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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TOP: LEFT TO RIGHT: Miki Matsui, Masaki Katakai, Takayuki Okazaki, Akira Ohsone, Takanobu Masuzuki, Nobuchika Kobayashi, Satoshi Kawai, Shingo Takamatsu. BOTTOM: LEFT TO RIGHT: Hiroaki Nozaki, Kazuya Kawahara, Fumihiko Iwabuchi, Kenji Funasaki, Mitsuru Sasanuma.

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Sun Japan article on the trip here.

Tuesday Jun 12, 2007

Developers' Lounge

Some images from the Developers' Lounge last nite in Tokyo ...

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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.

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