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When planes don't fly: teleconferencing in Second Life

The recent crash of the world-wide airplane network across northern Europe and the United States showed how simple natural events, like a volcano eruption, can disturb our already fragilised economy by simply preventing business meetings and conferences to happen. This means that besides the usual costs of airplane tickets and hotel accommodations, there is also the […]

L$ as a currency in the real world – a step closer?

Linden Lab has just revealed a nifty feature implemented on XStreetSL, the web-based shopping site for Second Life that they acquired a year ago. Following the downtime on March 3, two things were immediately apparent: firstly, a slight tweak on the design elements allows now XStreetSL to have a “fluid” layout, getting rid of the ugly, […]

Not There Any More

Launched at about the same time as Second Life, There.com used to be seen as “SL’s little brother”. For a long time it used to be compared with Second Life as one of the few serious competitors out there, in the sense that it was a long runner, that outlasted the period of venture capital […]

"How do I make money?"

Let’s face it: we all were newbies once. While some of us might have immediately plunged into a creative spree like never before, and just remembered after two months that our avatar was in its newbie clothes that they started with, this is hardly the case of the majority of new users… Sooner or later […]

The End of Freebies?

What is the value of content in Second Life®? This might be the most stupid question to ask, but… did you ever ask yourself why things cost what they do? We have to turn back the clock a few years, to the time Linden Lab introduced the stipends. Every Basic Account used to get L$50 […]

Quo Vadis, Secunda Vita?

In the same day, two bits news were widespread across the SLogosphere: Philip “Linden” Rosedale is going to start another company and Eshi Otawara, a long-time resident and superb content creator, decided to leave Second Life® forever. All this just before the Burning Life festival started. We usually expect the captain to be the last […]

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