Archive for April, 2008

Solar Energy in a Virtual World

April 24th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Environmental, cisco

From group notice:

Note: The event has probably already started.

0715SLT - Cisco Corp Pavilion - Solar Energy in a Virtual World

Cisco is honored to host Richard King, Director, Solar Decathlon and Glenn Strahs, Program Analyst, Office of Solar Technology, for a presentation to discuss the use of virtual worlds to enable the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to engage in solar energy related technology prototyping, consumer-professional education, and collaboration as a means to both publicly and internally carry out its mission.

Not inworld to be able to grab the landmark, here is the SLURL for one of their stages, so you may have to look for it, sorry.

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M Linden is the New CEO of Linden Labs

April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Lindens, Press release, Second Life News, Virtual Worlds

As you may or may not know, Phillip Linden has announced the hiring of the new CEO for Linden Lab, Mark Kingdon, who has worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a partner and CEO of Organic. He will be known as M Linden and he will be focused on improving the in-world experience and stability and reliability of Second Life, something they should have been more focused on for years.

He is going to start on May 15th. Like I said when we started looking, I am not going anywhere, and will be working with Mark to help lead Linden and Second Life onward. I am really looking forward to working with him, as he has so many skills and capabilities that will help us and that I can also learn from - here are a few: He will have an intense focus on improving the in-world experience and stability and reliability of Second Life. He has extensive hands-on experience with user experience design, which will be critical in making Second Life an easier and better experience for more people. Finally, he has a ton of experience leading companies and products with global reach, which is now essential given that the great majority of Second Life usage is international and Linden Lab will continue to grow as an international company with offices in many locations. Source: Announcing our New CEO!

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Second Life News for April 23, 2008

April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: TechCrunch HiPiHi Opens Its Doors To The Public Quote from the site - HiPiHi, China’s answer to Second Life has opened its doors to the public with a beta test that includes free features. We first wrote about HiPiHi in August 2007 when the company called for the establishment of virtual world standards and interoperability.

From: sered second life Second Life 1.20 RC2 on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Quote from the site - As with many Linux related issues, finding a solution can be frustrating; it can also take quite some time. In the end though, the solution is often simple. After I installed the beta of Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, Second Life didn’t work as it should; the screen redraws and flickers were a pain on the eyes.

From: Librarian’s Matter Murdoch University Island in Second Life Quote from the site - Tonight’s interview with the State Library of Victoria went very well. We discovered that you need to use “push to talk” to stop the echo from speakers creating feedback - but once we knew that, we were flying.

From: eSchool News Gaming helps students hone 21st-century skills Quote from the site - Online gaming can help students develop many of the skills they’ll be required to use upon leaving school, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity, agreed educators who spoke during an April 16 webinar on gaming in education.

From: Purplegrrl’s Second life Jokaydian the new frontier Quote from the site - Last weekend I attended the Jokaydian April festival. You may think where is Jokaydia I have never heard of this place is it in the south coast some where one of those hippy towns or is it a Star Trek planet But no Jokaydia is a island in Second Life.

From: Lifekludger Second Life performance of The Wall by Pink Floyd Quote from the site - I was awake at 5am the other morning so I could go to a artistic performance in Second Life. The performance was of Pink Floyd’s The Wall concert set to the original music from The Wall. And it was spectacular. It is so popular we had to be there an hour before start to make sure we could get into the sim.

From: bit by bit Reflection on “Second Life: K-20 Educators Exploring Virtual Worlds by Kevin Jarrett and Sylvia Martinez (K12Online07) Quote from the site - What an incredible and thorough presentation by Kevin Jarrett, Sylvia Martinez and other contributors. I really appreciated that Kevin and Sylvia presented using VoiceThread and will add my own comments to the posting soon.

From: nmc Panel in Storytelling in Virtual Environments | Location: Second Life Quote from the site - The Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) and the Museum of the Person are celebrating the International Day for Sharing Life Stories on May 16. The following day – May 17 – the CDS is proposing a reflection on storytelling in virtual environments in the form of a panel in Second Life.

From: Popular Science Second Life Prepping for a Second Boom Quote from the site - The knock on popular virtual world Second Life has been that it’s a little slow, and not entirely easy to sue. Sure, it has roughly 13 million registered citizens, but only a few hundred thousand are actual devotees who spend a fair amount of time in the alternate universe.

From: AdWeek Organic CEO Kingdon Leaves for Second Life Quote from the site - Mark Kingdon, CEO of Omnicom Group digital agency Organic, is leaving the shop to take the post of chief executive at Linden Lab, the company behind the virtual world Second Life.

From: Paul’s Memoirs OK, So Second Life support really IS rubbish. Quote from the site - Last weekend I sent a support ticket to Second Life asking them how I could fix an issue with not being able to connect to regions running Windows Vista Ultimate with Verizon Online DSL (3megabit).

From: Experiencing E-learning Tools for Getting Started in Second Life Quote from the site - Elena at Lively Learning posted some comments about Second Life for education in response to my liveblogging of the TCC Keynote Why do we need a Second Life? (Her original post is in Russian; the Google translation gave me enough to get the gist of her post.)

From: Information Week Second Life Gets New CEO Quote from the site - The Second Life community today got its first good news in what seems like forever — Linden Lab, the creator and operator of the virtual world, announced its pick for new CEO. At first glance, his resumé looks like the right combination of business acumen and creativity needed to restart the engines on the foundering ship.

From: Paid Content Industry Moves: Second Life Parent Appoints Former Organic CEO as Its New CEO Quote from the site - Linden Lab, the parent company of Second Life, has appointed a big name CEO: Mark Kingdon, till now the CEO of Omnicom digital agency Organic, is stepping down to come on as the CEO of Linden. Kingdon will succeed founder Philip Rosedale, the founder who gave up his CEO role earlier this year; he remains chairman.

From: Second Life Blog [Resolved] Stipends are going to be taking longer than before Quote from the site - As anyone who has been here long knows, Second Life is a world that is constantly evolving and changing. Many of those changes are a result of growth. As our population has continued to grow, we are finding it is taking longer to process weekly stipends.

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Sunbelt University Class Schedule

April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Building, Education, How To, Second Life Tips

From a group notice, here is the Sunbelt University Class Schedule for April 21st to April 27th. I’ve heard some good comments about their classes so check em out.

April 22nd Jewelry class is canceled. Teacher is on break.

April 27th, 12pm slt - class limit 15
Sunbelt Uni: Level 2 Class - Sculpted Attachments (Sculptypaint 3)
Sponsored by Sunbelt
Learn how to create shoes, cuffs and a scarf in Sculptypaint. This class is part 3 of the basic and advanced Sculptypaint classes held at NCI.

April 27th Scripting 103 Class at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm! Fun!

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SL Book Fair 2008

April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Books, Fair, Places to Visit, Storytelling

From notecard and group notice:

The Second Life Book Fair 2008 will be held April 25-27, on Book Island and Publishing Island, and with loads of events, there is something sure to please everyone. Here are some direct SLURL’s to event areas.

Book Island Stage

Cartland Court

Beach Discussion Area

Publishing Island Stage

Here is the event schedule:

Friday 25th
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Second Life News for April 22, 2008

April 22nd, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: metanomics Take This, Jon Stewart! Non-Profits in Second Life Quote from the site - After her testimony to the US Congress, Susan Tenby, Senior Manager of the non-profit TechSoup was the object of the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who said “Damn you Susan Tenby” because she took the SL name he wanted, Glitteractica Cookie.

From: Cnet Apple stores to get virtual counterparts? Quote from the site - A patent filing by Apple is prompting speculation that the Mac and iPod maker could be getting ready to open up Apple stores in the virtual realm–perhaps in Second Life.

From: Tech.Blorge Apple to gain online presence in Second Life? Quote from the site - Apple could be about to venture in to a new and innovative online presence, possibly on virtual world Second Life. Speculation over the move has come about after the iPod, Mac and iPhone maker has filed a patent at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office called Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere.

From: Gizmodo Apple Patent Filing Hints at Second Life-Style Storefront Quote from the site - A recent patent filing by Apple Inc. entitled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere indicates that Steve Jobs’ next BOOM could involve a hat tip to virtual worlds like Second Life. According to the filing, Apple is considering a more interactive visual representation of its online store complete with changing weather and avatars. Let the griefer brainstorming session begin.

From: ClickZ Video Games, From Toys to Tools Quote from the site - This is a quote from a college friend who is a mother of two. In addition to her motherly instinct, you can see she has developed a strong opinion on gamers and their activity of choice. I’ll spare you the e-mail exchange we had last week and tell you that we agreed to disagree on the topic until we had a chance to talk face-to-face.

From: Wednesday’s Song Second Life is taking off Quote from the site - I’ve been a little obsessed with Second Life since that article in Electronic Musician magazine. My avatar has fancy hair now and is getting slimmer and younger.

From: rolley Problems with Second Life recording Quote from the site - We’re nearly finished the Machinima we’re doing in Second Life - today we were supposed to record the final scenes, but we had a handful of problems.

From: jokaydia.com Events in Second Life: What’s On This Week!? Quote from the site - Continuing with our weekly roundup of events worth checking out in Second Life, here’s what’s coming up this week! Dont forget, I’m listing these events based on Australian Eastern Standard Time (because that’s where I am!)… but SL Time and ‘Check Your Local Time’ links are also listed in each entry.

From: Wired Second Life Running on A Phone Quote from the site - Years from now, when historians try to determine what caused the dramatic drop in productivity that ultimately led to the downfall of civilization, they perhaps will point to the moment Vollee got Second Life to run on a cell phone.

From: Guardian Second Life seen becoming mainstream Quote from the site - Virtual world Second Life has the potential to become mainstream once computers and connections catch up with the aspirations of its creators, its founder told Reuters in an interview on Monday. Despite the fact that user growth is slowing as a wave of publicity subsides, Philip Rosedale believes activity will increase 100-fold as improvements in computers and Second Life’s own systems make it easier and more fun to become a citizen.

From: Great Expectations BGSU Celebrates its Virtual Campus Birth/Earth Day Quote from the site - The BGSU virtual campus in Second Life is celebrating its first birthday in conjunction with an Earth Day celebration in the virtual world on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 - 8:30pm EST.

From: Second Life Blog Greetings from Katt Linden Quote from the site - A big part of my job is to listen. I will also be aggregating your comments here and monitoring the blogosphere, to follow developing trends and opinion. I’ll be working to update our communications tools.

From: Second Life Blog Overdue Statements for Some Residents This Month Quote from the site - Some of you may have noticed that you haven’t been billed yet for this cycle. The biller hasn’t run properly, so collecting some payments has been delayed.

From: Second Life Blog [Resolved] In World Services Unavailable Quote from the site - As we have blogged in prior posts, during peak hours we sometimes see a delay in services. We have been working to update our database clusters and are still working to add servers.

From: Reuters New Linden CEO could be named within weeks Quote from the site - Virtual world Second Life has the potential to become mainstream once computers and connections catch up with the aspirations of its creators, its founder told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

From: New World Notes Subprime Mortgage Crisis Means Metaverse Opportunity? Quote from the site - During a recent book interview, an ABC news anchor asked me what kind of impact the real world’s subprime mortgage crisis and related fallout would have on Second Life’s economy. I speculated that it would probably provide an ironic boost, noting how the last recession of 2003 was important to Second Life’s early growth.

From: New World Notes Streaming Africa: Cape Town NGO Opens SL Outreach Club Quote from the site - The unlikeliest resource for fighting poverty in Africa is a floating island with an ancient tree and a gleaming ballroom, drifting in space amid a sheet of falling rain. Someone sent me there the other night, and at first I didn’t know what it was for.

From: Torley Do you wish more people paid attention to your contact info? Quote from the site - In the very first few lines of my Second Life profile, it says this: I’ve tweaked it in subtle ways over the past few months to see if it made any sort of clear difference in the quality of incoming communications, but no, it hasn’t.

From: Molotov Alva Machinima Contest Molotov Alva Machinima Contest Quote from the site - “Molotov Alva” took us on an incredible journey… Now it’s your turn to show us “Your virtual Life”… What do you do inside your favorite world? Are you a fighter, explorer, creator, destroyer?

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Cisco TechChat: Internet of Things

April 22nd, 2008 | Category: Chat, Technology Chats, cisco

Group Notice From: Dannette CiscoSystems

22 April 2008 at 12:00 PST

This TechChat features Jean Phillippe (JP) Vasseur, a Cisco distinguished engineer, and will focus on sensor networks. During this TechChat, JP will present a vision of the “Internet of things.” He will share his thoughts about using IP to preserve interoperability and new work on IP-based advanced protocols for networks that have unique characteristics in term of constraints and scalability.

To be held on the Cisco Bandwidth Stage.

This TechChat will be broadcast via in world music stream.

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Second Life News for April 20, 2008

April 20th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Contagious Curiosity Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life — April 26th, 2008 Quote from the site - Although Second Life is one place that I haven’t spent any time (yet!), my buddy and fellow evangelist from Texas, Zain Naboulsi is doing quite a bit of evangelism there. He’s now leading a ‘Heroes Happen Here’ VS/Windows/SQL 2008 LIVE virtual launch event on Saturday April 26, from 9am to 4pm CST.

From: Listening Post Second Life Slowly Turning into a Record Store Quote from the site - Keiko Takamura has figured out a way to sell her music inside the Second Life virtual world. Using a rough approximation of an iPod that she calls the myPod, Takamura allows Second Life citizens to preview her music and buy songs in the MP3 format using Linden dollars.

From: The Observer Online Around the Circle Quote from the site - Cleveland is a virtual boomtown. Building goes on at a rapid pace, the Euclid Corridor Project is finished, and Terminal Tower looms over an unpotholed Public Square. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has moved, but it’s still in town. The keyword is “virtual.”

From: Second Life Blog Tip of the Week #31: Creating & uploading animations Quote from the site - Ever want to learn how to make animations for use with Second Life? You’re just in luck! It’s been a popular request, and in spending some of my time to save a lot of yours, here’s the video tutorial… ENJOY!

From: macnn Will Apple open a store in Second Life? Quote from the site - On April 17, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application titled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere.

From: WSJ Disruptions on the Virtual Trail Quote from the site - The presidential campaign has gotten nasty in the real world. It’s getting nasty in the virtual world, too. As Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama duke it out in the Democratic primary, unofficial campaigns are being waged by fervent supporters in Second Life, the virtual world run by Linden Lab.

From: Orient Lodge Fiona, SpaceNavigator, SketchUp and Second Life Quote from the site - The other day, I received a product evaluation of the laptop version of 3Dconnexion’s SpaceNavigator for Notebooks. I am starting to test it as a navigation and building tool for Second Life. Support for the SpaceNavigator is part of the Second Life Client Release Candidate 1.20.

From: Forbes Taxing Virtual Worlds Quote from the site - Back on April 1, Congress held its first hearing on virtual worlds, and no, it wasn’t an April Fools prank. Warning: If the politicians can hold a hearing on it, then they can probably tax it too.

From: SLWTF Just for show Quote from the site - Mazda Nagare Island is Mazda Motor Europe’s virtual showcase for their Hakaze show car. Since the Hakaze isn’t something you can actually buy in real life, the island is more of an image builder for Mazda.

From: Network World Microsoft MVPs gathering; Microsoft in Second Life and Microsoft NASCAR won’t go Quote from the site - From the random stuff file … Microsoft is hosting a shindig for 1,800 of its Most Valuable Professionals in Seattle this week. Microsoft has awarded the MVP designation to 4,000 professionals worldwide.

From: Infonatives Why Second Life and other virtual worlds will never be relevant Quote from the site - There’s a lot of hype about Second Life in libraryland, and I have to be quite honest: I’ve never understood it. Sure, it’s fun, but it isn’t very interesting other than in a “Hey-amusing-computer-game -where-I-can-chat-with-people-pretty-much-like-I-would-in-a-chat-room kind of way. Woo.

From: Second Life Blog Second Life Simulator v1.21.0.85362 Update is on the Beta Preview with 12 Physics Fixes (2008-04-19) Quote from the site - This is an update of the server-side code that runs at our data centers. This is not a viewer update. Please do not post about viewer problems here, as it distracts from the core discussion about beta testing of the next release of the simulator (server) software.
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Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, Microsoft, Seminars, Technology

Hero Event

Microsoft is doing something pretty cool, they are holding a launch for the Visual Studio Team System 2008 in Second Life on April 26th, 2008. It will run from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Second Life Time, an agenda is available here. You can download Virtual PC images of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 here and try out the hands on labs here. It says when you attend the event you get promotional versions of all three products, so it may be worth dropping inworld to check it out. Second Life URL.

Once again we are poised to make history for Microsoft by holding the first ever full-fledged Launch event in Second Life. With less than two weeks to go I wanted to post again about the event and provide more details on what is going on the day of the event. Source: Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life — April 26th, 2008

Sessions include:

What’s New In Windows Server 2008, Virtualization and your Infrastructure, Securing your IT Infrastructure with Windows Server 2008, Exploring Windows Server 2008 Web and Application Technologies, Mission Critical Applications on SQL Server 2008, Simplify Management of your Data Infrastructure, Exploring Business Intelligence and SQL Server 2008, Next Generation Data Applications, Breakthrough Challenges with Visual Studio 2008, Reach End-Users with Next Generation Web Applications, Create Instantly Familiar Applications with the Microsoft Office System, and Defy Occasionally Connected Challenges with Smart Client Applications.

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Havok4 Fireside Chat with Sidewinder Linden

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Chat, Discussion, Grid Performance, Lindens, Simulator

Please join us tonight, Tuesday, April 15th at 6:00 pm SLT at the ISTE Island Beach/Campfire area for a presentation/discussion about the Havok4 physics engine by Sidewinder Linden, program manager.

Havok4 is currently being rolled out across Second Life (literally as we speak), with the goals of a more realistic simulator experience, increased viewer stability, and greater design capabilities for inworld developers.

We will be doing a rolling restart this Wednesday and Thursday to roll out the patches to the server that were to be rolled out with last week’s cancelled rolling restart. Changes include security patches, performance improvements for Havok4 (including the issue that “openspace” or “void” sims have with Havok4), and code designed to mitigate the load on the central database systems. Source: Rolling restart Wed/Thu April 16/17 for 1.21 Server Deploy

Via Tonight on ISTE Island: Havok4 Fireside Chat with Sidewinder Linden from The Story of My Second Life

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Second Life News for April 15, 2008

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Second Life News

From: Learn Online Creating a learning space for real life, in second life, 2 weeks on. Quote from the site - I’m making steady progress in building my ideal learning space in Second Life. Konrad and Jo have been wonderful in teaching me building skills, and very patient with my insistence to use real life proportions and limitations.

From: Nuketown Stumbling through a Second Life Quote from the site - Jumping into Second Life is like jumping into a void, albeit one populated with the remnants of a half million flea markets. Moving around is awkward, and not just because your avatar inevitably looks like its been nailed to a set of wooden planks.

From: WoW! Wouter on the Web ELAG2008: Second Life and Libraries Quote from the site - Bernadette Daly Swanson is presenting her experience in Second Life. She states that she doesn’t expect to jump in, but in the years to come a 3-D web will certainly become a reality. So to gain a little experience is really useful. However she hasn’t convinced her superiors yet on the usefulness of these experiences.

From: Daily Headlines Art Students Create Virtual Candidates Quote from the site - The first android candidates for 2048 President of the United States who are campaigning in Second Life invite everyone at the University of Arkansas to visit their new campaign booths.

From: SLNN University of Kentucky in the winners circle Quote from the site - Kentucky has rolling green countryside, the Black Mountain and the famous Kentucky Derby, where thoroughbred horses race for a prize. Another prizewinner for Kentucky is the University of Kentucky sim built in Second Life.

From: A2central.com Second Life on the Apple II Quote from the site - Joshua Bell, an employee of Linden Lab, creators of the virtual world Second Life, has posted to YouTube a demonstration of a program he’s written that streams video from a Windows machine to an Apple IIc. The specific program he’s streaming is Second Life, which appears on the Apple II monitor shortly after its original display on Windows.

From: Kansas City infozine Virtual Worlds: A Business Guide Quote from the site - On a first visit to Second Life, visitors are lucky if they can adequately clothe themselves and learn to walk along a path without ending up under water or face to face with a wall, unable to turn around.

From: APLINK - itsReal IBM erects KEEP OUT SIGNS - in regions of Second Life Quote from the site - IBM said Wednesday it would become the first company to host private regions of the virtual world Second Life on its own computer servers.

From: Koinup Blog Second Life Postcards! Some tips Quote from the site - Hey Guys, you know, Koinup allow you to send postcards directly from Second Life to Koinup, without login on the website……There are some members that use frequently this feature! We wanna inform them, that currently there is a small bug in Second Life, causing some issues.

From: CAP Obama Supporters Attack Hillary In Second Life Quote from the site - When Lestat Destiny teleported onto Hillary Island for her daily prayer vigil, she was surprised to see several dozen people milling about. The Second Life virtual headquarters (unofficial) of the Clinton campaign was usually unoccupied, quiet. Yet today it teemed with life.

From: The Hatchet Business school offers class on creating a virtual world Quote from the site - “The Office” character Dwight Schrute isn’t the only one using the Second Life computer program while on the job. This summer, the School of Business is offering a class that will teach students how to create an online, virtual world where characters can talk, do business and make money.

From: Fairfax Digital It’s a virtual life Quote from the site - Mac Taylor, the lead detective in Nine’s CSI: NY played by Gary Sinise, is a pretty conventional TV hero. But in this week’s episode, Down The Rabbit Hole, Taylor finds himself entering the computer-based virtual world Second Life.
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ISTE Discussion for New Educators in SL

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, New Residents

Are you an educator new to Second Life or ISTE in SL? Come out to the ISTE Discussion Skypark on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 PM SLT (8:30 PM EDT) to connect with avatars who can answer your questions about Second Life and ISTE. Second Life URL.

Connectors needed! Are you interested in mentoring a new avatar at this week’s social? IM Corinne Fleury for details.

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