Monthly Archives: March 2007

Rich’s Blog: What I am up to on Twitter — CC also talks about “what is Twitter” on his blog

[www.managingthegray.com]

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Twitter is Twitter. Yes it feels sort of like a chat room sometimes. Other times itÂ’s more like a global watercooler that we are all hanging around. Sometimes itÂ’s direct communications with others that the world can watch. Finally itÂ’s just something to brain dump into multiple times a day.



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Rich’s Blog: CIOs use Web 2.0 tools to keep up with the competition [via computerworld.com]

[tinyurl.com]

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Web 2.0 is more than just a passing fad for consumers, with adoption of technologies like wikis and RSS making their way into businesses facing competitive pressures if they don't embrace the emerging collaborative tools, according to a recent survey of CIOs.

In its survey, Forrester Research Inc. said that 106 of 119 CIOs from companies with more than 500 employees were using at least one of these Web 2.0 technologies: blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS, social networking and content tagging. CIOs said that adoption is being driven by gains in worker efficiency and fear of competitive pressures.

Oliver Young, a Forrester analyst and author of the report, said the online survey, done late last year, proves that Web 2.0 tools are not just a consumer fad.

"They are really making their way into the enterprise," he said. "For those people who were adopting the technology, it was really because it was helping them with some business process they were struggling with."

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Rich’s Blog: Coldwell Banker To Sell Second Life Properties [via slashdot.com]

[games.slashdot.org]

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"Coldwell Banker has bought extensive tracts of property on the central 'mainland' of Second Life. (Most companies own 'islands' scattered all over.) It subdivided this digital land into 520 individual houses and living units, half of which it will sell and half it will rent… 'A small number of land barons mostly control real estate in Second Life, and we thought we could bring real estate to the masses,' [a VP explained]."

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My $.02 — we will see more of this type of activity over the next 5 years … just as we did the regular we in the mid 90's


Rich’s Blog: Creating instructional school videos via Secondlife

An immediate use for student programming using our Secondlife Land:

[en.wikipedia.org]

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machine animation, is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre defined by those techniques. As a production technique, the term concerns the rendering of computer-generated imagery (CGI) using real-time, interactive (game) 3D engines, as opposed to high-end and complex 3D animation software used by professionals. Engines from first person shooter and role-playing simulation video games are typically used. Consequently, the rendering can be done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines using huge render farms. As a film genre, the term refers to movies created by the techniques described above.

Usually, machinima productions are produced using the tools (demo recording, camera angle, level editor, script editor, etc.) and resources (backgrounds, levels, characters, skins, etc.) available in a game.

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EXAMPLE:

Rich’s Blog: A great article demonstrating the Greenbush Systhesis Knowledgbase Concept

is here:

[www.readwriteweb.com]

They call it "CrowdSourcing" (A fancey web 2.0 word for knowledge management)

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The wisdom of crowds is all around us these days. Wikipedia is one of the best known examples of the concept at work. Thousands of Wikipedia users have created an encyclopedia that studies have shown is as accurate as traditional volumes like Britannica. Another well-known project is the Yahoo! Buzz Game, which is a prediction market for "high-tech products, concepts, and trends." Their memetracker market, for example, has predicted the state of the market in line with Alexa data. Note: Read/WriteWeb covered a Yahoo! event about prediction markets here.

[www.cambrianhouse.com]

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