[triangle-zpug] [Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, January 26]

Chris Calloway cbc at unc.edu
Mon Jan 29 17:22:07 CET 2007


FYI... Buried in the events section of the O'Reilly News for User Group 
Members is the call for participation in OSCON, July 23-27, 2007 in 
Portland, Oregon. Registration opens in April. There are usually a lot 
of Python presentations going on there. Zope and Plone have had booths 
there (usually a local user group volunteer activity). Proposal 
submission deadline is February 5, 2007.

-- 
Sincerely,

Chris Calloway
http://www.seacoos.org
office: 332 Chapman Hall   phone: (919) 962-4323
mail: Campus Box #3300, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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-Comp TIA RFID+ Study Guide and Practice Exam (RFO-001)
-CRAFT: Volume 02
-Cyber Crime Investigations
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-Eight Great Ways to Get the Most from Your Zune
-Essential Electronics for Software Folk
-Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual
-Google Web Toolkit for Ajax (PDF)
-Introduction to Neogeography
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-PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual
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-Software Testing Foundations, Second Edition
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Other O'Reilly Learning Courses include:
-Linux/Unix System Administration
-Web Programming
-Open Source Programming
-.NET Programming

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Open Source
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***Why I Stopped Coding and Why I'd Start Again
What happens when programming stops being fun? What do you do when
juggling dependencies and worrying about installation issues takes all
of the joy out of writing code for other people? You can stop coding...
or you can try to address the underlying problems. Brian McConnell
postulates an enhancement of the Python language to make programming as
fun as it was in the BASIC-in-ROM minicomputer days.
<http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/python/2007/01/18/why-i-stopped-coding.html>


***Greylisting With PF
Greylisting--delaying mail delivery briefly per the SMTP RFCs--is an
effective way to reduce the amount of incoming spam. While many
greylisting solutions require customization of your SMTP server,
OpenBSD's PF can do it too. Dan Langille shows how to use the powerful
packet filter to identify and pass legitimate mail, delay and divert
potential spammers, and throw in some OS fingerprinting to ward off
certain zombie clients.
<http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/bsd/2007/01/18/greylisting-with-pf.html>

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Digital Media
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***Compare, Select, and Rate
Aperture's powerful sorting tools enable photographers to cull hundreds
of images quickly. This podcast features Derrick Story and Scott Bourne
explaining the compare, select, and rating tools, including stacks,
during a recent workshop at Macworld San Francisco.
<http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2007/01/19/inside_aperture_podcast-7.html>


***Free Pass for Photoshop World Tech Expo
The Photoshop World Tech Expo is open to the public one day only on
Thursday, April 5 from 10am to 5PM at the Hynes Convention Center in
Boston. If you are interested in mingling with the biggest names in the
industry and seeing the latest in Photoshop-related technology, you can
sign up for a free Tech Expo pass (valued at $20 per person) beginning
in late March.
<http://www.photoshopworld.com/freepass.html>


***Digital Media Insider Podcast 6: Desktop Music in Japan
 From Tokyo, David Battino interviews DTM Magazine's Daigo Yokota on the
state of Japanese music technology, tests Mixmeister's slick podcasting
software, and explores two cool songs on the DTM DVD.
<http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2007/01/08/digital-media-insider-podcast-6-desktop-music-in-japan.html>

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Mac
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***Macworld 2007: 1984 All Over Again
Daniel Steinberg reports on the Macworld keynote. From the big iPhone
announcement and demo to the startling lack of Mac and Leopard news,
Daniel shares his impressions and provides detailed analysis of the
year's largest Apple event.
<http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2007/01/12/macworld-keynote-coverage.html>


***My Favorite Macworld Product: Indigo
Each year Adam Goldstein likes to search out the cool new products at
Macworld. This year Adam takes a look at the powerful Indigo home
automation system.
<http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2007/01/18/my-favorite-macworld-product-indigo.html>

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Microsoft/.NET
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***The Case for Freeware and Open Source Windows Tools
In "Windows Developer Power Tools," James Avery and Jim Holmes tell you
about scores of incredibly useful, freely available tools for Windows
developers. In this article, they tell you about some of their favorite
ones.
<http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2007/01/19/the-case-for-freeware-and-open-source-windows-tools.html>


***The Five Best and Worst Things About Vista
After five years, Windows Vista is finally here. What's good and what's
bad about it? Preston Gralla, author of "Windows Vista in a Nutshell,"
tells you five things you'll love and five things you'll hate about
Vista.
<http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2006/12/19/the-five-best-and-worst-things-about-vista.html>

For more info on Vista, go to:
<http://vista.oreilly.com/>


***Word 2007 Missing Manual Screencast: Word's Ribbon
Get a closer look at how the Ribbon is Word 2007 works with
author Chris Grover ("Word 2007: The Missing Manual").
<http://examples.oreilly.com/9780596527396/ch00/scast_Word07_ribbon.htm>

For more examples from this title, go to:
<http://www.missingmanuals.com/cds/9780596527396/>


****Build a .NET App for Google Checkout
Google Checkout, Google's online payment system, integrates with
websites such as Buy.com. In this article, Google's Martin Omander
details Google Checkout's plumbing and shows you how to build a .NET
application to integrate with it.
<http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2007/01/09/build-a-net-app-for-google-checkout.html>

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Java
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***Discovering a Java Application's Security Requirements
Java security manager policy files are powerful and flexible, but rather
grueling and error-prone to write by hand. In this article Mark Petrovic
employs a novel approach: a development-time SecurityManager that logs
your applications' calls and builds a suitable policy file.
<http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2007/01/03/discovering-java-security-requirements.html>


***Review/Preview: 2006 and 2007 in Java
2006 will be remembered as the year that Sun open-sourced Java under the
GPL, that EJB 3.0 finally shipped, and that Google surprised everyone
with its Google Web Toolkit. But how will history record the results of
these events? For the 2006 year-ender, ONJava editor Chris Adamson looks
at the year's events through the lens of how they may play out in 2007.
<http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2006/12/20/2006-onjava-yearender.html>


***Accessible JavaScript
Can developers make their JavaScript-based websites
accessible to visitors using screenreaders and other
assistive technology? James Edwards takes a look at
some basic issues.
<http://www.sitepoint.com/article/accessible-javascript>

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Web
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***SD West--Free Expo Pass
Sign up for a free expo pass that grants you access to the expo floor
plus admission to the opening floor party, technical sessions, the
google party, the developer bowl, awards night and all keynotes.
<https://www.cmpevents.com/SDw7/a.asp?option=B>


***Let's Speculate for 2007
Sitepoint blogger Wyatt Barnett makes some gutsy predictions
about web development in 2007. Chime in with your
guesses and comments.
<http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2007/01/01/lets-speculate-for-2007/>



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