Something Will Be Lost When Second Life Gets Voice
I have to admit I'm not 100% looking forward to the addition of voice into Second Life. I agree that it's inevitable and will make the service easier to use. But the text-based chat currently in use in Second Life adds to its charm, and, paradoxically, makes the service seem more real.
Join Us For Our Regular SL Kaffeeklatsch
Jon us for our Second Life kaffeeklatsch Tuesday 7 am Second Life Time, at Notre Dame de Caffeine. The subject: Using Second Life for collaboration in SL and real life. For more on Web 2.0 collaboration tools, see this week's cover story, "Most Business Tech Pros Wary About Web 2.0 Tools In Business.".
My FABULOUS Second Life
I've discovered that Ziggy Figaro, my alter ego in Second Life, is vain. In Second Life, I spend a good deal of time shopping, fussing over my appearance, and figuring out what to wear. In real life, I devote exactly as much effort on my appearance as I need to, and no more.
Don't Think SaaS Won't Require Support
One of the selling points to management on software as a service (SaaS) is the assertion that it will eliminate internal support costs. A few companies I'm working with are finding that support costs don't always go away, and that's especially true for larger companies. Effective SaaS programs require more internal support than many realize. Here are three areas to consider.
How I'm Making Enemies In Second Life
I've had two major interviews in Second Life go badly on me, and I'm still trying to figure out why. I handled them exactly as I do my real-life interviews, and I mostly don't have these problems in RL. It's apparent that the rules are different for SL interviews -- but how? And can the needs of RL and SL be reconciled, or should I brace myself for further conflict?
Using Second Life For Disaster Preparedness Training
Play2train.org built a realistic simulation of a small town in Second Life, complete with detailed restaurants and a complete hospital. Then they blew the whole village up real good, as well as inflicting pestilence such as a smallpox epidemic, in order to help train emergency personnel in disaster preparedness. View a 16-minute video overview of the tabletop simulation below.
Second Life Kaffeeklatsch Series Gets Off To A Brisk Start
This morning's kickoff kaffeeklatsch in Second Life was a success, with a small but high-quality group gathered to discuss doing business in-world, and drink virtual coffee (as well as a bit of absinthe). Join us Friday morning at 10 a.m. EST (7 a.m. Pacific time) when the suggested topic will be managing growth. People are signing up by the thousands -- can Second Life keep up?
Join Us For A Kaffeeklatsch In Second Life
Join us in Second Life Tuesday at 7 am for the first in a regular, twice-weekly series of kaffeeklatsches to discuss the top technology news and trends of the day, co-hosted by InformationWeek and Dr. Dobb's Journal.
Join The InformationWeek Group In Second Life
I've gone and created an InformationWeek group in Second Life, so if you're "in-world" (as we happenin' Second Lifers say), join up to be informed about all the exciting things that InformationWeek is doing in Second Life.
SaaS Explodes and Takes New App Directions
In a recent blog, Nicholas Carr writes that "large companies appear to be jumping en masse onto the software-as-a-service bandwagon." He cited a McKinsey survey that found that 61% of North American companies with sales over $1 billion plan to adopt one or more SaaS apps over the next year. What's significant is that SaaS is gaining acceptance within businesses that once rejected SaaS.
Another Windows User Brainwashed Into The Apple Cult
You wouldn't know it from all my kvetching, but I'm actually happy about making the switch from Windows to the Mac. However, if you're thinking about making the jump yourself, you should know that it's an enormous pain in the neck at first.
Second Life's Linden Lab Punctures Its Own Hype
Linden Lab appears to be taking steps to puncture the hype bubble surrounding its creation, Second Life, providing realistic statistics on how many people are actually using the service, and debunking claims that the Linden Dollar tokens used in SL are a kind of real currency.
Second Life Crashes My Mac
There are few things more frustrating than getting a new computer and finding out that it might need to go back to the shop right away. My six-day-old Mac runs flawlessly except for one thing: After I've been running Second Life a while, the Mac crashes hard, locks up, and throws up an error message that says it needs to be re-started.
Windows Vista Will Give SaaS Apps a Boost
With the release of Windows Vista, I'm reminded of the release of Windows 95 more than ten years ago. The hype was huge, and many felt the world would change forever. It did not. OS vendors are finding it harder and harder to make new releases compelling, but it could be different for Windows Vista when considering software as a service.
Using Second Life For Meetings And Collaborations
I admit I was skeptical, at first, about whether it made any sense to hold meetings in Second Life. Getting together a bunch of avatars to discuss real-life business issues seemed to me to be just plain silly. I would have said adding Second Life to a meeting added distractions and brought nothing useful. However, recent conversations with IBM and with an executive at a SL consulting firm have given me some things to think about with regard to the value of meeting in virtual reality.
Can SAP Embrace On-Demand?
SAP, in the light of weakening demand for its software, has announced plans to expand faster into the on-demand market. "SAP AG used its fourth-quarter conference call to trickle out more details about its forthcoming mid-market product, promising a 'game-changing' offering that combines SOA technology with a new business model...
Second Life TV Promo Appears In Super Bowl Pre-Game Show
People watching the Super Bowl pre-game show on CBS got a look inside Second Life, in the form of a short promotion for the sitcom Two and a Half Men that was filmed inside the virtual world using a technique called "machinima."
A Nation Of European-American Porn Stars And Village People
I've succumbed to the anonymity trend in Second Life, and got myself a second avatar for most of my future explorations. I'll keep using Ziggy Figaro when I'm in there representing InformationWeek, but most of the time I'll just use this other avatar, so I can do what I want, without having to worry about making my employers look bad.