Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008

Last week I started a series of blog entries about my personal view of challenges and priorities for this year. That first entry was about open standards and today I’m going to look at free and open source (FOSS). Incidentally, the first item on this list was on the previous…

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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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My World of Warcraft addons

The World of Warcraft multiplayer game exposes a programming interface for the Lua programming language. Because of this, many people have written legal addons that extend the game’s core functionality or provide alternate user interfaces. Some of the packages are huge but some are small and provide very specific functionality.…

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From Second Life and Back

I’m on the plane now between Chicago and Tucson, heading for the InformationWeek 500 Conference. Travel has gone very well so far, with no glitches. Evidently the guy sitting behind me on the plane was arrested recently on a Driving-While-Intoxicated charge. To hear him speak, the problem was that he…

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#3. My virtual world requirements – World-to-world scenarios

In this series of entries (#1 and #2) I’ve been discussing my requirements for what I might consider the “ideal” virtual world for business, which I’ve mostly interpreted as “making Second Life better by adding or stealing features.” The purloined features, if you will, would come from other virtual worlds…

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#1. My virtual world requirements – The basics

As I’ve reported here, I’ve played a lot with Second Life in the last six months, mostly in the areas of land, landscaping and construction. With my team, I’m currently starting the planning for a work-related project of a much larger magnitude than I’ve attempted before. I’ll describe that more…

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Desktop Linux: It’s the wifi adapter, stupid

I’m the IT guy of the house. My 9 year old son’s computer started having some wireless problems several weeks ago. When I finally got around to looking at it, I realized that his hard drive was starting to fail. His old drive was 40Gb but I replaced it with…

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