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viguy Are you attending the Society for Photographic Education's National Conference in Miami next month? Or Photoshop World in Boston in April?

Send me an email to let me know. I'll be in the O'Reilly booth at both shows and would love to say hi and meet you in person.

Here's a free expo pass for Photoshop World Boston.

Just in case you didn't catch it, here's Mark Frauenfelder, MAKE Magazine Editor, on The Colbert Report Tuesday night.

More on Mark's appearance can be found on the MAKE blog.


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Introduction to Flex 2
By Roger Braunstein
This Short Cut is all about getting up and running with Adobe Flex 2; a perfect title would be (Almost) Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Flex 2 But Were Afraid to Ask. It consists of conversational instruction, along with demonstrative examples...

HDR: An Introduction to High Dynamic Range Photography
By Jack Howard
A step-by-step introduction to one of the hottest new imaging trends. We'll walk you through making the best HDR images-from image capture to digital darkroom tips and tricks.

Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide
By William R. Stanek
Whether you're a beginner, power user, or seasoned professional, this complete guide has everything you need to customize the operating system, master your digital media, manage your data, and maintain your computer -- regardless of which Windows Vista...

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MySQL Conference and ExpoMySQL Conference and Expo
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News from O'Reilly & Beyond

General News

David PogueDavid Pogue to visit NYPC March 20
David Pogue ("Missing Manual series") will be the featured presenter at the New York Personal Computer User Group on March 20. The Doors open at 6pm and the presentation starts at 7pm. David will be talking about Windows Vista and his latest book, "Windows Vista: The Missing Manual." David will also sing and play the piano to entertain the crowds. NYPC General meetings are Free and Open to All

Call For Makers: Maker Faire Bay Area 2007--Deadline Extended to March 18
Maker Faire Bay Area will take place May 19-20, 2007 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, CA. Here's some new ideas for projects that we're looking for: Halloween projects (props, costumes, interactive displays, music), Recycled things, Ham Radio, Weather stations, Cars (hot rods, custom vans, especially with a tech flavor), Airplanes and Aeronautics (models, etc), History of Science & Engineering, Biology/Biotech, Chemistry, Cool RC Toys & Mods, Video Games (retro, arcade and more), Trains, Looms (historical or unusual), Sewing demonstrations, Kites, Boats, Old Farm or Garden Equipment (Tractors, etc.), Temporary Structures (Tents, Domes, etc.), Unusual Tools or Machines, How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.).

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Open Source

HawkHow an Accident of Hardware Design Encouraged Open Source
In the early 1970s, the designers at DEC made a technical decision about memory addressing that separated their computers from the mainframes of the day. That single decision led to porting woes throughout the 1980s--and, so believes Mark Rosenthal, made free and open source software more possible and appealing.

How to Optimize Rank Data in MySQL
Suppose you need to calculate constantly-changing information based on constantly-updated information in one or more tables. Are you stuck doing everything in multiple expensive queries? By no means. Baron Schwartz demonstrates how careful denormalization and query construction can lower your database load and simplify your code.

Digital Media

sunflowerLightroom Getting Started: Organizing the Lightroom Workspace
The Lightroom workspace is extremely malleable. You can easily enlarge or shrink the various windows to suit your viewing and working preferences, whether you are on a laptop in the field or your cinema display in the studio. In this downloadable PDF excerpt from Photoshop “Lightroom Aventure--Mastering Adobe's next-generation tool for digital photographers,“ Mikkel Aaland takes you on a short Lightroom tour of the workspace.

Joe Schorr on Color Management in Aperture
Joe Schorr, Apple Senior Product Manager for Aperture, covers color management in Aperture 1.5.2. Derrick Story interviews Joe in this exclusive O'Reilly Media podcast.


LionessReplacing AppleScript with Ruby
Matt Neuberg describes how to use rb-appscript to manage Apple events without Applescript. Learn the basics of rb-appscript usage, with example scripts, including a rewrite of the Ruby-AppleScript example from Matt's book “AppleScript: The Definitive Guide.“

Stream Live HDTV from Your Mac
Erica Sadun shows how to stream HD EyeTV video from a Mac using VLC in five easy steps, even as it records. Learn how to build this remote video streaming solution by accessing EyeTV's raw MPEG transport streams and using VLC to stream that MPEG and watch the video on another computer.

Until next time—
Marsee Henon
Spreading the knowledge of innovators.O'Reilly.com