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O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
October 21, 2004
-O'Reilly is Expanding its User Group Program to include 
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
October 21, 2004
Book News
-iPod and iTunes Hacks
-JUnit Pocket Guide
-SWT: A Developer's Notebook
-Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using 
  PHP and MySQL, 3rd Edition
-Real World Web Services
-iPod Fan Book
-Modding Mac OS X
-SQL in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
-Mac OS X Power Hound, Panther Edition
-Windows XP Power Hound
Upcoming Events
-Dan Gillmor ("We The Media"), Barnes & Noble, 
  San Jose--November 4
-MySQL ComCon Europe, Germany Frankfurt--
  November 9-10
-Niel M. Bornstein (".NET and XML"), XML 2004 Conference 
  and Exposition, Washington, DC--November 15-19
Conference News
-Attending the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference? Come Join Us!
-Last Chance to Register for O'Reilly's Mac OS X Conference
-Call for Participation: The MySQL Users Conference--
  Proposals are due by November 1
-Enter for a Chance to Win Top-of-the-Line Components 
  So You Can Build Your Own Perfect PC
-Point-and-Click Phishing
-Google Your Desktop
-Turning the Tables Using CSS
-Displaying Pocket PC and Smartphone Screens on Your PC
-Storming the Microsoft Edifice
-Seven Cool Mono Apps
-Save 50% on Linux/Unix System Administration Online Courses
-Mac OS X Power Hound Helpful Hints, Part 1
-TenCon Fly-by
-Extend your AirPort Network with AirPort Express
-Power Hound Tips for Online Protection
-Building the Perfect Bleeding-Edge PC, Part 1
-Building the Perfect Bleeding-Edge PC, Part 2
-An Introduction to Aspect-Oriented Programming with the 
  Spring Framework, Part 2
-Create and Read J2SE 5.0 Annotations with the ASM 
  Bytecode Toolkit

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New Releases
***iPod and iTunes Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007787
Some people are content to use their iPods simply to play music. Some of
the curious and clever among us want to do much more. If you want to get
under the hood and tap every iPod trick available, this book will take you
beyond the obvious with 100 undocumented tips, tricks, and trade secrets
that will delight, entertain, and add astonishing power to your iPod and
iTunes experience. Explore, experiment, create shortcuts, and unearth cool
and unexpected things.

10 sample hacks are available online:

***JUnit Pocket Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007434
While there are bits of documentation all over the place, there is no
go-to manual that serves as a quick reference for JUnit. Until now. This
Pocket Guide meets that need, bringing together all the hard-to-remember
information, syntax, and rules for working with JUnit, as well as
delivering the insight and sage advice that can only come from a
technology's creator. Programmers and developers of any level who write
Java Code and use JUnit to do their unit testing will find this an
indispensable reference.

Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007167
SELinux covers the wide range of knowledge you need to secure your system
with SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux), the security-related extension to
Linux that embodies the key advances of the security field. This book
covers SELinux concepts and its security model; installation instructions;
system and user administration; and understanding, implementing, and
developing your own SELinux security policies. With SELinux, a
high-security computer is within reach of any system administrator, and
this book provides the means.

Chapter 4, "Using and Administering SELinux," is available online:

***SWT: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008384
Learn how to take SWT out for a spin, make it work for you, and turn it
upside down--without tripping over wasted words and space. Each lab in
this notebook details a specific task; you can read from the first page to
the last, or look up just what you need to know. And then you can stick
this book in your laptop bag so you have a quick reference when you forget
how to create a multi-tabbed view.

Chapter 15, "SWT CoolBars," is available online:

***Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP and MySQL, 3rd Edition
Publisher: SitePoint 
ISBN: 0975240218
"Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP and MySQL, 3rd Edition"
is a practical guide for first-time users of PHP and MySQL. This
bestseller has been updated to reflect best practice web development using
PHP 5 and MySQL 4, and it teaches readers by guiding them through the
creation of a fully working content management system, shopping cart, and
other real-world applications. This new edition also includes more code
examples and a bonus chapter on structured PHP programming that introduces
techniques for organizing real-world PHP applications.

***Real World Web Services
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600642X
The core idea behind this book is simple: after years of hype, what are
the major players really doing with web services? Standards bodies may
wrangle and platform vendors may preach, but at the end of the day, what
are the technologies that are actually in use and how can developers
incorporate them into their own applications? The answers are here in this
field guide to the wild and wooly world of non-trivial, deployed web

Chapter 6, "Project 3: Billing and Faxing," is available online:

***iPod Fan Book
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007760
This compact and beautifully packaged guide is for iPod users who want a
quick, fun way to learn all the features and capabilities of the device.
It takes readers through the process of loading the iPod with music and
then organizing, playing, and even burning those tunes onto CDs and DVDs.
The book also discusses ways to use the iPod on the go, such as playing it
through a car stereo, and shows how to use the iPod as a PDA for storing
things like addresses and personal calendars. The iPod is more than a
digital music device; it has become a cultural phenomenon and a fashion
statement, and this book is the perfect gift for people living the iPod

***Modding Mac OS X
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007094
This book uncovers dozens of ways to customize the user interface for both
Mac OS X and its applications, using the newest tools. You'll learn
everything from hacking the preferences and enabling and disabling plugins
to using the Terminal and applications like the Property List Editor to
modify files and edit resources. If you're ready to tweak and experiment,
create and refine, customize and control OS X and your applications--and
have some fun doing it--this is an indispensable guide.

Chapter 3, "Application Dumpster Diving," is available online:

***SQL in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly 
ISBN: 0596004818 
Written for SQL programmers, analysts, and database administrators, this
essential desktop reference documents every SQL command and how to use it
in both commercial and open source implementations. It includes the
command syntax (by vendor, if the syntax differs across implementations),
a clear description, and practical examples that illustrate important
concepts and uses. It also explains how the leading commercial and open
source database products implement SQL. Get the essential data language
reference for the world's top SQL database products.

Chapter 4, "SQL Functions," is available online:

***Mac OS X Power Hound, Panther Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600818X
"Mac OS X Power Hound, Panther Edition" lifts the hood on the Formula
One-powered operating system and delivers over 500 high-octane secrets in
every conceivable category, including the Desktop and Finder, iApps, Mac
OS X programs, Mastering the system and Terminal, and much more. Consider
this book your pit crew, helping you find easier, faster, and better ways
of using Panther and the programs that come with it--and even a bunch that
don't. And if you want to become your own master mechanic, the book also
includes two rich chapters on Unix, the engine under Mac OS X's hood.

***Windows XP Power Hound 
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006195
Windows XP power-users troll the web, documentation, and friends for
useful tips and tricks--a keyboard shortcut here, an undocumented
double-click there to eliminate annoyances, save time, and take control of
their Windows XP. There's an easier way.  This insightful and amusing book
is packed with hundreds of power tips, cool tricks, and workarounds in one
organized, easy-to-use resource--for everything from the desktop to Office
programs to the registry.

Upcoming Events
***For more events, please see:

***User Group leaders and members attending the O'Reilly 
  Mac OS X Conference
Come meet up with Marsee Henon (O'Reilly User Group Coordinator) and
Lorene Romero (Apple User Group Advisory Board Vendor Relation
Coordinator and North Coast Mac Users Group President) on Wednesday, 
October 27 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the bar in the lobby of the Westin 
Santa Clara. We can swap stories, ideas, or just hang out. And afterwards, 
we can attend the "Real-Time Filmmaking on Mac OS X" talk.

O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference
October 25-28, 2004
Westin Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA

***Dan Gillmor ('We The Media"), Barnes & Noble, San Jose--November 4
Don't miss Dan at the Stevens Creek Barnes & Noble starting at 7pm.
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95117

***MySQL ComCon Europe, Germany Frankfurt--November 9-10
The MySQL ComCon Europe 2004 brings together the vigor and excitement of a
community event (like LinuxTag) with the structure of MySQL
mission-critical business event. The conference will take place in
Frankfurt from November 9th to 10th and will have a day of pre-conference
power workshops on the 8th. Sessions on diverse topics such as
"Performance Tuning J2EE Applications deployed on MySQL," "Lowering TCOs
for SAP Environments with MaxDB," and a two-part introduction to MySQL
Cluster will be presented by MySQL core developers, expert trainers and
MySQL community leaders.

***Niel M. Bornstein (".NET and XML"), XML 2004 Conference and Exposition,
  Washington, DC--November 15-19
Niel presents a tutorial based on his book at this annual event.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.

Conference News
***Last Chance to Register for O'Reilly's Mac OS X Conference
Join us for the third annual Mac OS X Conference, October 25-28, 2004, in
Santa Clara, California. You'll hear from Stewart Copeland, the former
drummer for The Police who now creates award-winning film and television
scores using Mac OS X technology; "New York Times" columnist David Pogue;
Andy Ihnatko of the "Chicago Sun-Times"; Karelia Sofware's Dan Wood; Brent
Simmons of Ranchero Software; Michael Bartosh of 4AM Media; Mac authors
Dori Smith, Gordon Meyer, and Ted Landau; and many more. 

User Group members who use code DSUG when you register receive 20% off 
conference pricing.

To register, go to:

O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference
October 25-28, 2004
Westin Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA

***Call for Participation: The MySQL Users Conference--
  Proposals are due by November 1
>From embedded solutions to web-commerce and critical business
applications, MySQL is everywhere--with more than five million active
installations worldwide. To introduce new users to MySQL and help
developers and IT professionals keep pace with the latest advancements,
MySQL AB has teamed up with O'Reilly Media, Inc. to co-present the third
annual MySQL Users Conference, scheduled for April 18-21, 2005, in Santa
Clara, CA.

For complete conference details visit:

Visit the submissions page for all the details on tracks and proposal
guidelines--this year's theme is "MySQL Everywhere." Proposals are due no
later than November 1, 2004.

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Enter for a Chance to Win Top-of-the-Line Components So You Can Build
  Your Own Perfect PC
If you've ever dreamed about having a high-end PC that truly meets your
needs, enter for a chance to win some topnotch components and build your

***Point-and-Click Phishing
Brian McWilliams examines a recent phishing attack and talks to the
hacker, an eighteen-year-old software whiz, who wrote the powerful
spamware program that made it possible. Brian is the author of O'Reilly's
new "Spam Kings."

***Google Your Desktop 
...And the rest of your file system, mailbox, and instant messenger
conversations--even your browser cache. The Google Desktop is your own
private little Google server.

***Turning the Tables Using CSS
Have you noticed web pages loading a bit faster than usual? You might
thank Eric Meyer, an expert and author on the subject of cascading style
sheets (CSS), a standards-based method of coding web sites.'s
Nancy Eaton talks to Eric about the distinct advantages of CSS and the
dark days of the browser wars. Eric wrote "Cascading Style Sheets: The
Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition."

Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 0596005253

***Displaying Pocket PC and Smartphone Screens on Your PC 
Stuck for how to project your Pocket PC in a presentation? Remote Display
Control comes to the rescue.

Open Source
***Storming the Microsoft Edifice
In the battle for open source and open standards on user desktops,
applications such as and Mozilla Firefox are stealthily
winning small skirmishes. In this article, Sam Hiser describes the
situation in terms of Monty Python's "Trojan rabbit." Sam is a coauthor of
"Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop."

***Seven Cool Mono Apps 
Edd Dumbill takes a look at seven of the cool open source programs being
built on Mono.

***Save 50% on Linux/Unix System Administration Online Courses
O'Reilly is offering a 50% discount on the Linux/Unix Certification
Series from their O'Reilly Learning Lab. Save nearly $1000 on these 
online courses--and earn a University of Illinois System Administration
Certificate. Every class includes compelling, hands-on content, root
access to a Linux server, an online coach, and a free O'Reilly book. Use
the code ORALL1 to get your 50% discount.

To enroll for the Learning Lab Linux/Unix Certification Series go to:

***Mac OS X Power Hound Helpful Hints, Part 1 
Author Rob Griffiths has hand-picked 16 of his favorite hints and
organized them into this two-part series. This week, in part one, you'll
discover eight tricks to help your Mac OS X system run smoother, and see
new ways to personalize your working environment. Examples include
activating Expose with a multi-button mouse, saving iTunes Music Store
videos and trailers, and customizing the Dock "poof."

***TenCon Fly-by 
Over the past weeks Derrick Story has been pointing out some of the new
content we've added to the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference. Here's his
collection of What's New blurbs and weblogs to create a convenient fly-by
of event highlights.

***Extend your AirPort Network with AirPort Express 
Sometimes one access point just isn't enough for our wireless networks,
even at home. Wei Meng Lee shows you how to extend your network with
AirPort Express, and explains what's going on under the hood.

***Power Hound Tips for Online Protection
The Internet is a dangerous place, and sometimes the dangers come from
unexpected quarters. So in addition to taking the usual online
precautions, the Power Hound offers some tips about how to protect
yourself against dangers you may have never even thought of, excerpted
from O'Reilly's newly released Windows XP Power Hound.

***Building the Perfect Bleeding-Edge PC, Part 1 
What does it take to build the perfect bleeding-edge PC? First you need to
pick the perfect components. From processor to power supply, Bob and
Barbara Thompson have assembled their ideal mix of high-performance
components that will run on both Linux and Windows.
Building the Perfect Bleeding-Edge PC, Part 1

***Building the Perfect Bleeding-Edge PC, Part 2
You've gotten all the parts--now it's time for the nitty-gritty of putting
it all together. Here are step-by-step instructions for building the PC of
your dreams, from Bob and Barbara Thompson, authors of "Building the
Perfect PC."

***An Introduction to Aspect-Oriented Programming with the Spring
  Framework, Part 2 
Russ Miles continues his introduction to Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP)
in Spring by delving into the around advice, which allows you to not just
add to an existing method implementation, but to completely replace it.

***Create and Read J2SE 5.0 Annotations with the ASM Bytecode Toolkit 
Continuing his examination of the ASM bytecode-manipulation toolkit,
Eugene Kuleshov shows how ASM can be used to access J2SE 5.0 attributes,
even from earlier JVM versions that don't support attributes.

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