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================================================================ O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders December 16, 2005 ================================================================ -Looking for Amazon Users to Tag Our Books on Amazon -Promotional Material Available -Safari Affiliate Program for User Groups ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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's ISBN 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 newsletter or book review. 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We're hoping to tag all our books with "oreilly" and to tag books from series such as "missing manual," "hacks," "annoyances," and "nutshell." [Tags are case-sensitive, and most people seem to be creating them in lower case--no shift key to press]. You can also tag subject areas such as "perl," "photography," and "excel." And you can include author names and user level, like "beginner" and "intermediate." For example, the book "Mac OS X The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition" is already tagged with: "oreilly," "missing manual," "pogue," "mac os x," "mac," and "beginner." If someone's already added a tag, you can cast your vote by using that same tag again--the page shows how many times a tag's been used for that book. Let me know if have any questions or need some help. ***Put Up an O'Reilly ETel Banner, Get a Free Book We're looking for user groups to display our conference banner on their web sites. 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For more information and to sign up for the Safari Affiliate Program, go to: http://ug.oreilly.com/safari_affl.html?CMP=EMC-U1L284871961 ================================================================ O'Reilly News for User Group Members December 16, 2005 ================================================================ ---------------------------------------------------------------- Book News ---------------------------------------------------------------- -Head First HTML & CSS -Skype Hacks -PHP Hacks -ASP.NET 2.0 Cookbook, Second Edition -How to Cheat at Designing Security for a W2K3 Server Network -XSLT Cookbook, Second Edition -Zero Configuration Networking: The Definitive Guide -Adobe Creative Suite 2 Workflow -Insider Threat: Protecting the Enterprise from Sabotage, Spying, and Theft -Windows Server 2003 Security Cookbook -C in a Nutshell -SQL Cookbook -InDesign Production Cookbook -Run Your Own Web Server Using Linux & Apache -Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two -OS X for Hackers at Heart -Running LInux, 5 Ed. -Sarbanes-Oxley IT Compliance Using COBIT and Open Source Tools -Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise -VoIp Hacks -VB Express 2005: Now Playing -Running Mac OS X Tiger -Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual -PCs: The Missing Manual -Virtualization with VMware ESX Server -Podcasting Pocket Guide -Phishing Exposed -Digital Video Production Cookbook ---------------------------------------------------------------- Upcoming Events ---------------------------------------------------------------- -Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book") Presents iView MediaPro Workshop, Kensington, MD--January 5 -Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book") offers DAM for Working Photographers Workshop, Kensington, MD--January 3 -Scott MacHaffie ("Palm and Treo Hacks") at Powell's Technical Books, Portland, OR--January 7 -Tom Limoncelli ("Time Management for System Administrators") at BBLISA, Boston, MA--January 22 -Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed," iPhoto 5:The Missing Manual) at NCMUG, Rohnert Park, CA--February 21 ---------------------------------------------------------------- Conference News ---------------------------------------------------------------- -ETech Registration is Open -New 40% discount for ETel--Early Registration Pricing Ends January 9 ---------------------------------------------------------------- News ---------------------------------------------------------------- -Reader Created Tagged Bibliography for "Ambient Findability" -eBay Developer Challenge 2006 -Attention Span -Time Management on Google Video -User Group Members receive a special 50% discount on Learning Lab Courses--Ends December 31 -Through Project Looking Glass with Hideya Kawahara -Managing TV with XMLTV -MacVoices #515: Home Networking with Scott Lowe -Managing MySQL on Mac OS X -What Is Virtualization? -Identifying Essential Windows Services: Part 2 -Work Around Word XP's AutoCorrect Change -Turn a Client Site into Saleable Software -How to choose a product for eCommerce -You Have to Try This on Google -Hibernate Class Generation Using hbm2java -Lightweight O/R Mapping -Five Fun Ways to Play with Audio Hijack Pro -Introduction to the Variations Color Correction Tool in Photoshop -Meet Your Fellow Makers -MAKE Flickr -Give the Gift of MAKE Magazine--Special Offer for UG Members ================================================ 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: http://ug.oreilly.com/bookreviews.html Don't forget, you can receive 30% off any O'Reilly, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing, Pragmatic Bookshelf, SitePoint, or Syngress book you purchase directly from O'Reilly. Just use code DSUG when ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938. http://www.oreilly.com/ ***Free ground shipping is available for online orders of at least $29.95 that go to a single address. This offer applies to US delivery addresses in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more details, go to: http://www.oreilly.com/news/freeshipping_0703.html ---------------------------------------------------------------- New Releases ---------------------------------------------------------------- ***Head First HTML & CSS Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 059610197X Tired of reading HTML books that only make sense after you're an expert? Then it's about time you picked up "Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML" and really learn HTML. You want to learn HTML so you can finally create those Web pages you've always wanted, so you can communicate more effectively with friends, family, fans and fanatic customers. You also want to do it right so you can actually maintain and expand your Web pages over time, and so your Web pages work in all the browsers and mobile devices out there. So what are you waiting for? Leave those other dusty books behind and come join us in Webville. Your tour is about to begin. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/hfhtmlcss/ Chapter 8, "Adding a Little Style," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/hfhtmlcss/chapter/index.html ***Skype Hacks Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596101899 If you've heard about Skype--and who hasn't with all the recent media attention devoted to Internet phone service--chances are you've been mighty tempted to try it out. "Skype Hacks" tells you what all the Skype hype is about, explains the basics, and shows you more than 100 clever tips and tricks for tweaking and tuning Skype so you too can enjoy free phone calls and services. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/skypehks/ Sample Hacks such as "Make Calls from Your Web Browser," can be found online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/skypehks/chapter/index.html ***PHP Hacks Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596101392 This valuable guide offers both practical and fun PHP programming techniques. Learn to develop more robust PHP applications by improving your database design, automating application testing, and employing design patterns in your PHP scripts and classes. Image and application hacks explain how to create custom MP3 broadcasts, integrate with iTunes, and generate PDFs. Designed for all PHP programmers, from newcomers to experts. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/phphks/ Sample Hacks such as "Read RSS Feeds on Your PSP," can be found online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/phphks/chapter/index.html ***ASP.NET 2.0 Cookbook, Second Edition Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596100647 Completely revised for ASP.NET 2.0, this new edition of the best-selling "ASP.NET Cookbook" has everything you need to go from beginning to advanced Windows-based web site development using Microsoft's popular Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 developer tools. Written for the impatient professional, "ASP.NET 2.0 Cookbook" contains more than 125 recipes for solving common and not-so-common problems you are likely to encounter when building ASP.NET-based web applications. As with the first edition, every solution is coded in both C# and Visual Basic 2005. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/aspnetckbk2/ ***How to Cheat at Designing Security for a W2K3 Server Network Publisher: Syngress ISBN: 1597492434 When looking at an organization's security needs, you should begin with any existing security policies or procedures that the organization might already have in place. Examining existing security policies extends to technical measures like analyzing security requirements for different types of data, since some kinds of data might be subject to specific security or retention policies, and some data is simply more mission-critical or sensitive than others. As a network administrator, you will need to balance the human and the technical in order to create the best security design for your organization. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1597492434/index.html ***XSLT Cookbook, Second Edition Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596009747 "XSLT Cookbook, 2nd Ed." is a collection of detailed code recipes that breaks down everyday XSLT problems into manageable chunks. Learn how to transform XML documents into PDF files, SVG files, HTML documents, etc. Other topics include numerical transformation, XPath, date/time conversion, string manipulation, testing and debugging, and complex sorting and linking. Updated to cover XSLT 2.0. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/xsltckbk2/ Chapter 9, "Querying XML," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/xsltckbk2/chapter/index.html ***Zero Configuration Networking: The Definitive Guide Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596101007 Offering a unique insider's perspective, "Zero Configuration Networking: The Definitive Guide" takes the mystery out of networking electronic devices, so you can enjoy maximum efficiency at work or home. Covers all networking activities, including the sharing of files, music and photos, and even Instant Messaging. It's the ultimate authority for developers on any platform. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/bonjour/ Chapter 7, "Using the C APIs," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/bonjour/chapter/index.html ***Adobe Creative Suite 2 Workflow Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596102364 "Adobe Creative Suite 2 Workflow" can help you quickly learn how to take advantage of all that CS2 has to offer. By following its concise explanations and step-by-step exercises, you'll soon learn core skills and techniques that will enable you to create an integrated workflow that will not only save you lots of time, but will also give you more flexibility to move between applications to make necessary tweaks, try out new ideas, and create portable files for review. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/adobecs2work/ Chapter 1, "Bridge and Version Cue: The Hub for Creative Suite 2," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/adobecs2work/chapter/index.html ***Insider Threat: Protecting the Enterprise from Sabotage, Spying, and Theft Publisher: Syngress ISBN: 1597490482 As network defense perimeters get stronger and stronger,IT, security, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals are realizing that the greatest threats to their networks are increasingly coming from within their own organizations. These insiders, comprised of current and former employees or contractors, can use their inside knowledge of a target network to carry out acts of sabotage, espionage, and theft of data. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1597490482/index.html ***Windows Server 2003 Security Cookbook Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596007531 This handy problem-solver teaches you how to perform important security tasks in the Windows Server 2003 OS using very specific recipes. Each recipe features a brief description of the problem, a step-by-step solution, and then a discussion of the technology at work. Also features a detailed explanation of Microsoft's scripting support. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/windowsssckbk/ ***C in a Nutshell Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596006977 Covering the C programming language and C runtime library, this book is destined to be a constant companion in your work. "C in a Nutshell" covers virtually everything you need to program in C. Topics include runtime library calls, common compiler options, and questions of C syntax and usage. Not to be missed by C programmers of all levels. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/cinanut/ Chapter 10, "Structures, Unions, and Bit-Fields," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/cinanut/chapter/index.html ***SQL Cookbook Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596009763 This convenient guide is for anyone who wants to take his or her SQL skills to the next level. Packed with over 200 recipes, the SQL Cookbook helps you conquer common data query and manipulation problems, including those related to window functions, data warehousing, and string manipulation. Features an easy-to-grasp problem/solution discussion format. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/sqlckbk/ ***InDesign Production Cookbook Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596100485 Whether you're an experienced designer or a desktop publisher new to InDesign CS2, you'll find "InDesign Production Cookbook" chock-full of useful information, with quick solutions to real-world layout challenges. From handling typography and applying color and transparency to building tables and multi-page documents, the unique combination of concise explanations, expert tips, and practical recipes makes this the ultimate, no-nonsense production guide for every InDesign user. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/indesigncook/ A sample excerpt, "Nested Styles, Working With Images and The Pen Tool," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/indesigncook/chapter/index.html ***Run Your Own Web Server Using Linux & Apache Publisher: SitePoint ISBN: 0975240226 Learn to install Linux and Apache 2.0 on a home or office computer for testing and development, and then learn how to perform dozens of common administration, security and optimization tasks related to using Linux for web hosting. Save thousands on expensive third party support and maintenance. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0975240226/index.html ***Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596100825 This handy reference offers 100 completely new server management tips and techniques designed to improve your productivity and sharpen your administrative skills. Each hack represents a clever way to accomplish a specific task, saving you countless hours of searching for the right answer. And you don't have to be a system administrator with hundreds of boxes to get something useful from this book as many of the hacks apply equally well to a single system or a home network. Whether they help you recover lost data, collect information from distributed clients, or synchronize administrative environments, the solutions found in "Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two" will simplify your life as a system administrator. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/morelnxsvrhks/index.html Sample Hacks such as "Autostart VNC Servers on Demand," can be found online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/morelnxsvrhks/chapter/index.html ***OS X for Hackers at Heart Publisher: Syngress ISBN: 1597490407 With sexy hardware, a powerful operating system, and easy to use applications, Apple has made OS X the operating system of choice for hackers everywhere. But as great as OS X is out of the box, hackers are eager to push the boundaries by tweaking and tuning the software and hardware in order to do the things that really excite them such as penetration testing or software development. These modifications are often sexy in their own right and drive the OS X community even deeper into the realm of "elite." This book attempts to capture these purpose-driven modifications and shows how the best and brightest use OS X to do cutting edge research, development, and just plain fooling around. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1597490407/index.html ***Running Linux, 5 Ed. Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596007604 The fifth edition of "Running Linux" is greatly expanded, reflecting the maturity of the operating system and the teeming wealth of software available for it. Hot consumer topics such as audio and video playback applications, groupware functionality, and spam filtering are covered, along with the basics in configuration and management that always made the book popular. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/runlinux5/ Chapter 6, "Electronic Mail Clients," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/runlinux5/chapter/index.html ***Sarbanes-Oxley IT Compliance Using COBIT and Open Source Tools Publisher: Syngress ISBN: 1597490369 Whether you work for a publicly traded or pre-IPO company or an IT consultant, you are familiar with the daunting task of complying with The Sarbanes-Oxley Act. You have no doubt seen the hour and dollar estimates for compliance go up and up. Now, you can re-grain control. This ground-breaking, fully integrated book and bootable, live CD provide all of the information AND the open source tools required for you to achieve SOX compliance the cheap and easy way. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1597490369/index.html ***Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise Publisher: Syngress November 2005 ISBN: 1597490172 As an IT Professional, you know that the majority of the workstations on your network now contain IM and P2P applications that you did not select, test, install, or configure. As a result, malicious hackers, as well as virus and worm writers are targeting these inadequately secured applications for attack This book will teach you how to take back control of your workstations and reap the benefits provided by these applications while protecting your network from the inherent dangers. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1597490172/index.html ***VoIp Hacks Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596101333 Interested in saving money, increasing productivity, or just impressing your friends? If so, then "VoIP Hacks" can show you how. This practical guide offers dozens of clever tips, tricks, and techniques for working with VoIP, the cool technology that makes phone service via the Internet possible. Hack your way to the phone service of the future-today. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/voiphks/index.html Sample Hacks such as "Wire Your House Phones for VoIP" can be found online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/voiphks/chapter/index.html ***VB Express 2005: Now Playing Publisher: No Starch Press ISBN: 1593270593 A true guide for beginners, "Now Playing: Visual Basic 2005 Express" starts off with a short primer on how programming works, regardless of the programming language used. Once readers understand the general principles behind computer programming, the book then teaches readers how to use the Visual Basic Express program itself and how to write programs using the Visual Basic language. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/15932700593/index.html ***Running Mac OS X Tiger Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596009135 "Running Mac OS X Tiger" is the ideal resource for power users and system administrators who want to tweak Tiger to run faster, better, or just differently. Easy to follow and intuitively organized, the book helps you understand the inner workings of Mac OS X so you can know how to get the most out of it and become master of your Mac. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/runmacx2/index.html ***Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596100566 Macromedia's Dreamweaver 8 is a professional web design and development program offering drag-and-drop simplicity, streamlined HTML coding tools, and powerful database integration features. But Dreamweaver 8 is missing one vital component: a printed manual. Enter "Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual," the completely revised fourth edition of this bestselling book by David McFarland. With crystal-clear writing and more than 500 illustrations, it's the ultimate atlas for Dreamweaver 8. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/dreamweaver8tmm/index.html Chapter 17, "Templates," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/dreamweaver8tmm/chapter/index.html ***PCs: The Missing Manual Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596100930 "PCs: The Missing Manual" delivers everything you need to know about PCs. From hooking everything up to configuring today's must-have digital media devices; burning CDs and DVDs, setting up blogs and webcams; networking several computers to accessing TV and radio online, there's something for everyone. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pcstmm/index.html ***Virtualization with VMware ESX Server Publisher: Syngress ISBN: 1597490199 This book provides the essential concepts as well as an advanced understanding of VMware's ESX Server and explains what the virtual evolution is and why it is important. This book gives you the requisite knowledge to plan and execute a server consolidation project as well as build both basic and advanced virtual machines and a virtual infrastructure. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/1597490199/index.html ***Podcasting Pocket Guide Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596102305 Whether you're a listener or an aspiring podcaster, "Podcasting Pocket Guide" is a non-technical guide for the non-geek who wants in on this revolutionary new medium. This handy guide shows you how to tune into unique and interesting podcasts and download them to your favorite portable device and contains an introduction to creating, recording, publishing, and finding an audience for your own, professional-quality podcasts. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/podcastingpg/index.html A sample excerpt, "Finding, Subscribing to, and Listening to Podcasts," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/podcastingpg/chapter/index.html ***Phishing Exposed Publisher: Syngress ISBN: 159749030X If you have ever received a phish, become a victim of a phish, or manage the security of a major e-commerce or financial site, then you need to read this book. The author of this book delivers the unconcealed techniques of phishers including their evolving patterns, and how to gain the upper hand against the ever-accelerating attacks they deploy. Filled with elaborate and unprecedented forensics, "Phishing Exposed" details techniques that system administrators, law enforcement, and fraud investigators can exercise and learn more about their attacker and their specific attack methods, enabling risk mitigation in many cases before the attack occurs. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/159749030X/index.html ***Digital Video Production Cookbook Publisher: O'Reilly ISBN: 0596100310 With clear, full-color, step-by-step instructions laid out in a stunning, easy-to-follow format, "Digital Video Production Cookbook" shows independent and amateur filmmakers how to create sophisticated-looking visual effects, dramatic shots, and powerful sequences using low-cost techniques adapted from high-end professional practices. From shooting bluescreen effects and simulating weather conditions to choreographing fistfights and chase scenes, this is the ultimate, no-nonsense resource for every aspiring digital filmmaker. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/digvidprod/index.html A sample excerpt, "Particles of Light & Water Camera," is available online: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/digvidprod/chapter/index.html ================================================ Upcoming Events ================================================ ***For more events, please see: http://events.oreilly.com/ ***Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book") Presents iView MediaPro Workshop, Kensington, MD--January 5 Peter offers a new program especially for digital photographers looking to implement iView MediaPro in a professional photography workflow. http://www.peterkrogh.com/Pages/digital/digital_asset_management_seminar.html#anchoriview ***Peter Krogh ("The DAM Book") offers DAM for Working Photographers Workshop, Kensington, MD--January 3 Peter offer a hands-on program for digital photographers looking to streamline their workflow with Adobe Bridge and Digital Asset Management software. http://www.peterkrogh.com/Pages/digitaldigital_asset_management_seminar.html#anchorDAM ***Scott MacHaffie ("Palm and Treo Hacks") at Powell's Technical Books, Portland, OR--January 7 Scott will sharing tips and tools that show you how to make the most of your Palm and Treo. http://www.powells.com/calendar.html ***Tom Limoncelli ("Time Management for System Administrators") at BBLISA, Boston, MA--January 22 Tom discusses techniques he's developed over the last 15 years including how to find time to get projects done, the best way to manage interruptions from users, open source tools for tracking requests, and how to turn chaos into free time. http://www.bblisa.org/calendar.html ***Derrick Story ("Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed," "iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual") at NCMUG, Rohnert Park, CA--February 21, 2006 Derrick presents "Dumb DigiPhoto Tricks" to the North Coast Mac Users Group. There are so many serious things to do with you Mac that sometimes we forget to play. Join Derrick as he shows you how to entertain yourself (and friends) with digital photography toys and your Mac. http://www.ncmug.org/events.html#Feb2006 ================================================ Conference News ================================================ ***ETech Registration is Open We're five years into the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and the stuff of which it is made shows no sign of abating: bandwidth continues to broaden, storage grows ever larger and cheaper, and content keeps pouring from the firehose. How do we visualize all of this digital data, filter it, remix it, and access it in meaningful ways? The coming technical challenge is not about generating digital content-we have more than enough already. It's time to do something with that data. It's time to build The Attention Economy. O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, March 6-9, 2006 Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA http://conferences.oreilly.com/etech/ User Group members who register before January 16, 2006 get a double discount. Use code "et06dsug" when you register, and receive 20% off the early registration price. To register for the conference, go to: http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/43/register.html ***New 40% discount for ETel--Early Registration Pricing Ends January 9 The early registration deadline for O'Reilly's Emerging Telephony Conference (ETel) has been extended to January 9th. Join us on January 24-26 in San Francisco when telephony's key figures, like Jim Van Meggelen, Peter Cochrane, Mark Spencer, Norman Lewis, and Clay Shirkey, convene to provide a high-level perspective of the future of telephony. And as a special offer to our friends, save an additional 40% when you register using code etel06lms. http://conferences.oreilly.com/etel/ To register for the conference, go to: http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/etel2006/create/ord_etel06 ================================================ News From O'Reilly & Beyond ================================================ --------------------- General News --------------------- ***Reader Created Tagged Bibliography for "Ambient Findability" Livia Labate has taken "Ambient Findability's" bibliography ("Ambient Findability" is Peter Morville's highly readable and provocative book on, well, findability), entered the URL of each entry into her page at del.icio.us, and tagged each "ambientfindability," thus making the bibliography entries more ambiently findable. For example, you'll notice that 13 other people have bookmarked Gene Smith's "Beyond the Page," making it a good jumping off point to amble findably through related works. [Tags: tagging taxonomy PeterMorville AmbientFindability EverythingIsMiscellaneous] http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/mtarchive/tagged_bibliography.html ***eBay Developer Challenge 2006 eBay and O'Reilly are sponsoring a coding contest for applications built on eBay web services: the eBay Developer Challenge 2006. This contest encourages the development of great tools that the eBay community will love. Winners will be announced at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego in March. http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/12/05/ebay-developer-challenge-2006.html ***Attention Span Are you paying full attention to anything you do these days? Probably not. Whether at work or at home, you probably are distracted by email, IM, the telephone, the television, and countless other distractions. We begin this podcast with Linda Stone talking about Continuous Partial Attention from her SuperNova address "Your Attention Please." Paul Graham compares amateurs and professionals in his OSCON keynote "What Business Can Learn from Open Source." We respond to a listener comment on a story we ran last week and conclude with Ernie Prabhakar on open source from infancy to adulthood. (DTF 008 beta: 24 minutes, 30 seconds, 13.9MB) http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/12/12/distributing-the-future.html ***Time Management on Google Video Tom Limoncelli recently produced a 45-minute video that highlights many of the techniques in his new book, "Time Management for System Administrators." http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/8630 ***User Group Members receive a special 50% discount on Learning Lab Courses--Ends December 31 As an O'Reilly User Group member, you save on all the courses in the following University of Illinois Certificate Series: -Linux/Unix System Administration -Web Programming -Open Source Programming -.NET Programming -Client-Side This offer ends December 31st, 2005. To redeem, use Promotion Code "ORALL1" to save 50%. Each course comes with a free O'Reilly book and a 7-day money-back guarantee. Register online: http://learninglab.oreilly.com/ --------------------- Open Source --------------------- ***Through Project Looking Glass with Hideya Kawahara 3D has taken over video gaming. When will it take over mundane computing areas such as file managers, word processors, and desktop environments? Maybe soon, if Hideya Kawahara and the Project Looking Glass team have their way. John Littler explores the ideas, implementations, and possibilities of 3D interfaces in this interview. http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2005/12/08/project_looking_glass.html ***Managing TV with XMLTV XMLTV is a set of open source utilities for working with television schedules. It's not just for people building their own PVRs, though--with a little cleverness, you can build your own schedule applications. Brian Murray shows how he manages his family's entertainment time. http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/12/08/xmltv.html --------------------- Mac --------------------- ***MacVoices #515: Home Networking with Scott Lowe Scott Lowe, author of the "Home Networking: The Missing Manual" talks with Chuck Joiner about the benefits and logistics of creating a home network. Why would you want one? What are your options? What are the pros and cons of each? Scott talks about wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, how to choose, and what you can do with them once they are set up. http://www.macvoices.com/archives/2005/515.html ***Managing MySQL on Mac OS X There are myriad ways to control and manipulate information on a MySQL server--some are stand-alone GUI apps, some are web-based, and of course the venerable (and powerful) command-line option is always available. Robert Daeley shows some of the most useful tools. http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/12/13/mysql.html --------------------- Windows/.NET --------------------- ***What Is Virtualization? Virtualization lets you have multiple "virtual machines," each with its own operating system running in a sandbox, shielded from each other, all in one physical machine. But why would you want to do this? Wei-Meng Lee explains, and takes you on a tour of some of the most popular virtualization software available: Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, VMware Workstation 5.0, and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/12/06/what-is-virtualization.html ***Identifying Essential Windows Services: Part 2 In Part 1 of this series, Mitch Tulloch, author of "Windows Server Hacks," showed you how to identify which basic server services are essential, and which can be turned off. In this second part, he shows you additional services for servers configured with specific roles. http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/12/13/identifying-essential-windows-services-2.html ***Work Around Word XP's AutoCorrect Change THE ANNOYANCE: When I upgraded to Word 2002 a month ago, I found my AutoCorrect entries stopped working. In Word 97 and Word 2000 AutoCorrect, typing an abbreviated form immediately after a period will cause the long form to display--but not in Word 2002. I type many hundreds of measurements in millimeters and centimeters every day, and have therefore created AutoCorrect entries to save keystrokes. For example, in Word 2002, I type "1m" and "1 mm" displays, "3c" and "3 cm" displays, saving me two keystrokes each time. Also I type "1.5m" and "1.5 mm" displays, "3.25c" and "3.25 cm" displays. http://www.annoyancescentral.com/experts/ --------------------- Web --------------------- ***Turn a Client Site into Saleable Software Find out how to turn your Web Design projects into software that you can sell again and again at big profits with this in-depth guide. http://www.sitepoint.com/article/client-site-saleable-software ***How to choose a product for eCommerce Trying to decide what to sell on the Web? Chris Beasley offers some handy guidelines on what to sell online. http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2005/11/23/how-to-choose-a-product-for-ecommerce/ ***You Have to Try This on Google Google offers a fantastic service which offers you an insider's glimpse at how Google views your web site. http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2005/11/16/google-sitemaps/ --------------------- Java --------------------- ***Hibernate Class Generation Using hbm2java Hibernate uses mapping files to express the mapping of Java classes to database tables. In a complex project, keeping mappings in sync with your Java code can be burdensome and error-prone. Fortunately, the hbm2java tool can automate this by generating POJO classes from the mapping files. John Ferguson Smart shows how to use hbm2java with Ant and Maven, and how to customize the behavior of the generated classes. http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2005/12/14/hibernate-class-generation-with-hbm2java.html ***Lightweight O/R Mapping O/R frameworks map Java classes to database tables and SQL code. While popular, this approach is unpopular among DBAs, with the database at the mercy of an external tool. Another approach is to go the other direction: write tables and stored procedures and generate Java classes from that. Norbert Ehreke introduces Amber, a framework that embodies this approach. http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2005/12/07/relational-object-mapping.html --------------------- Digital Media --------------------- ***Five Fun Ways to Play with Audio Hijack Pro It's like a sound lab on your Mac--with Audio Hijack Pro you can digitize legacy music, time-shift radio shows, and even repurpose your legally purchased music. Erica Sadun shows you five of her favorite AHP tips. http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/12/02/audio-hijack.html ***Introduction to the Variations Color Correction Tool in Photoshop Photoshop's Variations tool simplifies color correction by presenting you with visual options in realtime. In this training video, Deke McClelland shows you how perform simple color correction quickly. http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2005/12/05/variations-color-correction.html --------------------- MAKE --------------------- ***Meet Your Fellow Makers Find and post events, exhibits, and more with Maker events listings: http://www.makezine.com/events/ ***MAKE Flickr The MAKE Flickr Group Pool has 656 members posting with over 1,142 photos of all sorts of projects and gear. 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