Past Events

Thursday, February 5, 2009: ASP.NET Web Development

Presenter: Michael Buma



Michael has had over 10 years of experience in applications and
network engineering and has been involved in ASP.NET since it’s
beginning in 2002.  Most people have heard about “.NET” or “ASP”,
but don’t really know what it is or what it means to them. 
Michael will give a short explanation and history of the advent
of .NET and explain it’s advantages and disadvantages.

In order to understand ASP.NET a little knowledge of the
server/client structure commonly used on the internet will also
be described if necessary.  For anyone interested in developing
websites, getting a job in development, or learning how the
internet actually works, this should be quite interesting.

Michael will invite any questions about this or any related topic.

Michael’s bio:

Michael was originally born in Salt Lake City, Utah and spent a
majority of his time in Los Angeles, California.  Michael studied
computer information systems in college and has been involved in
IT ever since. Michael worked for Intel for 6 years in the computer
hardware business and the online services industry.  With the
collapse of Intel’s online services division, Michael started working
at Toyo Engineering as a network applications engineer.

Michael has given numerous presentations on in-house software packages
and increasing development skills. Michael has been published (in
Japanese) in the Microsoft-sponsored “VSUG” users group magazine in
October 2007 as a specialist for the new “LINQ” technology which is a
method for accessing various types of data.  Michael is also a
recognized expert for the new ASP.NET-based CMS system called
DotNetNuke.

Michael is currently involved in CAD software marketing and IT
Consulting services.

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. 

Posted on Jan. 19 at 2:55 PM | Permalink |

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

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

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.

Posted on Dec. 16 at 12:14 AM | Permalink | (0) Comments

Thursday, December 4th, 2008: Why Is Security Hard?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008: Why Is Security Hard?

Presenter: Matthew Dons

Approaches to Security: Raising more questions than answers
Matthew Dons gave a thought provoking presentation that kept
the audience reflecting on their own approaches to security.
Matthew ambitiously attempted to explain issues of security
to a computer club audience by taking a broad perspective
rather than concentrating on specific software applications
and operating systems. Of course, as security themes, such as,
software complexity, misguided design, trust and security
theater were touched upon, one fairly well known software
company often served as a classic example.

Following are some of the security resources that Mathew recommends:

Websites:

www.lightbluetouchpaper.com

www.crypto.com/blog

www.doxpara.com

www.phrack.org

www.renderlab.net

www.churchofwifi.net



Non-technical Books:

“Secrets And Lies” by Bruce Schneiner
If you buy one book on security, get this one.

“Beyond Fear” by Bruce Schneiner
If you buy two books on security, get this along with the above…

“The Art Of Deception” by Kevin Mitnik

“Hackers’ Handbook 3.0” By Dr. K

Semi-technical Books:

“Security Engineering” by Ross Anderson

“Hacking Exposed Series” by various authors

“The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey” edited by Emmanuel Goldstein

Technical Books:

“Applied Cryptography” by Bruce Schneiner

“Hacking: The Art Of Exploitation” by Jon Erickson



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

Thursday, December 4th, 2008: Why Is Security Hard?

Presenter: Matthew Dons

New security technologies are appearing on a daily basis, yet little progress
seems to being made. Why is this? The quick answer is that security is hard.
A more useful answer is that security is hard and people regularly forget that
it is hard. This talk will look at the technological, social and economic aspects
of security with an aim to helping attendees choose security products,
configurations and policies for everything from booking a holiday online to
implementing building access control systems. Real-world examples will be
given throughout, including those that are not limited to just computer security.
No previous knowledge of security is required to understand this talk, as
everything will be described from basic principles. Unlike most talks on security,
this one will look at security from the point of view of the attacker, not just the
defender. Ample time will be given for any security questions that attendees may have.

Bio:

Matthew Dons has been an active member of the international security community
for several years. He has spoken at security conferences in the UK, Europe and
the US on diverse topics, including the history of cryptography, security token systems
and the philosophy of security.

Posted on Nov. 9 at 1:28 PM | Permalink | (0) Comments

Thursday, November 6th: Lifecycle of a software company

Thursday, November 6th, 2008: Lifecycle of a software company

Presenter:  Terrie Lloyd

Venue:  Tokyo Union Church --- basement meeting room

For this well-attended meeting, Terrie Lloyd was able to
weaving his personal and business experience into a very
interesting and informative presentation on business
opportunities in Japan for the foreign entrepreneur. 
Terrie has graciously offered to upload the slide show that
goes with the presentation to the TPC website. The link
below will get you started, however be aware that these
bullet points and diagrams represent but a part of a riveting
presentation. You really had to be there!
Thanks again to Terrie for his much appreciated contributions to the
Tokyo PC Club.

http://tokyopc.org/past_events/081106_nov/lifecycle-sw-co-jp.html

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

Locally-based Australian/Kiwi entrepreneur, Terrie Lloyd, probably needs
no introduction, if only because we can find evidence of him all over
Tokyo—thanks to his various publications and websites keeping us
informed and entertained. I know that many people wonder if he ever
really gets to sleep.

Terrie’s motivation is largely fueled by his desire to help other
foreigners build businesses in Japan. Thus, for his presentation, he
will help us delve into the formula that he believes works for
establishing a company, operating it, and eventually selling it.

Those of our members who have dreamed of starting up your own business,
will have an ideal opportunity to not only hear what this tried and true
process is, but also to ask questions during the Q&A that might be
specific to your particular circumstances. Any refugees from Lehman
Brothers are welcome...!

Terrie will cover:
• Businesses that are poised for growth in Japan
• How to get started with a company
• Getting funding when you’re bootstrapping
• Pitfalls in the early years of running a business
• Keys to successful management and profits
• How to value your company when you’re ready to sell
• Where to find the buyers

http://www.japaninc.com/about_terrie_lloyd

http://www.japaninc.com/terries_take

Posted on Oct. 7 at 8:18 AM | Permalink |

Thursday, October 2nd: TPC Annual General Meeting

Congratulations to Gary Wolff our new President, and Mike Tokue and Tony Whitman respective Vice-president and Treasurer.
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 in order to have the name printed on the ballot paper.

Presentation: Nifty Windows XP applications

According to e-week online magazine 28% of corporate IT admins did, or plan to, upgrade to Vista with the others planning to leap-frog to Windows 7. For home or hobby users Vista is unattractive since only 14% of third-party developers have ported their software to Vista. Windows XP has a very good choice of third-party applications many of which are free. Tonight, Terry McKenna will introduce some of his favorite free software for Windows XP. Interaction is encouraged and everyone is invited to share their knowledge by introducing their favorite too. Participants may send links to the president’s mailbox to have displayed on the screen during the talk.

Links:
https://www.foxitsoftware.com/
http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator
http://www.theorica.net/safexp.htm
http://www.softperfect.com/products/firewall/
https://www.steganos.com/us/products/home-office/locknote/overview/

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 Sep. 7 at 7:50 PM | Permalink |
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