NWA-PCUG Newsletter Article, December 2003
Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program
Email from marsee@oreilly.com

(I have ordered a catalog for our group. In the meantime, for a list of O'reilly books for either purchasing or reviewing, go to: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/prdindex.html - Ed.)

Subj: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, December 4
Date: 12/4/2003 8:19:30 PM Central Standard Time
From: marsee@oreilly.com
To: bshook1019@aol.com
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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: http://ug.oreilly.com/bookreviews.html

***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 UG 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 want to compete with our resellers, but we do want to give UG members who like to buy directly from us a break--so please don't feel bad if you shop at your favorite book store instead. Sharing O'Reilly info with your members and giving us feedback is the most important way you can show your support 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: http://ug.oreilly.com/banners/etech2004/ ================================================================
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: http://ug.oreilly.com/bookreviews.html

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. http://www.oreilly.com/

***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: http://www.oreilly.com/news/freeshipping_0703.html

***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 convention, or pondered the meaning of life, you'll find a kindred soul in the pages of "Dancing Barefoot." http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/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 to 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: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/macxunwire/chapter/index.html

***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 Joy of Tech online series. It also features several new, never-before-seen comics, exclusive notes from the artists about their work, an appendix of the JoyPolls, a lexicon of JoyWords, and an introduction by David Pogue. "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. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/bestjoytech/ ================================================
Upcoming Events

***For more events, please see: http://events.oreilly.com/

***O'Reilly at Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco, CA--January 6-9
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. http://www.oreillynet.com/et2003/

You can also download presentation and multimedia files from 2003. http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/22/presentations.html 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: http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/28/register.html

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 sending UGs information and review copies for our new partners. For more information check out our press release: http://press.oreilly.com/pub/pr/1124

Here's a recent article from our local newspaper, "The Press Democrat": http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/news/03oreilly_e1.html

***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 Fi and geekdom surfaced, as O'Reilly, the geek publisher-of-record, announced plans to publish three books by Wil Wheaton, blogger, geek, and the actor 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 ensign on the Starship Enterprise.

Take a look at Wil's December 2 blog announcement: http://wilwheaton.net/

And you can read our press release: http://press.oreilly.com/pub/pr/1125

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 http://www.linuxworldexpo.com

***BIND DoS Attack
Noel Davis looks at a denial-of-service attack against BIND and problems in KDE, GnuPG, screen, Ethereal, FreeRadius, mod_gzip, Pan, detecttr, OpenCA, EPIC, and libnids. http://linux.oreillynet.com/pub/a/linux/2003/12/01/insecurities.html

***RouteWord: An Interesting Diversion
Graphs--loosely connected, unordered collections of nodes--are highly important to computer science. Visualizing graphs is even more important: think of maps, routes, webs, and any other interconnected relationships. O'Reilly author Andrew Odewahn explains how he accidentally created a new type of word puzzle while playing around with graph visualization. http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2003/11/26/routewords.html

Throughout the month of December, we're running daily RouteWord puzzles from Andrew Odewahn. Here's today's puzzle: http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2003/12/routeword/index.html


***Introduction to the Peer-to-Peer Sockets Project BR> 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 how 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 with the P2P InetAddress class, and discusses security issues and limitations in the framework. http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2003/12/03/p2psockets.html

***Java vs. .NET Security, Part 1
Java and .NET address similar code security issues, but which one offers the best security implementation? Denis Piliptchouk's series starts with a side-by-side look at how each performs configuration, code verification, and memory isolation. http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2003/11/26/javavsdotnet.html


***Five XSLT Basics
This article by Michael Fitzgerald introduces newbies to the five basics of XSLT 1.0, from what it is to how to get it to work--information you'll also find in the first chapter of Michael's book, "Learning XSLT." http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2003/11/26/learnXSLT.html

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 commonly-used code blocks into your project, thereby improving the efficiency of your development process. Wei-Meng Lee shows you how to add your own snippets to Whidbey. http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2003/12/01/whidbeysnippets.html


***Free Exhibit Hall Guest Pass for Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco, CA--January 6-9

Register online by December 8 with Priority code PC0211 http://www.macworldexpo.com

***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 an indispensable tool for many digital photographers. http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2003/12/02/photo_ipod.html

***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. In this article, Wei Meng Lee shows you how to use two collaborative editing tools: SubEthaEdit and iStorm. http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2003/12/02/rendezvous.html


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


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