Active Worlds Embeds 3D Worlds in Facebook

Some interesting developments bringing together social networking and virtual worlds:

Active Worlds announced today that they had launched the “Active Worlds 3D Avatar and World Explorer” application, allowing companies and developers to build virtual worlds on the Facebook platform. The company says the application is based on Internet Explorer and ActiveX from Microsoft to build on existing standards and to allow certain elements of the virtual worlds to interact with more traditional websites and Web 2.0 applications. “Since our Active Worlds technology continues to be standards driven, we feel this release sets a new milestone on 3D Internet implementation,” said JP McCormick, chairman of Active Worlds, “The push is on for interoperability and a set of standards which will drive Virtual World technology into the future. We believe that many of these already exist. By continuing to enhance our already standards driven application we greatly increase our value to e- commerce, education, entertainment, and social networking sites, as well as our core business with Fortune 500 companies.”

I’m not so sure I agree with the idea that Internet Explorer and ActiveX can be considered a true standard, widely used yes, but not a standard!

Which somewhat goes against the grain with what comes next:

Active Worlds was present at the IBM standards meeting last month and confirmed its commitment there towards building out standards for virtual worlds.

Moved feeds to Feedburner

Finally got around to signing up to Feedburner, and moving my feeds, it was something I had been meaning to do for a while.

In the end it was a painful process, with a plugin doing the magic on the WordPress end.

So, to my faithful reader, please feel free to re-syndicate my content again via the new feed!

Here are the links:

Many thanks, and apologies for the inconvenience!

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The BBC "committed to platform neutrality"

An update on the iPlayer situation, after the beeb apparently was trying to avoid committing to a download service for Linux and Mac OSX.

The BBC must deliver an online TV catch-up service that lets users of all computers download programmes, the corporation’s regulators have said.

A good example of where regulation can be a good thing.

Lets hope this can bring longer term benefits to non-Windows platforms as they get a higher level of attention from some pretty clever tech folk at the beeb.

Now if only this wasn’t restricted to UK residents!

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Beware of Skype…(?)

On Sunday, August 5, 2007 Bush signed the revised Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) into law, in which the U.S. Congress spinelessly caved in and gave legal authority to the Bush administration to continue to intercept and spy on electronic communications. Then, on Thursday, August 16, 2007 the whole worldwide Skype network goes down. Coincidence?

Read on…..

And make up your own minds.

I’m not making any comment one way or the other, and don’t want to bring politics into this, but just the thought that this could be done is rather worrying!

Via a comment on a post from Chris.

Web-based cartography

This is an interesting article (for anyone with an interest in maps!)

I’ve got Dad to thank for that!

It talks about how the internet is changing the way we think and use maps and map-based interaction.

I know I couldn’t imagine going back to a time without google maps.

Via Bob Sutor


I have just made a 10 second change to my DNS settings and WOW! What a difference!

Get right on over and check out OpenDNS. Recommended.