[sf-lug] Fwd: Newsletter from O'Reilly UG Program, August 4

jim stockford jim at well.com
Mon Aug 7 18:00:47 PDT 2006

    check it out.
    anybody interested in having Gorden Meyer come
talk ("Smart Home Hacks") practical do-it-yourself
home automation projects?

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> O'Reilly UG Program News--Just for User Group Leaders
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> tag-tastic
> bookmarks database. It was designed to be a "large-scale outboard
> memory," with added sharing smarts. It works like this: you take all
> your digital stuff and throw it into your del.icio.us account. Thanks  
> to
> tagging and searching, you can find your stuff easily later. And you  
> can
> find other people's stuff, too. Giles Turnbull shows you how.
> <http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2006/07/18/delicious.html>
> ***How Does Open Source Software Stack Up on the Mac?
> Apple does a great job of providing elegant software for its platform.
> But there are plenty of good offerings beyond the fruits of Cupertino.
> In this amazing survey of proprietary and open source software, Matthew
> Russell attempts to organize what's available on both fronts and even
> dares to assign grades. Has he missed anything?
> <http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2006/07/25/software-stack-for- 
> the-mac.html>
> ---------------------
> Windows/.NET
> ---------------------
> ***Best Windows Admin Downloads
> There are more than 9,000 tools, templates, white papers, and other
> items available from the Microsoft Download Center. Which are the best
> for Windows administrators? Mitch Tulloch clues you in.
> <http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/windows/2006/07/18/best-windows- 
> admin-downloads.html>
> ***Drag and Drop Ajax Programming With Atlas
> Think you need to write scripts and use JavaScript if you want to write
> Atlas apps? Think again. Jesse Liberty shows you an easier, more
> effective, and more productive way--using drag-and-drop programming.
> <http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2006/08/01/drag-and- 
> drop-ajax-programming-with-atlas.html>
> ---------------------
> Java
> ---------------------
> ***Deploying BIRT
> If you have a need for generating or displaying reports, you may want  
> to
> have a word with BIRT. The Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools
> project is an open source Eclipse effort to enable the creation and
> deployment of complex reports. Jason Weathersby shows you how to grind
> out reports and display them in web applications and RCP-based desktop
> apps.
> <http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2006/07/26/deploying-birt.html>
> ***What Is Geronimo?
> Geronimo is Apache's open source, Java EE-compatible application  
> server,
> based on a flexible system of interchangeable components. This makes it
> ideal for a wide range of enterprise deployments. In this article,  
> Kunal
> Jaggi shows you how to get started with Geronimo.
> <http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2006/07/19/what-is-geronimo.html>
> ---------------------
> ---------------------
> ***Receive MAKE's "Weekend Project" PDF Podcast Through iTunes
> Picnic Geometry:
> In this weeks video edition of Weekend Projects, learn to make  
> geometric
> spheres from all sorts of things you might find at a picnic. Watch the
> video to see how to build an icosohedron out of paper plates, cups, and
> plastic sheeting. This is a great project to do as a family, just make
> sure you have enough supplies for each person involved to make one.
> If possible, use recycled materials.
> <http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/08/ 
> make_podcast_weekend_projects_3.html>
> Recent projects include:
> "Make A Kite Aerial Photography Rig"
> <http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/07/ 
> weekend_project_instructions_m.html>
> Rodent Powered Nightlight
> <http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/07/>
> weekend_project_instructions_r.html
> ---------------------
> Podcasts
> ---------------------
> ***MacOSG Interviews O'Reilly Editor Edie Freedman
> Edie discusses the O'Reilly animals, our Photoshop Cookbooks, and the  
> 2006
> O’Reilly Photoshop Cook-Off contest. Here are the details from  
> Macsimum News.
> <http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/ 
> macosg_podcast_crew_interviews_oreilly_media/>
> ***OSCON Feedback
> OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, is winding down. Conference
> publicist Suzanne Axtell took a microphone into the exhibit hall and
> asked various attendees and sponsors for their thoughts on OSCON.
> <http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2006/07/28/oscon- 
> feedback.html>
> Until next time--
> Marsee Henon
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