Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
This video explore GMail. And.. yes GMail has changed my life.
GMail is not just another email program. It is different, better, smarter. Note that GMail does take some time to get used to it (especially if you are an old Outlook addict like myself). Cool features include being able to pull email from all my accounts, interactive folders (using search), and yes amazing spam manager. What I like espeically:
- Ability to connect with my mobile phone.
- Ability to search -- in the usual Google speed.
- Auto filters.
- Spam Killer (it is a bit too strong which makes me visit the spam folder once a week)
- Build-in chat (including Voice mail)
Btw, with Google Desktop search (yes Gmail is integrated with Google Desktop serach) one could even have minimal off-line capabilities.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
* Ok my kid has suggested that yesterday, so I needed to report this. Ah ah. Microsoft? What do you say?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
So it is possible to build a massive MMORP for the metaverse. (well, baring in mind that true Metaverse is a bit more difficult).
Blizzard Entertainment announced today that World of Warcraft, its subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), is now played by more than 8 million gamers around the world.
World of Warcraft has also achieved new regional subscriber milestones, with more than 2 million players in North America, more than 1.5 million players in Europe, and more than 3.5 million players in China.
To those not familiar: Second Life gave new premium users the ability to buy inexpensive 512 sqm plots land for just L$512. Yet with more users.. this was abused... many people opened alt (alternative) avatars. Purchase the land and then sold it. it was killing the economy).My analysis: First land was abused; and thus no longer relevant; it is a good move. It makes life simple.BUT I have a very big but.
BUT PEOPLE... any time we react to Linden Labs we must stress PERFORMANCE. Not first land; not support; not my second life; not anything. Any time Linden is talking about such things -- we should direct them back. Talk about databases; speed; reliability. Then we will trust you more. (and you have done an amazing job until now -- but you are building an economy here /me begs Linden to make the system work).
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Dera Kit (a Second Life Avatar) has informed me that he has officially formed Metaverse Labs. ML will host innovative projects, ideas, and initiatives in the virtual world. Dera works closely with Dr. Yesha Sivan. (ohh... very close :-).
(In the back some of the learning platforms of the lab... with some confidential experiments).
(Reporters: this is a pre release. please do not quote yet.)
Saturday, February 17, 2007
you’ll know that only those Second Life Residents who have transacted with Linden Lab either by being a premium account holder, owning land, or purchasing currency on the LindeX, will be able to log-in. Residents who are in Second LifeThis has created two responses. Most people liked it. Because working in the SL metaverse has become a pain in the ... you know where. But some people .. did not like it and plan to take drastic measures. This is not the first time. The story of the Elf Clan is kind of sad. Here it was an amazing community that just got pissed off with Linden and simply left Second Life.
when this occurs will only be affected if they log-out and want to return before
the grid returns to normal status.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Taken directly from Reuters Posting.
Linden Lab (the makers of Second Life) chairman Mitch Kapor on Friday from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
- Today revenues: mostly land; minor from exchange (selling Linden $, and adds)
- Future revenues: servers will be out there ("that is the only way we can get to 100,000,000 servers")
- Virtual Worlds is really a disruptive model.
The $100 billion opportunityIf you look at the history of disruptive technology platforms, like the PC, like the Internet itself, it appears that Second Life, or more properly virtual worlds, are going through that same type of explosive growth that happens when you have a very open platform, in which the barriers to entry and participation are low, in which there’s a lot of entrepreneurial incentive, and also a lot of idealism. And when you make the system open the way it is, with the open source client and more opening to come, people will invent fabulous applications of things to do.Other hints (I have actually listened) from the movie (which is really his voice + SL animation)
- Linden is working on voice (avatars talking to each other);
- Linden is working on "limits to sims" (I hear this as more prims.. per land... or maybe this is what I want to hear? ah ah)
- "It will take 15 years..."
- Second Life as a browser.
- People connecting their own servers... this is the long term road map.
- The economy will change --- but there will be a lot of advance notice.
- SL is riding a big wave of hype -- but there is also a lot of substance of creativity.
- Linden needs to be behind the scenes -- much as in the internet.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
What is even more interesting is their spreadsheet Excel Workbook posted here.
- Number of users: 3m or 2m or maybe just 57,000?
- Land -- lots of it.
- Man vs woman (note that it is hours used and not actual count)
January was another record month for Second Life in many ways. The size of the world, as measured by the virtual square kilometers of simulation, expanded 23% over December to 361 square kilometers. In fact, continued brisk sales have left us with roughly a two-week backlog for new Island order delivery. (Thanks to everyone for their patience on this.) The backlog has also affected our ability to expand the mainland sufficiently to meet. demand. As a result, the average price for mainland auctions is up higher than I think anyone would like to see it. Over the next several weeks, we hope to rectify both situations with a greater volume of server delivery from our supplier. With a recent release of more than 40 regions of mainland, the addition of a new mainland continent & and doubling of the daily release of new mainland regions I would hope that we will satisfy the seemingly insatiable demand and stabilize the mainland auction market to a more sustainable price.
The invention of the term is often erroneously attributed to Grace Hopper, who publicized the cause of a malfunction in an early electromechanical computer. A typical version of the story is given by this quote:
In 1946, when Hopper was released from active duty, she joined the Harvard Faculty at the Computation Laboratory where she continued her work on the Mark II and Mark III. Operators traced an error in the Mark II to a moth trapped in arelay, coining the term bug. This bug was carefully removed and taped to the log book September 9th 1945. Stemming from the first bug, today we call errors or glitch's [sic] in a program a bug.
For the actual story see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_bug
Monday, February 12, 2007
To all my partners and colaborates be aware... this thing is BUGGY: and at times it does not work. LIKE NOW.... I am so PISSED. I had set a meeting with a very important person; waited for this for 10 days! and Linden Lab... says on Linden blog:
I am sharing this with you so you will know.
[UPDATE 11:22am PST] Our network issues are still under investigation.
Please refrain from moving items to/from your inventory and thank you for your
continuing patience. -Jean
[UPDATE 10:13am PST] We are still hammering away! Unfortunately we currently have no further information however please continue to refrain from moving items to/from your inventory. We will keep you updated. -Jean
[UPDATE: 9:08am PST] Our techs are hard at work isolating the cause of the current network issues. Whilst investigations are underway, please continue to refrain from performing asset-related activities such as moving items to/from your inventory. We’ll continue to update the blog with further details as they come to hand.
And Linden Labs: STABILITY!!!!! Hello!!!!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales had even greater ambitions than previous encyclopedists. He
wanted not only to build a comprehensive reference work but also to make it freely available to as many people as possible. The Internet and World Wide Web were key to Wales's vision, since a free Web-based encyclopedia would be usable by anyone with Internet access
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
This is aprogramming-intensive course for 3rd year undergrads.
The assignment in this workshop is to plan a collision free motion for moving bodies (robots) in an environment cluttered with obstacles. The major platform will be SecondLife, which is one of the first programmable Metaverse platforms. Several problems will be proposed as well as different solution approaches.
- Robot getting out of a maze
- Hover (flying) chair
- Snake (multi-link) robots; follow-me dog
More projects will be proposed in class. Students are encouraged to propose their own projects.
Prerequisites: Software 1, Software Project, Algorithms, Data Structures.
See Course Home Page
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Friday, February 02, 2007
"Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a 1884 novella by Edwin Abbott Abbott,
still popular among mathematics and computer science
students, and considered useful reading for people studying topics such as the
concept of other dimensions. As a piece of
literature, Flatland is respected for its satire on the social hierarchy of Victorian society."
Thursday, February 01, 2007
In the Spring Semester, 2006-7 I will over a review course in the metaverse. for more details see the course description. Here is the course description:
- Get to know the virtual worlds: Wow, Second Life,. There, IMVU, Habbo.
- Get to know the engineering challenges in the technology and business sides.
- Practical experience in building products, services, and work plans for the Metaverse.