Monthly Archives: April 2006

Conference time

I’m off to a conference in Las Vegas this week – I’ll be speaking to a group of my colleagues in IBM Software Services for WebSphere on some Message Broker topics, and helping with some practical education sessions. I’ll try to blog from there, but it will obviously depend on time, and network availability. Leaving in the morning.

I’ve decided not to take my camera. It was a very hard decision, but frankly it will be bulky to carry on the flight and around with me during the day, and I’m simply not sure how much time I’ll have for photography. I’m sure I’m going to miss it when I’m there. Unless any other options present themselves, it will be the inbuilt camera on my phone, which is very poor quality.

If I don’t get to blog from there, then I’ll be posting again on my return…

Building experiments in Second Life

Not wanting to be left behind in my Second Life skills, I began to investigate how to build and manipulate objects and scripts. Read on, and it will become apparent that I am but an amateur …

my screen

I decided that my first task would be to build a screen, with a goal of trying to display an image from my Flickr account. I found an interesting article on O’ReillyNet about how to run a PowerPoint presentation inside SL. Rather than following the suggested method of uploading images / slides as images, I decided to try the alternative method from the comments on that article – pointing my screen at a media stream which was, in fact, my image, since apparently the QuickTime player in SL should support JPEGs.

I joined a group so that I could have a bit of land to build my screen. As you’ll see from the screenshot, the screen itself is fairly simple, a thin 4:3 ratio object made from glass. The idea was that when you touched it, the image would appear. According to the API reference for llParcelMediaCommandList():

You are allowed one movie (or “media” resource) per land parcel […] Script functions only work for objects owned by the land owner or deeded to the group that owns the land. (Remember to set asset permissions on your script and object as well as sharing it with the group!)

Initially, I didn’t see an image. So I then tried deeding my object to the group. Unfortunately, at that point I failed to be able to modify the object any more, so I guess I messed up the permissions somehow. In the end, I had to delete my screen, and will have to wait for another opportunity to play with this function.

In other Second Life news, as of yesterday the population had grown to 200,000 residents.

Blog migration progress

Regular readers will remember that one of my bugbears with the migration from Blogger to WordPress was the lag in Google reindexing my new site (refs 1, 2, and 3). I freely admit that my blog has a low hit rate, so Google and other search engines have been key to attracting interest so far.

I’m glad to say that normal service appears to have resumed. My statistics widget is showing more than 1,000 hits, which is still low, but given the relative youth of this blog, I’m confident that I can catch Gendal eventually. May it take me 1,000 years…

The blog stats and feed stats pages are showing a fair number of daily hits, and once again I’m able to see which posts are most popular on a day-to-day basis, as well as learning which search terms are providing me with the most hits. For those that don’t have a blog already, here’s a preview of the sort of data that I’m now able to see (with some cutting and pasting to compose a single screenshot – normally this would take up a bit more room, obviously)


I prefer this interface far more than the one provided by the SiteMinder stuff I’d hacked into Blogger. For starters, I can see the search terms in plain text. The graphs and things are nice, too.

Online caffeination

Found via Ross Burton’s blogHas Bean Coffee. I’m going to try them the next time we run out.

McNealy out from Sun CEO role

It was rumoured for the umpteenth time last week (via Slashdot), but now he's actually going. Only as CEO though, he remains chairman.

Richard has an interesting viewpoint.

(hmm, just realised the original post title was really misleading, so i changed it…)