May 2009 Archives

Nikola Tesla--The Man Who Lit Up the World

An Excerpt from The Geek Atlas

By Sara Peyton
May 28, 2009 | Comments: 13
Nikola Tesla--The Man Who Lit Up the World
The history of science is all around us, if you know where to look. And if you're a traveler who loves science, you'll definitely want to check out at a timely new resource from O'Reilly, The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science & Technology Come Alive ($29.99), by John Graham-Cumming. Arriving just in time for summer vacation planning, this unique travelers' guide covers 128 interesting destinations around the globe where major breakthroughs in science, mathematics, or technology occurred--or are happening now. Learn about the Tesla Museum, in Belgrade, Serbia in this excerpt from The Geek Atlas.
DIY Projects from the Greater Bay Area
We've been receiving all sorts of photos of your DIY projects for the past few days in response to the contest to win 2 weekend passes to Maker Faire, May 30 & 31, in San Mateo, CA. We will include all of the entries in this blogpost as they are submitted. We'll be accepting entries through the end of today, May 27th, so keep sending those pictures in for your chance to win!

County of San Mateo Declares May 30th & 31st Maker's Weekend

Send Us a Photo for a Chance to Win 2 Weekend Passes

By Mary Rotman
May 22, 2009
County of San Mateo Declares May 30th & 31st Maker's Weekend
As this year's Maker Faire gets ready to launch, San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom has declared May 30th & 31st "Maker's Weekend". Keep reading for more information on this official declaration as well as how to win 2 adult weekend passes to this year's Maker Faire.

Reporting for ARRA Transparency

Reporting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

By Kathryn Barrett
May 11, 2009 | Comments: 1
Reporting for ARRA Transparency
On Tuesday, May 12, Dux Raymond Sy, author of SharePoint for Project Management, is presenting a webcast on Leveraging SharePoint for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Transparency. We had a chance to ask Dux why the ARRA is so important for today's business. According to Dux, SharePoint is precisely the kind of reliable and scalable reporting technology platform that's necessary to fulfill the ARRA reporting requirements. Read on for his comments.
Talking to Tim O'Reilly about the Architecture of Participation
What's it like to work on a great software development team facing an impossible problem? How do you build an effective team? Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders takes you behind the scenes with some of the most interesting teams in software engineering history. In this excerpt from the book, editors Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, interview Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly's founder and CEO, about leadership.

Women in Tech Rock! Join our Mother's Day Celebration

Give a Tech Book & Get 40% Off

By Sara Peyton
May 8, 2009 | Comments: 3
Women in Tech Rock! Join our Mother's Day Celebration
Twitterer @HilaryP is a developer, a technical evangelist, and the pregnant mommy of a toddler. And though she likes girly things like yoga and beauty products as much as the next gal she was also looking for a Mother's Day discount that appealed to her geeky desires. Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media agreed. And that's why we're now celebrating Mother's Day with a 40% off discount on tech books on We're also posting photos of Moms with their favorite tech books here. Please send to your fav pics.
Josh Clark on iWork '09: The Missing Manual
I recently had a chance to catch up with Josh Clark, author of our newly released iWork '09: The Missing Manual. He had a lot to say about the new version of iWork, as well as a few tips & tricks to share to make the user experience even better.

Sarah Milstein and The Twitter Book featured on The Agenda

Canada's Top Current Affairs Show Talks about Twitter and Its Impact on Journalism

By Sara Peyton
May 5, 2009
Sarah Milstein and The Twitter Book featured on The Agenda
Hosted by award-winning journalist Steve Paiken, The Agenda explored Twitter and it's impact on how we get and share the news in last night's show. Twitter expert and coauthor of The Twitter Book, Sarah Milstein, joined the Toronto based show from a studio in San Francisco. Jay Rosen, professor with the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Amber MacArthur, new media journalist and web strategist, Mathew Ingram, the communities editor at The Globe and Mail, and David Cohn is the founder of nonprofit project to pioneer community funded reporting--also joined the discussion.
What Can You Do with XMPP?
XMPP: The Definitive Guide covers everything you need to know about Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). This open technology for real-time collaboration, social networking, microblogging, lightweight middleware, cloud computing, and more. This excerpt provides a high-level overview of the technology and introduces you to the ways it's being used. Read more about XMPP.
Favorite Linux Book of All Time: Linux in a Nutshell
The Linux Journal's annual Readers' Choice Awards take the pulse of the Linux community, allowing readers to choose their favorites in a number of categories, and write-ins also are accepted. This year, more than 6,000 individuals voted for their favorite Linux solutions—one of the biggest turnouts in in Linux Journal history. And Linux in a Nutshell won the award for Favorite Linux Book of All Time. Our thanks to everyone who voted for this book. We think it's a classic and we're glad that you do, too! To see how useful the book is, check out the Linux Command Line Directory.

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