Wednesday, October 31, 2007

FaceBook Cool App: My Hebrew Name

We know that facebook just got a big investment from Microsoft see here:
Microsoft will take a $240 million equity stake in Facebook during its next round of financing, valuing the company at a whopping $15 billion.
Why? because facebook is the first operating system that allow ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) to write applicaitons that use social context. Here is one example that made me smile.
Hebrew Names. Allow you to simply send your name and get a picture of your Hebrew name. Try it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

MetaverseLabs to Participate in IBM led Interoperability Alliance

From Virtual Worlds News (see full item)

After all the about IBM's secrecy surrounding the meeting
it organized to set standards for virtual worlds, Emerging Technology and Standards Senior Technical Staff Member Peter Haggar wanted to set the record straight. Haggar was one of the leaders at IBM for the summit and helped organize it from the beginning. That makes him the target for some of the ire over perceived exclusions from the conversation. But that was never the intent. "The meeting was definitely a kick the tires type meeting to see if the idea of interoperability had legs," Haggar explained. "The invite list, there were companies and organizations that you could say we should have invited. But we didn't because we couldn't include everyone. And we didn't think we could have a productive meeting with 300 people there. We wanted a small meeting with key members and a broad representation of the industry. Now that we've had the meeting and are moving forward, we are in the process of creating, probably the best word is an alliance among the industry to start looking at it and figuring out what the best standards will be. That will be open to everyone." After all the about IBM's secrecy surrounding the meeting it organized to set standards for virtual worlds, Emerging Technology and Standards Senior Technical Staff Member Peter Haggar wanted to set the record straight. Haggar was one of the leaders at IBM for the summit and helped organize it from the beginning. That makes him the target for some of the ire over perceived exclusions from the conversation. But that was never the intent. "The meeting was definitely a kick the tires type meeting to see if the idea of interoperability had legs," Haggar explained. "The invite list, there were companies and organizations that you could say we should have invited. But we didn't because we couldn't include everyone. And we didn't think we could have a productive meeting with 300 people there. We wanted a small meeting with key members and a broad representation of the industry. Now that we've had the meeting and are moving forward, we are in the process of creating, probably the best word is an alliance among the industry to start looking at it and figuring out what the best standards will be. That will be open to everyone." More info.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gossip Girl in Second Life - Game Tutorial

The game tutorial for the Gossip Girl in Second Life mobile device. Look at the new Mobile/Game combination in-world.

IBM TV -- Archive Episode -- Adventures in Second Life


Meet Joe Washington's avatar and find out how IBM software is bringing social computing capabilities like Second Life and MySpace to the business world. Get the latest on the IBM Impact 2007 event and IBM Rational Software Development Conference. Tune into better quality management for software delivery and a lot more. See more at: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/ibmtv
Note: this is an interesting use of the metaverse that connect real products, services, etc. You will get a review of some new products, and how to learn about them, almost mainstream use.

Friday, October 26, 2007

SL change: No big numbr of users and 50K online

A minor change in the open page of Second Life means a lot.

Before:







After:






The Total Resident number (last seen as 9 million or so is gone).
Interesting move -- and I think a right one.
This number has less of a meaning.

52,400 Online now... is also an interesting fact. This is the highest that I have seen ever (usuall numbers were which was between 30k and 40k).

The 3D3C Metaverse @ IEEE International Conference on Software – Science, Technology and Engineering (Oct 30, 31. Daniel Hotel Herzliya, Israel)

[As part of this conference I will give a special 4-hr long tutorial titled “The 3D3C Metaverse: A New Medium Is Born.” 13:45-17:30 on Oct 31. A short intro to this will be given with Eyal Levin from IBM in the first day. 11:00-12:30 on Oct 30]

See conference web site http://www.iltam.org/swste07/

SwSTE’07 continues the tradition of our biennial software conferences held in Israel. SwSTE’07 focuses on recent trends in software engineering, technology, and science, and attracts hundreds of professionals from Israel and abroad: researchers, scientists, engineers and company managers.

We expect SwSTE’07 to be an enriching experience, which blends current best practices and future trends into a multi-faceted, software-centric conference.

Conference Itinerary:

  • Technical Papers: Two tracks of carefully refereed papers presenting research and experience from India, Latvia, USA and Israel: Modeling, SW project management, Aspect and Object-Oriented development, Requirements in practice, Software Implementation, Web applications.
  • Business is IT: State-of-the-art practice methodologies and experience in Information Technology: Why employees want the same cool tools as their children, The Metaverse: IT's a Virtual World where Community, Creation, and Commerce merge, Enterprise knowledge 2.0 - and beyond.
  • Industrial Experience: Leading industries share their actual practical experience: Software Engineering in the Medical Industry, TV 2.0 – management of entertainment content, and System Software Engineering in Embedded Systems.

Invited Talks by International Speakers

  • Software at Enormous Scale, Stu Feldman – V.P, GOOGLE.
  • Getting Large Systems Small, Albert Benveniste, IRISA.

Tutorials

  • Albert Benveniste, The polychronous MoCC and its use as semantic backbone for embedded systems, IRISA, France
  • Jutta Eckstein, Planning, Estimating and Correction in an Agile Project, Germany
  • Gal Shachor, Web 2.0 - Business Model and Technologies, IBM, Israel
  • Jutta Eckstein, Agile Software Development in a Large and Distributed Environment, Germany
  • Jeffrey Kramer, Model-based design and analysis of concurrent and distributed programs, UK
  • Yesha Sivan, The 3D3C Metaverse: A New Medium Is Born, Metaverse Labs, Israel

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

New Way to advertize: See www.dror-dakar.com

We all know about the 1 million$ pages (see here). Well Dror Cohen is taking it to the next step.
Dror, an X Israeli Pilot, wants to do the Dakar tour. So he will take ads and post them on his Car. What a way to participate.


The flash based web site (http://www.dror-dakar.com/) works like magic. Real pleasure.

Monday, October 22, 2007

2007-8 Fall Course: Etgaim (honors) course -- (Afeka)

In one of my classes (ETGARIM seminar) students (honors students in Afeka College) dealt with the ultimate task... Build an egg proctor from 20 wooden sticks.
In this 90 min session the students experience planning, development, and testing -- all packed into real engineering tasks. They study the environment, their tools, and the competitive landscape.

:-) All of the students are ok, and most of the eggs.

Microsoft Live Labs show faces in image search

Friends at Microsoft Live Labs reported a unique search feature that allow you to look for faces.

The Live Search Images team recently released a fun new feature to make it easier to find specific kinds of images. Thanks to a collaboration with specialists in imaging from Live Labs and MSR, you can now search specifically for portraits, faces and black and white images. To use the feature you simply have to add a filter your query, like so:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Open Source/Standards Metaverse as Part of Virtual Worlds

I had the pleasure of moderating this panel. It was the last session of the second day -- and about 50 people attended. (Among them people from Open Sim) A good group. It is always a pleasure to see how "open" is being viewed by different people. Open source, open development, open distribution. These are all different things often lumped together (ahah LAMP= Linux, Apache, MySql, Php).

This was the official blurb:
A number of open source, standards-based virtual worlds initiatives are already underway around the world. Now, for the first time, industry leaders come together to discuss these opportunities, and share their insight. In what is certainly expected to be the "cannot miss" session for developers, we invite you to join a group of technology leaders and open source proponents from around the world in any interactive discussion on the issues surrounding opens source and standards-based virtual worlds.
- Trevor F. Smith, Founder, Transmutable
- Karl Haberl, Director, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
- Jeff Barr, Senior Web Services Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
- Bryan O'Sullivan, Hacker, Linden Lab
- Yesha Sivan, EIR - Metaverse, JVP Studio Ventures - Moderator

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Investing in Virtual Worlds as Part of the Virtual World Conference

As part of Virtual Worlds in San Jose, I participated in the "Investing in Virtual Worlds"

Investors are in the rare position to have a 30,000 foot view of the landscape. Looking at markets and trends and the entire ecology of the market leaders from the investment community come together in this session and discuss investing virtual worlds. What are the best investment plays in still emerging virtual worlds value chain: platform operators, tools and middleware providers, metaverse developers, pure virtual start up companies, service providers or some as of yet unseen operating company. Panelists will discuss today's business environment, the evolution of the marketplace and where the next growth opportunities are likely to materialize.

- Susan Wu, Partner, Charles River Ventures
- Scott Raney, Venture Capitalist, Redpoint Ventures
- Yesha Sivan, EIR - Metaverse, JVP Studio Ventures
- Sharon Weinbar, Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners
- Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO, SDForum (moderator)