Daily Archives: September 20, 2006

Touring the Metaverse

Last week, one of our colleagues sent me a Sametime asking if I would have time to help him get the hang of Second Life, since I’d been foolish enough to blog about the topic. We set up a slot yesterday to meet online and talk through how it all works.

We started off on Hursley Island and I got him kitted out with some funky clothing. That actually turned out to be a helpful experience, as it taught him how to move around, pan/zoom (hold down Alt, in case you don’t know what I’m talking about), open boxes, play with the inventory, etc..

We also had a quick look at some of the technology demos lying around on Hursley, before heading off to virtual Dublin. Whilst exploring Trinity College [slurl] we were approached by the “mayor” i.e. creator of the sim, who explained that he was about to do some radio interviews in RL Dublin – evidently, there’s a lot of publicity over there at the moment.

In the evening, I camped at the Pooley sim to sit in on the Town Hall meeting with Philip Linden, since I wanted to hear what he had to say about the recent security issue and lack of stability in the past fortnight. The man himself arrived… but just as he started to speak, my client crashed and I wasn’t able to get back on the sim –  bah! I’ll have to listen to the podcast instead.

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More interesting Second Life stuff:

Latest free WebSphere App Server is out

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, the free, IBM-supported Java Enterprise Edition environment based on Apache Geronimo, reached version 1.1 this week.

Among the changes are new platforms, new installers, and Java 1.5 support… and of course it is based on Geronimo 1.1, so there is a whole lot of other new goodness such as the plugin architecture (see this developerWorks article for more).

I’m looking forward to giving it a test drive, particularly since it should enable me to administer JMS resources through the web console now – hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to play with it properly early next month, after one of my current projects is completed.

Full documentation is available online.

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