driving directions, go to:

*Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Palo Alto, CA--July 20
7:00 pm
Panofsky Auditorium at SLAC
2575 Sand Hill Road
Palo Alto, California

Hosted by A32, DVMUG, MilMUG, NCMUG, PlanetMUG, SMUG, SVMUG

For Driving Directions and public transportation:

Space is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing:
mugevent at

Please be prepared to show photo ID at the gate.

Conference News
***Register for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention,
  Portland, OR--August 1-5
OSCON 2005 explores three deep trends affecting open source: the
commoditization of software, network-enabled collaboration, and software
customizability. Join us at this essential gathering of open source
leaders and practitioners of every persuasion to exchange ideas and push
the boundaries of vital open source technologies. This year, we
introduce the Open Source Business Review, along with a host of other
exciting presentations and events.

Use code "os05grpusr" when you register, and receive 15% off the
registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Top Ten Questions People Ask About Switching to Internet Telephones
"Talk Is Cheap" author James Gaskin blames internet telephone vendors
and the press for dropping the consumer information ball when it comes
to the basic questions they have about switching to internet or
broadband telephones. If you're contemplating a switch, James has
answers to ten most frequently asked questions about dropping your
traditional telephone provider for broadband.

***Anti-spam Techniques
No Starch's Jonathan Zdziarski ("Ending Spam") speaks about his DSPAM
application and Bayesian filtering techniques.

***Hacking Maps
You've got the address, but where is that in GPS terms? In these two
excerpts from "Mapping Hacks," learn how to geocode (adding geographic
coordinates, such as latitude and longitude, to other information) a
US street address, as well as a whole database of addresses using the web services.

***Making Your RSS Feed Look Pretty in a Browser
As more and more non-techie websites offer syndication feeds, a growing
number of non-technical readers are clicking on the links and filling
their screens with confusing XML. But syndication content doesn't have
to look like geeky markup or malformed text in your readers' browsers.
You can make it look quite pretty and give clues about what the feed is
actually for. Ben Hammersley, author of "Developing Feeds with RSS and
Atom," shows you how.

***Google Launches Payment System to Compete With PayPal
Learn about Google's plan to launch a competitor to PayPal and what it
will mean to you.

Open Source
***ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore"
During a recent Brazilian conference on free and open source software,
hacker, writer, and speaker Eric Raymond stated that open source would
see more rapid success if the GPL didn't make people nervous. Federico
Biancuzzi recently interviewed ESR to gain more context for the
statement and to explore these views more fully.

***Problems in OpenSSH, Sudo, and Java
Noel Davis looks at problems in OpenSSH, Sudo, Sun Java, Blackdown Java,
tcpdump, cpio, JBOSS, Adobe Reader and Acrobat, gedit, Gaim, and Trac.

***Secure Your MySQL Databases
With Security being on the forefront of many users' minds, it's very
important to ensure that your own sites databases are properly tied down
from intruders. Learn about the first steps to take here.

***What Developers Want
Regardless of the language and platform you choose for development, you
likely share some goals with your fellow developers: to be productive,
to use good tools, and to keep your tools and processes out of your way
while you create good software. Murugan Pal, CTO of SpikeSource,
explains ten attributes he thinks developers want.

***Music Gadgets
Derrick Story wants to listen to music in a different way everyday. Here
are the gadgets he's been testing to "shuffle" his setup for music
playback. A few of these are real keepers.

***Going to the Movies (and More) in iTunes
Have you played with the video functionality in iTunes? If not, J.D
Biersdorfer presents a few things that Steve Jobs has mentioned--and a
few he hasn't. J.D. is the author of "iPod and iTunes: The Missing
Manual, 3rd Edition."

***Tweaking Tiger Mail
The release of Mail 2.0 was largely overlooked amid all the fuss about
Tiger's system-level features, but a number of people have made public
complaints about changes made to the user interface. Mail's performance
has improved, but the apparent willingness of Apple's designers to
create an entirely new kind of toolbar icon just for use in Mail has
irritated some. Giles Turnbull shows you how to bring happiness back to

***Is This Security Alert Really from Microsoft?
An excellent way to get information about Windows updates is via email
with Microsoft Technical Security Notification Services. But how do you
know what's real and what's a spoof? Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows
Server Hacks," shows you.

***Atlas: Microsoft's Answer to Ajax
Microsoft is putting together a toolkit for Web Developers who want to
use AJAX (Asychronous JavaScript and XML).

***Generics in .NET 2.0
Generics in .NET 2.0 permeates with potential. But what are generics?
Are they for you? Should you use them in your apps? Venkat Subramaniam,
author of ".NET Gotchas," answers these questions and take a closer look
at using generics, and their capabilities and limitations.

***Getting Your Bluetooth Headset to Work in XP
With Bluetooth support built into SP2, getting a Bluetooth headset to
work should be a breeze. But it ain't necessarily so. Wei-Meng Lee shows
you how to do it.

***Java City: The Java Enterprise Ecosystem
Should we worry about promoting a healthy Java community? Or
iseverything just fine in Java City? Jim Farley asks you to weigh in on
these questions, and others, in the Talkbacks. He plans a follow up
article summarizing what you have to say. Your comments may help to
shape content in Jim's upcoming book, "Java Enterprise in a Nutshell,
3rd Edition," due out in the fall.

***Getting Started with Maven
In this excerpt from "Maven: A Developer's Notebook," authors Vincent
Massol and Timothy M. O'Brien show you how to install and start working
with Maven, the do-it-all Java project builder/manager.

Digital Media
***Seven Steps to Noise-Free Digital Audio
Virtually all audio recordings will contain some amount of noise. Learn
what causes it, how to avoid it, and how to remove it from your files.
Based on "Digital Audio Essentials" by Bruce and Marty Fries.

***The Ultimate Portable Studio
If you're a musician, producer, engineer, or songwriter who wants to set
up a professional, laptop-based recording studio, here's all the
information you need.

Part Two:

***MAKE: Audio--Interview with John Maushammer
John is a talented hardware tinkerer who's leading the way to reusing
disposable digital cameras, and now the new CVS disposable digital video
camcorder. Tune into hear how he does it.

Don't forget to add the MAKE feed to iTunes 4.9. Click this link:
(and then click SUBSCRIBE).

***MAKE: Blog--Podcasts on Audible
Audible announced that they're supporting the podcast way of delivering
some of their content. You can add a URL (RSS feed) to a podcasting
application and the stuff you buy on Audible will go to your
computer/music player just like all the free podcasts you subscribe to.
So here's how it all works, plus the good, the bad, and the how-to for
some other things.

***For more information on MAKE, go to:

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