Tuesday, January 30, 2007

BK Scores Big with Games

I'm not sure about the ramifications of this, but something tells me this is significant. Burger King allegedly boosted profits by 40% by adding some cheeky Xbox games to the menu (that you can buy for about $4 USD if you purchase a value meal).

Check out an article about this [HERE].

Monday, January 22, 2007

SL Job Finder

Another SL first, finding jobs in SL. Check out www.sljobfinder.com.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Funny: Get a Real Life

A satire website that pokes fun at Second Life can be found [HERE]. The site is pretty work safe, but not completely.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Second Talk

I haven't been posting much, both because I'm busy, and because even though SL is growing like crazy, not to many earth shattering events are happening as of late. More and more companies are piling in-world, and more and more users from other nations ourside the U.S. are logging in, which is where I think most of SL's growth is happening right now.

I found one interesting application that I haven't actually tried yet, both because the SL grid is down and because Skype won't work for me behind my corporate firewall. The application is called Second Talk. It integrates Skype into SL, so it might be worth a look. We are still kind of racking our brains on what VOIP solution to use. Team speak seems to be the in-world favorite, we have used the gizmoproject with some success but it is an intrusive app that installs some software on your box that is constantly pinging a server somewhere. Skype looks really promising, especially the skype cast moderated discussions, but we can't access Skype here at work. Grrr...

Anyhow, maybe Second Talk is worth a look. You can check it out [HERE].

(I found this referenced on http://planet.worldofsl.com/)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Virtual Banking

Maybe I'll just setup a site redirect to Tony Walsh's Clickable Culture Blog :) His latest article deals with virtual banking. Pretty soon in Second Life and other M.U.V.E.'s you will be able to more your virtual holdings to and from your RL bank account.

Check out the post [HERE].

More Ammo from Clickable Culture

Once again the Clickable Culture blog proves itself out to be a valuable resource for those of us who are trying to convince management that the "game space" is a space that should be taken seriously. I believe involvement in this space may end up being necessary for the very survival of some academic and business institutions as they struggle to remain competitive as the demographics of their customer bases change and evolve. Check out Clickable's latest post that reveals some interesting stats on how important the game space is to the next generation.

Check the post out [HERE].

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

IBM to Build More Storefronts

MIT's Technology Review talks a little bit more about what IBM, Sun, and Circuit City are up to. IBM looks like they are going to start building more virtual store fronts in SL.

Read the article [HERE].

Why You Should Care About Second Life

Computer World's Angela Gunn posted a nice article explaining what Second Life is and why business entities should care about it.

Read the article [HERE].

Campus Technology Magazine Features M.U.V.E's

Campus Technology magazine featured an article on M.U.V.E.'s - Multi User Virtual Environments and how they will impact education in the future.

Check out the article [HERE].

The Democrats Tap Second Life

It looks like some members of the Democratic party are beginning to experiment with using SL.

Check out the details [HERE].

Monday, January 08, 2007

Second Life to Go Open Source....Kinda...

Hackers and CopyBot wanna be's rejoice! Linden today will release the code for the Second Life client as open source. Read more [HERE].

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Second Life Business Communicator's Wiki

I scanned a lot of content today now that I'm back and I found some interesting articles, but nothing really all that new. I found one link of interest...the Second Life Business Communicator's Wiki...check it out [HERE].

Oh yeah...SL membership hit over 2.2 million by Jan 1st 07...not bad.