Thursday Aug 06, 2009
Saturday Jul 11, 2009
Friday Jul 10, 2009
By jimgris on Jul 10, 2009
Thursday Jul 09, 2009
By jimgris on Jul 09, 2009
Friday Jul 03, 2009
By jimgris on Jul 03, 2009
I hope to check out three community events in Tokyo in the next week or so:
The timing is good, too. Canon called. They fixed my lens.
Monday Jun 29, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 29, 2009
I've been checking out the Tokyo Hackerspace gmail list for a few weeks. Looks very interesting. The project grew out of some discussions at BarCamp Tokyo a couple of months ago, and I spoke to Karamoon about it at the OpenSolaris community event this weekend. In a world of ever expanding global digital communities, it seems like a nice idea to have a very local a very physical space to hang out in and hack on things that need hacking. Global and digital are fine, but local and physical are needed too. For info, check it out on the wiki.
Sunday Jun 28, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 28, 2009
Four members of the Japan OpenSolaris Community wrote a book on ZFS recently. It`s coming out in July, and it`s specifically for the Japanese market. The cover has not been selected yet, but here are the early details: ZFS 仮想化されたファイルシステムの徹底活用 (大型本) by Hisayoshi Kato, Michitoshi Sato, Nagahara Niroharu, and Imai Satoshi. This is quite a significant contribution to the community in Japan because it`s important to have technical content written by Japanese engineers for Japanese engineers. Translating English content from the west good, of course, but the generation of original content in Japanese also needs to be part of this community`s growth plans.
By jimgris on Jun 28, 2009
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.
Saturday Jun 27, 2009
By jimgris 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 19, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 19, 2009
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.
OpenSolaris in Japan: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/jposug
OpenSolaris Launches in Japan: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/os-tokyo-launches
Tuesday Jun 16, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 16, 2009
Here are some images from Tokyo CGM Night Episode 5 at KDDI Web
Communications the other night. The event was hosted on by Danny Choo and Andrew Shuttleworth, of course,
and it was nice to see a lot of friends and some interesting new
characters as well. Here is the home of CGM night at Danny
Choo`s place. Strange night, though. Too much light. Just as I was
starting to get used to shooting in the dark they turned the lights on.
Great fun as usual, though.
Friday Jun 12, 2009
By jimgris 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 ...
Wednesday Jun 10, 2009
Tuesday Jun 09, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 09, 2009
Monday Jun 08, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 08, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 08, 2009
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
By jimgris on May 30, 2009
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.
Tuesday May 26, 2009
By jimgris on May 26, 2009
See Hiroshi`s OpenSolaris Live USB Creator (Windows/.NET)
By jimgris on May 26, 2009
Sunday May 17, 2009
By jimgris on May 17, 2009
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.
Friday May 15, 2009
By jimgris on May 15, 2009
I went out to the Tokyo Beers for Books event
the other night at Genius Tokyo in Ginza to see John
Wood, Founder of Room To Read and author of Leaving Microsoft to
Change the World. Fun nite. Great cause. Special thanks to Gary Bremermann for organizing the event with several hundred of his closest friends.
Monday May 11, 2009
Saturday May 09, 2009
Sunday May 03, 2009
Saturday May 02, 2009
By jimgris on May 02, 2009
Anyway, in the article we are told that Tokyo is "headless" and that if a Martian landed in Ginza today and said "Take me to your leader" most Japanese would be embarrassed because there are no leaders in Japan. Right. Ok. So, that`s the lead of an opinion piece in a serious magazine like Newsweek? Impressive.
Please note that a Martian landing in Tokyo would probably fit right in around here, and I can't imagine the Japanese would be embarrassed about their leadership very much because I don't they'd care very much. Why? Well, the view expressed in the article is so clearly western, and in Japan the perspective is somewhat different. In some cases, very different but there is no acknowledgment of that. By the way, I don't think Americans would care that much about Martians landing in Washington either. Heck, it would be an improvement. Also, you read the article, you`ll notice most of it is remarkably condescending, which is a shame because the writer actually points to some legitimate problems in Japan -- many of which exist in many countries. The tone is such a turn off I can`t give any of the underlying views any credibility whatsoever.
Also striking about the article is the utter lack of clear role models or demonstrated standards of success from which to judge the Japanese. I mean, really, if the Japanese are "headless" and suffering from "stress-related illnesses" and are "transparently inept" and snatching "defeat from the jaws of victory" and have "no other viable alternatives" and "continue to drift, bobbing like a mercantile cork in a turbulent geopolitical sea" as they just "muddle through" life then I ask you who the hell is doing all this right?
By jimgris on May 02, 2009
The planning for BarCamp Tokyo
is coming along nicely. I see over 100 people signed up to attend, and
there is a lot of buzz about who will present during BarCamp on May 16th. The venue is all set, too. There are six
sponsors so far: O'Reilly, Opera Software, Sun Microsystems, Tokyo2Point0, Sapphire Interactive, Fujimamas.
All of us organizing BarCamp greatly appreciate the efforts and
resources those sponsors are contributing to this community effort.
However, there is one last item we need sponsorship for: T-Shirts.
This is a big deal. We need a shirt to wear. And we are really looking
forward to creating an original BarCamp Tokyo t-shirt that blows
people away and makes sponsors proud to be involved. I'm not talking
about some half-baked design just to have a shirt. I'm talking about
something with some style. Something beautiful. Something everyone
wants. Remember, we are building an multi-level international community
in Tokyo -- a community of communities that calls Tokyo home but reaches right
around the world into well-established and emerging markets and interesting new communities. In other
words, it's big. Heck, Tokyo is big enough, but that's not big enough
for us. Tokyo = Global.
So, there you have it. There are sponsorship opportunities open for companies to get directly involved in BarCamp Tokyo and contribute to some cool shirts. Interested? Check in with Karamoon (here, here, here). Or leave me a comment here. Or mail me at jimgris at sun dot com.
Friday May 01, 2009
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Friday Apr 17, 2009
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