Open source and 3D

I’m one of the least artistic people you will ever meet though I like to build things. Through the years I’ve experimented with various applications that promised to allow me to visualise what a room or a building would look like without the time and expense involved with actual construction.…

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Introducing the events calendar

Two year’s ago when my wife Judith was running for the New York State Assembly, I wrote a simple events calendar for her website to keep track of all the local meetings, parades, and county fairs where she would be appearing. At that time and since, I’ve thought about having…

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Hunches and predictions for open source in 2009

It’s that time of year again. Last year I wrote about challenges and priorities for open source, standards, and virtual worlds. In January, 2007, I reviewed my favorite blog entries for 2006 (and note that I was considerably more succinct when I did this for 2008 about two weeks ago).…

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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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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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Open Blog Rerun: “Will virtual worlds save the standards process?”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Will virtual worlds save the standards process?” Date: July 10, 2007 Excerpt: While it’s nice…

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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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#1. If I were to build a virtual world … the basics

I’m going to start a new series where I publicly brainstorm about some issues of building a virtual world. This is just Bob thinking out loud, not some deep IBM strategy. I’m not even in the part of the company that manages the business we do do in virtual worlds.…

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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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Thoughts on digital reputations

As a follow up to my comments at the Yale Law School Information Society Project Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace, I wanted to talk a bit about digital reputations. By this I mean some way of attaching numeric data and supporting information to a person, an object, a collection…

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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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Second Face Life Book?

I’ve been asked several times whether social networks like MySpace or Facebook will merge with virtual environments like There, ActiveWorlds, or Second Life. My usual response has been along the lines of “Social networks use a variety of technologies and will start to employ 3D, but this doesn’t mean everything…

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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. Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and Second Life – A solution for Thinkpad T60p

I’ve written a couple of entries about my experiences running Second Life on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04). I got it to work just fine on a desktop with an NVIDIA card but not on my Lenovo Thinkpad T60p with an ATI card. My colleague Christopher Yeoh from IBM Australia has…

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Will virtual worlds save the standards process?

Packing. The drive to the airport. Getting through security and waiting for your plane. The flight(s), maybe on time. Taxis, cars, hotels, meals … Like the expenditures for other business trips, these are some of the real costs of developing standards. While a lot of standards work is done these…

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