Wednesday Oct 07, 2009

Planning a Wet and Windy Nomi

A few guys from the Tokyo OpenSolaris User Group will be getting together tomorrow night for a beer (nomikai). Martin Schmidt from the Osnabrück OSUG in Germany will here, so it will be great to meet him and talk all things East and West. But there is also a big hairy typhoon spinning its way to Tokyo. So, we may get wet.

Friday Sep 25, 2009

Japan OpenSolaris User Group 9/26

The Japan OpenSolaris User Group will hold two meetings tomorrow, September 26th, at Sun's Yoga office in Tokyo. See Shoji Haraguchi's announcement here. See directions here. Beginning and advanced users/developers are welcome. Both meetings will be in Japanese.

Sunday Sep 06, 2009

Tokyo Hackerspace Open House

I stopped by the Tokyo Hackerspace Open House today in Shirokanedai. Really nice day to welcome a new community of hackers, builders, and artists into existence. This space, which is a two story house in Tokyo with a backyard, is a welcome distinction to a virtual world filled with distributed digital networks. Tokyo Hackerspace is local and quite physical, and it grew out the community activities at Tokyo BarCamp in May. It`s very cool. Go to the site. Join the mailing list. Stop by the house. Get involved -- physically.

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See some videos from Masafumi Ohta here. He`s the OpenSolaris dude on the bike right above.

Thursday Aug 27, 2009

OpenSolaris Boot Camp: Shizuoka, Japan

The OpenSolaris community in Japan is getting together for a "boot camp" meeting in Shizuoka. That's a couple hours outside Tokyo, and a nice place down by the ocean. I can't make this trip this weekend. I have worked far too many weekends and holidays lately. But the list of activities and technical talks on OpenSolaris looks excellent. Event details are in English (here) and Japanese (here and here).

Thursday Aug 06, 2009

Japan OpenSolaris User Group: Aug 2009

The Japan OpenSolaris User Group will meet on Saturday Aug 8th in Sun's Yoga office. Lots of ZFS on tap. I'll be traveling, but if you are in the area, stop by.

Saturday Jul 11, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 071109

A bunch of images from the Tokyo Linux User Group Saturday afternoon and evening. Karamoon on Tokyo Hackerspace, Marty Pauley on security, and Michael Sullivan on ZFS.

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Friday Jul 10, 2009

OpenSolaris Night Seminar 071009

I went over to the OpenSolaris Night Seminar in Jingumae earlier this evening. Really nice turn out. About 90 people came out on a Friday night. And it was great to see Nagahara Niroharu and Hisayoshi Kato, two of the four engineers who wrote the new book on ZFS here in Japan.

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Friday Jul 03, 2009

Upcoming Events: Linux, OpenSolaris, Web 2.0

I hope to check out three community events in Tokyo in the next week or so:

- 7/10: OpenSolaris User Group: ZFS and OpenSolaris Security
- 7/11: Tokyo Linux User Group: Network Security and ZFS
- 7/13: Tokyo2Point0: Cloud Computing and Lightning Talks

The timing is good, too. Canon called. They fixed my lens.

Sunday Jun 28, 2009

Japan OpenSolaris Community Meeting 062709

The Japan OpenSolaris Community together on Saturday. Nice day (and night). About 60 people came by for the three sessions, two of which were in Japanese and the third in English. Then all three groups came together for a nomikai. I think the model works well to start integrating the Japanese and international OpenSolaris communities.

I used a new lens for this event. My f/1.4 lens is getting fixed, so I borrowed Jon`s 50mm f/1.2, which is one scary smart lens. It`s a tad expensive, too, so I was more than a little nervous shooting with it. Anyway, at f/1.2 the focus is just razor thin. Focus on someone`s glasses and their entire face is out. I messed up a few images that way, but by the end of the night I was getting used to it. Amazing piece of glass. By the way, you can see Jon`s stuff here. He`s one of the best photographers around.

Friday Jun 19, 2009

OpenSolaris 2009.06 Launch: Tokyo

I went to the Tokyo launch of OpenSolaris 2009.06 at Sun's office in Jingumae earlier tonight. Good turn out of about 100 people. The lineup: Introduction, Akira Ohsone; OpenSolaris 2009.06, Shunsuke Kuroda; OpenSolaris Demo, Shoji Haraguchi; Solaris 10 5/09, Hiroaki Nozaki; and CommunityOne West Report, Masafumi Ohta. See videos here from Shoji. This is the third such launch of OpenSolaris in Tokyo. Both the 2008.05 and 2008.11 events were excellent as well. Tonight seemed to be an interesting mix of Sun Solaris 10 customers and the growing OpenSolaris communities in Tokyo. There was also some chatter on #opensolaris-jp on IRC. Nice night.

Monday Jun 15, 2009

Japan OSUG and Tokyo OSUG: Joint Meeting 6/27

The OpenSolaris community in Japan is planning its second multi-session user group meeting -- combining the Japan OSUG and the Tokyo OSUG. The meeting will be in Sun`s Yoga office (directions with photos here) on Saturday June 27th. It`s a killer line up, too. Stop by if you are new to OpenSolaris or if you are an experienced developer. All are welcome. I have OpenSolaris t-shirts to give out, too.

Friday Jun 12, 2009

BSD, Linux, OpenSolaris: A Conference in Tokyo

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 ...

Tuesday Jun 09, 2009

Tokyo: Solaris Community for Business

This is another bit to add to the ever growing number of elements making up the OpenSolaris ecosystem here in Japan -- The Solaris Community for Business, which is a group of companies led by Sun that are involved in implementing Solaris solutions in the enterprise. I`ve always been interested in the business aspects of community building and in now these things evolve in different ways, so I`ll have to check this out more closely. The consortium runs an annual event called the Solaris Innovation Forum as well.

Monday Jun 08, 2009

OpenSolaris 2009.06: Tokyo Launch Scheduled

Now that OpenSolaris 2009.06 has been officially released, the Japan OpenSolaris community will get together on June 19th for their own launch at Sun's Jingumae office in Tokyo. Stop by.

OpenSolaris on ARM: A Japan Development Project

Really cool to see Koji Uno announce the port of OpenSolaris to the ARM platform earlier today. The OpenSolaris community in Japan continues to grow and diversify. Take a quick look and you`ll see this new ARM port joining an interesting mix of elements here in Tokyo: the Jaris distribution, the Japan and Tokyo OpenSolaris User Groups, a group of Campus Ambassadors, and some contributors of source code, binaries, and translations. Seems like a nice foundation from which to build, eh?

ARM platform port here: http://opensolaris.org/os/project/osarm
All things OpenSolaris in Japan here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/jposug

Saturday May 30, 2009

Japan OpenSolaris User Group 053009

Nice time today at the Japan OpenSolaris User Group meeting. Check out this schedule -- several sessions. Very cool that the JPOSUG is big enough now to have some break out sessions. There were about 45 people there, and what`s even better is that there were a lot of new people who stopped by. Building for the future. I did a short talk on community building and the upcoming website transition, and then there were some deep dives into OpenSolaris internals and installation with the Tokyo OpensSolaris Study Group. Some guys went out for a nijikai afterwards, but I didn`t. Gotta catch a plane to San Francisco tomorrow. 

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Thursday May 21, 2009

Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group: May 2009 Meeting

I`ll be doing a talk on the 30th of May at the next Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group meeting. Stop by.

Sunday May 17, 2009

BarCamp Tokyo 051609: Photos

Amazing day at BarCamp Tokyo all day Saturday and well into the evening. I got home totally exhausted. This event was wonderful because it was organized by volunteers, the corporate sponsors were interested in supporting the community, everyone cooperated and participated, the talks were diverse and interesting, the venue was cool, and we filled the place with about 100 people from many international and Japanese communities in Tokyo. It`s all about the community. And the community led in every way. Over time we should continue moving in this direction and mixing among as many communities as possible. Tokyo is a very large hub in the global community, no question about it. More here on BarCamp Tokyo.

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Monday May 11, 2009

11 Sponsors for BarCamp Tokyo

Very cool to see 11 sponsors contributing to BarCamp Tokyo this Saturday ...


Sunday May 03, 2009

Photo Directions: Sun Yoga Office

If you come to Sun`s Yoga office in Tokyo for OpenSolaris or Linux meetings or the upcoming BarCamp event, it`s really hard to get lost now. I updated the directions with new text and photos.
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