Thursday Jul 26, 2007

Photo Credits

SD Times used one of my photos from the RubyKaigi2007 in an article (on page 8 of this pdf) recently. The piece is about JRuby's Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo. Very cool. I remember having a conversation with the guys and a PR firm a while back and giving permission, but I forgot about it. Then a friend sent me the link this morning because he thought the image looked familiar. Sure enough. Looks great in the article layout, too. :)

I publish the vast majority of my images under the Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike license, but, sadly, SD Times didn't give me a photo credit. Oh, well. I'll have to be more explicit next time right up front so there is no misunderstanding. But I'm very happy the photo was used, and I have a lot of respect for SD Times.

However, over the last year or so, I've noticed that a few others have taken my images and used them in blogs and such without asking and without giving credit. Actually, you don't have to ask since they are licensed for that purpose, but to rip off someone's work as your own isn't very cool, eh? I'll continue shooting images and contributing them via CC because I believe that the vast majority of people appreciate it and are contributing back to the photo commons as well.

Friday Mar 16, 2007

Tokyo Open Source Conference: Java

I went to the Tokyo Open Source Conference today with Shinya Ogino, Takanobu Masuzuki, and Takayuki Okazaki to hear Okazaki-san's presentation on open source Java. There are two OpenSolaris sessions tomorrow, so that's where I'll be. Full set on Flickr.

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Tuesday May 16, 2006

JavaOne: NetBeans Day, Fireside Chat: Photos

I went to JavaOne in San Francisco today. Today was all about NetBeans. And what a turn out. Something like 1,300 people registered for this day of keynotes and technical sessions. I don't know how many people were actually there, but I waited in line a lot, that's for sure. And the keynote room was packed with guys standing all along the back wall several rows deep. It was amazing. Great to see. I used to do PR for the NetBeans guys a few years ago, and back then competitors and industry observers were telling Sun to just toss in the towel on NetBeans. Ha! The NetBeans community continues to grow and continues to impress, and I bet the NetBeans community is a major influence on the Java community as a whole.

The best part of the day was catching up with some people I know to talk about their experiences building communities. I try to observe other communities and learn from them. I figure, they've done all this before we have, so there's a great deal we can learn. People are always helpful, too, and I hope to return the favor some day.

Also cool was Rich Green and Jonathan Schwartz talking about open source Java. A pretty significant change in conversation, I 'd say.

I also went to the JavaOne Alumni Fireside Chat in the early evening, which is cool. It's basically an open Q&A. No presos. No messages. Just an open conversation with the most senior guys of Java.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, the OpenSolaris community has several things planned (Freedom Toaster, SVOSUG meeting, blogger party, booth demos). I'll take some pictures. If you are around, stop by the Sun booth. I'd love to meet.

Here are some snaps from today.
The full set on flickr.

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There are more. The full set is on flickr.

Sunday Feb 27, 2005

Java Awards

Check out James Gosling's blog. The Java guys really, really kicked ass this year. They won a gallon of developer awards at developer.com. Congrats, guys! I especially love the Web Services and Open Source categories. That's just too sweet.

I remember when IBM and Microsoft went wild on XML and Web Services a few years ago and absolutely pounded on us for being "behind" in these areas. Actually, we were called "laggards." Charming. I was doing software PR at the time, and it was the busiest and most competitive situation I've ever experienced at Sun. From a marketing perspective, the other guys were well coordinated, they outnumbered us, they caught us flat-footed, and we lost many of the arguments. But we fought very hard, and we made it difficult on IBM and Microsoft in several very public situations. Simon Phipps, Danese Cooper, James Gosling, Simon Nicholson, Bill Smith, and Jon Bosak did the heavy lifting of trying to un-spin the FUD and get our own XML, Web Services, Java, and Open Source stories out. The attack seemed to be hitting on all those issues at the same time, and most of the press seemed to support the IBM-Microsoft bandwagon. It was very frustrating. It was during that time that I completely lost what little respect I had left for the press. Then, to make matters worse, right about that time IBM launched Eclipse, and everyone bought the idiotic notion that Sun was "behind" in open source tools despite the fact that NetBeans predated Eclipse by two years. Oh, well, such is life defending yourself from the powerful marketing and PR operations at IBM and Microsoft. We did the best we could at the time, though, and I'm proud to say we never caved. Not once.

But, I've been away from the Java team for a couple of years now, so I guess they've been busy building out their product strategies. Developers seemed to have noticed, too. Here are the results from developer.com. Sun takes 6 out of 10 awards. This list speaks for itself ...

Technology of the Year
Java 2 Standard EditionTM 5.0 From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Development Tool of the Year
Eclipse From The Eclipse Foundation
Runner Up: Sun JavaTM Studio Creator From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Enterprise Development Tool of the Year
Java J2EETM From Sun Microsystems Inc.
Runner Up: Microsoft® Visual Studio® .Net From Microsoft® Corporation

Development Utility of the Year
Firefox 1.0 From Mozilla
Runner Up: Altova XMLSpy® 2005 From Altova

DBMS or Related Technology of the Year
IBM Cloudscape V10.0 From IBM

Wireless/Mobile Development Product of the Year
J2METM Wireless Toolkit 2.2 From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Web Service or Related Tool of the Year
Java Web Service Developer Pack From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Java Tool of the Year
Sun Java
TM Studio Creator From Sun Microsystems Inc.

.NET Tool/Add-in of the Year
The Mono Project Sponsored by Novell

Open Source Tool of the Year
NetBeans IDE From NetBean.org


Tuesday Jun 29, 2004

JavaOne: Looking Glass goes GPL

During his keynote this morning, Scott McNealy invited Hideya Kawahara on stage to GPL Project Looking Glass. This was supposed to happen yesterday, but I guess they found the money late last nite to fund the project.

Very nice. It's going to be fascinating to see the community run with this one. I'm not a coder, but I'd love to get involved in any way I can contribute to this community. I can't wait to get this on Solaris x86, which, of course, will be powered by an open source community of its own very shortly. I'm still going back and forth between JDS on Linux and XP on my laptop, a Sun Ray in the office, and XP at home. Too many computers. I'd like to have one computer, one platform. Just one. I'm only one guy, after all. I'd like a computer that is as beautiful and stable as a Mac, but one that doesn't require all that cash to be sent to Apple. I've given far too much money to Apple over the years. I'm inches away from buying a Mac, but I think I'll hold out for a while and see what Looking Glass looks like running on top of a fast Opteron running an open source Solaris.

Monday Jun 28, 2004

JavaOne: The Cannon

This is what Gosling used to fire some Java T shirts into the keynote audience this morning! A Java Cannon.


JavaOne: Alumni Fireside Chat

So cool. I'm an alumni. :) Finally. I feel special. Along with the 500 or so other guys in the room. After four trips to JavaOne, my badge finally lets me into the Alumni Fireside Chat with James Gosling, Graham Hamilton, Rob Gingell, Tim Lindholm and moderated by Paul Pangaro. I have a lot of respect for those guys, and have worked with them from time to time while I was in Software PR.

After a nice intro (and then a really strange video sequence from Schwartz), Paul simply introduced the guys to the stage and began a rapid fire, well moderated Q&A from the audience. An hour and an half of deeply technical questions. NetBeans vs Eclipse, open source Java, Swing vs SWT, multi language support, and all sorts of stuff I couldn't even begin to explain because, well, I have no clue.

The highlight for me, though, was when Gingell was answering the open source Java question -- or actually deflecting the question to Thursday's keynote panel on just that issue -- he brought up open source Solaris! Very nice. Just a quick mention ... that Sun had announced it, and that he had been pushing it for more than four years now. I remember doing press interviews with him on this years ago. Well, it turns out that I work on that program now, so I'm looking for all the senior executive support I can get. I'd love to set up a Fireside Chat for the Solaris kernel engineering team when we open source the code. The guys are blogging on blogs.sun.com, so the conversation has already begun ... they are doing a pretty damn good job of engaging the early open Solaris community.

One more thing about this Fireside Chat -- No slides. No speeches. No marketing. No bullshit. Just content and conversation with a little controversy. And pizza, too.
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