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Oct 5, 2006 Data Recovery

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 Easy Recovery, a data recovery and disk diagnostic software. He will include examples using media belonging to members of the audience.  Jim will also describe and answer questions related to his company’s comprehensive data recovery service as it realtes to hard disk drives.

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.

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  Although many people revert to backups following a data loss, those backups typically contain outdated information.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. 

Thursday, Oct 5 at the Tokyo Union Church.  Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7 PM See you there!  Click here for a map to the TUC.

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Dec 7, 2006 Using Technology to Improve Personal & Business Productivity

Technology can be a tool to improve the efficiency of our businesses and our lives. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to keep up with all the latest technologies available; and knowing which ones can really help us.

Time to turn to an expert. Gonzague-Alexandre Gay (aka Alex) of Akihabara News and GeekStuff4U who will share some best technology tool tips and secrets.

Some of the things Alex will cover are:
- Using a Tablet PC
- The benefits of a Smart Phone and a Microsoft Exchange server
- Why you should always carry an MP3 player/recorder and digital camera

Alex runs http://www.akihabaranews.com, http://www.geekstuff4u.com and http://www.nihoncarandbike.com

Thursday, Dec 7 at the Tokyo Union Church. Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7 PM Click here for a map to the TUC.
 

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April 12, 2007: Is It Time to Switch?

Are you thinking of changing operating systems? Hear from people who’ve migrated from one operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux) to another. Find out why and how they managed the change?

We are still looking for people that have switched to be up front. (Payment is free pizza and drinks at Shakey’s after the meeting.) Contact us if you are interested.

We welcome all TLUG and Ringo members to this meeting as our guests. Just mention it at the door when you come in.

DATE: Thursday April 12th (The 2nd Thursday this month!)

TIME: Doors open about 6:30, the meeting starts at 7PM

VENUE: The meetings are held in the basement of The Tokyo Union Church (Map) on Omotesando Dori, a short walk from the A-1 exit of the Omotesando subway station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda Lines. The entrance is through the parking area at the side of the church.

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

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May 10, 2007 Learn SEO, JavaScript and CSS

Learn to use Search Engine Optimization (SEO), to your best advantage, JavaScript to mask email addresses and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for page layout.

Terry McKenna, president, Doyen Ltd., is ready to share some nifty tips and tricks to improve the performance of your website.

If you’ve spent weeks or months creating your website, you want to make sure that it can be viewed, and that people will find it. SEO is the knack of persuading search engines to index your homepage higher than millions of others. As your site floats closer to the top of the search you’ll begin to see your site hits increase.

Terry will demonstrate SEO techniques using Hugh Burns Jazz site. Burns’ site is currently #1 in Google for certain keywords. As you learn how you can reuse these techniques on your own web pages, you’ll also learn how to prevent the spam bot from harvesting email addresses from your site. Terry will show you how to mask your email address from spam harvesters, reducing the annoying messages dramatically.  Finally, see how to use CSS for page layout and learn why that’s important.
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Venue Changes for July and August Meetings

Join us at The Pink Cow for the July and August meetings while the TUC does a bit of repair and renewal work.  The Pink Cow is a short walk from either Omotesando or the Shibuya Stations.  Eat, drink and be educated.  You’ll find a map to The Pink Cow here

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July 5th, 2007 (Thursday): Photo Management

The topic is photo management. In the past we have had some pros come in and talk about taking and editing photos, but this time the focus is on managing those photos: getting them off the camera (or memory card), backing them up, browsing and cataloging them, working with them just a bit (cropping, resizing, red-eye removal,etc.) and putting them somewhere to be seen.

Presenting will be Christopher Jue of chrisonepointeight photography followed by Jerry Suppan of Visionworks Productions.

Some software programs or services we plan to cover at this time include:
- Photo Mechanic
- Adobe Photoshop CS2
- IrfanView
- XnView
- FastStone Image Viewer
- Picasa
- JAlbum
- Gallery
- Dropshots
- Webshots

As usual, we expect some of the best ideas/solutions to come from the audience. And if you have something that you would like to show that night, please contact us.

TIME: Meeting starts at 7PM, Someone from the club will be there by 6:30.
VENUE: The Pink Cow --- Here’s a Map.
Shibuya! Directly across from Aoyama Park Tower
Villa Moderuna B1, 1-3-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
- ( NOTE!!: We are not meeting at the usual location this month.  )
COST: Members free, non-members 1000 yen at the door.
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August 2nd, 2007 (Thursday): Open Night

This month’s meeting will be an “OPEN” theme, ie. not to stick to a specific topic, but to basically be there to discuss whatever comes up.....photos, data management, e-books, synchronizing contacts, problems with Vista migration, what to do when changing your PC/laptop, etc.

As usual, we expect some of the best ideas/solutions to come from the audience. So if you have something that you would like to show that night, please contact us.

TIME: Meeting starts at 7PM, Someone from the club will be there by 6:30.
VENUE: The Pink Cow --- Here’s a Map.
Shibuya! Directly across from Aoyama Park Tower
Villa Moderuna B1, 1-3-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
- ( NOTE!!: We are not meeting at the usual location this month.  )
COST: Members free, non-members 1000 yen at the door.

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Oct 4th, 2007 (Thursday): Annual General Meeting & Hardware Purchasing Discussion

The TPC is holding its Annual General Meeting. This is where we hold officer elections and discuss the future of the club. Please come along to share your thoughts or even take on a position. We are always looking for help. Assuming we have at least 3 people willing to run for the elected positions of president, vice president and treasurer, we can hopefully settle on some topics for the next few meetings.

Following that there will be a discussion on Purchasing PC Hardware led by a few people that have either recently built systems or upgraded existing machines. We hope to cover the following points:
- Upgrading versus buying a new system
- CPU choices
- Motherboard (and chipsets)
- Cases and power supplies
- RAM
- video choices

It’s has been a while since our last Akihabara Tour, with some shops moving and others having closed down. Come along to hear where the Akihabara regulars source their parts and why.

After the meeting ends at 9pm, several of us head down the street to Shakey’s for food, drinks and more discussion. Please feel free to stop by even if you are unable to attend the meeting.

TIME: Doors open about 6:30, the meeting starts at 7PM

VENUE: The meetings are held in the basement of The Tokyo Union Church (map) on Omotesando Dori, a short walk from the A-1 exit of the Omotesando subway station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda Lines. The entrance is through the parking area at the side of the church.

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

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January 10, 2008 (Thursday): 'Max the MACs - The LUV Factor'

Greetings everyone!  Welcome to an evening of a most interesting presentation.  Jerry Suppan, who spoke at our club meeting this January, will also kick-off our 2008 presentations.

Tonight’s presentation will will take you on a journey through virtual worlds.  It does not matter whether you currently use Linux, Windows or OS-X as your primary computing environment, if you are a computer user at all, and would like to consider experimenting or go production in an alternative environments, there will be something for you in this presentation.  As a consequence of policy changes at Apple Computer accompanied by recent enabling hardware and software technologies, Jerry will present and demonstrate how any computer user can, have their windows, linux, mac meal served alacarte, or full course! By leveraging and maximizing virtualization technology, you can have it all.

The presentation will be at a grassroots level of understanding of and interest.  So, if you are just an ordinary computer user, and are considering to dabble in an alternate OS environment, or need to run a second OS for whatever reason, without purchasing another computer, then, this presentation is for you.  Depending on how you navigate through these virtual worlds, you may just acquire the LUV factor!

TIME: Doors open about 6:30, the meeting starts at 7PM

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

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

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February 07, 2008 (Thursday): Control Panel Driving Lesson

The meeting at TPC this month will be of particular interest to those who hosting their web pages with a web host other than their ISP.  Most web hosting services offer a browser control panel that gives the user access to a plethora of nifty tools that, unfortunately, barely get used as they seem more of a hassle than help!  Tonight TPC president, Terry McKenna, will demonstrate how to get the most out of such a control panel. Aspects that will be covered will include Security and Accessibility: keeping bad guys out, and keeping the good guys in. Terry will also demonstrate some tricks he uses to frustrate the efforts of those who would otherwise harvest his email address or photos. Since cPanel is the most popular this will be used.

TIME: Doors open about 6:30, the meeting starts at 7PM

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

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

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March 06, 2008 (Thursday): ‘Driving’ a computer with a keyboard

Have you ever imagined operating a PC without using a mouse or any other pointing device? The debut of the GUI (Graphical User Interface) was a big breakthrough for most computer users but for blind people, it presented yet another big challenge.  Tonight’s presenters who have both been totally blind since soon after birth, have met that challenge and in the course of their work, are helping other visually handicapped people to use and be able to benefit from computers.

Takashi Kobayashi, Customer Support Manager at Techno Tool K.K. (http://www.ttools.co.jp/index.html), a provider of equipment and devices for use by the handicapped, and Kazuya Hosoda, a Program Manager at Microsoft Japan (http://www.microsoft.com/enable/), will explain their jobs, and the importance of accessibility, while demonstrating how, with the use of special reading software, blind people can use a PC.

Come along to this meeting to see, hear and learn about this fascinating, but largely unknown, aspect of computing.

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

VENUE: The meetings are held in the basement of The Tokyo Union Church.  (map) on Omotesando Dori, a short walk from the A-1 exit of the Omotesando subway station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda Lines. Enter the Church by the side class door then make your way down the stairs to your left.

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

We hope you can make it to the meeting. For those who can’t you can catch us at Shakey’s nearby after 9pm.

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May 1, 2008 (Thursday):The PC Music Machine

Aspiring musicians, and the rest of us, who are curious to know how to create and record music on a PC are invited to TPC May meeting to be presented by Dan Lindholm.  Dan is a professional musician/composer with a major in Music & Computer technology and is accomplished in both synthesized and natural instruments.  He hails from Sweden and is currently based in Japan.

For his presentation he will demonstrate how to make any computer into a music-machine explaining minimum requirements, problem solving to make things work properly, and various steps in the production process.  Topics will include Midi vs. Sound, music software such as Virtual Instruments and Virtual Orchestra, Time Stretching for movies, and Mastering etc. 

TIME: The meeting is scheduled to get underway at 7pm.

VENUE: The meeting this month will be held at the Pink Cow (map) near Omotesando Dori, a short walk from the B-2 exit of the Omotesando subway station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda Lines.

COST: The meeting is FREE this month. Now you can spend a little extra on wonderful dishes served at the Pink Cow!
 

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May 1, 2008 (Thursday):The PC Music Machine

Aspiring musicians, and the rest of us, who are curious to know how to create and record music on a PC are invited to TPC May meeting to be presented by Dan Lindholm.  Dan is a professional musician/composer with a major in Music & Computer technology and is accomplished in both synthesized and natural instruments.  He hails from Sweden and is currently based in Japan.

For his presentation he will demonstrate how to make any computer into a music-machine explaining minimum requirements, problem solving to make things work properly, and various steps in the production process.  Topics will include Midi vs. Sound, music software such as Virtual Instruments and Virtual Orchestra, Time Stretching for movies, and Mastering etc.

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Bellow is additional post event commentsby Dan:

Cubase Le (comes like a freeware if you buy a certain soundcard etc.)

Cubase SX 2 (todays version is 4, but I guess 2 is now down in price.)

Cakewalk

Pro-Tools

Reason (standalone or “re-wire” program that works with Cubase)

Logic Audio Silver/Gold/Platinum (last version for windows was 5.5.) Logic Audio 4 should work fine. (The Gold version)

(Trackersmile Skaletracker. (also can utlize VSTi instruments and synthezisers.)

Freeware
The older the programs are, less “memory” consuming for an older PC.

Softsynthezisers: VSTi

A good beginner synth (with all the sounds you might need at the first glance)

“Hypersonic”

Sample-Tank

or

“Edirol Virtual Soundcanvas”.

For music, atleast 5400 rpm drive. For music AND motionpicture, 7200 rpm. Memory, more the better. Processor, INTEL is recommended for it’s stability.

Make the computer as efficient as possible, not having it hooked up against the internet. keep it clean as a music workstation. 2 drives. (C-driver for program & drivers, D-drive for recording and sound-library storage.)

Free as much uneccessary “sub-programs” like virus-check. (For an internet computer it’s ok, for a music computer, no. It steals memory making the system unstable.) Firewall, no. You can configure this in the “run” menu with the command:msconfig.exe. boot-up the computer with only the necessary drivers required.

If you soundcard doesn’t support ASIO. Download the “software” driver called ASIO4ALL on the internet. It’s beware and should atleast make your music-making software to behave quicker.

Hope this will inspire the music creativity.

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June 5, 2008 (Thursday): Cryptography

Cryptography--the practice and study of hiding information--is
a technology that we depend on for the safety of our computer
accounts as well as our bank accounts.  We are all familiar
with the representative lock icon presented to us in our web
browsers, but do you know how it actually works?  Travis
Cardwell, a software architect with LINC Media, Inc. and
mathematics fanatic, will give an introduction to how
cryptography works.  Topics will include terminology, popular
algorithms, snake oil, applications, passwords, and attacks.

Software covered will include GPG and TrueCrypt, as well as
cryptographic software included in various operating systems.
There will also be a demonstration of IronKey, “the world’s
most secure flash drive,” which is now available in Japan.

Related links:
http://www.gnupg.org/
http://www.truecrypt.org/
http://www.biosjp.com/ironkey.html

LINC Media, Inc.
http://www.lincmedia.co.jp/

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

VENUE: The meetings are held in the basement of The Tokyo Union Church.  (map) 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,
you can catch us at Shakey’s nearby after 9pm. 

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Thursday, Sept 4 2008: Blending Courseware with a Language Program

Where exactly does technology meet with the traditional classroom interface to make the most of a blended learning program? What kind of considerations are important in choosing, adapting and using technology as part of a language skills program? How will the recent innovations of Web 2.0 affect use of IT in language learning? Do teachers and students want to understand and harness technology for the classroom? We will look at some typical language learning software to show examples of ways technology can fit and fill instead of fight and frustrate.

The presenter is Kevin Ryan, who is a longtime member of our club and who has held a number of officer positions, including two years as club president. Kevin has taught in Barcelona, Chicago, Nanjing and Tokyo. He began teaching in language labs in the early 90’s, and has since moved most of his materials and approaches online, but still values the personal interface, especially here in Japan. Past President of the CALL SIG (twice) and editor of the CALL newsletter, Kevin is now taking care of JALT’s money until November. See kevinryan.com for more details.

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

VENUE: The meetings are held in the basement of the Tokyo Union Church (map) 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, you can catch us at Shakey’s down the street after 9 pm. 

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Thursday, October 2nd: TPC Annual General Meeting

The A.G.M. will be held on October 2nd. Election of new club officers will take place followed by a presentation.  Members who wish to be a candidate for any Executive role should apply by email listing the role and their name. Applications must arrive in the president’s mailbox (See Contact us) by midnight October 1st.  As yet, the presentation theme is undecided and will be announced later.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009: Routine Tasking Considerations - OSX versus Windows

Presenter:  Jerry Suppan

Jerry has pretty much become a convert to the OS-X environment after
years of Windows usage. He believes the OS-X environment is more
intuitive, with considerably increased productivity. More fundamentally
stated, ‘everything simply works’. Based on his past knowledge of
working with Windows in IT environments, Jerry will present on his
personal discoveries and findings in the OS-X environment. He will
present parallels on routine tasks we all deal with (i.e., navigation,
image burning, rapid access of resources, etc.) that are accomplished
in OS-X versus Windows.  He will top off the presentation with some
‘flavor’ as to what to expect from Apple in its next OS-X release known
as ‘Snow Leopard’ versus Windows NextGen OS phenomena, a.k.a. Windows7.
It should be an interesting presentation for everyone, without getting
into anything that’s heavy tech. It should also be interesting for those
who walk the ‘fine line’ as to whether to stick with Windows or make a
switch. 

Jerry’s bio: 

Jerry was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. and is a Vietnam
vet. He studied civil engineering in college while concurrently working
in the airline industry. He transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii where he
continued his airline career & earned a degree in Japanese language
studies at the University of Hawaii.

Jerry’s illustrious quarter-century career in Japan includes consumer
electronic product sales with Hitachi, Japanese-English translation for
the U.S. Defense Department, and over 10 years of IT service and support
in the financial industry. Currently, Jerry is involved in wedding
services and TV talent productions, and a number of other interesting
part-time business ventures.  Exactly one year ago, Jerry presented on
the topic of “Virtual Worlds”. For those who missed it, essentially it
was a presentation on running alternate OS environments in the OS-X
environment. In fact, this will be the 3rd consecutive January that
Jerry has shared his expertise with our club, earning him the nickname,
“Mr. January,” helping our club kick off the new year on a high note.

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) 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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Smartphone Showdown   -   Thursday March 12, 2009

Time: Thurs. March 12, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: The Pink Cow (http://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

Reservations are necessary.  Please RSVP at:  event-reg@mobileinjapan.com
See more details about the event and Mobile in Japan here:
http://www.mobileinjapan.com/events/smartphone-showdown
 

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Thursday May 7, 2009 - Basic Digital Photography - Part 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.


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)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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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.


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)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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Thursday, November 5th, 2009: Learning with Technology

Presenter:  Mike Kato

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!
 

About Mike
Mike Kato has been working with technology and learning for more than 30 years, with more than 23 years of that in Japan.  He has taught ESL and environmental science in California and Japan and focused his efforts on developing solutions that use technology to support learning.  This includes using technology to create more effective learning materials/programs, support learning itself, or for systems that “learn” or retain information about user behavior, so that the learner functions “smarter” without having to “learn.”

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)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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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.

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)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.

JALT Event

The JALT CALL SIG is happy to announce an event in Tokyo on Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 2-4PM at Showa Women’s University near Sangenjaya station, 2 stops outside Shibuya.

James Morrison (http://horizon.unc.edu/bios/Morrison.html) has authored over 200 publications about education, technology and planning and has made several hundred conference presentations around the world. He has graciously agreed to present in Tokyo on his return from keynoting a conference in Singapore in early January.

James L. Morrison
Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at UNC Chapel Hill
Founding Editor, On the Horizon, The Technology Source, and Innovate

Facilitating Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Strategies on Your Campus

Sponsored by the JALT CALL SIG

In this 90-minute session, Professor Morrison will first respond to these questions: (1) What do we mean by technology-enhanced active learning strategies? And (2) Why are they important to improving instructional effectiveness? The majority of the session will focus on small group work addressing these questions: (1) What are the barriers to implementing technology-enhanced active learning strategies on Japanese campuses? and (2) “What are effective strategies for addressing these barriers? The group report backs will be recorded and posted on a Web site along with relevant references.

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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.

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


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 theOmotesando 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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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.

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


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

Speaker:  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.
 

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

Speaker:  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.

 

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 8:30 or so for the live demo.

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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.

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

 

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 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 !

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Upcoming meeting:

Thurs. Oct. 7 - 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.

Also, Mr. Lem Fugitt, our June speaker, has offered to share how he uses his new iPad to make both his personal & professional lives more productive & profitable.  More details later.

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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.

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This October 7th meeting is also the TPC’s 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.

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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Thurs. Nov. 11, 2010: CEATEC 2010 - Trends in Consumer Electronic

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

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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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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

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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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Moving a Data Center? Setting up an office in Tokyo? Want a website developed?
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Ph: 03-6909-4441
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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.

******************************************************************

Active Directory migration? Windows 7 migration? MS Exchange hosting?
Moving a Data Center? Setting up an office in Tokyo? Want a website developed?
Call TopTech Informatics.
Ph: 03-6909-4441
email: info@toptechinfo.com
url: http://www.toptechinfo.com

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Thursday , June 2 , 2011 : Satellite Technology within Reach

Speaker: Mike Tokue

TPC’s Vice President, Mike Tokue, will give a presentation on the
latest in satellite phone technology. This will include Mike’s usual
show and tell segment featuring his new satellite phone ( yes, it’s
way smaller than a breadbox) .

 

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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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. 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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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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Future TPC Event

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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Thursday Jan. 12th, 2012 : Beyond the PC - The latest technologies

Presenter:  Jerry Suppan

For the January 2012 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.

TIME: Club Business will be conducted between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
However we can take advantage of the Black Lion Happy Hour 5 - 7 and later closing time

Cost: There won’t be an admission charge for this meeting so you can use those funds to indulge in a beer or two.

Directions:
Black Lion is about a 5 minute walk from the JR Meguro Station
West Exit.
There is a map on the Black Lion website:  http://blacklion.jp

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Thursday April 19th , 2012 : DIY Radiation Measurement

Presenters:  Joe Moross and Kalin Kozhuharov

A number of TPC members have expressed an interest in making their own geiger counter. The April monthly meeting (Yes, it has migrated to the third Thursday this month) at the TUC basement meeting hall is dedicated to getting that process started.

For the last year the organization Safecast has been at the forefront of the initiative to design, build and distribute instrumentation for crowdsourcing the collection of radiation measurements in Japan.
The meeting presentation will be given by two of the Safecast contributing members, Joe Moross and Kalin Kozhuharov, who have specialties at Safecast of “Recon and Sensors” and “Measurement and Sensors” respectively. More information about Safecast can be found at the URL: http://www.safecast.org .

Joe and Kalin will give a talk on Safecast activities and then give an introduction into the theory and practicalities of radiation measurement. For those who decide to proceed to the next step of ordering the geiger counter components there will be many options to consider. Joe and Kalin will take the audience on a tour through the possibilities by weighing their cost and impact on the quality of the final product. With a few instruments to show as examples they will explain the options when considering parts such as the high voltage power supply, detection device, microprocessor, code and readout device. They will also demo the operation of the geiger counters. There will probably be an extensive question and answer session that can continue at the Shakey’s nijikai. The club will plan another meeting, probably under the guise of a special interest group, wherein the assistance of Tokyo Hacker Space is enlisted in the actual assembly of the devices.

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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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Friday, February 8th, 2013 : A documentary film screening ; "From the Shadows"


TPC’s monthly meeting for February will feature the documentary film, “From the Shadows”, produced and directed by David Hearn and Matt Antell. The film, many years in the making, is a documentary about child abduction to/within Japan that focuses on the efforts of five left-behind parents to see their abducted children. The film had it’s world premier at the Philadelphia Film Festival last October.

International child abduction is an alarming social issue in Japan. The film makers hope to raise awareness of this situation and how devastating it can be to everyone involved. The TPC members are fortunate to have the opportunity to view this film and invite all those interested in learning more about this important issue to join us at the event on Friday evening, February 8th, at the Tokyo Union Church B1 Fellowship Hall.  David Hearn will attend and participate in a discussion after the film.

More information on “From the Shadows” can be found at the following web site:  http://www.fromtheshadowsmovie.com/ .


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

COST: TPC 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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Thursday , April 4th , 2013 : Laptop Spring Cleaning & PC Triage

Speaker: Daniel Vogel , Datos PC Repair

For the April TPC monthly meeting Daniel Vogel will be doing an encore of a presentation he made last year on Datos, his PC repair business.
At the meeting on Thursday evening Daniel will go into some detail about the services offered by Datos including a description of the Datos business, stories about repair adventures and recommendations for DIY software recovery tools.

TPC Help Desk:
This meeting will also feature the TPC Help Desk. Those attending can bring their misbehaving PCs, laptop or desktop, for a check-up or problem diagnosis. Daniel will take on these challenges as part of a case study demonstration for the audience. If a system can be be repaired on the spot it gets done free of charge. If more extensive work is required the owner has the option to engage Datos to perform the service for a fee. Participants with a desktop can bring just the box. The club will provide a monitor, keyboard, mouse, power cable and internet connection for the examination. For those with a failed hard disk drive, TPC will have Ontrack’s HDD Easy Recovery tools on hand to attempt data recovery. For those with a failed installation of MS Windows, TPC will have several OS installation disks with various flavors of Linux distributions. This will be an opportunity to get a fresh start on a stable Linux OS distribution, such as, Ubuntu or Mint.

Laptop Spring Cleaning:
For a laptop gaining access to inside chambers where air cooling is required is more complicated than for a desktop PC. So for the April TPC meeting those with an older laptop can bring them in for a spring cleaning. The club will provide a collection of tools to open and clean the insides of laptops. This will be a DIY experience for the laptop owner. Supervision / advice will be provided by Dan and TPC club regulars with experience in such undertakings.

TPC tip for April :
If you spend time anywhere near a desktop computer you may have noticed that it is getting noisier after a long winter with little or no maintenance. Cleaning out the dust and oiling the fans will reduce the decibels and also serve as preventive care for the inevitable oppressively hot summer. Don’t wait for something to get cooked! Slide the cover off the box and get out the vacuum cleaner.

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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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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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Friday , April 4th , 2014 : Raspberry Pi Sensor & LCD Kit Build / Part II

At the upcoming April meeting of the Tokyo PC Users Group the focus will be on installing the software needed for the sensor and LCD kit build project that participants started at the last meeting. We will take advantage of the projector and large screen at THS to display and review the python and C code used in the project. Also we’ll look at some of the basic syntax and modules used in the Python code and discuss how to apply the code in other project programming ventures. The code will be available on a RPi server on the THS local network so participants can download it to their laptops or RPi. In addition to the programs used by the kit, there will be software that enables the sensor display to start up automatically when the RPi is booted in headless mode. Participants who have a little more soldering and assembly work to do on their kit can do so during the meeting as well.

The meeting will be conducted by Michael Wright, TPC President, however as the case has been in recent months it will be a collaborative effort where the participants help each other by sharing their skills, knowledge and experience of failures and success.

The venue for the TPC April 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 door/blue tarp. 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
 

Saturday:  April 12th , 2014 :  Tokyo MakerCamp

The Tokyo Hacker Space is holding a Bar Camp style event on Saturday April 12th at the spacious MONO venue which is located at the Telecom Center in Odaiba. At this MakerCamp participants will determine the topics for discussion/presentation in the conference portion of the day and there will lots of opportunity to discuss your own projects with like minded makers, hackers, and DIYers. MONO has an enviable collection of equipment on site, such as, 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC machine. Mono is offering introductory classes on this equipment which will also be available for use by the participants for their projects. The emphasis for this event is on Maker so there will be lots of encouragement to collaboratively work on projects and get things done. Space is limited so it is recommended that you register soon. More information about the event is available on the Tokyo Hacker Space web site as well as registration details, http://www.tokyohackerspace.org .

 

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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

Past Events…  
 
 

Upcoming Events

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.

**********************************************************************

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

Past Events…  
 
 

Upcoming Events

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.

**********************************************************************

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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