Saturday Nov 14, 2009
Saturday Jul 25, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Jul 25, 2009
Saturday Jul 11, 2009
Saturday Jun 27, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Jun 27, 2009
I already hang out with the Tokyo Linux User Group (here, here), so I hope to attend this event in October.
Friday Jun 12, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Jun 12, 2009
I've been thinking that it might be an interesting time to do a little kernel conference for OpenSolaris, Linux, and the BSDs right here in Tokyo. Get everyone together. See what happens. What the heck.
We could hold the event right at the Sun office on the 27th floor just like BarCamp back in May. We already hold the Tokyo Linux User Group meetings here and get about 40 people each time, we hold OpenSolaris meetings and get about 40 people (and about 100 for formal product launches), and BarCamp drew 100 people from multiple communities. That`s basically where I got the idea from -- and, of course, watching James C. McPherson put together his kernel conference in Australia. So, I wonder what would happen if we organized a day long conference specifically to bring together developers and community members from the key open source operating systems in an informal, un-conference format? I wonder what technology and community building bits we could all share together? I bet we could attract 150 top guys from Tokyo, and I bet we'd make quite an impression in the process. And I think there is more than enough talent right here to pull it off without having to call in people from the U.S. or Europe (although they'd certainly be welcome to come and participate, of course).
Just kicking this idea around ...
Monday Jun 08, 2009
Thursday May 21, 2009
Saturday May 09, 2009
Thursday Apr 30, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Apr 30, 2009
The agenda is all set for the next Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting.
It's Saturday May 9th. It's right here at Sun's office in Yoga on the
27th floor. Shoji and I will be there. And after the meeting we'll go
out for some beers, of course. These meetings are generally very well
attended with 45 or so people. There are usually two main talks and
sometimes a third short talk stuffed in there as well. Then there is an
auction to raise money for the group (for hosting services, etc), so
people are always bringing stuff to, well, auction off. And speakers
drink free after the meeting, too. Good all around. Great group of
guys. Stop by. All open communities welcome. To get a feel for these meetings, check out the many TLUG photos I keep at this tag right here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/tlug
Friday Apr 17, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Apr 17, 2009
Sunday Mar 15, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Mar 15, 2009
I spent the day yesterday with the Tokyo Linux User Group at the March technical meeting and nomikai. Great turn out of about 45 guys. I was too tired to go out for the nijikai afterwards because of all the other events this week, but I had a great time while I was there. There were two full length (and excellent) talks -- Stephen J. Turnbull on version control systems and Akira Kurogane on natural language processing -- plus the regular auction to raise money for the group and then drinks later on.
TLUG is 15 years old this year. That`s quite a history for a user group. I`m a new guy around here (about a year or so), but TLUG is a genuine community and I feel most welcome at all these events. It`s great to see OpenSolaris guys in Tokyo participating as well. Hopefully, we`ll get together for the 15th year anniversary in June. Anyway, here are some images from yesterday.
Saturday Feb 14, 2009
Wednesday Jan 21, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Jan 21, 2009
Calls for open source government: "It's intuitively obvious open source is more cost effective and productive than proprietary software." -- Scott McNealy, quoted in the BBC, which also reports that Scott is working up some open source docs for the new Obama Administration. That's cool. Also, conversation on Slashdot.
Friday Dec 12, 2008
By jimgris-Oracle on Dec 12, 2008
Saturday Nov 08, 2008
Friday Oct 31, 2008
Wednesday Oct 29, 2008
By jimgris-Oracle on Oct 29, 2008
It was a pleasure meeting David Axmark from MySQL today. David is in town to speak at the MySQL conference this week, and he stopped by to chat with some of us involved in various open source projects. I was especially interested in talking about building new user communities and hearing his experiences and lessons learned from the early days in MySQL. I didn`t forget my little camera this time, so I got some shots. I over exposed Tokyo outside that great window, so I took one of just the window. Cool view. Nice guy.
Tuesday Oct 28, 2008
By jimgris-Oracle on Oct 28, 2008
There is so much to say about that quote. I think it's anti-intuitive for many people, which is probably why many miss it. But what I love is that it's just liberating. If this is true, and if much of Toyota's success is based on everyone being responsible for innovation, then I find that inspiring. Empowering. It means that innovation is not exclusive. It's not necessarily only locked inside the special people with big names, big titles, big brains, big megaphones, or big salaries. How utterly democratic. That's not at all how innovation is generally characterized, though. Be careful what you read.
So, will the American auto companies eventually get this? I think they will. It's cool to see Ford getting back into the quality game -- Ford gains on Toyota -- the Toyota way -- now so things may be changing. This bit about companies trying to leverage the Toyota manufacturing system is really interesting to me. It seems difficult to implement because it's such a different way of thinking, but extreme circumstances are also efficient focusing mechanisms. People get back to basics because they have no choice. That's where Toyota's system came from, actually -- a group of people who built a company during difficult times.
As soon as I read these new links (thanks for the pointers, Chris), I thought about how the Toyota production system is open source, basically, and how leading FOSS developers embrace the very same principles of incremental improvement. Just see Linus Torvalds here and here for one obvious and high profile example, but any reading of open source culture and software development methodologies will bubble up many interesting associations.
Everything tagged Toyota here.
Friday Oct 24, 2008
Friday Oct 10, 2008
By jimgris-Oracle on Oct 10, 2008
tonight with the Tokyo Linux User Group.
There were guys there from 12 countries. Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, US, Argentina, Brazil, Korea, France, Iceland, Australia. And that's normal for this group. It's quite an international crowd, and to me that's part of what makes a healthy community. That's also why I like hanging out with these guys.
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