Past Events

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. 

Posted on Aug. 13 at 12:13 PM | Permalink |

Thursday, August 7, 2008: Search Engine Optimization

In our August meeting, Maqsood Ahmed, President & CEO of Hitech Solutions (http://hitechsol.net), a Tokyo-based website design & internet marketing company, will share his expertise on search engine optimization. In the first half of the presentation, Maqsood will deal with the basics of SEO and related topics such as:

* What is Search Engine Optimization?
* Website Ranking Factors
* Keyword Research
* Keyword Placement
* Link Building
* and more…

After the formal presentation is over, Maqsood will entertain your questions or comments.  And if you already have a website, feel free to ask him for his suggestions.

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. 

Posted on Jul. 12 at 6:59 PM | Permalink |

July 3, 2008 (Thursday): Defy the default!

For those of you still battling to configure your Japanese broadband router, or still using the default setting, July TPC presentation will unravel the mystery of that Japanese menu!  The presentation will include configuring and using a Torrent client for p2p file sharing.  Since the default setting of both Broadband router and Torrent software are not optimized for security the presentation will focus on correcting this oversight.  To further enhance security while Internet browsing this month’s presenter, Terry McKenna, will also introduce Open DNS.  Open DNS is a free DNS service designed to provide vetted browsing and can be used as an alternative to your ISP’s DNS.

This meeting is a must for those of you still using default settings and want information on safe Web browsing!  The presentation will point you where to click and such as opposed to being a technical in-depth study.  Beginners will not be overwhelmed and intermediate level user will likely be surprised by how insecure default settings are!

http://www.utorrent.com/
http://www.opendns.com/

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. 

Posted on Jun. 16 at 9:09 PM | Permalink |

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. 

Posted on May. 16 at 11:13 AM | Permalink |

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.

Posted on Apr. 9 at 1:31 PM | Permalink |
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