IBM’s SecondLife Islands

It is no longer a secret, IBM will be officially unveiling a group of 12 islands tomorrow – even though many have already blooged about it. Of course, I had to join the IBM crowds today for a preview of the islands and there sure was a crowd! It appears there are quite a few IBMers in SL – there is even an unofficial blog!

I am not sure yet what I should be blogging about, so let’s just say that it is fairly big, it contains neat stuff, and it does showcase IBM and some other companies. The islands should soon be open to everyone (if not by the time you read this), so you should go have a look!

SecondLife, here I come…

In a previous post, I complained about not being able to run Second Life on any of my computers. Well that has now changed. No Kelly, I did not get a MacBook (although it would have been fun…I still have a IIcx in the basement!). I was out at Staples today (well, yesterday now) to get more index cards (I use these for many reasons, GTD, agendas, notes, etc.) where I noticed a sufficiently powerful graphics card at 60% off!

Now it is in the computer, but it is getting rather late here. Maybe just a couple of minutes…

IBM Bloggers

There are many blogs and sites out there that list the myriad of IBM bloggers. I actually have a few listed in my own blogroll, but that is just a small list of the people! You have to realise that IBM is a huge company, so there is bound to be a bunch of IBMers who blog out there. I would not dream of recreating such a list – the maintenance would just be a nightmare. However, I do believe in trying to publicise what IBMers do! So here are a few links to where you can find other IBMers who blog on their own:

One of the interesting blog to check out is eightbar (named, I assume, in reference to the eight horizontal bars making up the IBM logo). This blog is all about the presence of IBMers in the SecondLife virtual world. [Note to self: I do have to get a new video card so I can join that community!]

IBM also has a thriving internal blogging community and I would invite any IBMer out there to go visit it (contact me if you have no idea where it is)!

Second Life – I guess the first is enough…

Given all this talk in the various IBM internal blogs regarding this Second Life phenomena, I decided to go ahead and give it a try – or at least try…

So I went over to the Second Life web site and registered for an account. That was easy enough and I did get one. I then proceeded to download the software. I did check the requirements and my home PC did not meet them, but I thought I’d give it a try. Well, no surprise, it didn’t work. Not even slowly.

So I tried the install on my work T42p. The installation process did not complain this time and I was able to start the software – only for it to be slower than swimming through molasse in winter. The bottom line is that I now have a Second Life, but no way of living it.

Actually, my first life sometimes feels like that too…

I guess I have to get a new graphics card. Now to convince “She Who Must Be Obeyed” of the necessity…