What I’m Reading on 05/20/2014

Moments, Memories and Narrative—the Power of the Clip | True Ventures “The power of wearables is to make the invisible visible. To show us what’s really happening around us. The last time I felt this way about a device was Fitbit. Seeing how you actually move during the day, versus what you…

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Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu 13.10

This post is a great example of why you should never say that you are starting a new series of blog entries. In February of 2010, I wrote a blog post called Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone opensim on Ubuntu 9.10 saying As a complement to my Life with Linux…

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What I’m Reading on 01/23/2014

Infinity AR: We’ll fulfill sci-fi promise of augmented reality | Cutting Edge – CNET News “Augmented reality has so far been mostly a sci-fi vision that overlays information from the virtual world atop what we see in the real world. An Israeli startup called Infinity Augmented Reality, though, wants to…

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Daily links for 02/15/2012

Researchers Find Flaw in an Online Encryption Method – NYTimes.com “The flaw — which involves a small but measurable number of cases — has to do with the way the system generates random numbers, which are used to make it practically impossible for an attacker to unscramble digital messages.” tags:…

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Daily links for 01/10/2012

Mobile PhoneGap 1.3 Adds Windows Phone 7 Support – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews – eWeek.com “Among the more popular tools for pulling off this Web-powered multi-device strategy has been PhoneGap, an open-source mobile-development framework from Nitobi Software, which Adobe acquired in October. When Adobe announced the acquisition,…

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Daily links for 01/09/2012

RIM touts BlackBerry PlayBook OS: Better late than never? | ZDNet “Research in Motion plans to use the Consumer Electronics Show to highlight its BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 operating system. The OS, due in February, comes as the company’s future and strategy are increasingly called into question.” tags: rim blackberry mobile…

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Daily links for 12/05/2011

Customer-Created Design: Virtual reality and realtime design enables seniors to design their own community spaces | ARCH Virtual “There’s a fantastic snippet in this video, about 2 minutes and 58 seconds in, that does a great job of capturing the spirit of this project.  This is a group of senior…

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Daily links for 07/03/2011

OpenAvatar could help avoid vendor lock-in, improve appearance – Hypergrid Business “The recently-released OpenAvatar kit for open source avatars could help enterprise users of virtual worlds reduce vendor lock-in and, eventually, lead to significant improvements in the appearance of avatars, VastPark CEO Bruce Joy told Hypergrid Business. VastPark is an Australian…

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Daily links for 04/11/2011

Gartner: Microsoft will still be a tablet no-show in 2015 | ZDNet “Gartner projects that Apple’s iOS will hold 47 percent of the tablet operating system market in 2015 with Android at 38.6 percent. RIM’s QNX will have a respectable 10 percent of the tablet market in 2015. The big…

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Daily links for 01/12/2011

Drupal 7 Launched – Linux and Open Source – News & Reviews – eWeek.com “The worldwide Drupal community, along with the Drupal Association, has announced the availability of Drupal 7, the latest version of the open-source content-management system.” tags: drupal 5 Great Online Image Editors for Bloggers | BloggingPro “One…

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Review of the blog for 2010 – January through March

With a little more than a week left in 2010, I thought I would go back and review some of the themes and entries from this blog since January. In many ways it was a strange year and my writing cadence was much more irregular than the last few years.…

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Daily links for 09/02/2010

How to Install Apps With Ubuntu Software Center – PCWorld Business Center “The latest release of Ubuntu 10.04, code-named Lucid Lynx, has a somewhat revamped user interface. One of the most significant changes is the Software Center, which provides a simple, user-friendly way to find and install your choice of…

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Daily links for 06/24/2010

Linden Lab Announces Management Changes — SAN FRANCISCO, June 24 /PRNewswire/ — “Linden Lab®, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life®, announced today that company founder Philip Rosedale has been named interim CEO, and CFO Bob Komin has assumed the additional role of COO.  Linden Lab also announced that Mark…

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Daily links for 03/25/2010

Questioning open-core licensing for open source software | Open Source – InfoWorld “Until, or if, the cloud becomes the leading monetization route for open source vendors, I’d argue that selling product licenses, as is the case with open core licensing, is the best approach for open source vendors and their…

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Daily links for 03/20/2010

Phasing Grace | Social Architecture and Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab Leaping the Chasm? “This last week I read the Harvard Business School case study entitled: Linden Lab: Crossing the Chasm Rev. August 3, 2009.  If you’d like to follow along, the pdf will cost you $6.95 USD and if you…

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Daily links for 03/12/2010

OpenSim security 101 – Hypergrid Business “Enterprises rolling out new opensim grids are often concerned about security issues of running OpenSim, and justifiably so. OpenSim is alpha software and still poses some security challenges. However, the security level of a particular OpenSim deployment depends quite a bit on how it…

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Daily links for 03/06/2010

IT PRO | Q&A: Mark Kingdon on Second Life for business “At the CeBIT conference in Hanover this week, Kingdon told IT PRO that more business functions would move to worlds like Second Life, for meetings, simulations and more – especially after the launch of more user-friendly systems, like the…

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Daily links for 03/03/2010

IBM brings memory flexibility to x86 servers “IBM‘s eX5 servers will come in blade and rackmount configurations, with the first ones being released later in March. IBM is taking the Intel architecture and adding a chip of IBM’s own design that reduces latency between memory and processors. IBM claims the…

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Daily links for 02/25/2010

Linux kernel R&D worth over 1bn euros • The Register “How much would it cost the European Union to cobble together the Linux kernel from scratch? The development costs would reach over a billion euros (or about £900m, or $1.4bn USD), according to researchers from the University of Oviendo, Spain.…

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Daily links for 02/23/2010

A little overagressive on the links today, but there’s a lot going on … The Apache Software Foundation Announces the 15th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server : The Apache Software Foundation Blog “The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) — developers, stewards, and incubators of 138 Open Source projects —…

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Daily links for 02/22/2010

A Big Victory for F/OSS: Jacobsen v. Katzer is Settled – ConsortiumInfo.org “The result?  F/OSS has achieved a significant victory that will provide comfort to developers that their expectations will be satisfied when they contribute code to a software project.  This is particularly significant for projects that adopt so-called “restrictive”…

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GoOpen conference – Oslo, April 19 and 20

The GoOpen conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, on April 19 and 20 this year. From the website: GoOpen is a two-day event located in Oslo, organized by the Norwegian Open Source Competence Center, founded by the government. We expect 500 participants from Norway and Nordic countries. The target…

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Daily links for 02/19/2010

Joe Sanchez and Leslie Jarmon – The Educators Coop » Second life Learning Curve “This first video focuses on overcoming the learning curve in Second Life. Over the years I’ve conducted quite a bit of research in this area and i wanted to provide an avenue for current and potential…

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Daily links for 02/14/2010

After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education “Defenders of virtual worlds say that’s the important number, showing that the idea of a virtual world for specific activities is already mainstream—the trick is creating a platform that will work…

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Daily links for 02/13/2010

UbuntuGlobalJam – Ubuntu Wiki “The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 26th – 28th March 2010 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get…

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Virtual Life with Linux: Free textures

As a complement to my Life with Linux blog series, I’m introducing another series which explores what I can do in virtual worlds and immersive Internet environments on Linux. In the previous installment in this series, I discussed setting up a very basic four region world in opensim. Other than…

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Daily links for 02/11/2010

Q&A: IBM’s Alistair Rennie on the big picture for Lotus | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com “IBM is spreading access to its Lotus social and collaboration software all over the various computing platforms. But what’s the big strategy here? I spoke with Alistair Rennie (right), IBM’s Lotus general manager, about…

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Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu 9.10

As a complement to my Life with Linux blog series, I’m introducing another series which explores what I can do in virtual worlds and immersive Internet environments on Linux. Last night I decided to play with OpenSim, aka OpenSimulator, which is, according to its website: OpenSimulator is a 3D Application…

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Daily links for 02/06/2010

Microsoft to Drop Linux, Unix Versions of Enterprise Search – PCWorld Business Center “Microsoft will no longer offer Linux or Unix versions of its enterprise search products after a wave of releases set to ship in the first half of this year, the company announced in an official blog post…

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Daily links for 02/05/2010

Open source industry veteran Matt Asay joins Canonical as chief operating officer | Ubuntu “Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that open source industry veteran Matt Asay has joined the company as chief operating officer (COO) — responsible for aligning strategic goals and operational activities, the optimization…

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Daily links for 02/04/2010

What to Expect at LinuxCon 2010 this August in Boston! | The Linux Foundation “How is LinuxCon different than other events? In a number of ways. This is an event specific to the Linux community, but within that, it encompasses all matters Linux. Other events specifically target certain groups in…

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Daily Links for 02/01/2010

NZ Post to Try Linux Desktop | BlackBerry Developer’s Journal “The New Zealand Post is one of three government agencies looking to rip out their Windows desktops and replace them with Linux and open source applications.” tags: linux, open-source, new-zealand Advice on building a Linux box “In this article I…

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The Sirikata open source platform for games and virtual worlds

As many of you know, I’m still quite interested in virtual worlds and 3D immersive environments though I certainly don’t spend as much time in Second Life as I did several years ago. So from time to time I poke around and see what people are working on, and tonight…

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Daily Links for Thursday, January 21, 2010

Open Source German “dump IE” warning results in huge increase in Firefox downloads 300,000 extra downloads over a few days, all with no advertising, and all thanks to the German government. I bet Mozilla are well pleased with that result. Given this IE security scare, I think it’ll be really…

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Daily Links for Friday, January 15, 2010

Virtual Worlds Power users holding back Second Life?Hypergrid Business / Maria Korolov Second Life is being held back by an “elite group” of users, according to Forrester Research, Inc. analyst Tom Grant. There is an “Iron Law of Oligarchy,” Grant wrote this week. “Over time, a subset of customers emerge…

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