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Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 12:45:36 -0700
From: Marsee Henon
Subject: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, May 27

    Hi there,                                                                 
    Maker Faire
    We'll be heading off to Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA, this     
    weekend. If you or any of your group members are attending, make sure     
    you stop by the O'Reilly Information booth to say hi. We've got an art    
    project for you and the kids and we'll also be able to help you find      
    your way around the fair.                                                 
    If you're looking for alternative ways to get to the event this year      
    check out our nifty page on traveling by Rail, Bus, or Bike.              

    One last thing, we need tech reviewers for the next edition of our        
    classic "Linux in a Nutshell." Please let me know if you or any of your   
    members are interested and I'll pass the info along to our editor. We're  
    looking for many sets of eyes on this one.                                
    In this issue:                                                            
      * New Releases                                                          
      * Upcoming Events                                                       
      * Conferences and Special Events News                                   
      * School of Technology                                                  
      * News from O'Reilly & Beyond                                           
    O'Reilly News for User Group Members                                      
    May 27, 2009                                                              
    The Art of Community
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    New Releases:                                                             
    Android Application Development                                           
      * Android Application Development                                       
      * Art of Drum Layering (PC Publishing)                                  
      * Automating System Administration with Perl, Second Edition            
      * Beautiful Security                                                    
      * Computer Orchestration Tips and Tricks (PC Publishing)                
      * DJing and live performance with Ableton Live (PC Publishing)          
      * Even Faster Web Sites: Rough Cuts Version                             
      * Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual                                   
      * Gray Hat Python (No Starch)                                           
      * Head First Networking                                                 
      * iMovie '09 and iDVD: The Missing Manual                               
      * Impact of P2P and Free Distribution on Book Sales                     
      * Geek AtlasiPhoto '09: The Missing Manual                              
      * iWork '09: The Missing Manual                                         
      * Java Message Service, Second Edition                                  
      * Learning Flash CS4 Professional                                       
      * Learning SQL, Second Edition                                          
      * Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 18                               
      * Mastering the Nikon D700 (Rocky Nook)                                 
      * Online Marketing Inside Out (SitePoint)                               
      * Practical Programming (Pragmatic Bookshelf)                           
      * Programming Clojure (Pragmatic Bookshelf)                             
      * Programming Ruby 1.9 (Pragmatic Bookshelf)                            
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      * The Art of Concurrency                                                
      * The Blender GameKit, Second Edition (No Starch)                       
      * The Twitter BookThe DAM Book, Second Edition                          
      * The Geek Atlas                                                        
      * The Manga Guide to Physics (No Starch)                                
      * The Passionate Programmer (Pragmatic Bookshelf)                       
      * The Twitter Book                                                      
      * Using Google App Engine                                               
      * Version Control with Git                                              
      * Web 2.0 Architectures                                                 
      * XMPP: The Definitive Guide                                            
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    Upcoming Author Events                                                    
    For more events, please see: events.oreilly.com                           
    Webcast: Finding Design Opportunities in the Twitter                      
    May 29, 2009                                                              
    Fast approaching its third birthday, the Twitter API has                  
    spawned thousands of applications that extend functionality               
    of the basic microblogging service. Some applications                     
    mature, while others fade away. The methods and data        Kevin Makice  
    available through the API continue to evolve, as does the                 
    Twitter community, to create new opportunities for                        
    application development. This webcast takes a closer look                 
    at the Twitter design space by reviewing existing                         
    applications across several dimensions and looking for                    
    unaddressed needs of the user and developer community.                    
    4th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area: Re-Make America                          
    May 30-31, 2009                                                           
    San Mateo County Fairgrounds                                              
    San Mateo, CA                                                             
    According to USA Today, Maker Faire Bay Area is one of the ten best       
    places in the nation for a family-friendly, hands-on craft experience.    
    And this May's 4th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area is heeding President       
    Obama's call to "begin the work of remaking America." With the theme,     
    Re-Make America, Maker Faire celebrates the folks the President           
    described as the "risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things."      
    Plan on joining us at Maker Faire, May 30 & 31, at the San Mateo County   
    Expo Center. Tickets available for purchase now.                          
    Webcast: The Cloud Dilemma for Developers                                 
    Jun 2, 2009                                                               
    In this webcast, Javier Soltero, CEO of Hyperic will                      
    discuss these and other dilemmas developers face in the                   
    cloud and address the steps companies can take to ensure                  
    that their applications' performance is not affected by                   
    these challenges. This event is for any developer wanting                 
                                                              Javier Soltero  
      * Hear how some developers are successfully leveraging                  
        cloud platforms to build manageable applications                      
      * Learn about the latest tools for instrumenting and                    
        managing applications in highly virtualized and cloud                 
      * Get tips on bringing IT and ops teams into the                        
        conversation early while keeping the agility that                     
        pushed you to the cloud in the first place                            
    Allison Randal at Silicon Valley Linux User Group                         
    Jun 3, 2009                                                               
    Mountain View, CA                                                         
    Allison Randal (Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials) is chief architect and      
    lead developer of the open source project Parrot. She also works for      
    O'Reilly Media, planning the program for their Open Source Convention     
    Conference News                                                           
    OSCON 2009 OSCON 2009                                                     
    July 20-24, 2009 in San Jose, CA                                          
    The 2009 O'Reilly Open Source Convention Moves to San Jose, CA--          
    Registration Now Open, So Make Your Plans. Use code "os09usrg" when you   
    register, and receive 20% off the registration price. Early registration  
    ends on June 2.                                                           
    Velocity 2009 Velocity 2009                                               
    June 22-24, 2009 in San Jose, CA                                          
    Attending Velocity makes you competitive immediately because it is        
    rooted in practical application, sending you back to work with a deeper   
    understanding of how the technology and applications you deploy can       
    accelerate performance and deliver a better front end experience. Use     
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    price. Registration now.                                                  
    For a complete list of conferences, go to conferences.oreilly.com.        
    If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only     
    got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around     
    the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their    
    answers. Create your own Ignite in your area.                             
    Upcoming Ignite events:                                                   
      * Ignite Bend 2, June 4, Tower Theatre Bend OR, USA                     
      * Ignite Phoenix 4, June 16, 700 W Rio Salado Parkway Tempe AZ          
      * Sparking it up in Salem, June 18, 3893 Commercial St. Salem OR        
    For more events, go to http://ignite.oreilly.com/                         
    O'Reilly School of Technology                                             
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    News From O'Reilly & BeyondO'Reilly Radar                                 
    News & Blogs                                                              
    Ruby Learning Interview: Author David                                     
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    Why $9.99 Won't Always Be an eBook Pricing Ceiling                        
    Have you stumbled across any of those Kindle owners who get angry         
    anytime they see an ebook price over $9.99? How about publishers who      
    insist on maintaining their print list price for the e-version? Btw, for  
    the record, at O'Reilly we typically fall somewhere in between; our       
    "digital list price" is generally less than the print list price and, of  
    course, Amazon is free to discount to an even lower price. As a           
    consumer, when I see a Kindle price over $9.99 I'm highly likely to skip  
    More Geo-Games: Ship Simulator on Google Earth                            
    At Google I/O 2008 the Google Earth API was released. It brought Google   
    Earth's 3D capabilities to the web (with the help of browser              
    extensions). Since that release they've started supporting Macs. One      
    really nice part of the Google Earth API is the ability to create games   
    in the 3D world.                                                          
    Scribd Store a Welcome Addition to Ebook Market (and 650 O'Reilly Titles  
    The document-sharing site Scribd has launched a new "Scribd Store"        
    selling view and download access to documents and books. As part of the   
    launch, there are now more than 650 O'Reilly ebooks now available for     
    preview and sale in the Scribd store, and all include DRM-free PDF        
    downloads with purchase. (Scribd will soon be adding EPUB as a format,    
    and we'll make that available as soon as possible.)                       
    Being a Suggested User Leads to Thousands of Twitter Followers            
    Ever since Twitter started suggesting accounts to new users, it was       
    clear that those on the suggested users list were gaining thousands of    
    followers. Setting aside the fact that number of followers is a poor      
    gauge of influence (see our Twitter report for details), I wanted to      
    know how many followers a suggested account gains by appearing on the     
    Announcing InsideRIA Conference                                           
    Yep, you heard correctly in association with the 360Conferences guys,     
    InsideRIA is having its first conference August 23-24, 2009 in San Jose,  
    CA at the eBay facilities. This 2-day event will get into the nitty       
    gritty of developing for the Rich Internet Application (RIA) space.       
    Sunday will be hands-on workshops to get you familiar with a few of the   
    RIA platforms. Monday will be a full day of sessions with 3 distinct      
    tracks: Development, Design/User Experience and Business Development.     
    All 3 tracks will be aimed at the RIA platform in general.                
    Until next time--                                                         
    Marsee Henon                                                              
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