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[marsee@oreilly.com: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, April 29]

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From: Marsee Henon <marsee@oreilly.com>
To: waltman@pobox.com
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, April 29
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 14:12:09 -0700

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
April 29, 2008
New Releases--Books, Short Cuts, and Rough Cuts
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***Harold Davis Hosts a Weekend Workshop on Night Photography--May 2-4
Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) will be hosting a weekend workshop on night photography
in Berkeley, CA.

***Maker Faire 2008, San Mateo, CA--May 3-4
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***Derrick Story at the Stanford/Palo Alto Macintosh User Group, 
   Palo Alto, CA--May 5
Author Derrick Story (The Digital Photography Companion, iPhoto 8: The
Missing Manual, and Digital Photography Hacks) presents iPhoto 8.
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at SLAC.

***XTech 2008: The Web on the Move, Dublin, Ireland--May 6-9
Doug Crockford (JavaScript the Good Parts) Doug Tidwell (XSLT, 2nd Ed),
Eric van der Vlist (XML Schema) and Edd Dumbill (Mono) at XTech. XTech
is the premier European conference for developers, information designers
and managers working with web and standards-based technologies bringing
together the worlds of web development, open source, Web 2.0 and open
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***Pycon Italy, Florence, Italy--May 9-11
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***Where 2.0, Burlingame, CA--May 12-14
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***Subject to Change Book Release Event, San Francisco, CA--May 13
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new book Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an
Uncertain World. The event starts at 6 PM for reception and mingling,
then onto a quick presentation, more mingling, and ending with a book

***Python Author & Trainer Mark Lutz Leads 3-Day Seminar, 
   Longmont, Colorado--May 14-16
Python author and trainer Mark Lutz (Learning Python, Programming
Python, and Python Pocket Reference) will be teaching a 3-day Python

***Dux Raymond Sy at the North Carolina PMI Chapter, Durham, NC--May 15
Author Dux Raymond SY (SharePoint for Project Managers) presents
"Enhancing Project Communication and Collaboration with a PMIS."

***Dru Lavigne at BSDCan 2008, Ottawa, ON--May 16-17
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***O'Reilly Authors at WebVisions, Portland, OR--May 22-23
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***David Ascher and Brian King at eLiberatica--The benefits of Open and
   Free Technologies, Bucharest, Romania--May 30-31
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***Harold Davis at Book Passage in Corte Madera, 
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Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) will be presenting "100 Views of the Golden Gate." He
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Conference News
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****Graphing Social Patterns East Registration is Open, Washington,
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UG News
***Maker Faire Coming up Soon--May 3 & 4 at the San Mateo Expo Center
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***Adobe Lightroom Adventure contines in Tasmania
In April 2008, a group of internationally renowned photographers
traveled to the end of the world, literally, to the remote island of
Tasmania. Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, photographers will upload,
sort, keyword, adjust, and output their Raw images while still working
in the field. Read the stories, see the images, and watch the
photographers discuss this challenging assignment. Mikkel Aaland, 
project director, will capture the lessons learned for his book on 
Adobe Lightroom, scheduled to be published later this year.

Tourism Tasmania is offering a chance to win a trip for two to 
Tasmania, Australia. Read more for details.

***New Publishers on Safari Books Online
We are pleased to announce the introduction of John Wiley & Sons content
to Safari Books Online. With the inclusion of Wiley content, Safari
Books Online is now the only source for online access to the world's top
four technology publishers. Pearson, John Wiley & Sons, O'Reilly Media,
and Microsoft Press represent 85% of the computer books sold at retail
in the U.S., according to Nielsen BookScan.

***TECHbash 2008 in Northeastern Pennsylvania on May 10
Join an estimated 300 Developers, IT Professionals, CIO's and Industry
Experts from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and host-state,
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Technology Professionals to network, knowledge share and discuss
existing technology solutions to business challenges, as well as preview
prerelease products on the bleeding edge.

This year, they've expanded to three tracks offering more presentations
and providing more content choices. The event opens with a keynote
presentation by Joe Stagner, Program Manager for Microsoft's Web Tools 
and Platform Division.

***Getting Started with Dreamweaver and CSS--A One-Day Web Publishing
   Workshop from Mogo Seminars
Learn everything you need to know about building compelling websites
using Adobe Dreamweaver CS3! Whether you're totally new to building
websites, or migrating from GoLive or a previous version of Dreamweaver,
this fast-paced one-day seminar brings the entire workflow together--
from design and prototyping through development and testing--using
easy-to-understand examples from a designer's point of view. Most
importantly, you'll learn the key to cool, functional, and flexible web
layouts: CSS?how it works, and how you can use it to your advantage.
Cities and dates are 5/29 Los Angeles, CA, 6/4 New York, NY, 6/17
Washington, DC, 6/24 Chicago, IL, and 6/26 Boston, MA.

***Southwest Computer Conference, San Diego, CA--May 30-June 1
This conference is now open to all computer enthusiasts--not only
computer club members. You will have an opportunity to network with
other computer users who have similar interests: share ideas and
experiences as well as solutions to problems. Speak directly to the
vendors whose products you use or want to use. The $60 early-bird
registration closes May 1.

***MacVoices--Barbara Brundage Discusses Adobe Elements 6 for the Mac
Join Chuck Joiner and Barbara Brundage (Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac:
The Missing Manual) as they talk about why Elements 6 really does 90% of
what most photographers need, why Layers are and are not important in
Elements 6, and why the addition of Curves is such an important
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tips for improving your photo editing.

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***Why should I upgrade to Office 2008 for Macintosh?
Author Jim Elferdink talks about what's new in Office 2008 for
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Office for Windows can't match, and why you may not need to invest in

***Ruport: Business Reporting for Ruby 
No one likes developing reporting tools for an application. But without
them, many applications are only half-done. Luckily, Ruby has a great
reporting infrastructure available to build on, and in this article,
you'll learn how to use it.

***The iPhone SDK: APIs Apple Didn't Want You to Know About
The iPhone has been a hot item ever since it came out, but running
non-Apple supplied software on it isn't easy. But the secrets to
building a successful toolchain to create iPhone applications can be
found right here.

***Step by Step: Using Samba to join a Windows Domain 
Samba has made getting Linux and Windows systems talking to each other
much easier than it once was. But there are still some tasks that are
more than a little finicky. One of them is definitely joining a Samba
client to a domain-based Windows network. Luckily, now you'll have a
step by step guide to doing just that.

For more articles, go to:

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***Good Devices Gone Bad

***Removing the Remains of the 15-day Trial

***Is the Closed Source Inevitable?

***My Transition to Using O'Reilly Safari Online Books Service

***Making Connections With Hackerteen

***Five Steps to Web 2.0

****The Best ActionScript Book Ever Written

***Unforgettable Tasmania--Leo Laporte reports on the latest Lightroom

***Looking for a Few Good SysAdmin Problems to Solve in Python

***How to Make Applets (and JavaFx) Viable

***Web 2.0 Expo SF Launchpad: Six New Startup Stars

***Get Info on a Mac Without Logging in

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Until next time--

Marsee Henon

1005 Gravenstein Highway North
Sebastopol, CA   95472
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