Embedded programming languages

A long time ago when I first started at IBM I used an editor named XEDIT that ran under the VM/CMS operating system on mainframes. It was a fullscreen, line-oriented editor that looks primitive now but was quite sophisticated in its time. One of the best things about it was…

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Daily Links 07/22/2009 (p.m.)

IBM 25 Things You Might Not Know About IBM “These days, IBM is heavily promoting its Smarter Planet initiative to add a layer of intelligence to the basic processes that run today’s world, including roads, water and power. It’s just the latest milestone for the 98-year-old company. Here is a…

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Daily Links 06/30/2009 (a.m.)

China bans online ‘gold farming’ | Software, Interrupted – CNET News “The ban is primarily aimed at “gold farming,” an Internet-age phenomenon in which players in less developed countries collect and sell virtual gold (common to games like World of Warcraft) to wealthier gamers in the developed world. This enables…

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So you want to be an open source contributor?

I’m sometimes asked by people how they can participate in open source projects. Alternatively, I’m asked for support money by people who have very specific open source projects they want to do, but that’s another blog entry. If you have coding skills and want to use them to develop open…

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Daily Links 02/06/2009 (p.m.)

Daily Kos: World Of Warcraft: The Only Depression-Proof Industry? “Is World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s Gem, the single depression-proof industry? Yes, because people who lose their jobs will have more time to play. Furthermore, those on unemployment won’t give up their graphics cards and flashing computer images of the Lich…

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Almost November

I realized today that it’s been almost a week since I last did a non-news post here. There are several reasons for this. First, of course, I’ve been busy with work. Among other things, I’m preparing for my ten minute session at next week’s Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.…

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Daily Links 08/26/2008 (p.m.)

Browsers and Privacy Microsoft to add privacy features to IE8 – Network World Safari introduced similar features in 2005. tags: OB, IE, Safari, browser, privacy Stealther :: Firefox Add-ons “If there are times you want to surf the web without leaving a trace in your local computer, then this is…

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Daily Links 08/19/2008 (p.m.)

Editorial: Collaboration is the new revolution | Comment is free | The Guardian “Big corporations, such as IBM, Google and Amazon, are devourers of open source software because they find it cheap, efficient, low-maintenance and reliable. But UK government departments, including health and the foreign office, have proved risk-averse with…

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Hopping from one virtual world to another

Thirteen months ago I published a series of blog entries about my personal view of future requirements for virtual worlds. The third was about world-to-world scenarios. In it I included the comments: World to world teleportation If you are in one world and send me an IM in another world…

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Daily Links 06/27/2008 (p.m.)

Open Source Nokia-Symbian Pressures Apple, Microsoft, RIM Interesting, gutsy move by Nokia, and the resulting competition will be good for all. tags: OB, Nokia, open source 451 CAOS Theory » The vocabulary of open source development models “It has occurred to me recently that open source is missing an agreed…

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Daily Links 06/04/2008 (p.m.)

More Cuts as United Grounds Low-Cost Carrier – NYTimes.com “United Airlines said Wednesday that it would discontinue its low-fare airline, called Ted, retire aircraft and cut up to 1,100 more jobs, in an effort to lessen the impact of high prices for jet fuel.” tags: OB, travel, United Airlines A…

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#2. If I were to build a virtual world … building up the basic model

This is the second part of my series where I’m brainstorming about some considerations regarding building a virtual world. The idea is that I discuss what I would like to see in the world (or “worlds,” as I’ll talk about today), and give you the chance to tell me why…

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links for 2008-01-30

You See Mii (unintelligible trite musings) » Blog Archive » World of Warcraft: the art of twinking “Although controversial, using gold, high-level enchants, and rare farmed items to build an exceptionally powerful low-level character is perfectly legal and legitimate under the terms of service for World of Warcraft.” (tags: worldofwarcraft…

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Seven Challenges and Priorities for Virtual Worlds in 2008

Thus far this year I have given my opinions about the top ten priorities for open standards and open source in 2008. With this post I’m going to continue the series and give my ideas for virtual worlds like Second Life, Active Worlds, and so forth. First let me say…

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links for 2008-01-02

Commercial the dominant word in open source | Open Source | ZDNet.com Good post and opportunity for discussion. (tags: opensource) Business Communicators of Second Life®: Kiva’s New SL Office, Microlending and Reputation Interesting intersection of financial, reputation, and virtual world issues. (tags: secondlife) Pacific Daily News – Wow resolutions: Gaming…

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links for 2007-11-26

Real Estate Growing number of foreclosures creates a new scam – The Boston Globe “The National Consumer Law Center estimates that thousands of troubled borrowers across the country were victimized in the last few years.” (tags: realestate) Where Mansions Go Begging – New York Times “Almost 700 homes are currently…

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Another blog

I’ve decided to start using NigelParavane.com as a blog site for some of my Second Life, World of Warcraft, and other online 3D game and virtual world experiences. The idea is to use that site for information about using these environments, such as tips, bugs, workarounds, and explanations. Some may…

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links for 2007-10-02

Adobe buys Web word processor Buzzword | CNET News.com “The company on Monday is expected to announce that it has acquired an 11-person start-up, called Virtual Ubiquity, that has built a free Web word processor called Buzzword.” (tags: adobe Office2.0) Adobe Share: Your Documents Are Now Embeddable On Any Site…

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