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Well, the JavaOne conference is over and
it's back to business as usual.
I've added a new JavaOne gallery to the Gallery section, as well as a few
new pictures to the Baby gallery -- go there now!
I think that someone has cursed me over my
new Canon G2 camera. After a series of mix-ups
and defaults on the half of various electronics
sites we finally managed to buy it from a
guy on eBay who sells new electronics. We paid him and
he told us it was in the mail. Now he sends
us another email telling us that it got sent
back to him because the address was illegible.
On top of that the box was damaged so he
couldn't resend it. He said he had to get
a new one from his supplier. Now he's telling
us that the camera his supplier was supposed
to send to him hasn't arrived yet and is
long over due.
I've been trying to buy this camera since
September, and it has definitely been the
most frustrating shopping experience of my
Let's hope it's worth it, though I'm
sure it will be. Those cameras are
In other site news, I've been getting some
flak over the 'quality time with the baby
comment' in my last post. Geeze! Don't you
guys know I was just kidding. Do I have to
go around putting those little emoticons,
;-}, after every tongue-in-cheek comment
Of course I can't wait to get home
so that I can spend time with the baby.
was just making a joke about how Karen
like me playing video games.
Anyway, until next time...
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Man-o-man, what a great computer-geek day
I had. Today was the second day of JavaOne,
the Sun Microsystems conference on the Java
programming language and Java-based technology.
It's being held in a wonderfully ultra-modern
convention center in Yokohama right on the
water front. They have seminars and keynote
speeches from the Sun tech gurus, Java books
and merchandise, and vendor booths from all
sorts of companies using Java technology.
I took a lot of pictures that I'll post next
After the conference I attended the inaugural
meeting of a new Tokyo based, English language,
Java users group: NinJava. It was very intimate,
maybe about 20 people were there, but I enjoyed
it as much as the giant Sun conference. I
got to meet a bunch of people who I could
really identify with, i.e., they're living
in Tokyo, programming in Java, and facing
all the same day-to-day problems and pleasures
that I'm facing.
The NinJava meeting also had two very informative
presentations. One by Tim Romero, the young
founder and president of Vanguard K.K., a
small Tokyo based software-development company
and maker of the program Mojo. The other
by Eric Shapiro and his colleagues (Todd
and Trent), the president and founder of
Zero G software, makers of the ubiquitous
software "Install Anywhere" which
you see, but hardly notice, every time you
install a new piece of software. They were
in from San Francisco for JavaOne and I was
quite lucky to get to meet them at such a
small, informal event.
Once again, I'm writing this post on the
train on my way home from the meeting. I'm
going to end here because I want to play
a few rounds of "Age of Empires"
before I get home: Karen doesn't like me
playing it so much at home...something about
quality time with the baby or some such hippie
By the way, the theme of today's photos is
'cell phone usage,' something that you see
constantly in Tokyo.
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The reason that I haven't been posting lately
is that work has been pretty hectic. I've
had to resort to doing hunkabutta on my laptop
computer while on the train home from the
office. Actually, I'm on the train right
Work should hopefully slow down soon. I hope
Tomorrow is the JavaOne conference in Yokohama.
It's an event...OH NO! Here comes my stop,
time to get off the train.
Okay. I'm at home now. It's 1:30 a.m.
Where was I? Oh ya, JavaOne. It's a three
day conference and exposition held by Sun
Microsystems, a software and hardware company
and producer of the Java programming language.
I think that this is the first time that
the conference is being held outside of the
U.S. It's very expensive to attend, I think
about $1000.00 a pop (don't worry, my company's
picking up the tab).
It's quite a large event with keynote speeches
from all the business and tech gurus at Sun.
There will also be a plethora of lectures
and workshops on all of the latest and greatest
Unfortunately, I don't think that I'll
able to go to the opening day tomorrow
I still haven't finished the program
I have to write for work. I'm way past
and the site that it*s intended for
for testing this week.
Well, whatever happens I'll be spending
time at JavaOne, so expect a few pictures.
And now, for bed....
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Good news. The Canon G2 is finally
way. I'm already planning some photo
The other upcoming big event is a trip
to Canada for Christmas and New Years.
booked our tickets and all I have to
finalize my holidays at work.
Canadian New Years -- Turkey, moose meat
pies, and gallons of Molson's beer. Mmmm,
I can't wait.
Make sure to check out the new Santa Cruz
Boardwalk gallery. It's a really good one.