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Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 09:22:38 -0800
From: "Marsee Henon"
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, February 4
To: root@lugod.org

                       O'Reilly.comUG Program Newsletter

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     * O'Reilly UG Program News-Just for User Group Leaders
     * New Releases
     * Upcoming Events
     * Conferences and Special Events News
     * School of Technology
     * News from O'Reilly & Beyond


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     * CJKV Information Processing, Second Edition 
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   Gordon Meyer presents Mac Home Automation in Chicago                       
   Feb 4, 2009                                                                
   Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor                             
   Chicago, IL                                                                
   Gordon Meyer (Smart Home Hacks) will present about Mac-based home          
   automation at the Chicago Apple Users Group.                               

   Lesa Snider King at CapMac in Austin                                       
   Feb 10, 2009                                                 
   Sherlock's Baker Street Pub                                  
   Austin, TX                                                   craftzine.com
   Lesa Snider King (Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual)         
   presents "Tips and Tricks from Photoshop CS4" to Capital     

   Derrick Story at NCMUG                                                     
   Feb 17, 2009                                                               
   Rohnert Park, CA                                                           
   Author Derrick Story (The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The   
   Digital Photography Companion, and iPhoto 8: The Missing Manual) presents  
   "Photoshop made Easy" at the North Coast Mac Users Group.                  

   Dux Raymond Sy presents "7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project         
   Management Success" at PMI-WDC                                             
   Feb 19, 2009                                                               
   Skyline 6, Suite 800                                                       
   Falls Church, VA                                                           
   Dux Raymond Sy (SharePoint for Project Management) will present "7 Ways to 
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   Luncheon. Acquire the practical knowledge of how SharePoint can address    
   common project management challenges such as Inefficient communication     
   among stakeholders, poor document management practices, and undefined      
   project collaboration standards that can compromise project success.       

   George Reese on Cloud Computing at the UWM Center for Technology           
   Feb 20, 2009                                                               
   UWM Lubar School of Business, Lubar Hall, Room N146                        
   Milwaukee, WI                                                              
   George Reese (Web Architecture and Programming in the Cloud: Rough Cuts    
   Version) presents a full day seminar on cloud computing at the University  
   of Wisconsin Milwaukee's Center for Technology Innovation. Topics covered  
   include an overview of cloud computing technologies, what you need to know 
   when moving into the cloud, security issues, and business continuity       

   Dux Raymond Sy presents "5 Ways to Enhance SharePoint Site Usability"      
   Feb 21-21, 2009                                                            
   Microsoft Office: 1290 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Ave) between W 51st   
   and W 52nd Streets, 6th Flo                                                
   New York, NY, USA                                                          
   Author Dux Raymond Sy (SharePoint for Project Management) will impart      
   proven techniques on how to improve SharePoint usability to increase user  
   adoption in leveraging SharePoint for collaboration.                       

   Marco Casario presents at FITC Amsterdam                                   
   Feb 22-24, 2009                                              
   Felix Meritis, European Centre for Arts and Sciences         
   Author Marco Casario (Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook) will present   craftzine.com
   "Local Persistent Data with AIR and ActionScript 3." Learn   
   how to leverage your file system's access features of the    
   AIR APIs and how to apply advanced tecniques to store data   

   Nancy Duarte at VizThink '09                                               
   Feb 22-25, 2009                                                            
   Farimont Hotel                                                             
   San Jose, CA                                                               
   Join Nancy Duarte (slide:ology) at VizThink '09--a conference that brings  
   together a broad cross section of the visual thinking community. They're   
   bringing content from each of the visual arts disciplines together to      
   create a unique mix of content. Nancy will be a facilitator, leading and   
   participating in discussions and activities.                               

   Paco Hope at FutureTest 2009                                               
   Feb 24-25, 2009                                                            
   Roosevelt Hotel                                                            
   New York, New York                                                         
   Author Paco Hope (Web Security Testing Cookbook) presents "The Cyber       
   Tester: Blending Human and Machine". The message of this talk is that      
   compelling and competitive testers in today's world are human/machine      
   hybrids who seamlessly leverage tools as never before.                     

   Dave Cross presents an "Introduction to Perl" in the London                
   Feb 25, 2009                                                               
   Imperial Hotel, Russell Square                                             
   London, UK                                                                 
   Dave Cross (co-author of Perl Template Toolkit) presents a one-day         
   beginners course in Perl.                                                  

   Jonathan Zdziarski presents "iPhone Forensics" at the Gartner      
   Mobile Summit 2009                                                 
   Feb 25, 2009                                                       
   Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers                                            
   Chicago, IL                                                        
   Jonathan Zdziarski (iPhone Forensics and iPhone SDK Application    
   Development) presents "iPhone Forensics: How a Thief can Bypass    
   Security to Steal Personal Information and Corporate Secrets."     
   This workshop will demonstrate some of the techniques used to      gartner
   bypass the security of the iPhone to access the raw disk image,    
   and explains what information can be gleaned from the device.      
   Enterprises will learn the risks involved in deploying the iPhone  
   into the work place and learn how to design applications that      
   protect employee data from being exposed to malicious parties      
   through theft or espionage.                                        

   Jonathan Zdziarski Panel Discussion at Gartner Mobile Summit 2009          
   Feb 25, 2009                                                               
   Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers                                            
   Chicago, IL                                                                
   Jonathan Zdziarski (iPhone SDK Application Development and iPhone          
   Forensics) presents a panel discussion "Wireless meets the Internet."      
   Gartner Analysts will explore the impact of high performance internet      
   devices on the handheld markets for platforms, OS, development and         
   applications. Where does the cool factor hit the brick wall when           
   enterprise-class systems are at stake? How will the players respond? This  
   panel will include guest speakers from the developer community, vendor     
   community, and analyst community.                                          

   Bill Scott on Rosenfeld Future Practices Webinar                           
   Feb 26, 2009                                                               
   Author Bill Scott (Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for   
   Rich Interaction) will be presenting on "Bringing Design to Life: The Mojo 
   Every Designer Should Know About Interface Engineering."                   

   Dave Cross presents "Advanced Perl Techniques" in London                   
   Feb 26, 2009                                                               
   Imperial Hotel, Russell Square                                             
   London, UK                                                                 
   Dave Cross (co-author of Perl Template Toolkit</strong) presents a one-day 
   advanced course in Perl.                                                   


   Conference News

   Emerging Technology Conference Emerging Technology Conference 2009
   March 9-12, 2009 in San Jose, CA

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   May 4-7, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV
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   Work On Stuff That Matters: Video Interview with Tim O'Reilly
   Over the past few months Josh Ross has been interviewing various people
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   David Pogue's "Top Ten Tips of All Time" for Digital Photography
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   Marsee Henon

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