"I need to make one disclaimer up front: this code works, but just
barely. I'm throwing it out, as always, as a proof of concept thing
more than anything else. If someone out there wants to take this, fix
it up, and become the next Linden millionaire, have at it. The second
uBrowser gets integrated, this is outmoded. Okay..."
"...only been tested on Windows XP using Python 2.4"
Hop into Second Lifetoday, Thursday, March 30th at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST to rap with smart mobber and online community guru Howard Rheingold on the Rheingold sim (interestingly, someone else's creation :). He's going to tell (I love this) "a new story about how humans get things done." Details here.
If you have a Second Life account, click this SLurl to be brought directly to Rheingold sim.
"The latest Nintendo Power to hit the newsstands contains an official confirmation that, indeed, the Opera browser for the DS will be released in Japanese stores by June 2006 - and current speculation is that it'll have a US street date of December. Impossibly far away for we Americans, yeah, but at least we can all be assured that, at any rate, it's not vaporware."
"If the UI Mod was installed correctly, you should now see a small xbox controller icon in the lower right-hand corner. Left-clicking this icon will bring up the Combo Editor. Note that technical limitations prevent using the controller from being used to enter these combos, so don't bother trying. Using the keyboard, you can begin building your combo library. Valid combos are up to 5 key/modifier pairs...Hint: don't try to make them all up front, just play for a bit and whenever you're like "shit, I need to do this fast", go make a combo"
Second Life has just scored $11 million in funding from a pretty gosh darn intriguing collection of investors. Check the article: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6146717.html on CNET. Interestingly, Catherine Linden is quoted as saying that SL is currently not profitable. Overall, the article discusses the graphical upgrade, infrastructural development and international expansion of SL. The main thought I have on this is that it probably wouldn't have been necessary had SL spent more time developing infrastructure, mainly business and social applications within SL. Obviously SL will diffuse faster when it's easier to use to accomplish a variety of tasks. So LL needs to take the lead as far as developing that infrastructure by doing it directly, perhaps even by launching for-profit businesses within SL. This will then spark evolution by encouraging template copy-cats. If you build EASY TO USE INFRASTRUCTURE they will come. But since that hasn't yet occurred top-down, LL now needs more external investment in order to maintain the growth rate. The longer they hesitate to get into the sh*t, the greater the chunk of the world that they will be giving away. Hopefully some big infrastructure upgrades or dynamic partnerships with an entity like MySpace will be forthcoming. :)