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.

Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

Tokyo CGM Night Episode 5: 061609

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 May 01, 2009

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Tokyo Consumer Generated Media: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/cgm

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

Tokyo2Point0 Images in Japan Times

So cool to see an article about TokyoPoint0 in the Japan Times today, and the reporter, Alex Martin, used six of my images to help illustrate the story. Even better. Nice to be part of a growing international web community in Tokyo. All of my stuff tagged Tokyo2Point0 tagged here.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

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Images from Tokyo2Point0 the other night. It was the biggest T2P0 event I`ve been to so far. About 170 people, 10 talks, Web 2.0 developers and entrepreneurs from the international community. Nice to see a lot of Linux guys there and some OpenSolaris guys as well. It`s great to mix communities. I could really use that 1.2 right about now, though. Need a bigger hole in my camera. I`m still shooting at 800 and 1600. Too much grain.

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Sunday Apr 12, 2009

Tokyo 2.0: The Sustainable Web: Monday April 13

Looks like an excellent lineup for the Tokyo2Point0 community event tomorrow night in Roppongi. There will be six talks on how the web community in Tokyo contributes to the global environmental effort. Then after those sessions there will be another four jet fast lightning talks about various local web 2.0 projects. It will be a packed night. The six lead talks will be 10 minutes each. The lightning talks will be 5 minutes each. Things will move fast. This will be the second meeting using this new rapid format. It worked very well last month to keep things jumping and to increase participation.

More info at the Tokyo2Point0 event page. Also see Tokyo2Point0 on Facebook. And see Tokyo2Point0 on Twitter. I tag my T2P0 posts and images here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/tokyo2point0.

Tuesday Apr 07, 2009

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I went to my first Beer & Blog community event in Shibuya last night after work. Very cool time. I met a lot of new people from Japan and from a dozen or so other countries, which is normal for these gatherings. There were a lot of entrepreneurs and developers there, and there were a lot of tech conversations as well. Also, some of us were kicking around ideas to build community here in Tokyo by engaging various Japanese and international groups while also extending those efforts by connecting to other communities globally. Interesting stuff. More soon.

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See Tokyo Beer & Blog's blog and spaces on Facebook and Twitter. See ya next time around.

Saturday Mar 14, 2009

Tokyo CGM Night Episode 3

Last night I went to the Tokyo CGM Night Episode 3 in Harajuku with about 200 others from the international community. Had a fantastic time meeting everyone and hearing a bunch of rapid-fire micro talks about the very latest technology in Tokyo. And this was first time I got a chance to meet the famous Danny Choo. :) In Danny`s words: "CGM stands for Consumer Generated Media and the event is a gathering of bloggers, YouTubers, social networkers and folks who like to share." Works for me. Very friendly and innovative crowd. Looking forward to next time for sure.

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Tuesday Mar 10, 2009

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The Tokyo2Point0 community gathering was excellent last night. As always. But better, actually. They tried a new format of lots of mini-talks, so the evening was filled with a great deal of content. It was pretty dynamic. And taking pictures in the dark was as challenging as ever, too. I kept walking around looking for anyone who had even a little light on his or her face. I took 250 photos and only these survived. But I met several dozen of Tokyo`s finest entrepreneurs and Web 2.0 developers. It`s quite a diverse and talented international community, I must say. Very cool.

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Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

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I took 250 images at the Tokyo2Point0 community event last night in Roppongi. Here are the 38 that survived the train ride home. It was a great night. Pretty big crowd. Full of Tokyo's international Web 2.0 developers and entrepreneurs. Here's the lineup: Open Social Applications & Kakuteru.com.

Monday Jan 19, 2009

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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 Nov 06, 2008

New Context Conference 2008: Day Two Photos

Here are some images from Day Two of the New Context Conference in Tokyo. Day One is here. Today`s conversations were excellent. Lots of discussion about new social and business networks and new applications for the mobile web. I especially liked the exploration of how western companies can do business in Japan, and how Japanese companies can expand in the U.S. throughout various market trends.

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Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

New Context Conference 2008: Day One Photos

I went to Day One of the New Context Conference in Tokyo today. The event was sponsored by Digital Garage and moderated by Joi Ito, and there was a great line up of speakers talking about doing business in an age of communities and open networks. Much of the conversation centered around Japan and the unique business and cultural issues here, but open networks are global so it was interesting to see Japan in that international context. The panel sessions were filled with huge content for web entrepreneurs, participants in social networks, and open content junkies. And the discussions were very comprehensive, too. Most panels just bounce along the surface, but these guys dug deep. Very impressive. Here are a few images ...

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Sunday Oct 19, 2008

The "New Context" Conference 2008: Tokyo

Looking forward to The New Context Conference in Tokyo in a couple of weeks. Looks like a great line up of international speakers for some conversation about open networks in a post Web 2.0 world. Will not miss this.

Tuesday Oct 07, 2008

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Images from the Tokyo2Point0 event last night with iKnow! and the "Social Learning Revolution", Using Press Army to Monitor Social Mentions, and Black Hat. Full report here from Serkan Toto.

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Monday Sep 01, 2008

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Images from the Tokyo2Point0 gathering tonight. Really enjoyed the NetBeans and Lifestream presentations. And it was great meeting everyone and taking pictures as well.

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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.

Monday Aug 11, 2008

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Hisayoshi Kato, Akihito Fujii, and I went to see Google and Korean Internet Ventures present at tonight's Tokyo2point0 event in Roppongi. Had a great time. Met dozens of new people from around the world doing Web 2.0 development. Very cool. Here are some images.

Tuesday Aug 05, 2008

Breaking into the Japanese Market

Two really good references about the difficulties of breaking into the Japanese market. Hint: it's hard.
Some obvious keys are to work with local partners, build specifically to engage the culture and language, and stick it out for the long run. Some humility helps, too. Japan takes time. It's not the same as California.

Wednesday Jul 16, 2008

Tokyo2point0: Photos

Very cool Tokyo2point0 meeting with Twitter Japan & Goo last night. The Web 2.0 community in Tokyo seems quite diverse and international. Will have to hang out more often.

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Thursday Jul 10, 2008

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I found this Tokyo2point0 community recently here in Japan. Looks very interesting. I'm going to try and get to the event next week. I'm especially interested in talking to these guys and learning about the Web 2.0 market in Tokyo. Could be an interesting experience for OpenSolaris to start reaching out to new communities here. Just started filling out my profile.

Wednesday Jul 04, 2007

Reading the Markets

Sun puts "Sparc" into Web 2.0 -- "I think Sun is reading the market correctly." -- Ephraim Schwartz

Tuesday Apr 24, 2007

Sun Gets in Sync

Sun in Sync With Web 2.0 -- "Wilson credited Schwartz with talking to customers and turning around and doing the opposite: untying SPARC from Solaris; opening up the operating system; and making servers capable of parallel processing. The result? Fifteen percent growth in the server market last year. Twenty-four percent growth in the last quarter." -- Clint Boulton, internetnews.com

Sunday Sep 03, 2006

Web 2.0: Just Jargon or Great Marketing?

Tim Berners-Lee clarified the term "Web 2.0" recently. Very nice. Dan Farber and Gavin Clark cover his comments in depth. Basically, Berners-Lee said that Web 2.0 is "a piece of jargon, nobody even knows what it means" ... among other things. I agree the term is jargon, and I agree with Tim's supporting explanation as well (I'm just pulling the headline here). Web 2.0 as a term never made much sense to me. The examples used to substantiate the term always seemed weak and obvious since I've been working with and benefiting from these tools for quite some time. So, I just never got what the big deal was all about. I had the same feeling when I heard "Web services" used to explain whatever people were talking about a few years ago, too. But as a rhetorical phenomenon, I think Web 2.0 is much more interesting than Web services.

Anyway ... here are some other Web 2.0 opinions around the Berners-Lee comments ...

From Dan Farber: The 2.0 proliferation is simply a natural effect of human intelligence at work – marketers, conference creators, journalists, pundits and lexicographers all trying to capture  themes, the essense of movements in time and give them names that have iconic, instant recognition, although the deeper meaning will be in the eye of the beholder.

From Gavin Clarke: You should thank Tim Berners-Lee. Not just for giving us the web, but for articulating what's gone wrong in the lexicon and thinking of Silicon Valley. Hopefully, his standing in the web community will serve as a rallying cry for right-thinking individuals and true visionaries, and mean Web 2.0 is put in its proper context.

I basically agree with both of those guys. And I'm no longer shy about asking the jargon pushers to please stop and re-explain what they are talking about in plain language. People who care about being understood will generally -- and happily -- explain something in a different way when asked nicely. They realize that being understood is (mostly) the responsibility of the speaker or writer, not the listener or the reader.

So, is Web 2.0 jargon? To a point, yes I think it is. But I also think it's a pretty good marketing communications campaign because you have to admit that it has attracted a significant amount of attention in some markets. It's also taken on a life of its own, and that's what's so interesting about this. Will it last? Who knows. Did it need to exist? Probably not. Sometimes us little people out here don't need all those experts to complicate the obvious. The Web is evolving and getting better and you can do more with it. Ok. Thank you. Back to Tim Berners-Lee. Or maybe I just don't get it.

Wednesday Mar 29, 2006

Sun: The Web 1.0 Company?

Kathy Sierra talks about applying "Web 2.0" principles to managers. Here's a snip:

One dramatic difference between mature tech companies and the Web 2.0 startups is the way employees are managed. Or rather, the fact that they are not "managed." Most Web 1.0 companies (like, say, my former employer Sun... they put the dot in dotcom, remember?) are not only too big, but their management practices are just too old school (and not in a retro hip way) to foster a company culture that matches the culture of the new community/user-centric Web 2.0.

Interesting perspective on many levels.

First, if Kathy is implying that Sun is "mature" I have some news for her. We're not. That's what makes it fun to work here (even though I wish we would mature a little, actually). Second, why is the marketing term "Web 2.0" only used to characterize startups? Much of Sun (and probably other large companies) is very Web 2.0 and has been for decades. Third, why are the so-called Web 1.0 companies seen so pejoratively? Is absolutely everything "old school" bad? Fourth, Sun's "the-dot-in-dot-com" advertising is only about billion years old now. The distinction between that Sun and today's Sun is rather gigantic. Fifth, if Sun's management is so old school why are they spending millions and millions and millions of dollars to open up pretty much everything we have around here specifically to build communities? I mean, really, we are talking about thousands and thousands and thousands of hardware and software engineers leading, contributing to, building, and participating in open communities of one sort of another all over the world. All of those engineers have managers, and those mangers are directly responsible for investing resources in all this community building we are doing. At the development level, Sun's company culture is very much based on the values of community. And more and more of the mangers -- and executives -- are blogging quite openly along with the other two thousand or so Sun bloggers. That doesn't sound old school to me.

Now, do we have more to do? Yep. Sure do. There are still many Sun people not yet participating openly in any of these several dozen communities, but more and more are every day. Do we have some managers who are a bit on the conservative side? Sure. It's a big place. That's normal for any large organization. But I don't see them controlling the direction of the company anymore, and that's critical. A few months ago, Jonathan spoke about the changes -- and opportunities -- that managers at Sun are experiencing. But, to be honest, I'm happy that some elements of the company are more conservative. Sometimes it's necessary to integrate the best of your stable core into your more dynamic edge. Or maybe that's the other way around. Regardless. When running a company of this size and complexity that engages sophisticated and demanding customers, I think it's responsible to encourage a healthy mix of all types of people.

I'm sorry, Kathy, I just don't experience the Sun you see. Every day, I pretty much live in the right side of your chart -- the Manager 2.0 section. I really like your chart, by the way. I think I'll use it to start some conversations with my colleagues. Except I don't know what the "Hollywood model" is, and I'm not sure how that is juxtaposed with the "Hierarchical structure." Perhaps I'm too old school. :)

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