Sun in Second Life

Have you tried Second Life yet? Probably you have at least heard of this internet-based virtual reality game, though you might have heard about its more salacious side. And yes, that does exist.

But Second Life is far more than that. It's an enormous and varied community — a rich place for people and activities of all sorts to interact and explore.

And did you know that Sun Microsystems has a presence in Second Life? Sun has three public sims and hosts a variety of events, such as the events held on our new Solaris campus.

How do you find us? You can search Places within SL, but here are Sun's Second Life URLS (SLURLs). You can click these links in your browser and they will launch Second Life (or open a Teleport window within the app):

Sun is hosting a Halloween party at Club Java on October 31st, 8am SLT. (Second Life Time is equivalent to Pacific time.) There will be a costume contest with a $1000L prize for best costume (Linden dollars are the currency used in SL.) There will also be a live DJ.

Above my avatar is modeling the costume I prepared for the event. (The Headless HUD with facial expressions is available from Tortec.)

At some point, we may host a tutorial related event in Second Life. Would you find that interesting? Sun hosts other talks and events on its public sims. There are also freebies, such as t-shirts, backpacks, etc. (Of the virtual variety, of course.)

If you haven't yet tried Second Life, here is a good opportunity. You only need download the application from secondlife.com, create a new account on the website, log in and voila — it's completely free.

I hope to see you at the Halloween party!

-- Sharon Zakhour

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