Sunday May 30, 2010

Tokyo BarCamp 2010: Photos

Here are my images from Tokyo BarCamp 2010 on Saturday. It was a long day — 18 hours door to door. But that’s BarCamp. And it was frustrating to miss so many great sessions since there was so much going on simultaneously. But that, too, is BarCamp. Aside from that, though, it was a really great day getting together with the international community in Tokyo.

This is the third BarCamp here in Japan in the last year where OpenSolaris community members have contributed in a significant way — either by presenting, organizing, or sponsoring. People from dozens of communities participated all day in sessions on software development, networking, security, content, hacking, science, ecology, politics, community building, activism, language learning tools, etc. Great to see so many guys from the Linux community participating again as well. Hope the images came out ok.

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I have thousands more general community images here. More BarCamp Japan stuff here: Fumi Yamazaki, Rick Martin, Johan Rooms, Yoshifumi Yamaguchi, BarCamp Tokyo tag on Flickr (tbarcamp).

Duke Goes to Tokyo BarCamp

May 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Shoji, Matthew, and I took Duke to Aoyama tonight to get ready for the BarCamp conference tomorrow. I guess Duke does not ride the Tokyo trains very much because we got some interesting looks. And some people took photos with their cell phones. Then we met up with the core organizing team for BarCamp to get things set for tomorrow.

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Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

Tokyo Tech Days: Day Two

Here are day two images from Tech Days in Tokyo. Not as many today as yesterday. I was exhausted from late meetings last night so I just ran out of gas today.  James Hughes gave a great keynote on operating systems and multicore chips, and there were many other great sessions on Java and OpenSolaris. And at the end of the day, we gave away an Ultra20. I am still struggling to get my focusing and exposures right at 1.4 (so shallow ... I can`t imagine 1.2). But it`s fun and I`m getting better.

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Tuesday Dec 02, 2008

Tokyo Tech Days: Day One

Some shots from day one at Tokyo Tech Days. Lots of sessions and labs and demos and walking around talking to a lot of people. It was also great to see James Gosling again and hear about the many Java communities out there. Although we all think of James as a technologist, I have come to see him more as a master community builder and craftsman. A wonderful guy, too.

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Monday Dec 01, 2008

Tokyo Tech Days: Rehearsals

Tokyo Tech Days begins tomorrow, but we did show prep and rehearsals tonight. I only took a few shots. That`s James Hughes down there in the first three images. He`s a Sun Fellow and Solaris CTO, and he`ll do the Wednesday morning keynote on OpenSolaris. There are many tracks and speakers and there will probably be over a thousand people roaming around, so I`ll shoot what I can inbetween my work duties.

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Friday Nov 28, 2008

Tokyo Tech Days Next Week

Next week is Sun Tech Days at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. Stop by. Lots of OpenSolaris, Java, MySQL, Web 2.0, and university activities. James Gosling and James Hughes will keynote. I'll take a lot of pics. See Masu for an update in Japanese.

Thursday Oct 16, 2008

James and James in Japan

James Gosling and James Hughes will be in Japan for the Sun Tech Days Conference the fist week of December. Lots of Java. Lots of Solaris. Stop by. There's plenty of room for everyone.

Friday Aug 29, 2008

NetBeans Going to Tokyo2Point0

NetBeans will be featured at Tokyo2Point0 Monday night. Stop by if you are in the area. Sun Japan engineer Masaki Katakai will lead off talking about building Web apps with the open source IDE, and then there will be a talk about Lifestream replacing the blog (ouch, that may hit close to home for me). Some food and drink mixed in, too. Should be fun.

It will be good to hear about NetBeans again since I used to do communications for those guys more than four years ago now. Interesting how NetBeans really took off after I left! :) Anyway. Hopefully in the future we can get OpenSolaris presenting at Tokyo2Point0 as well. Such opportunity all around us now with all of these communities. One of the things I really like probing is how disparate communities can get together and collaborate, or at least meet and exchange ideas and opinions. So, not only are we learning how to cross firewalls and language/cultural barriers, but we ought to be crossing community lines as well. This happens quite naturally on all of the projects we are involved with, of course, but it's also an interesting area to explore more actively as well.

Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

Sun Tech Days 2008-2009 Schedule

Sun published the Tech Days 2008-2009 Schedule recently. The tour will going to 13 cities, so check the dates and stop by. There will be plenty of ways to learn about and get involved with multiple technologies and communities. I'll be at the Tokyo event in December for sure.

Thursday Jun 12, 2008

Sun Czech #1

My Czech is a tad rusty, but I'm told that Sun was recently voted the best open source company in the Czech Republic for its support of the NetBeans community. Congrats, guys! I'll be in Prague for the first time in a couple of weeks, so I'm looking forward to meeting everyone there.

Thursday May 29, 2008

Gage in Japan

I guess John Gage was in Japan this week. It would have been great to meet him again and introduce him to some of the communities I'm talking to in Tokyo. Oh, well. Next time, I suppose. Gage is a great guy, and I know it'd be cool to bring all the communities together for a little Gage Gathering.

Thursday Apr 17, 2008

Community at Sun Business .Next 2008

Tomorrow I'll be at Sun's Business.Next 2008 Conference in Tokyo. I'll bring my camera, too. John Fowler, executive vice president of Systems, will be doing the main conference keynote, and there will be tracks on Solutions, Technology, and Community.

The Community track will include Takanobu Masuzuki on Sun's Open Source development and business strategy, and Akira Ohsone with a technical presentation of the new OpenSolaris binary distribution ("Project Indiana"). Also, Reiko Saito will talk about community translation and localization issues, and Hisayoshi Kato and Kenji Funasaki will offer the latest technical advances in OpenSolaris. Additionally, there will be sessions on MySQL and Java and a panel on how companies in Japan are using Open Source software. There will be a booth area for demos and conversation about all of Sun's technology as well. If I don't screw up, I'll post some images over the weekend. I hope I don't get lost.

Monday Mar 24, 2008

CommunityOne Sessions

I see the session list for CommunityOne is filling out quite nicely. Lots of stuff on, well, communities. I'll be there. Hope to see you there, too. It's free. Stop by.

Monday Sep 10, 2007

Tech Days Kicks Off

Sun announces the Tech Days tour. Check the schedule for a city near you. I'll be at most of the Asian cities to participate in the various OpenSolaris and Solaris activities.

Sunday Jul 01, 2007

Japan: Aizu University Photos

I went with the Sun Japan team to the University of Aizu this weekend for a series of hands-on workshops and presentations on Java and OpenSolaris and an OpenSolaris install-fest with the latest Solaris Express Developer Edition. Schedule in Japanese and English. I also had a chance to play around with the very cool new Sun Ray Notebook (article in Japanese), which I think would work quite well right here in my apartment (hint, hint). 135 photos on flickr and below ...

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Sun Japan article on the trip here.

Tuesday Jun 12, 2007

Developers' Lounge

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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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Thursday Mar 08, 2007

Developer's Lounge

Last night I went to a very nice little gathering of developers in Tokyo -- The Developer's Lounge. I met people from various communities around here, including Linux, Postgres, KDE, NetBeans, Curl, Ruby, OpenSolaris, Java, and a few companies as well. This was my first time, but I hope to go regularly. The really cool thing about it was that many people presented about their projects, those presos were all short with just a few slides or no slides at all, and it was all done in an understated social setting. Lack of formality is oftentimes a nice delivery mechanism for the transmission of information. Good food, good wine, and a little conversation. Works for me. I took some pics, too ...

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Friday Jul 07, 2006

They Only Wanted Java?

I enjoy reading quotes by former Sun executives. I think I've seen these two quotes before, but they seem to pop up from time to time. And with Java opening, I bet we see a lot of extracurricular commentary this year. Should be great fun. Check these out ...

Then there's the debate over Java, the language used throughout the Web and corporate programming. "Java is the only thing people ever wanted them to open-source," says Peter Yared, a former Sun executive who's now heading up an open-source startup ActiveGrid. It's a question that several ex-Sun executives have scratched their heads over. Says former Sun executive and BEA Systems (BEAS) founder Bill Coleman, who now heads software startup Cassatt: "I personally think they should have done it years ago."

If that Yared quote up there accurately represents his real statement, Yared is totally wrong. More than a year before we opened Solaris, our team openly engaged hundreds of developers at customers, universities, and a variety of conferences around the world. People were pretty jazzed about a future with OpenSolaris. They offered valuable suggestions and expressed overwhelming support. Just so you know, Peter.

Tuesday Jun 20, 2006

Java Following Solaris

Interesting to see that the opening of Java may follow a similar path as the opening of Solaris -- Sun to offer some open Java goodies while it figures out the rest. Ok, they are not that similar, but in this one respect there may be some similarities with a demonstration of sincerity. We did that with DTrace when we opened it in January of 2005 while our pilot program was still under way and before Solaris 10 shipped and before we launched OpenSolaris. I was not supportive of the strategy at the time because I felt it distracted us and diverted resources, but I was wrong. It worked out pretty well -- even though it did distract us and divert resources. :)

But Dana Gardner says, "Oh, and while the good will gestures of early OpenSolaris, such as DTrace, didn't exactly change the open source world given the lack of immediate practicality...."

Well, sure, it wasn't immediately practical in the sense Dana is (understandably) thinking of it. But it really wasn't intended for that purpose or to "change the open source world" in any way at all. Instead, it was intended to demonstrate our seriousness in opening the very best code we had, and it was directed at future OpenSolaris developers, Solaris customers, Solaris system administrators, and anyone involved with Solaris in universities and governments. Keep in mind that even at that late date many people still didn't believe that we were actually going to open all of our most advanced innovations in Solaris. The stuff we just spent hundreds of millions developing. In fact, I regularly had conversations with customers at that time who said, "No way. You'll probably keep the best stuff for yourself." Well, we did the opposite, and that was our intention all along. After the DTrace demonstration, though, I never had another conversation with a customer or developer who questioned what we were going to open. The strategy worked perfectly. It was really just another step in opening Solaris and building the OpenSolaris developer community.

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Thursday May 18, 2006

JavaOne: A Toast to Open Source: Photos

Some images from JavaOne tonight. It was a nice, crisp, foggy San Francisco night. Pretty typical for early summer.

Wednesday May 17, 2006

OpenSolaris at JavaOne: Photos

Here are some snaps of OpenSolaris guys at JavaOne yesterday -- the booth and show floor, the bloggers bash, and the Silicon Valley OpenSolaris User Group meeting (which was a party, of course). I was too tired to post them last night. The full set is up to 130 now. I'll take a few more tonight at the Freedom Toaster event if it's not too late and then take a little photo break for a while. This photo stuff actually takes a lot of time. But I like it. There are a bunch of Java, NetBeans, Jini, OpenOffice, java.net, and Jxta guys mixed in here, but that's ok. It's their conference, after all, right? :)

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.

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Thursday Nov 10, 2005

Solaris/OpenSolaris Session at JavaOne

Akira Ohsone talks Solaris and OpenSolaris at a full session this afternoon at JavaOne Tokyo. There wasn't any translation, but that's ok ... I got a good lesson in Japanese.


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Friday Oct 21, 2005

OpenSolaris at JavaOne Tokyo

I'll be at JavaOne Tokyo in a few weeks to meet up with the Japanese OpenSolaris community, and I'm really Looking forward to it. I'll be in Nagano before that, though.

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
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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


Monday Jan 17, 2005

Gosling on Solaris

You gotta love interviews with James Gosling. They are usually quite a trip. He just says what he thinks, that's all. Man, I wish I could do that instead of bouncing all over the place like I do. Anyway, in this Q&A -- Developer spotlight: James Gosling -- in Builder AU Gosling talks Java (of course), tools, IBM, software patents, Emacs and Richard Stallman (a must read), and the Solaris platform. Yes, Solaris. Check it out:

Q: At the moment you are using an Apple for day-to-day use. Can you see a day when you will be using Solaris on x86?

A: One of the problems with Solaris on x86 has been that support for laptops has been very thin. With Solaris 10 there is a lot of laptop support. I’m currently looking to get myself an x86 laptop but I want to get the right one because Apple notebooks are just physically better, they are mechanically more solid than most of the PC ones. I put too many files on my laptop to deal with something that is going to break and every PC laptop I’ve ever had is a piece of crap, technically speaking.

Can anyone recommend a good laptop for Gosling?

Anyway, I'm happy to see Gosling talking Solaris. I remember a few years ago when I used to do PR in the software organization. I got a call from Bob McMillan at Linux Magazine. He wanted to do a story on Gosling ... Java technology and Linux ... why isn't Sun doing more with Java on Linux. At the time I didn't know James, but I thought Bob's idea was a good one (I agreed with him totally, too), and also I wanted to work more with Linux Magazine since I was interested in open source. So I said, yah, let's do it. I'll try to get Gosling. Nice. How do I get Gosling? No clue. Well, lucky for me at the time he wasn't doing much PR (he goes through cycles), and no one in PR really had responsibility for him. You see, PR people are childishly possessive over their "spokespeople," so ordinarily this is enough to scare anyone away. But, no PR person was in sight as far as the eye could see, so I was golden. Ok, next problem, do I know anyone who knows Gosling to give him a heads up on this? No. Not really. So, I decided to just call him.

Ring ... ring ... ring. "Hello," he answered. Ok ... now what do I do? I was more than a little intimidated in case you haven't noticed. But I wanted this interview, so I just dove in. After he listened for a moment, he said he'd do it and that "we should be talking to these guys a lot more."  Cool. I took that as a sign. :) So, we're on our way. The next week we met the editors of Linux Magazine at some fancy restaurant in Palo Alto for a three hour dinner in our own private room. Really nice place, too, though I can't for the life of me remember the name. Here's the story, though. It all worked out pretty well, other than I got into a little trouble for talking to Linux Magazine -- you see PR at the time was nervous about open source issues. Go figure.

I did many interviews with Gosling after that while I was in PR, but this interview was especially substantiative. I realized that Java James was an amazing spokesperson for ... Solaris. Who knew? Certainly no one in PR, that's for sure. During the dinner, he spent at least an hour (I took detailed notes) talking about Solaris. I was fascinated. I mean he really dug deep into the system -- comparing it to Linux, to AIX, to Windows -- with relatively little concern about marketing and politics. Most of the Solaris stuff didn't didn't make it into the article (3 hours is a really long interview), but it was really wonderful to listen to.

By the way, there was no need for me to be intimidated. James is an extremely gentle and kind soul.

Friday Nov 12, 2004

JohnnyL on Sun Software: Slashdot

Sun's John Loiacono, executive vice president of Software, is out there talking Linux, the Solaris 10 platform, the Java Desktop System, and the Java Enterprise System in a Q&A over at LinuxWorld. He's also started quite a conversation on Slashdot, too. Some nice back and forth there.

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.

JavaOne: More Open Source from Sun?

A long Q&A with Schwartz and eWeek's Steve Gillmor. Schwartz talks open source Solaris and Java, engaging communities of developers, and corporate competitive stuff. But the most interesting bit in this piece is this exchange:

Steve Gillmor: You're trying to come up with a unifying solution across this rather confusing array of alternatives …

Jonathan Schwartz: But it may not be unified, Steve. We use the GPL for OpenOffice, but GPL may not be the right answer for Java. The Apache license may be more akin to what we want for Java.

All I want to do is suggest that, as we move forward in our business, we're cognizant that there is a very substantial community of developers who prefer having access to the source code. We may in fact not simply limit ourselves to Solaris and Java; we may look more broadly at what else we can open-source (emphasis added).

Humm. I wonder what's next?
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