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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.

Second Life URL.

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The Power of the Dark Side: How Dark Matter and Dark Energy dominate our Universe

April 04th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Science, Space, Technology

The MICA - VW Astrophysics group is sponsoring a talk Friday April 4th at 8 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. GMT/UTC at the Galaxy Dome on Spaceport Bravo (LM attached). The title of Rob’s talk is “The Power of the Dark Side: How Dark Matter and Dark Energy dominate our Universe.”

Rob Knop (Prospero Frobozz in SL) was on the team that discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. The presentation and the discussion afterwards are aimed at the general public.

Second Life URL

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Cisco TechChat on Learning 2.0

March 11th, 2008 | Category: Chat, Education, Teaching, Technology

From the group notice:

Please join Cisco this Thursday, March 13th 2008, at noon PDT to hear John Connell, Education Strategist and Business Development Manager at Cisco, discuss the concept of “Learning 2.0″. John will share his thoughts about the future of education in a world where the onset and permeation of digital technologies are transforming the way we live, work, and learn.

This event will use Second Life group voice chat. Please make sure you have voice enabled to hear the event.

Second Life URL.

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Cisco Debuting Latest Router in Second Life

March 04th, 2008 | Category: Marketing, Press release, Promotions, Technology, cisco

Cisco Systems is debuting its latest router, the ASR 1000, in Second Life today, Tuesday, 4 March at 9 AM SLT, using what they said was a Second Life virtual reality demonstration. This router has taken five years to build and $250 million dollars and will start at $35,000. Second Life URL.

Cisco Systems Inc. will launch a new router today for processing data, voice and video that is built atop its new QuantumFlow Processor. The router is the result of five years’ research and an investment of $250 million.

The new Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 will be available next month in two-, four- and six-rack-unit sizes, starting at $35,000, Cisco officials said.

The ASR 1000 is Cisco’s highest-performance and most efficient router and features instant-on provisioning, said Jonathan Davidson, Cisco’s director of product management for midrange routing.

Its processing power is equal to 19.2 billion instructions in the same time it takes an average person to blink. It supports 160 simultaneous processes and has 40 cores, making it the biggest networking chip yet, analysts said. Source: Cisco to launch ASR 1000 router in Second Life demo

Checkout the quick little video they created for it. If you don’t watch it you’re not missing much.

Second Life URL.

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Palomar West The Hospital of the Future

I just got back from the Hospital of the Future in Second Life, Palomar West, I think I am about a pound lighter after the experience. This place will be something else and if it is truly like this in rl, it will certainly draw people to the area looking for better healthcare. The virtual version has a GREAT walk through demo of what it will be like, taking you through the room, surgery and recovery, it is definitely worth checking out.

Palomar West Front

Palomar West Back

This is the main lobby, make sure you have updated your version of QuickTime to the latest, I had not upgraded mine when I first got there and couldn’t get the bracelet that you need to try it out.

Palomar West Lobby

I need to have my gall bladder removed, Oh Noes!

Palomar West Patient Room

This is my Doctor, Dr. ummm, I forget, I should try to remember that.
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Immerse Yourself in Second Life, Literally

July 13th, 2007 | Category: RL Meets SL, Technology

Here is something that looks pretty cool, I can’t imagine all of the attachments one would need to properly interact with everything in Second Life, wink wink. Obscura Digital has created the Second Life pod, an egg shaped, human size object, that projects Second Life inside the egg, to make it look more 3d. Looks pretty cool, but something you’ll probably have to try yourself to decide if its any good or not.

It felt like playtime inside Obscura Digital’s warehouse Thursday night.

The San Francisco company opened up its office to show off its technology, from videos projected inside a dome to a pod that lets users sit inside and immerse themselves into Second Life, the 3D virtual world.

A project with Phreak Interactive, a Second Life partner, the two teamed up to put Second Life inside what looks like half the shell of a large, human-sized egg. The 3D world is projected inside its walls, letting users feel like they’re inside the 3D world.

“Traditional media is square, flat and 2D,” said Patrick Connolly, CEO of Obscura. “People should be immersed into it the virtual world. (They) can step into it instead of watching it.” Source: Immersing yourself in Second Life

Here is a video they uploaded later:

Inside a miniature Second Life pod

The Second Life pod, from the outside

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