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November 10, 2005
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-The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers
-Greasemonkey Hacks
-Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell
-Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual
-C++ Cookbook
-Integrating Excel and Access
-Just Say No To Microsoft
-Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual
-Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual
-Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual
-Oracle PL/SQL for DBAs
-Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual
-Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook
-Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
-Programming ASP.NET, Third Edition
-Palm and Treo Hacks
-Photoshop Filter Effects Encyclopedia
-Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers
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-ETel Registration Now Open
-EuroOSCON in Amsterdam
-The Impact of "Ambient Findability"
-Laughing Lemur Contest at Findability.org
-Avoiding Oblivion in Your Tech Career
-Control Freaks: Modding and the Clash with Law
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-Windows Server Hacks: Shadowing Remote Desktop Sessions
-Beware of Network Sniffers
-JBoss Cache as a POJO Cache
-Take Command With AJAX
-The Community of Web 2.0
-MacVoices Features Leander Kahney "The Cult of iPod"
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***The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100183
In the world of digital photography, Digital Asset Management (DAM)
refers to every part of the process that follows the taking of the
picture, through final output and permanent storage. Anyone who shoots,
scans, or stores digital photographs is practicing some form of DAM, but
most of us are not doing so systematically or efficiently. In "The DAM
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photographers using Adobe Photoshop CS2.

***Greasemonkey Hacks
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ISBN: 0596101651
Greasemonkey--the new Firefox extension that allows you to write scripts
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***Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell
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***Windows XP for Starters: The Missing Manual
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***C++ Cookbook
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***Integrating Excel and Access
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ISBN: 0596009739
This unique reference shows you how to combine the powerful analysis
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Access. It covers everything you need to know, including interfaces,
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***Just Say No To Microsoft
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Just Say No to Microsoft begins by tracing Microsoft's rise from tiny
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***Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual
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ISBN: 0596101546
"Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual" gives you the information you
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and 2003--including how to build spreadsheets, add and format
information, print reports, create charts and graphics, and use basic
formulas and functions.

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***Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596101589
With "Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual," author Barbara Brundage
has written the perfect digital photography guide that covers new
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more advanced. In a clear, easy-to-read format, the author provides
step-by-step instructions so readers can learn the right editing
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***Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual
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***Oracle PL/SQL for DBAs
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ISBN: 0596005873
PL/SQL, Oracle's powerful procedural language, has been the cornerstone
of Oracle application development for nearly 15 years. Although
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***Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual
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ISBN: 0596006659
"Access 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual" delivers everything you
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to put the world's most popular desktop data management program to work
for you, this book explains all the most useful features of Access
2003--including designing and creating databases, organizing and
filtering information, and generating effective forms and reports.

***Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100221
You don't have to be a Photoshop expert to create sophisticated effects.
With 61 easy-to-follow recipes, "Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook" shows
you how to use Photoshop CS2 to simulate classic camera and darkroom
techniques and special effects-without making you learn Photoshop
inside and out first. This book is packed with hundreds of full-color
photographs, step-by-step instructions, and many practical tips.

***Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100299
This quick reference has been reworked to present you with the current
state of Unix. Featuring chapter overviews, in-depth command coverage,
and specific examples, it's the perfect supplement for Unix users and
programmers. New topics include package management programs, source code
management systems, and the Solaris 10, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS X systems.

Chapter 16, "The GNU make Utility," is available online:

***Programming ASP.NET, Third Edition
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ISBN: 059600916X
This updated bestseller has been completely refreshed to give you the
inside story on ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. It features a
comprehensive tutorial on Web Forms and detailed explanations of all new
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to create dynamic, interactive web applications.

***Palm and Treo Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059610054X
Written for beginning to experienced Palm users, "Palm and Treo Hacks"
is full of practical, ingenious tips and tricks you can apply
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or you want to trick out your Palm to its fullest extent, this book will
show you how.

Sample Hacks such as "Get the Most Out of the To Do List" and
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***Photoshop Filter Effects Encyclopedia
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100213
"Photoshop Filter Effects Encyclopedia" explains and decodes the
settings of every filter that Photoshop CS2 has to offer. And, unlike
many reference books, it is filled with easy-to-follow, step-by-step
recipes for creating truly amazing effects using Photoshop filters.
Packed with hundreds of full-color photographs, clearly written
instructions, and practical tips, this book is the ultimate, no-nonsense
Photoshop CS2 Filters reference for creative photographers, designers,
and artists.

***Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100205
Layer blending modes have been part of Photoshop for years, but they're
not easy to understand at first glance. With clear, step-by-step
instructions, an easy-to-follow format, and hundreds of full-color
examples, "Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers"
shows you how to use blending modes to achieve a wide range of image
adjustments and special effects-without first having to learn everything
there is to know about Photoshop.

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***EuroOSCON has come and gone in Amsterdam
It was a great experience and attendee comments ranged from "wonderful"
to "I'll be back again next year!" OSCON will definitely be back in
Europe next fall, as well as in Portland in July. Check out the
Convention Coverage Page for all the latest session files pictures
and news.

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General News
***The Impact of "Ambient Findability"
Peter Morville, author of "Ambient Findability," discusses the results
of being able to find anything from anywhere at anytime, thanks to
ubiquitous computing and the Net in this Business Week article.

***Laughing Lemur Contest at Findability.org
To enter, snap a photo that includes the lemur, upload it to Flickr, and
tag it with ambientfindability. Entries will be accepted through
December 11, 2005. Evaluation criteria include popularity (in Flickr,
Google, de.licio.us), comicality (make the lemur laugh), and other
facets of the user experience. The winner will receive a $500 Amazon
Gift Certificate, a $100 O'Reilly Gift Certificate, and autographed
copies of the lemur and polar bear books. For contest details and
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***Avoiding Oblivion in Your Tech Career
Life moves quickly for the technologist, so it's imperative to stay
young and vital in one's tech career. Using the analogy of Shakespeare's
renowned soliloquy from As You Like It on the seven phases of life,
Michael Havey offers tips on how you can sustain technology excellence
well into your golden years. Michael is the author of "Essential  
Process Modeling."

***Control Freaks: Modding and the Clash with Law
Modders, and the millions more who possess a natural creativity and an
urge to get control over their lives, have, as Andy Oram puts it,
"tumbled head-on into a legal snake pit." Their passion for changing
things has become one of the fastest up-and-coming social trends in the
US, and thus has drawn the litigious eye of large entertainment and
media companies. Andy remains optimistic, however, that modders
themselves can find ways to shift the focus away from modding as a legal
issue, and toward a view of modding as a social and business issue.

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Open Source
***MySQL 5.0 is Released
Kevin Yank goes over the new release of MySQL, the ever popular
open-source database software, and what new features it contains.

***What Is TurboGears? (Hint: Python-Based Framework for Rapid Web
TurboGears is a Python-based framework that enables you to quickly build
database-driven, ready-to-extend web applications. In this article,
Matthew Russell takes you inside this framework for a look at its
internal mechanisms, then introduces you to its creator, Kevin Dangoor.

***What Is a Linux Distribution?
The Linux kernel may be the star of the show, but like any star, it
needs a supporting cast. In this case, the supporting cast is known as a
Linux distribution--a useful set of system and application programs
bundled with the OS. Edd Dumbill serves up overviews of the major Linux
distributions as well as the specialist distros, and for who (or what)
each distro is best suited.

***Sync Services Framework (How It Works and What You Can Do)
With Tiger, Apple introduced a new extensible Sync Services framework
embedded into the OS. And it's available to any application, not just
Apple programs. Mary Norbury-Glaser explains this framework and shows
you practical examples of its implementation.

***Tiger's Improved Firewall (and How to Use It)
Among Tiger's many enhancements, Apple introduced a whole new firewall
called ipfw2. It works just the like the old firewall, but has new
features that allow greater flexibility and more control. In this
article, Peter Hickman shows you some of the new features and how you
can use them to more easily manage your firewall.

***Windows Server Hacks: Shadowing Remote Desktop Sessions
Shadowing Terminal Services sessions is a cool feature of Windows Server
2003 that lets you remotely control the desktop session of another
Terminal Services user.

***Beware of Network Sniffers
Network sniffing is harder than most people think, but that doesn't mean
it's not a threat. Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows Server Hacks,"
tells you the truth about sniffing dangers, and shows you how to protect
your network.

***JBoss Cache as a POJO Cache
Typical in-memory cache systems can trip you up in ways you don't
expect, from mangled object relationships to overly expensive
serialization operations. A POJO cache offers a simpler,
lower-maintenance alternative. Ben Wang uses JBoss Cache to show how
POJO caches work.

***Take Command With AJAX
Want to get a bang out of your AJAX artillery? In this hands-on
tutorial, Stoyan puts AJAX on the front line as he develops a web app
with which you can execute shell commands on your web server. The
downloadable code provides a real tactical advantage as Stoyan marshals
JavaScript and XML to create the application.

***The Community of Web 2.0
In this 48-minute audio program from the Web 2.0 conference, Tim
O'Reilly speaks with Sun Microsystems COO Jonathan Schwartz and Mozilla
Foundation president Mitchell Baker about developer communities,
distribution, architectures and expandability, and the value of open

Digital Media
***MacVoices Features Leander Kahney "The Cult of iPod"
No Starch Author Leander Kahney discusses the impact of the iPod and how
it has changed the music industry, the music culture and how music is

***Vince Lawrence: 8,000 Square Feet of iTunes
Step inside the cavernous studio of Chicago's Slang Musicgroup, where
teams of computer-packing producers create hit songs and remixes in a
vast range of styles—inspired by 20,000 CDs worth of networked iTunes.

***The PEZ MP3 player--A Project, Dream, and a Reality
Pat Misterovich is a stay-at-home dad with a one-person company who had
a dream to make an MP3 player that looks like a PEZ dispenser. We've
been covering Pat's PEZ MP3 player throughout the year, reading his
progress and milestones, anxiously awaiting the arrival of this
dream-turned-PEZ MP3 player.

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