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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Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

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Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

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.

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

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.

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

Tokyo Tech Days 2008 Tokyo Tech Days 2008

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.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

Meeting David Axmark from MySQL

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.

MySQL Tokyo

Friday Oct 24, 2008

MySQL ユーザコンファレンス 2008: Tokyo

If you are in Tokyo 10/30 and 10/31 stop by the MySQL User Conference right near Tokyo Station. There will be about a thousand or so people there.

Saturday Oct 04, 2008

Tokyo Open Source Conference: Photos

I went to the Tokyo Open Source Conference today. This is a semi-annual, two day event usually drawing about 2,000 attendees and people from open source communities around Japan. The OpenSolaris community was there, of course, with some engineers and a community presentation from Masafumi Ohta on his EeePC work. I also had the great opportunity to meet Joe Brockmeier and some community members from openSUSE. Joe presented about the openSUSE community, its history and governance, and some of the new technologies coming out in the next release of the distribution. Very cool. And, of course, I walked around meeting other people and taking pictures. Great fun.

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Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Thursday Sep 11, 2008

MySQL Conference in Japan

If you are around in late October, stop by the MySQL user conference here in Tokyo. More info soon.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

Globally Distributed

Fitting MySQL into Sun's Orbit: "We have a distributed organization, with about 70 percent of our people working from home in 30 countries around the world. We are a growth business and the mandate we have from Sun is to continue to grow even faster than before. So we'll continue to hire the best people, wherever they are. We have programmers in China, India, Scandinavia, the Ukraine. The interesting thing is we have one programmer in California and he's in Los Angeles. (Laughs.) Offices are so last century." -- Marten Mickos, quoted in the San Jose Mercury News

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.

A Communications Lesson on Slashdot

Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL AB and current senior vice president at Sun, is engaging in a conversation on Slashdot under the headline "Sun to Begin Close Sourcing MySQL." The headline is wrong, and Marten explains the issue in two lengthy posts here and here. I find the business model discussion interesting, but I'm most impressed to see such direct involvement from a Sun SVP on Slashdot.

Thursday Apr 10, 2008

MySQL Meeting at Sun Japan

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting MySQL's Kaj Arno, vice president of community relations, and Yoko Suga, senior product marketing manager. Great conversation about how MySQL can add to Sun's community building and business efforts. The MySQL guys are experts at building user communities, so I'm very interested in learning from them and adding that knowledge to OpenSolaris.

MySQL Meeting at Sun

 Takashi Shitamichi, Yoko Suga, Natsuki Wakabayashi, Jim Grisanzio,
Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Satoshi Kawai, Kaj Arno, Toshiro Umetsu, Takanobu Masuzuki

One very interesting point that Kaj made was that community building is not necessarily a marketing function or an engineering function. It's different. It serves both organizations at the company, surely, but it's a separate discipline. Fascinating. I had been thinking all along that the best home for community building is engineering (which is where I live). Marketing participates fully, of course, but the core comes from engineering since the core involves code and direct engineer to engineer interactions across a firewall. Others feel that community building is basically a marketing function since it involves events and communications and large numbers of people and such. Now, Kaj's view may stem from the fact that MySQL is primarily a user community, but still, many people I know would probably see that as more of a marketing function of engagement as well. But not in the MySQL case. Regardless. It's an interesting issue to explore, and I learned a great deal from the conversation. Thanks, Kaj. At Sun, community building functions are spread out all over the place. :)

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