Life with Linux: First customizations

By the end of the last entry, I had installed and updated a basic, vanilla Ubuntu 9.04 Linux desktop on a Lenovo T400 laptop. There was nothing about the installation that was special to the hardware or to how I wanted the environment to be. I’ll now start customizing, and…

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Life after Windows, Day 1

My work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T60p that came with Windows XP and all sorts of IBM software that allows me to access my Lotus Notes email and get through the corporate firewall. As soon as I got it, I split the disk in half and have had various…

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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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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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#4. My virtual world requirements – Multiple platforms for clients

In the first three parts of this series, I’ve looked at my basic requirements for virtual worlds, the need for more artificial intelligence, and some scenarios for moving information and assets among virtual worlds. This requirement is much faster to describe, and it is simply that the virtual world client…

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Bluer skies, nicer clouds

Linden Lab, purveyors of Second Life, have announced the acquisition of Windward Mark, a graphics company specializing in atmospheric effects such as clouds and diffracted sunlight. This will both bolster their technology as well as beefing up their new presence in the Boston area. They have said that they will…

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Moving to the Mac

Per my last post, I now have an iMac. My previous home environment was a Windows XP/Ubuntu Linux dual boot machine. Now dual boot situations work, but they’re a bit of a pain, because you often find you want exactly the other environment for some task. I know I could…

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#1. Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and Second Life – No go for me on one machine

The installation for the latest Ubuntu version 7.04 “Feisty Fawn” went well on my Thinkpad T60p, both times. I first did an upgrade and, when I had the problems described below, I did a fresh install. I wasn’t concerned about doing a full install since I didn’t have much in…

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Poll: Linux desktops and Second Life in 2008

In light of Red Hat’s new push on the Linux desktop and the growing success of Novell’s and Ubuntu’s distributions, I thought I would ask a slightly different question about use. I use Second Life on Linux all the time and the latest First Look client works just fine. In…

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#0. My Second Life: List of entries in the series

I’m going to be doing a series of entries about my experiences both professionally and personally using Second Life® . I’ll update this entry as I add pieces to the discussion. Getting started Getting organized Quick book review Graphics adapters and drivers Meetings Open source odds and ends Land Real…

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ODF project: Online presentations via SVG

Here’s an idea for an open source project: take an arbitrary ODF file containing a presentation and translate it into a series of linked HTML pages containing SVG for all or most of the graphics and text. That is, I expect a minimal HTML page surrounding a lot of SVG.…

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Office 2.0 Conference: “One Day in the Life of an Office 2.0 Worker” panel

Moderator: Matt Marshall Participants: Eric Hoffert, TJ Kang, Tom Snyder, Sridhar Vembu, Kevin Warnock, David Young This panel consists of various startups trying to do realtime online demos of their offerings. We’re in the second one and so far they both sound like pitches for VCs (probably are, and there…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 5

It’s been several weeks since I last wrote in this series of entries examining what is in an OpenDocument Format file via some Python programming. In that last entry, I examined what was in the manifest file in the ODF zipfile. In a subsequent short entry, I noted that Rob…

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Jon Udell picks up the presentation software thread

Last month I posted a couple of entries about alternatives to commercial presentation graphics programs that we are very familiar with using (“Where’s the killer open source presentation software?” and “More on presentation software – look at Opera Show“). The comments didn’t make it over from my IBM developerWorks blog,…

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A busy day

I’ve said before (probably ad nauseum) that OpenDocument Format (ODF) must be really important for a lot of reasons for it to get all this attention. Here are three examples, just from today. Sam Hiser makes the connection between the latest Windows Metadata Format vulnerability and the Microsoft Office Formats…

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