Past Events

Thursday , July 7, 2011 :     "Cell phone networking; What is a Transistor?; and Sampling in Communication"

Speaker:   Mr. Kiyoshi Ogawa


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , July 7, 2011 :     "Cell phone networking; What is a Transistor?; and Sampling in Communication"

Speaker:   Mr. Kiyoshi Ogawa

Long-time club member and telecommunications practitioner Kiyoshi Ogawa will present about the cell phone networking system, including how roaming works and how various kinds of information are combined together into a cell phone system, and show sample networking systems. Ogawa-san will also show the simple function of a transistor chip, as well as how the latest chips are created with such high compression. If that weren't enough, he will also give a talk on sampling in data communication for an internet network and explain the different kinds of protocol used in transactions, address locations, and other kinds of data processing that occur during internet communications.

Kiyoshi Ogawa has worked in various installation, maintenance, and repair positions in the telecommunications industry for more than 40 years, and holds a number of telecommunications licenses.


Posted on August 27th at 5:28 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , April 7, 2011 :     "Useful Tips for Creating & Processing Videos for a Prosperous Web Presence"

Speaker:   Mr. Lem Fugitt


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , April 7, 2011 :     "Useful Tips for Creating & Processing Videos for a Prosperous Web Presence"

Speaker:   Mr. Lem Fugitt

If 'a picture is worth a thousand words', then a video must be worth a million - or at least a million YouTube views. Video has become a major tool for business, personal, and social communication. Over the past few years the technology has dropped dramatically in price while enabling individuals to quickly and easily produce and share high quality video content.

Lem Fugitt will explain the tips, techniques, equipment, and workflow he uses to create videos that enhance and complement his popular Robots Dreams website while generating additional income and brand recognition. His Robots Dreams YouTube channel currently features 30 of his videos that have each garnered over 100,000 views, and several that have been viewed over a million times. The presentation will include a short demonstration covering real time video creation.

Lem arrived in Japan on September 11, 1982, and hasn't looked back since. His career includes introducing early CAD/CAM systems to Japanese manufacturing, establishing several high-tech joint venture companies, reorganizing the Japan subsidiary of a major US technology leader, and corporate strategic planning for Seiko Instruments. He acts as a management and business development consultant for several US and Japanese companies. In his spare time, he publishes Robots Dreams, a well known source for robot news, trends, and information.

Links: Robots Dreams: http://www.robots-dreams.com
Personal: http://lemfugitt.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/robots_dreams
http://www.twitter.com/robots_forever
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/tempusmaster
http://www.youtube.com/user/lemfugitt

Posted on April 30th at 3:45 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


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

Speaker:   Gen Kanai, Mozilla


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , March 3rd , 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.


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

Posted on March 20th at 11:50 AM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , Feb. 3rd, 2011 :     A demo of Ontrack's EasyRecovery, a data recovery and disk diagnostic software

Speaker:   Jim Blackson, Ontrack Japan


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , February 3rd , 2011:     A demo of Ontrack's EasyRecovery, a data recovery and disk diagnostic software

Speaker:   Jim Blackson, Ontrack Japan

Jim Blackson is from Ontrack Japan, which provides data recovery systems to customers who can no longer read their data. He plans to demo Ontrack's EasyRecovery, a data recovery and disk diagnostic software. He will include examples using media belonging to members of the audience (PCs need to have a CD drive, and have Japanese Windows XP SP3 or later to run the Ontrack EasyRecovery 6.21 Japanese CD that Jim will bring). Jim will also describe and answer questions related to his company's comprehensive data recovery service as it relates to hard disk drives, servers, and silicon/flash memory disks.

Data recovery is the process by which computer experts salvage and extract lost data from hard drives and other corrupted storage media. Ontrack manages data recovery on nearly all operating systems and storage mediums.

The common causes of data loss are natural disasters, electro-magnetic failures, computer virus attacks and user errors. One additional and growing threat to the security of your valuable information is computer crime, ranging from overt industrial espionage to intentional and malicious tampering by disgruntled employees, acquaintances and strangers.

Three new trends are the increased use of personal NAS/RAID systems, silicon flash memory disks/SSD, and virtual machine servers often used in cloud computing. Ontrack provides recovery solutions for almost all of these cases.

While many people use commercial software utilities in an effort to retrieve lost data, these utilities can often destroy what was otherwise recoverable data, especially when used following a hardware failure. Ontrack data recovery professionals can safely enter your system or media to achieve the most comprehensive data recovery possible. Although many people revert to backups following a data loss, those backups typically contain outdated information. Ontrack retrieves your most recent data.


For more details:
http://www.ontrack-japan.com/english

Posted on February 17th at 10:00 AM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday Jan. 6th, 2011:     Basic Considerations for Online Forex Trading: Risks & Rewards

Speaker:   Mr. Jerry Suppan


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , Jan. 6th, 2011:     Basic Considerations for Online Forex Trading: Risks & Rewards

Speaker:   Mr. Jerry Suppan

In line with one of our club's missions to cover more topics on how to make money online, Mr. January has offered to present on a topic he is passionate about & has wanted to share with the club for a long time. In view of the fact that probably many of the attendees don't know much about online Forex trading, aside from its being a 'buzz' word that can be done online, he will begin with some definitions of the basic concepts of FX trading geared toward the layman's perspective of basically not knowing anything or very little. Then, he'll discuss how to get started, experience considerations, basic trading concepts and strategies, reading candlesticks and certain patterns, robotics, arbitrage, and alternative trading patterns. In short, Jerry will discuss where/what to study, recommended online brokers, and maybe even a couple of 'surprise' opportunities for those who might like to get their feet wet in making capital from capital.

Jerry Suppan was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois & is a Vietnam Vet. He earned a degree in Japanese language studies from the University of Hawaii, concurrent with working in the airline industry at Hawaii. Since arriving Japan in 1982, he has been on a whirlwind of a diverse business background, having worked in Windows network support, translation services, and consumer electronic sales. Presently he is semi-retired, freelances in entrepreneurship and investments....activities which involve education, TV talent productions, online selling, and FX trade investments.

Links:
http://www.jerry.suppan.net
http://www.gallery.suppan.net
http://www.facebook.com/tokyojerry

Posted on February 2nd at 1:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , December 2nd, 2010:     The Pleasures and Perils of DIY E-publishing

Speaker:   Mr. Hugh Ashton


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , December 2nd, 2010:     The Pleasures and Perils of DIY E-publishing

Speaker:   Mr. Hugh Ashton

Hugh Ashton was born in the UK in 1956. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he worked in a variety of jobs, including security guard, publisher?s assistant, and running an independent record label, before coming to rest in the field of information technology, where he assisted perplexed users of computers and wrote explanations to guide them through the problems they encountered.

A long-standing interest in Japan led him to emigrate to this country in 1988, where he has remained ever since; writing instruction manuals for a variety of consumer products, assisting with IT-related projects at banks and financial institutions, and researching and writing industry reports on the Japanese and Asian financial industries.

He completed a novel, ?Beneath Gray Skies? , which did not find favor with the traditional publishing world, for whatever reason.

Exploring the world of independent self-publishing, he discovered that it was so much fun that he decided to publish his second novel, ?At the Sharpe End? , independently as well, with the result that it reached (briefly) number 5 in the Amazon Japan thriller bestseller list. At our Dec. 2 meeting, Hugh will be discussing the pleasures and perils of ?DIY e-publishing? . Both titles will be available for purchase at the event (subject to availability).

Hugh?s links:
1920s Confederacy meets Germany: http://BeneathGraySki.es
#5 Japan bestseller (thrillers): http://www.AtTheSharpeEnd.com

Posted on December 27th at 10:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , November 11th , 2010:     CEATEC 2010 - Trends in Consumer Electronics

Speaker:   Mr. Jerry Suppan

One of the emerging technologies that Jerry included in his presentation is called Light Peak. He provided the following links for those who want to read more about it.

http://www.engadget.com/
http://www.macrumors.com/
http://news.cnet.com/

The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , November 11th , 2010:     CEATEC 2010 - Trends in Consumer Electronics

Speaker:   Mr. Jerry Suppan

Our longtime member and presenter, Mr. Jerry Suppan (aka Mr. January), recently visited the annual consumer electronics show (CEATEC 2010) in Kaihin Makuhari in mid-October. CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) is regarded as the Japanese equivalent of the International Consumer Electronics Show held every January in Las Vegas. It is Japan's largest IT and electronics exhibition and conference.

At our Nov. 11 meeting, Jerry has offered to present a short overview of his findings at the show and advancements in categories of consumer-oriented technology such as: TV technology, cameras, storage, Wimax2, smartphones, and tablets (slates/pads).

Jerry Suppan was born in Chicago, Illinois & is a Vietnam Vet. He has a degree in Japanese language studies from the University of Hawaii, came to Japan in 1982, and is now a permanent resident. Jerry has a diverse business background, having worked in Windows network support, translation services, and consumer electronic sales. Presently he freelances in entrepreneurship and investments....activities which involve education, talent productions, online selling, and offshore FX trade investments.

Links:
http://www.gallery.suppan.net
http://picasaweb.google.com/tokyojerry
http://tokyojerry.smugmug.com

Posted on November 19th at 12:30 AM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , October 7th , 2010 :    "Putting the iPad to Work"

Speaker:   Mr. Lem Fugitt


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , October 7th , 2010:   "Putting the iPad to Work"

Speaker:   Mr. Lem Fugitt

Many people view the iPad as a super-sized iPod, or a giant iPhone without the camera and phone capability. Others assume that it is just another content consumption device designed to surf the internet, read ebooks, and watch movies. Yet, the iPad offers tremendous potential as a content creation tool that can dramatically increase productivity and enhance daily workflow.

Lem Fugitt purchased his first iPad in San Francisco this April, and after a very short learning curve, found the way that he uses computers in his business and personal life completely transformed. Using actual examples, photos, and video clips, Lem will show how he uses the iPad research, writing, publishing, photo processing, video creation, and life quality improvement.

Lem arrived in Japan on September 11, 1982, and hasn't looked back since. His career includes introducing early CAD/CAM systems to Japanese manufacturing, establishing several high-tech joint venture companies, reorganizing the Japan subsidiary of a major US technology leader, and corporate strategic planning for Seiko Instruments. He acts as a management and business development consultant for several US and Japanese companies. In his spare time, he publishes Robots Dreams, a well known source for robot news, trends, and information.

Links:
Robots Dreams: http://www.robots-dreams.com
Personal: http://lemfugitt.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/robots_dreams
http://www.twitter.com/robots_forever
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/tempusmaster
http://www.youtube.com/user/lemfugitt

Posted on October 22nd at 9:57 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Saturday , September 11th , 2010 :    A Tour of Akihabara

Tour Guide:    Mike Tokue

The TPC 'Chair Man's' Akiba Tour Report

Nine TPC members, friends and 'groupies' showed up at the appointed meeting time and place on Saturday, September the 11th. for "VIVP" Mike Tokue's 2010 TPC Akiba Tour.

Without fear of the continuing heat of Tokyo's 'extended' sweltering Summer, or our spirits melted by it, our enthusiastic and intrepid bunch of PC Users ranging in computer knowledge and expertise from top-notch veterans to both old and new newbies, followed our flagless leader through Akihabara's high streets, back streets and it's various nooks and crannies in between, all dotted with countless dozens of shops and stalls, their goods-laden groaning shelves, stuffed display cases and narrow aisles crammed to the brim and flowing out through their front doors and beyond onto the passing roadways which were also filled to bursting with the teaming masses made up of geeks, gawkers and hawkers, a few serious shoppers and some bewildered local and heat- and awe-struck foreign tourists but brightened here and there along the way by armies of pseudo maids dolled up in all manner of ancient, modern and ultra-chic- as well as ultra-weird-looking outfits, hair styles and hair colors and with a range of voice tones to match their imaginative get ups. Yes, what a scene it was!

Despite the many attractions, and distractions too, Mike managed to keep the group not only interested and informed but also happy and together, as well as giving everyone the chance to cool down every now and then by spending some lingering moments in the borrowed air-conditioned bliss of some unsuspecting shopkeepers eagerly expecting our well-heeled looking group to loosen our purse strings and empty our hard-won earnings into their coffers.

Well, a few people did purchase one or two bargains, over-priced-must-have-type items or cheap junky gadgets, as well as an Iranian's greasy kabobs, all of which they thought they were in desperate need of, but on the whole, more cash was probably parted with at the coffee shop where we went to rest our weary feet at the close of an enjoyable day trekking down the long and winding well-trodden 'Akiba trail'.

I believe I can speak for not only our TPC Akiba Tour participants but most likely for everyone young and old, expert and novice alike, the shopkeepers, and not to forget the many maids and their masters, who ventured into the magic world of Tokyo's Electric Town on that Saturday when I say to sum everything up, "A good time was had by all!".


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Saturday , September 11th , 2010:   A Tour of Akihabara

Tour Guide:    Mike Tokue

Sat. Sept. 11th - Back by popular demand, our VIVP (very important VP), Mr. Mike Tokue will be leading a tour of Akihabara. Last year's Electric Town tour proved to be very popular, with 9 people in attendance and finishing up with a curry dinner (http://bit.ly/9SveIB).

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 will include several notable Electric Town shops, including PC parts & secondhand stores on the back streets of Akihabara and should last about 3-4 hours. Please join us if you are free !

Posted on Sept. 15th at 5:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , Aug. 5th , 2010 :    Painlessly Transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7

Speaker:   Mr. Chuck Olson

In this TPC monthly presentation Chuck did a commendable job of describing how to implement many of his favorite XP features and functions with Windows 7. Often times he would baby-step his way through the explanations as the audience was eager to grasp all the details.

Additionally he has provided some observations and a list of the resources that were useful in the transition to Windows 7. These are included below.

The transfer from XP to Windows 7:

Microsoft's comparison of the functions of XP/Vista/Win 7

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/versions.aspx

On the above page there is a link to the Top ten reasons, according to Microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/top-ten-reasons.aspx

"However, my own Top Five are as follows"

1. Do more, wait less - Faster sleep and resume - almost instantaneous

2. Search - Find quickly what you are looking for - Search capabilities are greatly expanded

3. Manage and open windows more easily ( shake and snap functions)

4. Cleaner tool bar even with lots of documents opened

5. Quicker access to stuff (Use Pin and Jump lists)


Tutorials - The Dynabook came with its own Anime condescending tutorial, which seemed to be aimed at the very lame.

"Instead I learned a lot from listening to the serious of tutorials beginning with the link below. The voice was a bit irritating at first but I got used to it quickly. Watching the graphics and listening to the voice was much better than trying to get this stuff through text explanations as some of Microsoft's pages give you. I found it worthwhile to just sit through one right after another. Just like a day at Youtube."

http://www.top-windows-tutorials.com/windows-7-tutorial.html

When Upgrading from XP to Win 7, most people also have to confront the dreaded jump from Word/Excel 2003 to 2007 or even 2010.

But Microsoft has put together a nice interaction page for each. I found the pages for 2003 to 2007 lighter and quicker than the ones for 2003 to 2010, which required installation of Silverlight which seemed to make it a bit heavy.

For moving from Excel 2003 to 2007, this interaction can resolve a lot of frustration. Just click on the old command in the 2003 graphic and it will show you were to look on the 2007 "ribbon".

Interactive: Word 2003 to Word 2007 command reference guide

http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/word-help/interactive-word-2003-to-word-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010074432.aspx

Interactive: Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/interactive-excel-2003-to-excel-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010149151.aspx

This link below has links to interactive command finders for most of the Office products (Outlook and Access are still "coming soon")

http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/learn-where-menu-and-toolbar-commands-are-in-office-2010-HA101794130.aspx

The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , Aug. 5th , 2010:   Painlessly Transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7

Speaker:   Mr. Chuck Olson

Surviving the transition from XP to Windows 7? Hate learning a new operating system? Still clinging to XP? Chuck Olson, a longtime member of our club, will share some tips on how to lower the pain of going from XP to Windows 7. He'll also show some neat tricks in Windows 7 that almost makes the change worthwhile. Searching for old functions is part of the pain, but the search function itself has been improved.

Chuck recently made the change himself and felt this topic would be of interest to those still dreading it. He will invite discussion from other members who have also gone through the process and are willing to share their own experiences, for example, as they relate to the security aspects of the transition.

Chuck Olson is a 36-year resident of Japan. He bought his first computer in the early 80's (an NEC running CPM) and joined TPC at the end of that decade. He has worked as an amateur engineer, stock analyst, financial consultant, CFO of GOL/Exodus, and most recently at MTV Japan.


Posted on August 8th at 8:39 AM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , July 1st , 2010 :   "Green it !" with GreenITers, the forum for Eco-minded Techies

Speaker:   Mr. Flavio Souza


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , July 1st , 2010:  "Green it !" with GreenITers, the forum for Eco-minded Techies

Speaker:   Mr. Flavio Souza

Advances in green technology are critical to combatting climate change, advancing renewable energy production, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and for making a more eco-friendly society.

Leading this charge to drive green technology forward are not only IT companies and IT professionals, but individuals both expert and amateur alike, from top academics to the average person with a passion in preserving the planet through eco-friendly IT.

And it is only natural that such green-minded individuals would want to join forces in a forum to discuss ideas and progress green technology solutions the world over. GreenITers.com provides such a forum, where everyone can get together online and share ideas, new gadgets, scientific news, and break-throughs. Existing groups cover topics such as solar power, wind energy, EVs, ocean wave power, and biofuel, allowing members to post images, video, discuss ideas, and collaborate on projects.

Flavio Souza, GreenITers.com founder, will present on the role of IT in the Earth 2.0 era, featuring examples of how effectively IT is helping with the climate change challenge. He will also show how GreenITers are serving as an effective channel for the daily dissemination & sharing of green knowledge, all delivered in an informal way that will stimulate a lively debate. Your participation is sincerely welcomed.

Flavio, who also serves as CEO of the digital solutions company Fullcircle Innovations, holds a double masters degree (e-business and MBA) from the International University of Japan (IUJ) in Niigata. He has over 15 years of experience working in marketing and hi-tech business areas at global corporations in his native Brazil, as well as in Europe and Japan.

Links:
http://www.greeniters.com
http://metropolis.co.jp/features/global-village/greeniters

Posted on July 30th at 10:43 AM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , June 3rd, 2010 :    "Taking Back Our World" - The Make/Hackerspace/Creativity Movement

Speaker:   Mr. Lem Fugitt


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , June 3rd, 2010:  "Taking Back Our World" - The Make/Hackerspace/Creativity Movement

Speaker:   Mr. Lem Fugitt

Lem Fugitt, owner & publisher of Robots Dreams, will present a photo/video essay featuring Hack Pittsburgh, Makerbot, NYCResistor, Dorkbot NYC, the Spring 2010 NYU ITP exhibition, and Tokyo Hackerspace. He will show how small groups of creative people are joining together to redefine and revitalize everything from personal computing, arts, crafts, gardening, and even manufacturing.

Lem arrived in Japan on September 11, 1982, and hasn?t looked back since. His career includes introducing early CAD/CAM systems to Japanese manufacturing, establishing several high-tech joint venture companies, reorganizing the Japan subsidiary of a major US technology leader, and corporate strategic planning for Seiko Instruments. He acts as a management and business development consultant for several US and Japanese companies. In his spare time, he publishes Robots Dreams, a well known source for robot news, trends, and information.

Links:
Robots Dreams: http://www.robots-dreams.com
Personal: http://lemfugitt.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/robots_dreams
http://www.twitter.com/robots_forever
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/tempusmaster
http://www.youtube.com/user/lemfugitt

Posted on June 4th at 10:30 AM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


May 6th, 2010 :    WiMAX / Apple iPad Demos

Presenter:   Mike Tokue, Vice President, Tokyo PC Users Group


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday May 6th , 2010 : WiMAX / Apple iPad Demos

Presenter:   Mike Tokue, Vice President, Tokyo PC Users Group

Back by popular demand, our club VIVP (very important Vice President) Mr. Mike Tokue will share his technical wizardry by first presenting a comparison of mobile wireless solutions, their performance, and costs, including WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access). Mike has also offered to then follow up with a demo of his new Apple iPad.

Due to wireless connectivity issues in the church basement, we will finish up the meeting early and head down to Shakey's so Mike can demonstrate the latest WiMAX technologies in real-time action. Please feel free to bring your own computers to try out the speed of Wi-Max.

Posted on May 24th at 11:11 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


April 8th, 2010 :    Breaking down the buzzwords : Cloud Computing

Presenter:   Jason Winder, President & CEO, Webnet IT


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday April 8th , 2010 : Breaking down the buzzwords : Cloud Computing

Presenter:   Jason Winder, President & CEO, Webnet IT

What is Cloud Computing? What does it mean? Should you be using it? Are you already using it? What does it mean for business? What does it mean for you ?

Come along to the April 8th Tokyo PC Users Group mtg. to hear Jason Winder from Webnet IT break down the buzzwords surrounding cloud computing. This will be an intermediate level presentation, and will discuss how Google utilises cloud computing, how business is beginning to use Cloud Computing, and how Webnet IT is using Cloud Computing.

Jason Winder resides in Tokyo and is an early adopter, a technology enthusiast, and an entrepreneur. Jason runs Webnet IT ( http://www.webnet-it.co.jp ), which specializes in providing IT services and staff to small and medium-sized foreign companies in Japan.

Posted on Apr 12th at 10:34 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday , March 4th, 2010 :    Multimedia Flow Process - From Camera to Archive

Presenter:   Jerry Suppan


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , March 4th, 2010: Multimedia Flow Process - From Camera to Archive

Presenter:   Jerry Suppan

In this era of exponential growth of digital images and video, how do we go about processing and maintaining such voluminous data in our own personal collections? It surely seems like such multimedia data is overwhelming and in a continuous state of exponential growth with no end in sight! The key is to devise a system by which we control our multimedia data rather than the data controlling us. Jerry will present concepts and processes he employs to deal with this phenomenon. Hopefully his ideas and strategies in dealing with voluminous data might have some peripheral spinoff and benefit for application to the audience's own multimedia collections.

With the Photo Imaging Expo (PIE) 2010 coming up soon, as a bonus topic, he will also talk briefly about considerations for purchasing digital video and imaging equipment based on personal desire, need, and budget.

If you carry a camera around as readily as you do a mobile phone, or you are thinking about purchasing one in the near future, or upgrading existing equipment as Jerry intends to do, then this presentation is definitely for you. He believes there will be something for everybody to gain some concepts and education as food-for-thought to carry back with you.

Jerry Suppan was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After a 3-year stint in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which included a year and a half in Vietnam, he returned to the Chicago area to attend junior college. There he majored in engineering while concurrently working in airline ground operations. Through an internal company transfer to Honolulu, Hawaii, he continued to work for the airlines while attending the University of Hawaii, graduating in Japanese language studies. Since coming to Japan in 1982, he is now a permanent resident of Japan.

Jerry has worked in a diversity of corporate environments. To name some, he provided Windows network support in the financial industry, did translation services for U.S. military intelligence, and also was a sales representative for promotion of Hitachi consumer electronic products in the U.S. military market in Japan. Presently he freelances in entrepreneurship and investments....activities which involve education, talent productions, online selling, and offshore FX trade investments.

Links:
http://www.gallery.suppan.net
http://picasaweb.google.com/tokyojerry
http://tokyojerry.smugmug.com

Posted on Mar. 30th at 1:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


February 4th, 2010 :    Cloud Productivity - Online Office Apps

Presenter:   Arka Roy

Arka's guided tour through the 'cloud' was thoroughly enjoyable. He was able to demo some of the very sites/services he was recommending in the course of his presentation. For many of the collaboration, storage, social networking sites he was able to show how he uses them to his own advantage in business and personal realms. The in-depth explanations included numerous examples of cool features as well as limitations. Many members of the audience shared their own experiences, triumphs and dissatisfactions. As usual there was not enough time to cover all of the topics of interest due partly to the lively give and take with the audience. The consensus was that Arka should extend his presentation to another club meeting in the near future.


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday , February 4th, 2010: Cloud Productivity - Online Office Apps

Presenter:   Arka Roy

Do you use multiple computers and find it a pain to synchronize files between them? Is there a better way to share documents among project members than emails ricocheting all over the place? Do you want to be able to make your information public easily? Do you need to smoothly manage tough projects, in these leanest of times, without breaking the bank on expensive collaboration and groupware solutions?

The solutions are right there, and won't cost you a penny. Arka Roy will introduce the three premiere web-based office/collaboration suites: Google Apps, Zoho and ThinkFree.

Arka has worked in the software field for over 20 years, the past 18 of them here in Tokyo. His responsibilities have run the gamut from programming to project management, from planning to direction..., even Twitter marketing! He currently runs his business as a consulting developer, planner and project manager out of a sunny office in ground-zero of Harajuku.

Links:
http://www.arkaroy.com
http://twitter.com/anroy
http://www.linkedin.com/in/arkaroy

Posted on Feb. 11th at 11:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


January 7th, 2010 :    E-commerce - The Basics of an Online Shop

Presenter:   Jerry Suppan

Once again the Tokyo PC Users Group's Jerry Suppan, a.k.a. "Mr. January," entertained the masses with his informative Jan. 7 presentation on "E-commerce: Basics of setting up an online shop." Jerry's talk was very well-received and well-attended, as it seems many folks wish to make money online these days. Jerry is using Yahoo Small Business' e-commerce Merchants Solution package to market high-end Japanese cutlery at his Japan Pro Cutlery website (http://www.cuttingedge-japan.com) .

Jerry demonstrated the mechanics & various aspects of the creation and operational maintenance of an online shop, including the shopping cart powered by PayPal. Because of this surprising interest in e-commerce, we are hoping to attract more speakers this year willing to share their expertise in this field. Thanks, Jerry !

The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 - E-commerce - The Basics of an Online Shop

Presenter:   Jerry Suppan

Do you have that entrepreneurial spirit and adventure within you? Do you desire independence and to control your own destiny? Have a service or a product you wish to promote and sell for profit? Jerry Suppan will present ideas, considerations and processes in order to set up an online shop. It's not as difficult as you might think.

Jerry was born and raised in Chicago. He spent 10 years working in the airline industry in Hawaii and concurrently attended the University of Hawaii, graduating in Japanese language studies. Since coming to Japan in 1982, he has been through a diversity of experiences. Presently, he is a member of XL Japan, an entrepreneur organization. As an independent businessman, he is currently developing his own online shop, and does MacWin Hybrid IT Solutions consulting and services when requested. Also, as alternative side interests and sources of income, he is also involved with the wedding industry and TV talent productions.

Posted on Jan. 17th at 11:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


December 3rd, 2009 :    "Eco" + ICT + Education

Presenter:   Mike Kato

The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

At our November meeting, TPC Past President and speaker Mike Kato barely got started with his presentation on "Learning with Technology" before running out of time. For the December meeting, he will continue where he left off last time, expanding on the "green"/ecological aspects of e-learning technology.

As time permits, Mike will also share details of a couple of "eco" e-learning projects he is involved with, as well as discuss the general concepts of starting a venture and being an entrepreneur in a difficult economy.

Posted on Dec. 26th at 10:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


November 5th, 2009 :    Learning with Technology

Presenter:   Mike Kato

The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Summary
Learning with Technology and Technology that Learns for You (so that you don't have to)
Mike will be speaking and showing a variety of tools and applications related to his primary technology interest - improved learning through the appropriate application of technology. Mike has no idea which tools and applications he will be talking about, as the range of materials and projects with which he is working spans far and wide. Language learning, applications designed to foster creativity (especially for children), and e-learning tools are some specific areas in which Mike focuses, but he is also very preoccupied with "Green" education, having experience in teaching environmental science and as a Boy Scout leader. Studying will never be the same again!

Posted on Nov. 20th at 11:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


October 1st, 2009 :    TPC Annual General Meeting & an overview of Enterasys Networks Japan

Presenter:   Emiliano Castellani

At this months meeting the Annual Election of club officers took place followed by a presentation. Congratulations to Gary Wolff for assuming the position of Club President for another year, and to Mike Tokue and Tony Whitman who have also retained their positions of Vice-president and Treasurer, respectively, for another year.

Following the election and earlier club business a presentation was giving by Emiliano Castellani featuring the products and services of his company, i.e. his employer, Enterasys Networks. With a series of slides Mr. Castellani highlighted the many policies and strategies of Enterasys Networks that have resulted in a growing market share in this competitive arena of providing network security to customers. Mr. Castellani's case for customers choosing Enterasys started with pointing out the advantages of the worldwide partnership of Enterasys with Siemens. He continued with the Enterasys approach to security with managed business oriented policies verse the traditional Access Controlled List. Other key points included the use of high level technical staff to provide customer support, adhering to Standards Based Platform, being an authoritative resource for customers who are striving for SOX compliance and a timely evaluation process for potential customers. In all this presentation was an enlightening view of an area of technology that is becoming increasingly complex and costly while at the same time proving to be as important as ever.


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 - TPC Annual General Meeting & an overview of Enterasys Networks Japan

Presenter:   Emiliano Castellani

In addition to holding our annual general meeting with officer elections, we're pleased to have as our speaker, Mr. Emiliano Castellani, Technical Manager, with Enterasys Networks Japan (http://secure.enterasys.com/jp/). Emiliano will give us a corporate overview of Enterasys Networks, which was originally founded as Cabletron Systems 25 years ago, and today is part of a global joint venture with Siemens.

Enterasys Secure NetworksT presently serves over 4500 clients in 70+ countries, including at least one hundred Fortune 500 companies. Enterasys provides comprehensive network security & IT solutions, including multi-vendor VoIP support, advanced security applications such as IDS, IPS, NBA, & SIEM, management software for centralized visibility and control, and security enabled infrastructure like switches, routers, & wireless equipment.

Posted on Oct. 16th at 5:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


September 3rd , 2009:    Online Distance Learning

Presenter:   Terry McKenna

Immediate past president Terry McKenna gave a very useful and informative presentation, in spite of our incurring rather rare technical difficulties regarding the church's projector and wireless network.

Terry outlined the various online options available for getting advance degrees in IT, comparing different degree programs (e.g., IT vs. info systems management), universities, and costs. What got everyone's biggest attention was the huge salaries that can apparently still be snagged with advanced IT degrees.

Terry explained how his online courses at the University of Liverpool are conducted, the year-by-year curriculum, how textbooks are handled, and his less than desirable experience so far with the seemingly outdated Blackboard software. He said when the course modules are in session, he has to spend a minimum of 4 hrs./day studying, which can pose interesting challenges while trying to maintain a somewhat normal family and work life.

The club would like to thank Terry for not only a fascinating presentation, but also for his continuing service to the club as Reviews Editor and active participation in club activities.


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

September 3rd , 2009 - Online Distance Learning

Presenter:   Terry McKenna

Former club president, Terry McKenna, will take a break from his Information Systems Management master's degree studies to give this month's presentation. The presentation will cover two topics....
online distance learning and the IT job market.

Terry is currently enrolled in the University of Liverpool online master's program, and will introduce a selection of IT degree programs, discuss their merits, and share his experience of juggling work and studies while trying to live a normal life.

A demonstration of Blackboard software will also be given, which will offer an in-depth look at what is to be expected from this type of learning environment. The discussion will be informal, encouraging questions during the presentation. PowerPoint slides will not be used, so bring a notebook if required.

Links:
http://www.blackboard.com
http://www.businessweek.com/bschools
http://www.oreillyschool.com
http://cnx.org
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/richard_baraniuk_on_open_source_learning.html
http://www.zotero.org
http://online-degree.dyndns.org

Posted on Sept. 12th at 23:40 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


August 8th, 2009 (Saturday) :    An Akihabara Tour

Tour Guide:   Mike Tokue

This month the TPC had an Akihabara tour instead of the usual monthly meeting at Omotesando.

Mike Tokue , the TPC Vice-President, conducted the tour on Saturday, August 8th.

The Plan :

The meeting place was just outside the Akihabara Station "Electric town" exit A at 1:00 P.M. (3-4 hours)

The group toured the back streets of Akihabara, some notable places, PC parts, Secondhand stores and stopped for a curry to finish the day.

Posted on August 22th at 10:43 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday June 4, 2009:    Logo Design Techniques

Presenter:   Michael Buma

What's in the making of a logo?
Some creativity to give the viewer a powerful image and effective tools to render the image. The software package that Michael Buma introduced to those attending this meeting is called GB Logos . For a modest purchase price the user gets a focused application that offers the support and speed necessary for the design process. There is a large library of images, objects and fonts included along with plug-ins to create special effects such as color gradients, text jitter and watery looking surfaces. Using the GB Logos software Michael aptly produced many examples of logos that were suitable for maps, business cards and letter heads. In short, if logos are what you need, this software enables the creation of logo designs without the need for high priced packages with feature over-load.


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events" and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday June 4, 2009 - Logo Design Techniques

Presenter:   Michael Buma

Mastering programs like Photoshop and Illustrator can literally take hours or even days of time, so thank goodness for easier software options specifically designed with only the minimum functions you need and with a user-friendly interface. One such program is GB Logos, an innovative and easy to use product that makes it possible for any business owner to design professional business logos, create advertisements, design nice page headers for a website and other identifying graphics in just minutes. The easy-to-use features of GB Logos include hundreds of fully modifiable logo templates and objects categorized by industry and interest, high quality graphical engine, creative tools and special effects.

TPC member Michael Buma will share his knowledge and experience with GB Logos and answer your questions regarding logo design techniques. He is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and has over 10 years experience in applications and network engineering, including having worked for both Intel and Toyo Engineering. Michael is a recognized expert in ASP.NET, and is presently involved in CAD software marketing and IT consulting services, as well as serving our TPC club in the capacity of corporate liaison and assisting with the website redesign efforts.

Posted on June 26th at 17:40 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday, May 7 , 2009:    Basic Digital Photography - Part II

Presenter:   Mike Tokue

Last time Mike focused on how to process digital photographs
and made some suggestions on how to store and where to present them.
For this month's meeting he drew upon his academic training and
years of experience to provide some insight as to what makes a photo
interesting. As he touched upon the key points of perspective ,
angle, balance, subliminal lead in, isolating topics, etc.
he was able to illustrate the concepts by presenting photos from
from his own collection. Mike's Flickr photo sets can be found at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtokue/sets/ .
The presentation was followed by a wide ranging question and answer
session that covered everything from lens protectors and filters to
photo file organization.



The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday May 7, 2009 - Basic Digital Photography II

Presenter:   Mike Tokue

In April Mike Tokue barely got started on his presentation on
Basic Digital Photography before running out of time. For the
May meeting he will continue to expand on his recommendations
of how to enhance the final version of your photos.
The audience is encouraged to participate and to bring their
camera for some hands on case studies

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Posted on May 29th at 12:40 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday, April 2 , 2009:    Basic Digital Photography

Presenter:   Mike Tokue

This well attended meeting included many new participants
at the TPC monthly meeting. Everyone wanted to hear, and
in some cases share, advice on how to get the most out of
their digital photography experience.

Mike's first recommendation was a practical use for the
digital camera. Since today's models are capable of such
high resolution, document everything! Use the camera to make
a copy of important documents and to make a record
identifying valuables and property. It takes just a
little time and can potentially reduce the hassles when
things are lost or stolen.

Mike stressed the flexibility of working with the
digital format. What the camera captures is often
not presentable right out of the box. However with
an off-the-shelf digital photo editing program it
is possible to make dramatic improvements to the
picture by making adjustments to the brightness,
saturation, contrast, etc.. Mike was able to
demonstrate the use of many of the tools with
a photo taken of an audience member.

There was a lively discussion on the pros and cons
of some of the popular photo hosting services on
the web , such as , flickr and google.

Mike's closing recommendation:
The more pictures you take the better you get at
developing a critical eye for what makes a good
picture.


The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Events"
and on the TPC mailing list with the following description :

Thursday April 2, 2009 - Basic Digital Photography

Presenter:   Mike Tokue

Our dynamic club VIVP (very important VP) Mr. Mike Tokue will
share his expertise in digital photography covering the basics,
shooting, manipulation, storage, & web galleries.

Topics will include:
What to Shoot, Why shoot, How to shoot.
How to make that Photo Pop!
Having Fun with your Photos.
How best to make use of free web galleries.

Please come with all your digital photo questions for Mike,
who obviously has a real passion for this field.
Mike's Flickr photo sets:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtokue/sets/


Posted on Apr. 28th at 10:30 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator


Thursday March 12, 2009:    Smartphone Showdown

Organized By:   Mobile in Japan, Tokyo PC Users Group, Digital Eve

At the following link you will find a summary of this event written by Paul Papadimitriou.
Also included at this linked location is a 74-min. streaming video of the meeting panel discussion.


http://www.mobileinjapan.com/profiles/blogs/smartphone-showdown-the

The meeting was promoted on the TPC website "Upcoming Event" and on the TPC mailing list
with the following description :

Time: Thurs. March 12, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: The Pink Cow (www.thepinkcow.com)
Organized By: Mobile in Japan, Tokyo PC Users Group, Digital Eve

Event Description:
Join the Tokyo PC Users Group, Digital Eve Japan and the Mobile in Japan Community
for an evening of debate on the merits and demerits of the increasing array of smart phone
choices available to us.


You'll learn:

- What are the benefits of a smart phone over a regular Japanese keitai?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various smart phone offerings
        (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Nokia, Blackberry, Palm and Android)
- What should you consider before buying a smart phone and what choices do we have in Japan
- What developments can we expect to see over the coming months and years


Panelists:
- Steve Nagata
- Mike Tokue
- Paul Papadimitriou

Moderator: Andrew Shuttleworth - Long time mobile power user and blogger

=== Event Details ===

DATE: Thursday 12 March
TIME:
Doors open - 6.30pm
TPC Club biz - 7.00-7.30
Presentation - 7.30-8.30
Networking - 8.30-late
VENUE: The Pink Cow, Shibuya (http://www.thepinkcow.com)

COST: 1,000 yen (Includes light snacks, Regular TPC member rates apply)

For more information about the particpating groups see:
Tokyo PC Users Group :    http://www.tokyopc.org
Digital Eve Japan :    http://www.digitalevejapan.org
Mobile in Japan :    http://www.mobileinjapan.com


Posted on Mar. 30 at 9:10 PM by Michael - TPC System Administrator