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----- Forwarded message from Marsee Henon -----

Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 08:32:09 -0800
From: Marsee Henon
Subject: Books and News from the O'Reilly User Group Program--November

Hi there,

The holidays are moving in quickly and soon 2009 will be over. Is your
group celebrating with a holiday party? Make sure we send books for your
raffle. One book that should be on every group's list or library is
Scott Berkun's lastest book "Confessions of a Public Speaker" that just
started shipping this month. This book is funny as well as practical.
One UG leader told me he read it to his wife. Now how's that for an

Last month I visited the Atlanta area to attend a gathering of user
group leaders of all kinds. We had a great turn out and spent the day
discussing topics such as community, membership, meeting structure,
sponsorship, and more. Please check out the notes on the group wiki
when you have a chance.

User group leaders are invited to join the West Coast Community
Leadership Summit coming up January 9 at DeVry University in Daly City.
Registration is open. Thanks to Michael Van Riper (@vanriper) for
getting the ball rolling. The evening activity will be an Ignite at
Google in San Francisco. Read on for more details.

To register for the event and Ignite:

Please pass along any part of this newsletter to your group via email or
your website and include the discount codes. We offer both a text and an
HTML version.


--Marsee Henon

News from O'Reilly and Beyond

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Online Conferences in December--Where 2.0. Velocity, and Gov 2.0

Where 2.0 Online Conference
An Emphasis on iPhone Sensors
December 3, 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Pacific time
25% discount code for User Group members: whrfall09usrg

By creating a widespread platform that allows for third-party
development and geolocation, iPhones define the state of the art for
location enabled sensors. Presentations exploring these new
opportunities include:

-The Sensors in Your iPhone: Alasdair Allan, University of Exeter and
Babilim Light Industries
-Augmented Reality: Andreas Alfare, Mobilizy
-Location Sensors: Ian Peters-Campbell, Loopt
-Working with Audio Input: Martin Roth, RJDJ
-Computer Vision and the iPhone Camera: Jeffrey Powers, Occipital


Velocity Online Conference
Fast by Default
December 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time
25% discount code for User Group members: velfall09usrg

The Velocity Online Conference dives into some of the most important
developments in web performance and operations, including:

-Performance Impact: How Web Speed Affects Online Business KPIs: Hooman
-Faster Load Times Through Deferred JavaScript Evaluation: Charles
-Load Balancing & Reverse Proxies with Varnish & More: Artur Bergman
-CouchDB from 10,000 Ft: J Chris Anderson
-Operations Roundtable: Jesse Robbins, Artur Bergman, Adam Jacob, John


Gov 2.0 Online Conference
Facing Challenges and Winning: Five Gov 2.0 Examples
December 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time

When citizens interact with their government, powerful things can
happen. Web 2.0 is the industry which has shown that transparency,
participation, collaboration add up to increased efficiency. Gov 2.0
harnesses this for the public good, as we'll explore in these sessions:

-City of Santa Cruz Budget Crisis: A Blueprint Using Social Media: Peter
Koht, City of Santa Cruz
-txts 4 africa: Merrick Schaefer, UNICEF
-Transit 2.0 at Bart.gov: Melissa Jordan, Bay Area Rapid Transit
-Utah Department of Public Safety Media Portal: Jeff Nigbur, State of
Utah, Department of Public Safety
-Digital Diplomacy: Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds: Rita
King, Dancing Ink Productions


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Tell us about a project that demonstrates your super techie achievement
using the submission form. If you're selected as one of the winners, you
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Inc., at a special event early next year in California. Winners are
selected by a panel of judges; however, community votes and comments are


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Reviewers Needed!
We're always looking for book reviewers, especially on our new releases.
Titles we're excited about include Confessions of a Public Speaker, The
Sustainable Network, The Art of SEO, and Getting Started with Google
Wave. If you'd like to write a review of any of these books for Amazon,
Slashdot, your favorite book community site such as GoodReads or
Shelfari, or your blog, please send an email to your user group leader
with the book title and where you'll review it.


UG leaders only--Put Up a Banner, Get a Free Book
We're looking for user groups to display our discount banners on their
web sites. If you send me your group's site with one or more banners,
I'll send you the O'Reilly book(s) of your choice. Choose from
the following list:

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The Art Of Community

O'Reilly Answers

O'Reilly School of Technology Banners

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35% off User Group Discount Banners

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Get 35% off from O'Reilly, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing,
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Friends with Benefits (No Starch) 

QuickBooks 2010: The Missing Manual 

iPod: The Missing Manual, Eighth Edition 

iPhone Game Development 

Beautiful Testing 

The Sustainable Network 

Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual 

Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac: The Missing Manual 

The Art of SEO 

Head First iPhone Development 

Confessions of a Public Speaker 

VMware Cookbook 

Great Java 

Windows 7 Annoyances: Rough Cuts Version 

C# 4.0 in a Nutshell: Rough Cuts Version, Fourth Edition 

Debug It! (Pragmatic Bookshelf) 

Getting Started with Google Wave 

>From Camera to Computer (Rocky Nook) 


Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 20 

Hello, Android, Second Edition (Pragmatic Bookshelf) 

Grails (Pragmatic Bookshelf) 

Until next time--

Marsee Henon

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