O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
May 13, 2005
-Put Up an O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference Banner, Get a Free Book
-Looking for Amateur Astronomers
-Safari Affiliate Program for User Groups
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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
May 13, 2005
Book News
-GDB Pocket Reference
-Deploying Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0
-Digital Audio Essentials
-802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
-Don't Click on the Blue E!
-Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook
-The Art of Project Management
-Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook
-iMovie HD and iDVD 5: The Missing Manual
-Access Hacks
-MAKE Subscriptions Available
Upcoming Events
-Cary Millsap at the NoCOUG Spring Conference, Sunnyvale, CA--May 19
-Mike Clark ("Pragmatic Project Automation") at Agile Denver,
   Boulder, CO--May 23
-O'Reilly Sponsors the Coalition Summit for IPv6, Reston, VA--May 23-26
-Dan Gillmor ("We the Media"), WTC's Technology Breakfast Series,
   Mountain View, CA--May 26
Conference News
-Registration is Open for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention,
   Portland, OR--August 1-5
-Where 2.0 Conference Registration Open, San Francisco, CA--June 29-30
-EuroOSCON Call for Papers Now Open,
   Amsterdam, The Netherlands--October 17-20
-How to Build a Nonprofit for Your Community
-Addison-Wesley Professional on SafariU
-The Geospatial Web: A Call to Action
-Learning Lab: Certificate Series $200 Instant Rebate
-Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware
-(No Starch) Author describes keys to business-ready Linux clusters
-CVS Trouble
-The Soul of WWDC 2005
-Build a Dashboard Widget
-Magnificent Seven: What's New for Users in QuickTime 7
-O'Reilly books Recommended on AARP's article "Windows:
   Better Safe (Mode) Than Sorry"
-Putting A Browser Into Your Windows Application
-Five Things I Love About Spring
-Configuring Database Access in Eclipse 3.0 with SQLExplorer
-Ed Carreon: Making the Connection
-Hands On: Create Insane Reason Grooves
-On the Go with the Motorola MPx220 Camera Phone
-Build an eCommerce Application with eZPublish
-Radical Interface Approaches
-Validate User Input in PHP 5
-MAKE: Audio
-Call MAKE
-MAKE: Weather

Book News
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New Releases
***GDB Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100272
Covering several popular programming languages, this handy guide details
the essentials of using GDB in a testing environment. This book shows  
how to specify a target for debugging, perform a careful examination to
find the cause of program failure, and make quick changes for further
testing. Having a quick way to refer to GDB's essential functions is the
key to making the process work smoothly, and this book is the only
reference you'll need.

***Deploying Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 193226650X
This book covers all the topics needed to plan, design, and implement a
reliable, scalable server-based computing solution in a Citrix/Windows
2003 environment. Whether you're building thin client environments for
disaster recovery purposes or rolling Citrix MetaFrame out as the  
model for the day-to-day activities of a company, you will find this  
to be a great resource. It also offers invaluable advice and  
direction on
optimization, redundancy, troubleshooting, and scalability.

***Digital Audio Essentials
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008562
This indispensable reference helps you avoid time-consuming, costly  
and error in downloading audio files, burning CDs, converting analog  
to digital form, publishing music to and streaming from the web, setting
up home stereo configurations, and creating your own MP3 and other audio
files. Designed for both Mac and PC users, it includes reliable hardware
and software recommendations, tutorials, resources, and it even explains
the basics of the DMCA and intellectual property law.

Chapter 16, "Setting Up an Internet Radio Station," is available online:

***802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100523
If you want to deploy your own wireless network, this book is the  
starting place to gain an understanding of the capabilities and risks
associated with the 802.11 protocols. This updated edition covers
everything you need to know about integrating wireless technology into
your current infrastructure. Designed with the system administrator or
serious home user in mind, it's a no-nonsense guide for setting up  
on Windows and Linux.

Chapter 21, "Logical Wireless Network Architecture," is available  

***Don't Click on the Blue E!
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009399
For anyone who has grown disenchanted with Internet Explorer, this  
book is
here to help. With its straightforward approach, it gives non-technical
users a step-by-step roadmap for switching to a better web browser:
Firefox. As the only book that covers the switch to Firefox, this how-to
guide is a must for all those who want to browse faster, more securely,
and more efficiently.

A sample excerpt, "Safety and Security," is available online:

***Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007264
This practical book offers nearly 50 hands-on projects in an informal,
code-intensive style. Each project explores a new feature of the  
with emphasis on changes that can increase productivity, simplify
programming tasks, and help you add new functionality to your
applications. This one-of-a-kind book also offers suggestions for  
experimentation and links to online documentation and other sources of

Chapter 2, "The Visual Basic Language," is available online:

***The Art of Project Management
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007868
In this book, you'll learn from a veteran manager of software and web
development how to plan, manage, and lead projects. This personal  
of hard lessons learned over a decade of work in the industry distills
complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice.
Inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, this is the book you and your
team need to have within arm's reach.

Chapter 3, "How to Figure Out What to Do," is available online:

***Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600799X
This unique "all lab, no lecture" guide covers all of the great new
features in C# with 50 hands-on projects. Each project explores a new
feature, with emphasis on changes that increase productivity, simplify
programming tasks, and add functionality to applications. You'll find
suggestions for further experimentation, links to online documentation,
plus practical notes and warnings. The book also shows developers how to
acquire, install, and configure Visual Studio .NET 2005.

Chapter 1, "C# 2.0," is available online:

***iMovie HD and iDVD 5: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100337
For both professional and amateur moviemakers, David Pogue's witty and
entertaining guide details every step of iMovie HD video production,  
choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto
DVDs. In addition, this book provides a firm grounding in basic film
technique so that the quality of a video won't rely entirely on magic.
It's your ultimate moviemaking-made-easy source.

***Access Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009240
This valuable guide provides hands-on solutions to help users master
Access. For experienced users, "Access Hacks" offers a unique collection
of proven techniques and tools that will take their database skills and
productivity to the next level. For Access beginners, this book helps  
acquire a firm grasp of the program's most productive features. Topics
covered range from utilizing SQL inquiries to working with Access in
multi-user environments.

Sample Hack 61, "Use Excel Functions Inside Access," is available online
(along with five others):

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

***Cary Millsap at the NoCOUG Spring Conference, Sunnyvale, CA--May 19
Author Cary Millsap ("Optimizing Oracle Performance") is giving a  
address at the Northern California Oracle Users Group Spring Conference.

***Mike Clark ("Pragmatic Project Automation") at Agile Denver,
   Boulder, CO--May 23
Pragmatic Bookshelf author Mike Clark presents "Building Software,  
and Faster." You'll learn good practices (and see some bad ones)  
while you
take a peek inside a well-oiled agile project that's using the essential
practices covered in the Pragmatic Starter Kit: version control with
Subversion, unit testing with JUnit, and automation with Ant and  

***O'Reilly Sponsors the Coalition Summit for IPv6, Reston, VA--May  
Join leaders from dozens of forward-looking governments and companies
shaping the New Internet at the Coalition Summit for IPv6. And keep  
an eye
out for our new book "IPv6 Network Administration."

***Dan Gillmor ("We the Media"), WTC's Technology Breakfast Series,
   Mountain View, CA--May 26
Author Dan Gillmor and other panelists discuss the impact open source  
not only on business strategy in developing revenue models, but also
license implications and what open source development means for

Conference News
***Registration is Open 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  
the Open Source Business Review, along with a host of other exciting
presentations and events.

User Group members who register before June 20, 2005 get a double
discount. Use code "os05grpusr" when you register, and receive 15% off
the early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***Where 2.0 Conference Registration Open,
   San Francisco, CA--June 29-30
Join us at the first O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference. Location-based
services and mapping are becoming mainstream technologies. Meanwhile,
innovative new software makes it possible to apply the wealth of new  
to old business problems. Come explore the emerging consumer and
enterprise ecosystems around location-aware technologies that  
impact the way we work and play.

User Group members who register before May 31, 2005 get a double
discount. Use code "whereug" when you register, and receive 15% off the
early registration price.

To register for the conference, go to:

***EuroOSCON Call for Papers Now Open,
   Amsterdam, The Netherlands--October 17-20
EuroOSCON 2005, to be held October 17-20 in Amsterdam, will explore the
best and newest open source technologies, with a focus on what's
particularly useful to companies, governments, and non-profits. Session
and tutorial proposals are due by midnight, May 23rd. We're  
interested in
all aspects of building applications, services, and systems that utilize
the new capabilities of the open source platform.

Submit your proposal:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***How to Build a Nonprofit for Your Community
Many open source projects have already created nonprofit organizations
that support their communities, while other projects are considering  
to establish nonprofits. David Boswell details how mozdev.org built a
nonprofit organization and shows you how to do the same for your
community. He covers fundraising, obtaining legal advice, staffing, and
more. David is the coauthor of "Creating Applications with Mozilla."

***Addison-Wesley Professional on SafariU
SafariU, O'Reilly's web-based platform for creating, publishing, and
sharing textbooks, now includes 416 Addison-Wesley Professional titles.
With books covering topics from programming, data mining, AI,  
security, web design, web programming, databases, and a whole range of
subjects in between, Addison-Wesley is a welcomed addition to the  
repository. Log on to SafariU now to see this incredible new content.

***The Geospatial Web: A Call to Action
What needs to happen to build a sustainable geospatial web? Mike  
offers ten steps designed to help tap the as yet unharvested business
opportunities in a geospatial web. If this topic gets your creative  
flowing, you belong at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 Conference, coming up in  
in San Francisco.

***Learning Lab: Certificate Series $200 Instant Rebate
Learning programming languages and development techniques has never been
easier. Using your web browser and Useractive's Learning Sandbox
technology, the Learning Lab gives you hands-on, online training in a
creative environment (and a Certificate from the University of Illinois
College of Extended Education upon course completion). Only in May,
receive a $200 instant rebate when you enroll in any Certificate Series.

Open Source
***Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware
If you're careful, you can often pick up viable hardware from companies
throwing out machines too old to run the latest and greatest Windows
software. This is viable for free Unixes, if you can get past the
installation. Mikhail Zakharov walks through a tale of exploration,
discovery, and patch-writing to install NetBSD over NFS through the  
port of a Pentium I-era Toshiba notebook.

***No Starch Author describes keys to business-ready Linux clusters
SearchEnterpriseLinux.com interviews Karl Kopper, author of No Starch's
"Linux Enterprise Cluster."

***CVS Trouble
Noel Davis looks at problems in CVS, PostgreSQL, Squid, Gaim, Debian's
lsh, Xine-lib, Caroline, Convert-UUlib, Rootkit Hunter, snmppd,  
kimgio, RealPlayer, Helix Player, xli, and Debian's samba.

***The Soul of WWDC 2005
A few years ago, Apple moved WWDC from San Jose to the brand new Moscone
West building in San Francisco. The new location improved the face of  
developer conference. This year, Apple wants to enhance its very soul.
Here's how O'Reilly is going to help them do that.

***Build a Dashboard Widget
A little HTML, a dash of JavaScript, and a sprinkle of CSS and you can
create your own Dashboard widget. Andrew Anderson shows you how.

***Magnificent Seven: What's New for Users in QuickTime 7
Tiger is cool, but it's not the only new cat on the block. Apple has  
released an updated version of QuickTime. Chris Adamson examines the
user-visible features and changes in QT 7, including QT 7 Pro,  
to the QuickTime Player application, and the implications of the  
new H.264 video codec.

***O'Reilly books Recommended on AARP's article "Windows: Better Safe
(Mode) Than Sorry"
Gabe Goldberg's states "Windows XP books' indexes provided surprisingly
few entries for Safe Mode. I found the best coverage in two O'Reilly
books, 'Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual' and 'Windows XP Home  
The Missing Manual.'" In addition to writing for www.aarp.org, Gabe
contributes to the "Washington Post" and computer industry/trade
publications. He's active in his local PC user group, CPCUG (Capital PC
User Group) serving as Outreach Director and Program Director. He's also
Region 2 Advisor for APCUG, helping user groups from VA to NJ. Thanks

***Windows XP Annoyances Needed for New Book
We're looking for your gripes, complaints, hassles, and other
frustrations with Microsoft's favorite OS. Billions of people use  
and we want to help them...and your help would be much appreciated.
We'll be covering XP in all its flavors (including XP with Service  
Packs 1 and 2,
Windows Media Center Edition), and in all its settings (from  
standalone PCs to
running on a WiFi network).

If you have an annoyance you'd like to see solved, email  
marsee at oreilly.com
with "Windows XP Annoyances" in the subject line. Just note which  
of XP your're using (with SP1? SP2? Windows Media Center Edition?) As  
for sharing, we'll make sure to get copies of "Windows XP Annoyances"  
to your group shortly after publication.

***Putting A Browser Into Your Windows Application
There are times when it would be awfully convenient to have the
capabilities of Internet Explorer inside your Windows application. The
classic case is when you want to look at an XML document, and you'd like
to take advantage of IE's ability to show the document as a collapsible
and expandable hierarchy. In this article, Jesse Liberty will show  
you how
to do that, in just a few easy steps.

***Five Things I Love About Spring
For hardcore enterprise development, Bruce Tate turns to Spring, the  
of his latest collaboration, "Spring: A Developer's Notebook." In this
article, Bruce describes five reasons why he's hooked on Spring.

***Configuring Database Access in Eclipse 3.0 with SQLExplorer
It's 2005 and you're using Eclipse. Should you still be creating your
database tables and seeding them with data by hand, from an SQL
command-line utility? Deepak Vohra introduces the SQLExplorer plugin for
Eclipse, which allows you to put a GUI on your development-time database

Digital Media
***Ed Carreon: Making the Connection
During a four-month visit to a remote village in Mexico, Ed Carreon
photographed a world with one foot still in the past, a distant place he
had heard about as a boy through family stories. His images capture the
beauty and the struggle of a land that few of us will ever see.

***Hands On: Create Insane Reason Grooves
Don't settle for the same loop everyone else is using! This MP3-packed
tutorial shows how to blast beats apart in Propellerhead Reason, then
shape them into unique, twisted grooves.

***On the Go with the Motorola MPx220 Camera Phone
The Motorola MPx220 is a 3.88-ounce, portable multimedia tool cleverly
disguised as a mobile phone. The ROM-based Microsoft Windows Media  
can play back MP3 and WMA audio, as well as WMV video files. The  
camera can record 1.3-megapixel still photos. Todd Ogasawara explores  
all in
this in-depth review.

***Build an eCommerce Application with eZPublish
Launch into the world of ecommerce using eZ publish. Bard Farstad  
step-by-step how to create a fully functional product catalogue with
online credit card processing functionality.

***Radical Interface Approaches
Alex Walker takes a look at several web sites which feature radical
interfaces for users. Read along and find out what's possible with  
just a
little bit of imagination.

***Validate User Input in PHP 5
Discover how to validate user data in PHP and produce user-friendly  
messages when something goes wrong, or when someone attempts a malicious

***MAKE: Audio
Here's the latest audio from MAKE Magazine. In this MAKE audio show,  
Doctorow talks about the Brodcast Flag--it's history, the fight, and now
its (hopeful) permanent demise. Right click or Control + click to  
this MP3 to you local system or add the MAKE Audio feed to your  
application and get the show automatically!

***Call MAKE
Call in to our MAKE voicemail and ask a question; anything is fine. How
about something like, "I have an old PC, what can I do with it?" We'll
try and answer these on our audio program or on the MAKE: Blog. It's
not a toll-free call, so keep that in mind. 206-888-6253 (MAKE)

***MAKE: Weather

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