O’Reilly News – December 4, 2003

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:

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.

***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:

***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."

***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:

***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.

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

***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.

You can also download presentation and multimedia files from 2003.

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:

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:

Here’s a recent article from our local newspaper, "The Press Democrat":

***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:

And you can read our press release:

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

***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.

***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.

Throughout the month of December, we’re running daily RouteWord puzzles
from Andrew Odewahn. Here’s today’s puzzle:
***Introduction to the Peer-to-Peer Sockets Project
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.

***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.
***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."

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.
***Free Exhibit Hall Guest Pass for Macworld Conference & Expo,
San Francisco, CA–January 6-9
Register online by December 8 with Priority code PC0211

***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.

***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.

***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 [email protected] with your original rendition.

Until next time–


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