Monthly Archives: March 2009

Mozilla set to Develop Web 3D Standards for the Browser

The “3D Web” has been around for many years … but bringing a “Plugin-less” web browser friendly client looks to be underway by Mozilla

Khronos has set up a working group to create a standard for what it calls accelerated 3D graphics on the web.

It could lead to widespread browser-based gaming as well as creating 3D environments in social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

The aim is to produce a first public version within a year.

“For a number of reasons, I think now is the time to .. figure out what an initial take of 3D on the web should look like,” said Mozilla’s infrastructure engineer Vladimir Vukicevic in his blog.

 Can read the rest here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7963302.stm

We pretty much “Know” what 3D on the web should look like (SL, Opensim, Wonderland, OpenCobalt, and man many others) as is pointed out here – its a matter of implementing a “plugin-less” browser standard at this point.

There are plenty of other developers and organizations trying to bring 3D to the Web, but most rely on plug-ins to do so, whether that’s the near ubiquitous Flash, a quickly growing Unity3D, or their own proprietary technologies. The benefit of the new standard, if it’s successful, would be that designers could include hardware-accelearated 3D graphics in their websites without forcing users to download a plugin.  With OpenGL, JavaScript, and hardware acceleration available on pretty much all platforms, it could also make it easier to develop apps and environments across multiple contexts.
That said, the initial development may have a tough time competing in the games or virtual worlds space with more advanced plugins. Regardless, more options are certainly exciting.

The rest from Virtual Worlds News

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Immersive Education London Summit: April 23rd-24th

I will be presenting  Edusim – Cobalt and the Mobile Immersive Learning Lab at the Immersive Education London Summit next month (April 23rd-24th).  The event  will certainly prove to be a very exciting one this year with augmented reality being previewed in several of the sessions.  For those in or around London or venturing across the pond for the event I would like to met up with you !

For more information about the event in particular visit: http://mediagrid.org/summit

When you register be sure to enter “RWHITE-09-LONDON-04”  for the Registration Code and Ill be notified of your participant – I would like to meet up with as many virtual world educators as possible while there !

Cheers!
Rich
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You know Open Source has Gone Mainstream when…

You know Open Source has Gone Mainstream when…  Microsoft dives in head first (they have had their toe in the water for a few years now)!

Below is a piece from ComputerWorlds blog

“We are moving from the technology footing we have been building to a business footing,” says Sam Ramji, senior director of platform strategy at Microsoft.

What that means is Microsoft will concentrate more on involving end-users, partners and systems integrators in growing Windows as a platform for running open source applications, pushing adoption of Linux as a guest on Windows-based virtualization and focusing on the integration of Windows and Linux infrastructure in the data center.

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Twitter – The evolution of the RSS reader

Twitter and Google Reader are quite different tools under the hood.  Twitter is VERY user friendly only requiring the user to “follow” other users that “tweet” (enter text in 140 characters of less) the information they are interested in.  Google reader (and other RSS readaers) required the user to grab (usually copying and pasting the RSS link into Google/Feed Reader) the “RSS Feed” from the source they would like to follow – and subscribe to that (RSS or Atom) feed.

My own personal experince is that I have relied on an RSS reader of some sort since 2004  and have been a Twitter user since 2007.  But over the last 6 months it has struck me how similar my TweetDeck (what I use to grab and post information to Twitter) stream is to my Google Reader Stream, in fact many time I get useful information first through my twitter stream, then a few days later get the (same) news through GReader. It is becoming relatively clear that Twitter is the next evolution of the RSS reader (which makes me wonder how long it will be before Google buys it as it did Feedburner when the writing was on the wall).

And to follow me on twitter -> http://www.twitter.com/richwhite  :)
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Moodle3D – Moodle to Opesim/Wonderland/Cobalt Port: Phase 1 Moodle to Opensim

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(In reference to Moodle3D)

Sloodle developers are carrying the torch for “Phase 1 -
Moodle to Opensim” …  there is a meeting planned for tomorrow (led
by the Sloodle team) , the details are below !

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What: Moodle 3D Phase 1 – Sloodle/Moodle to Opensim

When: Wednesday 18th at 2pm SL/PDT or 9PM GMT

Where: Sloodle Island in Secondlife:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/sloodle/129/129/24

Purpose: To discussing the way forward, issues and approaches needed
to bring a port of sloodle to OpenSim.

A number of areas seem include
a) Porting the existing Sloodle tools to OpenSim. lsl approach.
- issues, limitations, approach, what do we need to know.
b) The future e.g. tighter integration with Moodle e.g. direct links
to moodle database from OpenSim? Other platforms?
- issues,limitations, approach, what do we need to know.
c) The next steps.

I suggest taking these areas in this order of these issues, but may
have to call time to ensure that we do not end up only discussing one
issue.

1) Introduction
2) very brief overview of sloodle ( fuller demonstrations will have to
take place at other times)
3) general brainstorm of some ideas – so that these are not missed.
4) Porting existing sloodle tool sets.
5) The future – tighter integration with opensim and other worlds.
6) Next steps.

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Moodle meets Opensim (Open Source Virtual Worlds & Learning Management Systems Converge)

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I have a small group exploring exactly what might be involved in a “Moodle3D” implementation (1, 2, 3) .  Where middleware would seam Moodle and “Opensim, Cobalt, or Wonderland” transactions & activities.  I have exchanged a few brief memos with the core Sloodle development team to start with a Sloodle to Opensim port … from there we will have a better idea what services would be necessary for a more generic approach.

Ill keep observers posted on the results, and if you are interested in participating please feel free to comment or send me a memo (rich.lynn.white@gmail.com)!

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Web 2.0 technologies are dissolving the “barriers” between people

Having wrote on the subject since Nov. 15 2005 its nice to see that “The great disruption of social networks has reached its tipping point. The theory of the impact of the networked world has become real”

A great piece on just how far the techology we call “Web 2.o” that includes blogs, micro-blogging, social networks, and virtual worlds has come (not to mention it helped elect a president) -

What Are the 5 Social Business Factors?

A brief excerpt:

Web 2.0 technologies are dissolving the “barriers” between people—whether it is between nations and communities, producers and consumers, or labor and capital. The people are gaining power—both in influence and impact—over anything and everything,

Divisions between cultures, departments, communities, producers and consumers were designed to keep power to the few Power is obtained by controlling communications, media and capital. You control these three elements and the masses are kept in the dark as to what could be, can be and should be the Socialutions that serve a larger purpose and benefits the many, not just the few.

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Succeed by doubling your failure rate

The above quote was one by Thomas Watson, Founder of IBM who said “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” .. So sticking to my saturday http://www.ideachampions.com theme I wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes from the post here (catch the rest there):

“99 percent of success is built on failure.” – Charles Kettering

“I have not failed once. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.” – Charles Kettering

“Give me the man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
– Robert F. Kennedy

“If your life is free of failures, you’re not taking enough risks.”
– H. Jackson Brown

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” – Thomas A. Edison

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Organizational Culture of Innovation: Where new products are born

Being a fan of http://www.ideachampions.com I wanted to share their “50 Ways to Foster a Sustainable Culture of Innovation” why is this important? It is where our products in 5 years will originate.

The entire list of 50 are here, below are som of my favorites !

2. Wherever you can, whenever you can, always drive fear out of the workplace. Fear is “Public Enemy #1″ of an innovative culture.

5. Make new mistakes.

6. As far as the future is concerned, don’t speculate on what might happen, but imagine what you can make happen.

11. Encourage everyone to communicate. Provide user-friendly systems to make this happen. (BLOG BLOG BLOG!)

15. Notice innovation efforts. Nurture them wherever they crop up. Reward them.

19. Think long term. Since the average successful “spin-off” takes about 7.5 years, the commitment to innovation initiatives need to be well beyond “next quarter.”

24. Communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate and then communicate again. Deliver each important message at least six times. (BLOG BLOG BLOG!)

25. Set up your own idea depository/database and make it as interactive as you want (BLOG BLOG BLOG!).

41. Don’t make innovation the responsibility of a few. Make innovation the responsibility of each and every employee with performance goals for each and every functional area.

48. Remove whatever organizational obstacles are in the way of people communicating bold, new ideas to top management.

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