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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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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Blog remodeling

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This last week I experimented with a couple of different ways of reorganizing this blog and making it easier for me to extend the website in the future. The first thing I looked at was…

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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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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

Here are the top ten most directly read blog entries in the last month listed in descending order: “Where’s the final OOXML specification?” “Toward vs. Towards” “Microsoft says they will support ODF natively, join OASIS ODF committee?” “Separate vs. seperate” “#21. My Second Life: Scripting a sliding door” “#9. My…

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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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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

It’s been a little while since I published statistics, so here are the top ten most directly read blog entries in the last month listed in descending order: “While you’re waiting, don’t save in OOXML format” “Toward vs. Towards” “Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008”…

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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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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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Social networking and privacy

This is a big issue and though I don’t have any deep new observations about this, I want to share some thoughts from using Facebook for a few weeks. This isn’t necessarily Facebook-specific, but that’s a recent example for me. The basic problem is who gets to know what about…

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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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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

It’s been a couple of months since my last “Top Ten” listing, but September was a bit hectic. According to Google Analytics, the top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of popularity are: “OOXML, the past. ODF, the future.” “Remembering September” “In case you…

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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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