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Friday , June 6th , 2014 - Embedded Systems and Open Source Development

Last year Scott Garman stopped by the Tokyo Hacker Space and gave a brief talk on the MinnowBoard, an open source embedded hardware platform for hackers and makers. He is currently on a personal trip that brings him to Tokyo for a few days and asked to to be included in any activities where he would have the opportunity to connect with locals, especially folks hacking hardware or software.

The timing of the Tokyo PC User group monthly meeting for June is perfect. It’s happening at the Tokyo Hacker Space venue on Friday evening , the 6th .

Scott offered to give those attending an update on MinnowBoard MAX (the new successor to the MinnowBoard that is coming out next month) and field related questions.

He also offered to do a ‘show and tell’ on the Teensy microcontroller, a complete USB-based microcontroller development system, that is designed in Portland, Oregon.

Scott is well grounded in the Embedded Linux Community, the Yocto Project and the open source developer community in Portland, OR. . So join us if you want to share what you have been working on, have interests in these areas or if you are looking for a little inspiration to get started. 
 

The venue for the TPC June monthly meeting is again the Tokyo Hacker Space. Last summer THS made the move to a new location in the Nogizaka neighborhood. It is just a three minute walk from the Nogizaka Subway Station on the Chiyoda line. Use Exit Number 3. At the top of the stairs reverse your direction and walk toward the Bridal House. You can’t miss the vertically stacked display windows with wedding gowns.  After about 70 meters this road ends in a T intersection. Take a left turn. Walk this road for just under 100 meters to the second intersection to the right. THS is around the corner on the right at the second wide garage bay door. There is usually a THS banner at the entrance.

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TIME: The door opens at 7 pm ; We will get started around 7:30
COST: General Admission, 1000 yen ; THS members, free.
VENUE: This meetings is being held at the Tokyo Hacker Space space
near Nogizaka Station. The THS web site has written directions as well
and a map.  http://tokyohackerspace.org

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Friday , December 6th , 2013 : More Coding with Python

The plan for this meeting is to continue working on our python coding chops (def; chops - skill or excellence in a particular field or activity). We will spend a little time looking at some enhancements for the python programmed simple http server introduced at the last meeting and create some basic web pages with HTML5. 

Time permitting we will look at some python code that can be used to manipulate devices (lights, sensors, motors, ...) connected to the GPIO pins of a Raspberry Pi.

Jim Tittsler will be attending the December 6th TPC meeting. He will give a talk on some of his long standing experience with python, give some pointers on how to extend the basic python code already scripted by the participants and be available for Q & A during the session.

The venue for the TPC December monthly meeting is the Tokyo Hacker Space. Last summer THS made the move to a new location in the Nogizaka neighborhood. It is just a three minute walk from the Nogizaka Subway Station on the Chiyoda line. Use Exit Number 3. At the top of the stairs reverse your direction and walk toward the Bridal House. You can’t miss the vertically stacked display windows with wedding gowns.  After about 70 meters this road ends in a T intersection. Take a left turn. Walk this road for just under 100 meters to the second intersection to the right. THS is around the corner on the right at the second wide garage bay.

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TIME: Doors open at 7 pm ; We will get started around 7:30

COST: General Admission, 1000 yen ; THS members, free.

VENUE: This meetings is being held at the Tokyo Hacker Space space
near Nogizaka Station. The THS web site has written directions as well
and a map.  http://tokyohackerspace.org

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Friday, June 14th 2013 - Creative Session on Raspberry Pi, Arduino and LaunchPad

The June monthly meeting for the Tokyo PC Users Group will held on Friday evening, June 14th, at the Tokyo Hacker Space in Shibuya. We will be looking at several small form factor controller devices with input and output connections that enable one to interact with the physical world.  Of course, DIY project development, such as, robotics, managing environments with sensors, feedback and switches and visual arts is always encouraged at the Hacker Space. The focus of this meeting will be on three devices in particular, Raspberry Pi , Arduino and TI LaunchPad. THS members with considerable experience and expertise with these devices will give brief presentations on the device setup, capabilities and interesting projects by others which are often not quite as simple as YouTube videos would have you believe.

Attendees can use the audience and presenters to bounce their ideas on what they have always wanted to create or discuss any ideas inspired by the proceedings. Getting started on a DIY project involving a Raspberry Pi , Arduino or TI LaunchPad will improve your skills in hardware fabrication and software programming and will cost a lot less than your last desktop PC.

THS offers hands-on introductory classes on various controllers and has a good inventory of related accessories, add-ons and connection devices for sale on the kiosk rack. Michael, the TPC Manager, will be taking orders for the Raspberry Pi which will be acquired in the US and brought back to Japan in August. The Arduino and LaunchPad are readily available at Akihabara.

TIME: Friday evening; 7 to 9 pm

COST:  1000 yen at the door (500 yen for THS members).

Directions to the Tokyo Hacker Space can be
found on the following web page.
http://www.tokyohackerspace.org/en/node/172

Essentially , the THS address is:
Yamate Mansion #601
19-5 Udagawa-cho Shibuya-ku 150-0042

From the Hachiko statue side of Shibuya Station
(also the side of the Inokashira Line) cross
the street at the Shibuya Crossing. Walk
on the left side of the main street that heads
north for 150 meters. At the second light turn
left. You will see Marui City with a McDonalds
next door at this intersection. Again on the
left side of the street, proceed for a little over
100 meters to the Yamate Church. The Apple Store is
directly across the street. Yamate Mansion
stands behind the church building and you get
to it through the passageway on the right side
of the church. The way to the lobby elevator bends
around to the left at the end of the passageway.
On the sixth floor room #601 is to the left of the
long corridor.
 

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Thursday Dec. 1st, 2011 - Computer Aided Translation

Presenter:  Jean-Christophe Helary

The December TPC monthly meeting presentation will introduce OmegaT, an Open Source Memory Translation Tool. Jean-Christophe Helary has given numerous presentation on OmegaT and on a wide collection of advanced supporting tools to Open Source Software enthusiasts and professional translators.  OmegaT can be used to store and reference previous translations and then offer possible translations for current projects all within its multi-pane workspace.

 

Jean-Christophe will provide explanations and examples of OmegaT concepts of such as segmentation, searches, types of dictionaries and glossary engaged and Project organization. The language for the presentation can be Japanese or English. The composition of the audience and their feedback will influence the choice. We are also taking into consideration the nature of the topic, the fact that a lot of the presentation includes visuals that are language neutral and the TPC’s aspiration to attract more Japanese members. The follow-up question and answer session can be in Japanese, English or French.

 

This will be the first meeting for the club at the Tokyo Union Church basement hall where the speaker and content are being broadcast from a remote location via the internet. A combination of remote desktop to the overhead projector and voip to the PA system technology will be used to deliver the presentation and enable interaction with the audience.

 

TIME: Doors open at 6:30, with the meeting getting under-way at 7 pm.

COST: Members free, non-members 1000 yen at the door.

VENUE: The meetings are held in the basement of the Tokyo Union Church,
(map) http://www.tokyopc.org/venue/omote_map.html ,
on Omotesando Dori, a short walk from the A-1 exit of the Omotesando subway
station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda Lines.

We hope you can make it to the meeting. For those who can’t, please
join us at Shakey’s down the street after 9 pm.

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For the January TPC meeting , Jerry Suppan has stepped forward again as he does every year to offer his take on some of the latest technological trends and toys. Specifics on the content will come as we get closer to the meeting time as something new is bound to come along by then. The TPC will revisit the Black Lion in Meguro for the January meeting. The November meeting at the Black Lion was thoroughly enjoyable and we are looking forward to trying this venue again. The date of the meeting is Thursday, January 12th, 2012 . This is not the traditional first Thursday of the month for the TPC meeting but it does create a small break from the holidays.

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Thurs. Oct. 6, 2011: TPC Annual General Mtg. & Officer Elections

Our club’s annual general meeting will be held this Thurs. Oct. 6, 2011 with officer elections.

As a reminder, we are still looking for a new president to carry the torch forward from this month. The current TPC prez, the Wolffman, announced in April of his intention to step down this month at the end of his third one-year term.

We are still holding out hope someone will miraculously step forward on or before Thurs. night, otherwise our 29-yr-old club is sadly faced with the very real possibility of having to be dissolved.

Your attendance & participation this Thurs. night will be highly appreciated.

TIME: Doors open at 6:30, with the meeting getting underway at 7 pm.

COST: Members free, non-members 1000 yen at the door.

VENUE: The meetings are held in the basement of the Tokyo Union Church,
(map) http://www.tokyopc.org/venue/omote_map.html ,
on Omotesando Dori, a short walk from the A-1 exit of the Omotesando subway
station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda Lines.

We hope you can make it to the meeting. For those who can’t, please
join us at Shakey’s down the street after 9 pm.

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Saturday September 17th, 2011: A Tour of Akihabara

Tour Guide:  Mike Tokue

Sat. Sept. 17th - Mike Tokue returns this year to lead the TPC Akihabara tour. If you haven’t taken the ‘cloud’ Kool-Aid and still prefer to put together your own computer systems or engineer your own upgrades for cpu power, memory, storage capacity, etc. , then the back streets of Akihaba offer a shopper’s paradise with a wide selection of computer parts, special discounts and second-hand shops. Akihabara is also the place to experience first hand the latest and greatest in consumer electronics. 

Same as last year, the meeting time & place is 1:00 P.M. outside the JR Akihabara Station “Electric Town” exit (north side) just outside the station building (map: http://bit.ly/cJm3ME ) .  The tour should last between 3 and 4 hours and traditionally finishes at a local eating establishment. Please join us if you are free !

This event takes the place of the usual TPC monthly meeting which would have been scheduled for September 1st.


 

Upcoming meeting:

Thurs. Oct. 6th - Our annual general meeting and officers elections.  If you’d like to be more involved in our club by running for office or volunteering for any of the open positions, here’s your big chance.

 

Prez Says:

Greetings, fellow club members. As announced at recent meeting, I’ve decided to step down from my managerial duties in October.  I’ve been serving as program director since April 2007, publicity officer since October 2007, and your prez since November 2008. It is now time for me give my attention to other projects, and so I am hoping to enlist your kind cooperation in helping find suitable replacements I can pass the baton to. If you are so inclined, please give some heartfelt consideration to serving our club as an officer. After my term as president ends in October, I intend to continue my club membership, and sincerely appreciate your wonderful encouragement and support during the past few years.
 

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August , 2011 - No TPC meeting this month

There is no TPC meeting scheduled for this month, August , 2011.
The meeting would have been Thursday , August 4th , but presenters are hard to come by this month with summer vacations and all that.

The TokyoPC club is looking for presenters for the fall months. If you have a presentation that you would like to give at one of the monthly meetings please contact the club president , Gary . E-mail to:  president [at] tokyopc.org .


 

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Thurs. Mar. 3, 2011: Preview of the Upcoming Release of the Firefox 4 Browser

Speaker: Gen Kanai, Mozilla

Mr. Gen Kanai of Mozilla will preview the upcoming release of Firefox 4 for the desktop and Firefox 4 for Android.  Scheduled to be released later this spring, Firefox 4 will be a significant upgrade for Firefox, upgrading almost every major area of the browser from the rendering engine, the JavaScript performance, security, Add-ons, the user interface, and more.  If you have questions about Firefox or are currently using the Firefox 4 beta and have feedback either positive or negative, please join this discussion.

Gen Kanai is currently a member of Mozilla’s Contributor Engagement team and the Director of Asia Business Development for Mozilla. Mozilla is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better. We emphasize principle over profit, and believe that the Web is a shared public resource to be cared for, not a commodity to be sold. We work with a worldwide community to create free, open source products like Mozilla Firefox, and to innovate for the benefit of the individual and the betterment of the Web. The result is great products built by passionate people and better choices for everyone.

Mozilla Firefox U.S. site:  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Mozilla Firefox Japan site:  http://mozilla.jp/firefox/

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TIME: Doors open at 6:30, with the meeting getting underway at 7 pm.

COST: Members free, non-members 1000 yen at the door.

VENUE: The meetings are held in the basement of the Tokyo Union Church,
(map) http://www.tokyopc.org/venue/omote_map.html ,
on Omotesando Dori, a short walk from the A-1 exit of the Omotesando subway
station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda Lines. We hope you can make it to
the meeting.  If you come late, please join us at Shakey’s down the street
after 9:00.

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