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Life is too short for social interaction” – Let Google live your life for you

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Google Xistence

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January 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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What happened to (my) (Linden Labs) Second Life?

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So, you didn’t like your real life (First Life).  So there it was, Linden Labs Second Life – where the rules of  fame, fortune, success, respect, status, and social relationships worked by a different set of rules.  But what happens when the bloom is off the rose.  Now what?

At its peak, the Second Life economy had more money swilling about than several third-world countries. It had even produced its own millionaire, Anshe Chung, who made a very real fortune from buying and selling property that existed only on Second Life servers.

Three years on, and the hype has been extinguished. Second Life has seen its status as the web wonderchild supplanted by Facebook and Twitter. The newspapers have forgotten about it, the Reuters correspondent has long since cleared his virtual desk, and you can walk confidently around tech trade shows without a ponytailed “Web 2.0 Consultant” offering to put your company on the Second Life map for the price of a company car.

But what has happened to Second Life? Have the hundreds of thousands of registered players logged off and found a real life? Has the Second Life economy collapsed? And what’s become of the extroverts, entrepreneurs and evangelists I encountered on my first visit? There’s only one way to find out.

I’m going back in.

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Gartner has a framwork to understand “Hype Cycles” .
Check out a few current trends and see where they are on the framework.

For Virtual Worlds –
For Social Software –
The Hype Cycle explained –

Read an older article from Wired –

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January 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm

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Steve Jobs (Apple CEO): How to live before you die

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Death is the single best invention of life . . . Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. . . . Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose…”

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January 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm

VirtualizationVMware vSphere Vs. Microsoft Hyper-V: A Technical Analysis

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If you work in a large corporate environment that real PC desktop on your desk might soon turn into a virtualized desktop on a corporate virtualized environment.  Same with that application server.  Virtualization is now a mature technology.  If you have Windows 7, you already have the ability to run a virtualized Windows XP alongside Windows 7.  And this is just the start.

If you are on the techie side, and want to find out about virtualization in general and two competing solutions in particular then take a look at his white paper.

The battle to be your virtualization vendor is in full swing, and it has important ramifications for the vendors involved, and for your data center. The goal of this whitepaper is to analyze the technical aspects of the two major choices: VMware vSphere 4 and Microsoft Hyper-V R2 (as part of Windows Server 2008 R2). This paper considers server virtualization alone, not desktop virtualization or “presentation virtualization”. Certainly presentation virtualization will be an important aspect of the virtualization gamut, but with the entry of Microsoft into the server virtualization market, and the still-unrealized huge potential for server virtualization, this is a topic of great interest to many datacenters.

From the Corporate Technologies Strategy Group
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Check out our previous postings on the subject of virtualization

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January 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

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The Magic Bullet (uh Packet) for Remote Computers- Wake Up on LAN

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You have remote computers in you house, you don’t need to have them running all the time, but when you do need them you don’t want to have to go over to the remote location to turn them on.

How do you remotely turn-on a computer from power off state?

You can read a previous article on this site on how to turn a PC “Clunker” into a usable part of your home computer assets.

For example, using FreeNas and a clunker PC (a PC headed for the trash) with only a Hard drive and a CD-ROM drive (no keyset or monitor needed) you can turn this Clunker into a useful member of society.

For example, a home network can benefit, at least, from centralized NAS (Network Attached Storage).  Beyond this FreeNas can server up a Torrent service as well as FTP, iSCSCI, and a bunch of other useful network services that you can use on you home network.

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January 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Amateur Radio folks and Legal Eagles…

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…please see the extended response by Keith C Baker- KB1SF / VA3KSF

Amateur Radios Fall from Grace:the discussion in QRZ on licensing and testing

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January 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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Making Whuffie in the Social Economy Or, How to be a ravenous social capitalist

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We seek a new beginning…

“We seek a new beginning”.  If you have seen the movie  Apocalypto then you know the significance of this phrase.  It refers to a new World – a fundamental paradigm shift.

A “new beginning” can come in many flavors.  In the strong sense, a  “new beginning” could mean  “a break into an apocalyptic end of the world”.  But it could also be a more subtle change.  And perhaps that change is happening now.

What could a new beginning look like? – or at least, what are the aspects of a new beginning?

The science fiction novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow has gotten some people thinking.  One of the people thinking is Tara Hunt.  Tara Hunt is a writer, author, and Marketing Consultant.  Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom got Tara Hunt thinking about Whuffie.


What are the aspects of the post apocalyptic world of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom?

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January 17, 2010 at 6:15 am

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