Mary Rotman

Mary Rotman

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Mary Rotman is a Publicist at O'Reilly Media. She does a little bit of everything, from writing press releases and entering data to researching potential contacts and managing PR for O'Reilly's publishing partners.

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Find Your Inner Leprechaun - A St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest

March 17 2010

Since our limerick contest was such a hit last year, we decided to host it again! Today, we're encouraging you to write a limerick that is either tech-themed or that references O'Reilly Media or one (or more) of our books, conferences, or webcasts. Anything goes, so long as it fits… read more

Kevlin Henney on the Core Values of Programming - 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

March 01 2010

Looking for new insight into programming? The newest installment in our 97 Things series might just be what you need. I had a chance to ask editor Kevlin Henney a few questions about the book earlier this week so I could understand a little bit more about programming essentials (and… read more

Staying Competitive in a Tough Job Market - Which O'Reilly books have helped you?

February 08 2010

With so many people searching for jobs, it's important to stay up on the newest technologies, or constantly improve in the areas you're already involved in. At O'Reilly, we publish books that help you zoom in on the details of specific programs and languages, so you can stay competitive in… read more

Charles Platt on the Basics of Electronics - Make: Electronics and Learning Through Discovery

December 10 2009

Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? Author Charles Platt (@charlesplatt) has created a book in which you will explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. I asked him a few questions about Make: Electronics earlier this… read more

Dan Zarrella on Social Media Marketing - Advice from "The Social Media & Marketing Scientist"

November 24 2009

Are you looking to take advantage of social media for your business or organization? With easy-to-understand introductions to blogging, forums, opinion and review sites, and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, The Social Media Marketing Book will help you choose the best--and avoid the worst--of the social web's… read more

Darren Barefoot and Julie Szabo Explain How to Engage the Facebook Community - An Excerpt from Friends with Benefits: A Social Marketing Handbook

November 18 2009

In today's networked world, connecting with customers has never been easier. Savvy marketing professionals know that they must engage with individuals directly on the Web, and smart businesses know that their customers can be their best friends--with benefits. Darren... read more

Microsoft MVP Wei-Meng Lee on Windows 7 - Information About the Newly Released Book "Windows 7: Up & Running"

October 07 2009

With the recent release of Windows 7: Up & Running, I asked author and Microsoft MVP Wei-Meng Lee a few questions about his new book, including why his motivation behind writing the book and what this book can do for you. read more

Show Off Your O'Reilly Media Books!

September 15 2009

Have a bookshelf full of O'Reilly books like our Facebook Fans Michael Pelikan and Kay Bieri do? Use it to win more! Take a picture or record a short video of your books and post it on the O'Reilly Media Facebook Page before 5pm PT Thursday, September 17, for a… read more

Tips & Tricks for Living Green - Practical Advice from the Author of "Living Green: The Missing Manual'

August 20 2009

Nancy Conner, author of the newly released book Living Green: The Missing Manual, has made it her goal to show people just how easy it is to make your everyday lives just a little bit greener. In a recent conversation, we talked about the simple decisions we can all make… read more

What's Your Favorite Twitter App? - Tell us for a chance to win an autographed copy of "The Twitter Book"

July 17 2009

With all of the different ways to track your twittering friends, search for interesting tidbits of news, and keep an eye on those "trending topics," it seems like there are new twitter applications popping up every day! Tell us which app is your favorite, and why, for a chance to… read more

Ignite Sebastopol on June 10th

June 05 2009

Ignite is finally coming to Sebastopol, the hometown of O'Reilly Media! Join us June 10th at the Hopmonk Tavern for a night of contests, presentations, and overall fun. read more

DIY Projects from the Greater Bay Area

May 27 2009

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. We will include all of the entries in this blogpost as they are submitted. We'll be accepting entries through the end… read more

County of San Mateo Declares May 30th & 31st Maker's Weekend - Send Us a Photo for a Chance to Win 2 Weekend Passes

May 23 2009

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. read more

Josh Clark on iWork '09: The Missing Manual

May 06 2009

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.… read more

Celebrate Earth Day by Sharing Your Green Living Tips

April 22 2009

We're celebrating Earth Day in our offices today by running a contest on Twitter (@oreillymedia). We're asking people how they're living green, and we've been getting a lot of great responses! read more

What Brings Out Your Inner Geek?

April 14 2009

Colin Moock has admitted that he has an inner geek--now we're wondering what brings out yours. Stay tuned for a contest on Twitter (@oreillymedia) later today to let us know what brings out your inner geek and enter for a chance to win a copy of Moock's Lost ActionScript 3.0… read more

Ignite Show, Episode 7: Molly Wright Steenson on It's Really Just a Series of Tubes

April 03 2009

In this new episode of the Ignite Show, Molly Wright Steenson talks about the history of pneumatic tubes in our society. For more information about the Ignite Show or how to host your own Ignite event, see read more

Ignite Show, Episode 6: Dr. Jayson Falkner on DNA Science, It Works!

March 25 2009

In this new episode of the Ignite Show, Dr. Jayson Falkner explains the latest in DNA Science, how its effected human evolution and what it's doing to our society. The title is a tribute to the classic XKCD cartoon "Science! It Works...". read more

Two New Episodes of the Ignite Show

March 19 2009

The last two episodes of the Ignite Show feature talks from Ignite NYC II and Ignite Boudler, respectively. Keep reading to see presentations by Andrew Schneider on Experimental Performance Devices and Amber Case on Cyborg Anthroplogy. read more

Winners of the Limerick Contest

March 18 2009

We had such a fantastic response to our limerick contest yesterday that we decided to pick our winners in a special way. We wrote all the names down and put them in a cup, shook them up well, and started looking for people to pick out one of the three… read more

Happy St. Patrick's Day Contest!

March 17 2009

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we've decided to launch a limerick contest. We're encouraging you to write a limerick referencing O'Reilly Media or one (or more) of our books. Anything goes, so long as it fits the standard form of a limerick. We'll run the contest all day long… read more

Coming Soon: Contests on Twitter

March 09 2009

For those of you who follow us on twitter (@oreillymedia) you may have noticed our occasional offers of advanced copies of books for review, or the chance to try out a new widget before it's officially released. We've decided to take that one step further today and run a contest… read more

Ignite Show Episode 3: Rob Gruhl on Buying a New Car

March 04 2009

This week's Ignite Show features Rob Gruhl. Rob loves to buy cars, but more than that he loves to bargain for cars. He shares his secrets today. This talk was filmed at Ignite Seattle III. read more

O'Reilly's Sanders Kleinfeld on Jeopardy: FTW!

March 03 2009

Last night, Sanders Kleinfeld made his debut on Jeopardy! and bet it all (well, almost all of it) on the Final Jeopardy! question to win! Originally from Summit, New Jersey, Sanders now calls Cambridge, Massachusetts home. He has been with O'Reilly since 2004 and excelled in a number of roles,… read more

Ignite Launches Weekly Video Series Highlighting the Best of Geek Culture

February 20 2009

Ignite captures the best of geek culture in a series of five-minute speed presentations on topics ranging from "The Best Way to Buy a Car" to "Hacking Chocolate" to "Transhuman Technology Trends." Imagine that you're on stage in front of an audience of hundreds of people, doing a five-minute presentation… read more

SitePoint aims to raise $100,000 for victims of the Australian bushfires

February 11 2009

Our publishing partner SitePoint, an Australian-based publisher, is raising money for victims of the devastating fires that have swept through New South Wales. They're offering a choice of 5 PDFs for just $29.95. All proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross. read more

SitePoint's Newest Title: The Principles of Successful Freelancing

January 28 2009

SitePoint, one of our publishing partners, recently published a book entitled The Principles of Successful Freelancing. With the economy heading downhill and many people losing jobs, this title might be the one you need to see you through. Check out the free preview on read more

Sarah Milstein Featured on SitePoint's Podcast

January 27 2009

SitePoint, one of our publishing partners, recently posted a new podcast entitled "Let's Get Twitter Out of Our System," which featured O'Reilly author Sarah Milstein. For more information about Twitter, be sure to tune in to her webcast, entitled Advanced Twitter for Business: Conversation, Community, and Profit--140 Characters at a… read more

Wanting to Ignite Your City?

January 23 2009

You may have noticed Ignite events springing up around the world recently--maybe you've even had one in your town! Regardless of where you live, chances are there either has been or will be one in your area soon. From Denver and Boston to Helsinki, Bangalore, and Paris, Ignite events are… read more

Pogue's Top Ten Tips, Continued

January 21 2009

You may have seen the first five of David Pogue's "Top Ten Tips of All Time" in last week's post--here are the remaining five tips from him. And remember, if you can think of any other tips to add, leave a comment and I'll send you a copy of his… read more

David Pogue's "Top Ten Tips of All Time" for Digital Photography

January 16 2009

If you're ready to jump into digital photography or would like to increase the skills you already have, David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual is just what you need. In this brand new book, bestselling author David Pogue provides a no-nonsense guide to the entire process, including how to… read more

New Book Hot Off the Press: Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One

January 15 2009

With 12 self-paced tutorials and three hours of all-new video instruction, Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One allows you to learn at your own pace, while engaging you in real-world projects that have you try out actual techniques and learn concepts in a hands-on way. Keep reading for more information… read more

10 Tips & Tricks from the Tasmanian Adventure

October 21 2008

As some of you may know, one of our authors, Mikkel Aaland, recently returned from a trip to Tasmania with a group of photographers and a team from Adobe. Below are tips & tricks regarding Photoshop Lightroom 2, as well as Mikkel's reflection on the trip. read more

Getting Ready for the Big Event

October 17 2008

Tomorrow's the big day for you guys--opening day of Maker Faire Austin! Which means today is the big day for all of us -- setting up booths, building tables, hanging signs, and watching everything take shape so you can have the best experience possible. Check out O'Reilly's User Group Flickr… read more

The Talk Around the Water Cooler

October 15 2008

Our office is buzzing with excitement as people pack up and head out to Maker Faire Austin. It's a weekend packed with adventure and surprises -- until you've experienced it you can't describe it -- and even then sometimes it's hard! From crafts to fire to demos and robots, there's… read more

A New Way to Learn

October 08 2008

One of the challenges in technical book publishing is finding ways to reach audiences beyond our core computer programming crowd. O'Reilly's publishing partner No Starch Press has recently implemented one such idea. Their newest series of books are Manga Guides, based on Japanese best sellers. These books will cover essential… read more

One Way to Become an O'Reilly Author

September 25 2008

Interested in how to become an author for O'Reilly? One way is to make your opinions known on GetSatisfaction! Read more to see how author Rich Rosen both suggested and helped write the newest edition of Mac OS X for Unix Geeks. Also, enter to win a copy of the… read more

Cupcake Champions at Ignite NYC

September 19 2008

Cupcake champions at an Ignite event? More like cupcake decorating... and it was a hit. From AC/DC battery cupcakes to a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge (albeit not to scale) to the winning iPhone cupcakes. This Ignite event was a huge success and kicked off the start of the… read more

Practical Photography Advice You Can Take Anywhere

September 10 2008

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion is not a typical camera guide. Rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs. Through easy-to-follow lessons, this book gives you a complete class on… read more

Olympic Moments Captured

August 29 2008

You might have heard that our Digital Media Evangelist, Derrick Story, was hired by Apple to photograph the Beijing Olympics and help other photographers in the Main Press Center get their images of the events processed and posted. Colleen Wheeler, an editor for our Digital Media division, recently blogged about… read more

Announcing the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off!

August 13 2008

Think you can solve common Adobe AIR related coding problems? Then you qualify for the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off contest sponsored by O'Reilly Media to celebrate the upcoming publication of the Adobe AIR Cookbook. During this contest, we invite you to submit your best solutions to common AIR coding challenges… read more

Nancy Duarte on "slide:ology"

August 12 2008

Our Digital Media division here at O'Reilly just released a book that's a bit different from our typical style. Subtitled "The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations," slide:ology focuses on practical approaches that combine conceptual thinking and inspirational design, with insightful case studies from the world's leading brands. This… read more

How to Write Your Own Facebook Applications

August 07 2008

I recently had a chance to ask Jesse Stay, author of FBML Essentials a few questions about his book and just why it's so important right now. His book revolves around the fundamentals of the Facebook Markup Language--Facebook's version of HTML--which makes it easy to develop applications specifically for Facebook.… read more

Do You See in Lab Mode? Or in RGB?

August 06 2008

Any Photoshop user knows that achieving better color with a picture requires a little effort--but we also know that in the end it's worth it! In this week's episode of dekePod 003: Don't Fear the Lab Mode, Deke walks us through what you need to know in order to change… read more

"Smart" Crafting and Fashioning Technology

July 16 2008

What will our homes and clothes look like 5 years from now? 10 years? 50 years? If one of our new books from Craft--Fashioning Technology--is any indication, it will involve a healthy dose of "smart" crafting--a term coined by author Syuzi Pakhchyan--to describe crafting with "smart" materials that react and… read more

Keep Your Work Flowing Faster

July 10 2008

Have you ever found yourself struggling to remember a web address even though you access it all the time? Or maybe you're one of those people whose time is too valuable to type in the web address or look up the bookmarked file. Enter, Fluid. read more

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