From:"Marsee Henon" <>
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, February 3
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 17:46:29 -0800
O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
February 3, 2004
-New O'Reilly User Group Wiki is Up and Ready for Action
-Put Up an O'Reilly ThinkGeek Banner, Get A Free Book
Book Info
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General News
***New O'Reilly User Group Wiki is Up and Ready for Action
Try it out by listing your group to promote your events, projects, and
yourselves to your fellow O'Reilly User Group Program members. Wikis 

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O'Reilly News for User Group Members
February 3, 2004
Book News
-Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks
-C# Cookbook
-Security Assessment
-Wicked Cool Shell Scripts
Upcoming Events
-Darryl León, Ph.D. ("Sequence Analysis in a Nutshell"), 
San Diego Bioinformatics Forum, San Diego--February 10
-Jesse Liberty ("Programming C#," "Programming Visual Basic .NET"), 
.NET Face to Face, Atlanta, GA--February 20-22
-Joe Trippi keynote added to Digital Democracy Teach-In
-O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
-OSCON 2004: Call for Participation--Last Chance
-Wireless Mesh Networking
-Interviews with Digital Democracy Activists
-The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 2
-The New Breed of Version Control Systems
-Why Run Free Software on a PDA?
-Troubleshooting with Postfix Logs
-What's New in Tomcat 5
-Effective Forms Authentication, Part 1
-Serialization in .NET, Part 1
-The Macintosh's Twisted Truth  
-Smart File Sharing Between Macs and PCs
News From Your Peers
-San Gabriel Valley Linux Users Group Meeting, Pasadena, CA--February 

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, No Starch, 
Paraglyph, or Syngress book you purchase directly from O'Reilly.
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O'Reilly New Releases
***Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks
ISBN: 0596003145
From building a home arcade machine to creating a cubicle intrusion
detection system, "Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks" offers an array 
inventive, customized electronics projects for the geek who can't help
looking at a gadget and wondering how it might be "upgraded." The book
begins with less complex hacking projects then moves into more advanced
hacks. Clear step-by-step instructions allow even those with no formal
electronics- or hardware-engineering skills to hack real hardware in
clever ways.

Excerpts are available free online:

***C# Cookbook
ISBN: 0596003390
"C# Cookbook" provides practical answers to day-to-day C# programming
questions, using code recipes collected especially for developers 
on the .NET platform. In addition to the complete, documented code 
showing how to solve hundreds of specific problems, you'll find
discussions of how the underlying technology works as well as material 
alternatives, limitations, and other considerations where appropriate.
This definitive collection of recipes will help developers of all 
solve problems now.

Chapter 8, "Regular Expressions," is available free online:

Publishing Partners New Releases
***Security Assessment
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 1932266968
The National Security Agency's INFOSEC Assessment Methodology (IAM)
provides guidelines for performing an analysis of how information is
handled within an organization: looking at the systems that store,
transfer, and process information. It also analyzes the impact to an
organization if there is a loss of integrity, confidentiality, or
availability. This book shows how to do a complete security assessment
based on the NSA's guidelines.

***Wicked Cool Shell Scripts
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270127
101 useful, customizable, and fun Linux, Mac OS X and UNIX shell 
that you can use to solve common problems and personalize your 
environment. Includes an interactive calculator, a spell checker, a 
backup utility, a weather tracker, a web logfile analysis tool, and 
more. The cookbook-style examples are all written in Bourne Shell
(sh) syntax.

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

***Darryl León, Ph.D. ("Sequence Analysis in a Nutshell"), 
San Diego Bioinformatics Forum, San Diego--February 10
Darryl will discuss "Bioinformatics: What is commercially viable 
and what is not."
Diversa Corporation
4955 Directors Place, San Diego, CA 92121

***Jesse Liberty ("Programming C#," "Programming Visual Basic .NET"), 
.NET Face to Face, Atlanta, GA--February 20-22
Jesse is a featured speaker at this weekend conference for programmers
working in .NET. Marriott Atlanta Century Center, Atlanta, GA.
For Registration and information go to:

Conference News
***Joe Trippi keynote added to Digital Democracy Teach-In
Joe Trippi, the man whose ground-breaking use of Internet-based
campaigning propelled Howard Dean from obscurity to early front-runner,
has just signed on as keynoter at the Digital Democracy Teach-In. 
Dean campaign manager Trippi will take Teach-In participants inside the
campaign's unconventional experiment in Internet politics, and look at
both victories and lessons learned. While Dean may no longer be leading
the pack, the other candidates are rushing to emulate Trippi's Internet
strategy--as "Wired News" declared recently, "Internet politics is 
Long live Internet politics." Trippi will kick off the Teach-In at 8:30 
this coming Monday, February 9, in San Diego, CA.

Digital Democracy Teach-In
February 9, 2004
Westin Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA
Co-located with the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference

To register, go to:
(Sorry, no user group discounts apply.)

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

Use code DSUG when you register, and receive 20% off conference 

To register for the conference, go to:

***Last Chance--OSCON 2004: Call for Participation
Individuals and companies interested in making presentations or giving
tutorials at next summer's O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland,
Oregon are invited to submit proposals. This year's theme is "Opening 
Future: Discover, Develop, Deliver." Tracks of interest run the open
source gamut from Apache to XML, and we're also looking for proposals 
sessions that help attendees add open source to their companies. The
deadline for submitting proposals is February 9. 

To submit a proposal, go to:

News From O'Reilly & Beyond
General News
***Wireless Mesh Networking
Tomas Krag and Sebastian Buttrich take a look at some of the principles 
wireless mesh networking and they demonstrate how to install and run a
mesh network on a Linux-based computer.

Tomas will discuss how wireless technologies can bring Internet and
Intranet connectivity to the developing world at O'Reilly's upcoming 
ETech 2004.

***Interviews with Digital Democracy Activists
On a recent NPR "Fresh Air" program, Terry Gross interviewed William
Greene of, as well as Wes Boyd and Eli Pariser of William and Wes will both be featured speakers on February 
at O'Reilly's Digital Democracy Teach-In.

***The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 2 
Ken Milburn follows up on suggestions he made in Part 1 of this 
series about creating a minimally destructive workflow for the work you 
inside image-editing software. Here he offers five nondestructive 
steps to take once you've downloaded your images. Then he provides some
second-stage editing techniques to enhance the impact your images will
have on your clients, or your friends and family. Ken is the author of 
upcoming "Digital Photography: Expert Techniques."

Open Source
***The New Breed of Version Control Systems 
CVS, part of the glue that holds open source development together, is
showing its age. Many competitors have emerged recently, fixing
misfeatures and adding new ideas. Shlomi Fish explores several current
open source version control systems that may be better for your needs 
than CVS.

***Why Run Free Software on a PDA? 
As PDAs gain power and capabilities, embedded Linux is more and more
attractive. Sharp's Zaurus is a popular Linux PDA. Why aren't more 
computers running free software? Guylhem Aznar explores and evangelizes
Linux on small devices.

***Troubleshooting with Postfix Logs 
Kyle Dent, author of "Postfix: The Definitive Guide," discusses Postfix
logging in general, how to find all relevant information in the logs, 
how to increase the amount of logging when more information is needed. 
also suggests a few configuration guidelines that might help prevent
problems from the start.

***What's New in Tomcat 5 
In December 2003, the Apache Tomcat developers released version 5.0.16 
the first stable release of Tomcat 5. Jason Brittain looks at the 
features and offers insight into the goals established for version 5.0,
which had a direct impact on development.

Jason is a coauthor of "Tomcat: The Definitive Guide."
ISBN: 0596003188

***Effective Forms Authentication, Part 1 
ASP.NET offers several possibilities for authenticating users, but when
you come right down to it, there's only one reasonable alternative for
most applications: forms authentication. Mike Gunderloy takes you
step-by-step through creating a forms authentication project and helps 
avoid the potholes.

***Serialization in .NET, Part 1 
Serialization of data using built-in .NET support makes persistence 
and reusable. Dan Frumin reviews the support available for 
and look at a couple of scenarios for using it.
***The Macintosh's Twisted Truth  
Here's a recent "Wired News" article abridged from Owen Linzmayer's new
release, "Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's
Most Colorful Company.",2125,61795,00.html

Apple Confidential 2.0
No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593270100

***Smart File Sharing Between Macs and PCs 
There are lots of ways to share files between Macs and PCs, and most of
them are aggravating at best. Wei Meng Lee shows you a method that's 
easier and cleaner than just about every other solution.

News From Your Peers
***San Gabriel Valley Linux Users Group Meeting, 
Pasadena, CA--February 12
Come to the next meeting of SGVLUG to see "Hacking TiVo" by Claude
This presentation will cover Tivo hacks, selection criteria, and 
one of today's most popular consumer electronics gadgets--the TiVo.
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Guggenheim Building, Room 101 on the Caltech Campus in
Pasadena, CA 
For directions and more information, go to:

Until next time--