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From: Marsee Henon <marsee@oreilly.com>
To: waltman@pobox.com
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, June 26
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:33:05 -0700

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
June 26, 2008
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***Ableton Live 7 Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)
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***Advanced Rails Recipes (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
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***Adventure in Technology
Jun 28, 2008
Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol, UK
John Honniball, whose articles are published in Make, is one of the many
contributors at Adventure in Technology. He will be demonstrating parts
of his large collection of historic computers.

***Judith Bishop on C# 3.0 Design Patterns at TOOLS Europe
Jul 3, 2008
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
If you are near Zurich, Switzerland, on 3 July, drop in to the TOOLS
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explain the advantages of programming design patterns in C# 3.0. Judith
will be joined by Nigel Horspool from University of Victoria, Canada.

***O'Reilly at Open Tech 2008
Jul 5, 2008
ULU, Malet Street, London, UK
Open Tech 2008, from UKUUG and friends, is an informal one-day
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***Harold Davis at the Marin Photography Club
Jul 8, 2008
Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) discusses the ins and outs of night photography, and
shows his work. 

***Rick Copeland Speaks on SQLAlchemy
Jul 10, 2008
The Atlanta Python Meetup Group, Atlanta, GA
Author Rick Copeland (Essential SQLAlchemy) will be giving a talk about
SQLAlchemy and will be available for book signing afterwards.

***O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON)
Jul 21-25, 2008
Portland, OR
OSCON is the bazaar of open source technologies, welcoming new voices
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***Colin Moock's ActionScript 3.0: From The Ground Up Tour
Jul 23, 2008
Atahotel Executive, Milan, Italy
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***Dux Raymond Sy Presents a One-Day Seminar on SharePoint
Jul 24, 2008
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Reston, VA
During this one-day seminar, SharePoint expert Dux Raymond Sy
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***Harold Davis at Book Passage
Jul 27, 2008
1 Ferry Building, #42, San Francisco, CA
Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) presents images of the Golden Gate, reads from his book,
answers questions, and signs copies of the book.

***Harold Davis Hosts a Photography Night at the East Bay Mac Users Group
Aug 14, 2008
Author Harold Davis (Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital
Photographers) presents From Photography to Photoshop. He will use his
Ringing Cedars covers as a case study for a new digital art form at the
Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville. 

Conference News

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News From O'Reilly & Beyond
***Derrick Story and Lesa Snider King to Speak at Mac Computer Expo this
year in Santa Rosa, CA on September 27
For more information check out their blog.

***The e-Book Test: Do Electronic Versions Deter Piracy?
Read David Pogue's latest take on e-books. (Free login required.)

***Facebook No Longer The Second Largest Social Network
From TechCrunch "It was sort of inevitable given Facebook?s monster
growth over the last few years, but April 2008 was the milestone:
Facebook officially caught up to MySpace in terms of unique monthly
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FOSSCoach is a series of events designed to teach the essential skills
required to participate in collaborative, free and open online projects
like Firefox and Wikipedia.  Visit <http://fosscoach.wikia.com> or 
to register go to

***Event Living Services is looking to help user groups
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***A Gallery of Illustrations from Your Brain: The Missing Manual
View images from Your Brain: The Missing Manual. You can read more about
the images by clicking on them to see excerpts from the book.

***Top 10 Reasons to Switch from Microsoft Office to Google Apps
Author Nancy Conner offers 10 reasons why you should consider making the
leap from Microsoft Office to Google Apps.

***Gordon Mohr Takes Us Inside the Internet Archives
Gordon Mohr is the Chief Technologist for Web Projects at the Internet
Archive. In this interview, he gives us a peek behind the scenes at
what's involved in recording the continually updating web, as well as
the legal implications and how Web 2.0 is making their job both easier
and harder. 

***Steve Jobs on the Future of the iPhone
Apple CEO Steve Jobs stood in front of a sold out crowd at Apple's WWDC
and told them that Apple is about to release phones that are better than
the ones in their pocket and will cost half of what theirs cost. The
developers responded with sustained enthusiastic applause. That reaction
makes perfect sense. Jobs' keynote wasn't about products -- it was about
a promising future, especially for developers in the audience...

****Getting Started with the Google App Engine
Continuing the trend started with Amazon's Elastic Cloud (EC2), Google
plans to make their vast resources available to developers who wish to
deploy massively scalable applications on the Google Infrastructure. In
this tutorial, you'll get a look into the APIs and database capabilities
that Google is providing, and how to leverage them in a sample

***Building the Green Data Center
Bill Coleman, founder and CEO of the Cassatt Corporation, and one of the
founders of BEA, has made it his mission to make data centers more
energy-efficient. We caught up with him right before the O'Reilly
Velocity conference where he is scheduled to speak to get some pointers
on making data centers planet-friendly.

For more news, go to:

***Author Bob Thompson bypasses the DEA and shows Phil Torrone how to
make Iodine

***Make a Presentation Like Al Gore

***Head First Physics coming soon--here's a taste of Chapter 4

****Dojo Goodness, Part 9 (gfx foo with fx)

****NASA's Mars24 Sunclock (Keeping Track of Phoenix)

***Freelance coder Gregory Brown gives you the latest on Prawn, a PDF
writing library for Ruby.

***code_swarm: Animated Visualization of the Development of some High
Profile Open Source Projects

****Catching up, Fighting distractions, Polyglotting

****Head First Ajax Sneak Preview

****How Hackerteen Helps... By a White-Hat Hacker

****Cooking with Flex

****Are you up-to-date?

***What Should iPhone Applications Cost?

***Thinking in Wikis

For more blogs, go to:

Until next time--

Marsee Henon

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