Rich’s Blog: ‘Mashups’ Sew Data Together – Finally make inroads to the main stream

You may remember Episode 1 of the Take2 Podcast [take2.greenbush.us] (then again .. maybe not *LOL*) … In case you missed it , the main topic of discussion was "Data Mashups" & "Widgets" — The Wall Street Journal Reports "'Mashups' Sew Data Together" [online.wsj.com] And to hear and see more from us on Mashups: [take2.greenbush.us] [widgets.yahoo.com] [www.greenbush.org]

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Social Network for For Teachers ! – Class 2.0 (via Ning)

A fantastic social network for teachers – [classroom20.ning.com] is a great tool for any educator looking to connect, compare, and interact with other like minded educators ! In the Class 2.0 network I have also set up a group dedicated to – Croquet/Secondlife/OpenSim 3D virtual classroom users and developers:: [tinyurl.com] Feel free to join and contribute ! [classroom20.ning.com]

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Rich’s Blog: The Open Source Distributed P2P 3D Virtual Environment – Croquet

Back in October of 2006 the GBLabs team began exploring the 3D collaborative virtual environment of Secondlife, We purchased an Island (Back in March 2007) and are doing extensive work (even still !) to create a "universe" for teachers to collaborate virtually in. For the the past 4-5 months it has occured that we need several approach's in the 3D environments space. To go along with the Secondlife "Universal" collaborative space I have been poking around on several "Local Greenbush" hosted options…. One interesting project is Croquet (you have read me post about OpenSim?). Croquet is "The Open Source Distributed P2P 3D Virtual Environment ".. there is no central server … in the spirit of P2P networks every participant is also a potential host. I will continue to explore Croquet… my next task is to build some ojetcs…. I will…

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Rich’s Blog: A very big development not only for entertainment but huge for education as well !

Large scale broadband wireless services would obviously dramatically change the way Greenbush can deliver services and change the dynamics of our "Mobile Media" platform (bringing it squarely to the forefront). As outlined here – [rich.greenbush.us] – we see the two emerging service delivery platforms for us residing in the mobile media and virtual environments space … and if Google has their way almost EVERYONE in the entertainment and education space will see the same. As outlined here: [www.google.com] "Google Intends to Bid in Spectrum Auction If FCC Adopts Consumer Choice and Competition Requirements" … This would be a HUGE development not only for Greebush but almost everyone with content. More on the details are here: [www.google.com] UPDATE FCC Auction Rules Could Redraw Map Of Wireless Sector… [online.wsj.com] UPDATE FCC Backs Spectrum Open Access [online.wsj.com] "The Federal Communications Commission paved the…

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Rich’s Blog: IT – Innovation – and the quickly changing landscape of service delivery.

[www.businessweek.com] From businessweek.com Data are the "raw material" of today. "Any product that is not closely associated with a service today, will be in 10 years," said Kevin Fong, managing director of Silicon Valley's renowned Mayfield venture capital fund, at a recent Institute of Design strategy conference. In line with our theory: (1) we are a content provider (2) content can be digitized (3) digitized info can be transfered via the internet (4) Greenbush anywhere ! The above article outlines the importance of seeming IT into the innovations process – connecting the dots – applying business processes to the innovation – and evolving quickly !

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Rich’s Blog: Eating your own dog food & using what you build

Along the same likes of Steve Jobs speach stating "developers build the things they would like to use their self". [en.wikipedia.org] To say that a company "eats its own dog food" means that it uses the products that it makes. For example, Microsoft emphasizes the use of its own software products inside the company. Dogfooding improves software quality, because the developers best able to fix bugs are likely to be personally confronted with them. It's also a means of conveying the company's confidence in their products: imagine the public relations nightmare if it were to emerge that Apple's iPod team all owned Zunes, or if the Yahoo! Search team used Ask.com for their personal surfing. …. Using one's own products has four primary benefits: 1. The product's developers are familiar with using the products they develop. 2. The company's members…

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Rich’s Blog: What will web 3.0 look like (RSS becomes the webs backbone – live stream is Mainstream)?

With RSS as the new "Driver of the Web" and Live streaming media becoming "Main Stream" web 3.0 will look very different from todays 2.0 variety. In an interesting article outlining the role of mobile media in the future howtosplitanatom writes about "How To Define Web 3.0" [howtosplitanatom.com] * RSS evolves into a web 3.0 driver * Mobile Devices become elaborate RSS readers * Mobile Media is EVERYWHERE (players, phones, watches) * Podcast will be "Branded" (ala Greenbush Directory !) * Everything aimed at the long tail "Niche Market" * All television shows are BETA projects * a "Live Stream" is "Main Stream"

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The Case for Mobile Media and Immersive Environments

Below is a graphic containing trends for Ipod sales and SL user sign ups. Outlining my belief that the emerging technology that needs the greatest amount of research and exploration (especially in education) are in these areas (especially as they relate to the future of Greenbush services). At some point the law of large numbers would take effect (i.e. — a small percent of a large number is well … a pretty big number itself !)

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Rich’s Blog: What is new media marketing?

[en.wikipedia.org] (and addressing the question – Are well selling the car or the road?) New Media Marketing is a relatively new concept utilized by businesses in developing an online community, which allows satisfied customers to congregate and extol the virtues of a particular brand. In most cases, the online community includes mechanisms such as blogs, podcasts, message boards, and product reviews, all of which contribute to a transparent forum to post praises, criticisms, questions, and suggestions. One of the primary arguments to promote New Media Marketing is the premise that traditional advertising is losing its influence on consumers. Backed by statistical evidence demonstrating a growing trend of consumers making purchasing decisions off Internet research and referrals. These advocates strongly adhere to the notion that consumers are more inclined to believe feedback from like-minded peers than corporate marketing verbiage dispersed through…

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Rich’s Blog: More on our virtual environments work & Opensim work

[www.opensimulator.org] Opensim has just released version 0.3 of their VE server …. I am looking forward to installing and exploring it …. I have version 0.2 running on a Mac machine with marginal success (I can only run it in sandbox mode and can not save inventory objects when they are made). MORE ON OUR VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS WORK Our goal with our virtual environments work is to host our own “Virtual simulator” Our locally hosted virtual environment will: (1) allow us to build 3D class specific resources for virtual education and meeting spaces. (2) The future of our virtual environments initiatives will largely be placed in our locally hosted simulations. However.. we do still see a role for our secondlife work (though our primary focus will be our locally hosted environments): The role of Secondlife will be (1) Learn the…

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Skunkworks defined – and a few article on how vital it can be to the innovation process

_ [via: [www.webopedia.com]] A typically small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project for the sake of innovation. The term typically is used in regard to technology projects. A skunkworks often operates independent of a companyÂ’s normal research and development operations and therefore often is subject to limitations in resources. Skunkworks projects often are undertaken in secret with the understanding that if the development is successful then the product will be designed later according to the usual process. A famous example of a skunkworks project is the first Apple Macintosh computer. The term comes from the Skonk Works, the Kickapoo Joy Juice bootleg brewing operation in Al CappÂ’s LiÂ’l Abner comic strip. A FEW LINKS: * Sniffing out skunkworks * The Mosh Pits of Innovation

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Rich’s Blog: The Greensbush Labs 3 fundamental principles

The Greensbush Labs fundamental principles (1) Greenbush is primarily a content provider (dealing in intellectual capitol) (2) "Most" content can be digitized (3) "Most" digital content can be delivered via the internet (4) "Most" people in the US have access to the internet (5) "Most" Greenbush Content can be delivered ANYWHERE … Now .. How do we do this? * Secondlife? * Podcasts? * GreenbushTV? We have a decent start ! … Stay Tuned ! The Framework Simplified: Greenbush Labs (A Greenbush Skunkworks Style Process) (1) Create – Explore in a Skunkworks style (beta/development) process/environment (proving concept with little expenditure) – while documenting & sharing notes via our blogs (2) After/while concept is being proven – demonstrate – Podcast/Blog results ("Evangelize !") (3) If/When departments adopt and/or concept is institutionalized – assist with implementing (considering scalability through the regular and…

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Rich’s Blog: OpenSim – The “Firefox and the Apache of the 3D world” :: A 3D immersive environments server platform ALA Secondlife

Hosting your own 3D virtual environment will some day be as common as hosting a legacy web site via Apache (an open source web server) thanks to the OpenSim project. [excerpt via interview with Soft Linden – [tinyurl.com]] "OpenSim is a sort of doing a fresh public implementation of some of the stuff we havenÂ’t opened yet while weÂ’re finding the best way to open SL completely without security problems, or throwing away our current business model without having a new one in place yet. I donÂ’t know where OpenSim fits in in the long run. We *do* plan to release the sim source just as we have with the viewer. So itÂ’s weird to have a major parallel effort in a world where the Firefox and the Apache of the 3D world context will already exist. ItÂ’s possible theyÂ’ll…

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