From:"Marsee Henon" <>
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, December 4
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 18:11:13 -0800
O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
December 4, 2003
-O'Reilly User Group Discount vs. Amazon's Discount
-Put Up an Emerging Technology Conference Banner, Get a Free Book
Book Info
***Review books are available 
Copies of our books are available for your members to review--
send me an email and please include the book order number on 
your request. Let me know if you need your book by a certain date. 
Allow at least four weeks for shipping. 

***Please send copies of your book reviews
Email me a copy of your newsletters or book reviews.
For tips and suggestions on writing book reviews, go to:

***Discount information
Don't forget to remind your members about our 20% discount on 
O'Reilly books and conferences. Just use code DSUG.

***Group purchases with better discounts are available
Please let me know if you are interested and I can put you in 
touch with our sales department.

General News
***O'Reilly User Group Discount vs. Amazon's Discount
Amazon offers a better deal, but you want to support O'Reilly and the 
program. What do you do? The answer is "Go with the best deal you can
get!" As long as you are buying O'Reilly books, we're happy. We don't 
to compete with our resellers, but we do want to give UG members who 
to buy directly from us a break--so please don't feel bad if you shop 
your favorite book store instead. Sharing O'Reilly info with your 
and giving us feedback is the most important way you can show your 
for the UG program.

***Put Up an Emerging Technology Conference Banner, Get a Free Book
We're looking for user groups to display our conference banners on
their web sites. If you send me the link to your user group site with
our Emerging Technology Conference banner, I will send you the
O'Reilly book of your choice.

Emerging Technology Conference Banners and conference descriptions are
available at:

O'Reilly News for User Group Members
December 4, 2003
Book News
-Dancing Barefoot
-Mac OS X Unwired
-The Best of The Joy of Tech
Upcoming Events
-O'Reilly at Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco, CA--January 6-9
-The Buzz from 2003 Emerging Technology Conference
-O'Reilly to Handle Distribution for Fellow Computer Book Publishers
-Wil Wheaton to Write Three Books for O'Reilly
-Free Exhibit Hall Pass for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, 
New York, NY--January 21-23, 2004
-BIND DoS Attack
-RouteWord: An Interesting Diversion
-Introduction to the Peer-to-Peer Sockets Project
-Java vs. .NET Security, Part 1
-Five XSLT Basics
-Creating Your Own Code Snippets with Whidbey 
-Free Exhibit Hall Guest Pass for Macworld Conference & Expo, 
San Francisco, CA--January 6-9
-iPod as Digital Photographer's Best Friend
-Collaborative Editing with Rendezvous
-Animal ASCII Art--Do You Have Some?
Book News
Did you know you can request a free book to review for your
group? Ask your group leader for more information.

For book review writing tips and suggestions, go to:

Don't forget, you can receive 20% off any O'Reilly book you 
purchase directly from O'Reilly. Just use code DSUG when 
ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938.

***Free ground shipping is available for online orders of at 
least $29.95 that go to a single U.S. address. This offer 
applies to U.S. delivery addresses in the 50 states and 
Puerto Rico.
For more details, go to:

***Dancing Barefoot
Order Number: 6748
Wil Wheaton--blogger, geek, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wesley
Crusher--gives us five true tales of life, love, and the absurdities of
Hollywood in "Dancing Barefoot." Far from the usual celebrity tell-all,
"Dancing Barefoot" is a vivid, personal account of Wil's search for his
true self. If you've ever fallen in love, attended a Star Trek 
or pondered the meaning of life, you'll find a kindred soul in the 
of "Dancing Barefoot."

***Mac OS X Unwired
Order Number: 5083
"Mac OS X Unwired" is a one-stop, wireless information source for
technically savvy Mac users. The book provides a complete introduction 
all the wireless technologies supported by Mac OS X, including Wi-Fi,
infrared, Bluetooth, and GPRS. If you're considering wireless as an
alternative to cable and DSL, or using wireless to network computers in
your home, office, or on the road, this book will show you the
full-spectrum view of the wireless capabilities of Mac OS X, and how to
get the most out of them.

Chapter 4, "Wi-Fi on the Road," is available online:

***The Best of The Joy of Tech
Order Number: 5784
Frustrated and frazzled by technology? Or perhaps your cynicism is
starting to wane? This book is a collection of the very best from The 
of Tech online series. It also features several new, never-before-seen
comics, exclusive notes from the artists about their work, an appendix 
the JoyPolls, a lexicon of JoyWords, and an introduction by David 
"The Best of The Joy of Tech" is an oasis of top-notch humor and images
sure to refresh the mind's page and reboot the will to live.

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

***O'Reilly at Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco, CA--January 
In addition to all of our fabulous new Mac titles, authors David Pogue
("Missing Manual Series," and Derrick Story ("iPhoto 2: The Missing
Manual," "Digital Video Pocket Guide," and "Digital Photography Pocket
Guide") will grace our booth with presentations during the show.
We are in booth #2143 this year.
Moscone Convention Center San Francisco, CA

Conference News
***The Buzz from 2003 Emerging Technology Conference
Check out the O'Reilly Network's news coverage and blogs from the 2003
Emerging Technology Conference to help you decide for 2004. 

You can also download presentation and multimedia files from 2003.

The 2004 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
February 9-12, 2004
Westin Horton Plaza San Diego
San Diego, CA 92101

User Group members who register before January 9, 2004 get a double
discount. Use code DSUG when you register, and receive 20% off the
"Early Bird" price.

To register for the conference, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***O'Reilly to Handle Distribution for Fellow Computer Book Publishers 
We will be providing distribution, sales, and fulfillment services for
three other leading independent publishers--No Starch Press, Paraglyph
Press, and Syngress Publishing--starting January 1, 2004. We'll be 
UGs information and review copies for our new partners.
For more information check out our press release:

Here's a recent article from our local newspaper, "The Press Democrat":

***Wil Wheaton to Write Three Books for O'Reilly
Any honest computer geek will admit that his obsessive coding is, at
heart, a futile attempt to create a world as cool as those depicted in
science fiction. New evidence of the symbiotic relationship between Sci 
and geekdom surfaced, as O'Reilly, the geek publisher-of-record, 
plans to publish three books by Wil Wheaton, blogger, geek, and the 
who portrayed Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wil's
first two books, "Dancing Barefoot" and "Just a Geek," are almost
unbearably honest tales of life, love, and the rigors of being an 
on the Starship Enterprise. 

Take a look at Wil's December 2 blog announcement:

And you can read our press release:

Open Source
***Free Exhibit Hall Pass for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, 
New York, NY--January 21-23, 2004
Register online with Priority Code PC0260 by December 19, 2004 

***BIND DoS Attack 
Noel Davis looks at a denial-of-service attack against BIND and 
in KDE, GnuPG, screen, Ethereal, FreeRadius, mod_gzip, Pan, detecttr,
OpenCA, EPIC, and libnids.

***RouteWord: An Interesting Diversion
Graphs--loosely connected, unordered collections of nodes--are highly
important to computer science. Visualizing graphs is even more 
think of maps, routes, webs, and any other interconnected 
O'Reilly author Andrew Odewahn explains how he accidentally created a 
type of word puzzle while playing around with graph visualization. 

Throughout the month of December, we're running daily RouteWord puzzles
from Andrew Odewahn. Here's today's puzzle:
***Introduction to the Peer-to-Peer Sockets Project 
The Peer-to-Peer Sockets project reimplements Java's standard Socket,
ServerSocket, and InetAddress classes to work on the JXTA peer-to-peer
network rather than on the standard TCP/IP network. Brad Neuberg shows 
to configure and set up the P2P Socket libraries to run on your system,
how to create and run P2P server and client sockets, and how to work 
the P2P InetAddress class, and discusses security issues and 
in the framework.

***Java vs. .NET Security, Part 1 
Java and .NET address similar code security issues, but which one 
the best security implementation? Denis Piliptchouk's series starts 
with a
side-by-side look at how each performs configuration, code 
and memory isolation.
***Five XSLT Basics
This article by Michael Fitzgerald introduces newbies to the five 
of XSLT 1.0, from what it is to how to get it to work--information 
also find in the first chapter of Michael's book, "Learning XSLT."

Learning XSLT
Order Number: 3277
***Creating Your Own Code Snippets with Whidbey 
One of the new features found in Visual Studio .NET Whidbey is Insert
Snippets. The Insert Snippets feature allows you to insert 
code blocks into your project, thereby improving the efficiency of your
development process. Wei-Meng Lee shows you how to add your own 
to Whidbey.
***Free Exhibit Hall Guest Pass for Macworld Conference & Expo, 
San Francisco, CA--January 6-9
Register online by December 8 with Priority code PC0211

***iPod as Digital Photographer's Best Friend
Yes, the iPod can store thousands of songs. But now you can use it to
upload thousands of pictures too, directly from the memory card. And
thanks to Panther, that's only the beginning of what is sure to become 
indispensable tool for many digital photographers.

***Collaborative Editing with Rendezvous 
Apple's adoption of Zeroconf networking (branded as "Rendezvous") has
opened the door to new ways of sharing information on local networks. 
this article, Wei Meng Lee shows you how to use two collaborative 
tools: SubEthaEdit and iStorm.

***Animal ASCII Art--Do You Have Some?
If you are an artist with you keyboard, please let me know. I am 
for ASCII versions of our famous O'Reilly animals. Please send an email
to with your original rendition.

Until next time--