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Marco Casario presents at FITC Amsterdam
Feb 22-24, 2009
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Author Marco Casario (Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook) will present "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 locally.
Nancy Duarte at VizThink '09
Feb 22-25, 2009
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
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.
Jonathan Zdziarski presents "iPhone Forensics" at the Gartner Mobile Summit 2009
Feb 25, 2009
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
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 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
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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.
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What Does It Mean To Be An Internet President?
FDR was our radio president, JFK was our television president and Barack
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Everyblock's Dilemma: How Do You Open Source Your Entire Site and
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O'Reilly's 2009 Missing Manual Catalog is available in PDF form
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