Tuesday Apr 27, 2010

Demo of Virtual Datacenter - 3D and Web

Yesterday, I attended a demo that World2Worlds conducted for a few folks at Oracle about the virtual datacenter that Sun marketing created in Second Life (you can visit the current Oracle/Sun island in Second Life to see the dataceter).

The demo was great but was also great was that the the Oracle participants, except for me, were attending via the web and did so in just a few clicks and could full see and participate. It was great! I actually attended in 3D and on the web!

We used the World2Worlds Immersive Virtual Event (IVE) process which they are using for the upcoming Heartland GreenUp IT Symposium - access to the virtual component of this event in May is free and Oracle is speaking about Sustainability to Drive Operational Efficiency! Details here.

Christy

Wednesday Apr 07, 2010

Oracle in Virtual Worlds

Just a quick update on the state of the Sun spaces in Second Life and the transition of them to Oracle. Oracle will be keeping the current 3 islands in Second Life. The projects and strategy will be created over time so keep tabs on this blog.

The Employee Space for Oracle employees (see below) is being managed by Oracle's Organization & Talent Development group. There are no major activities planned at this time but discussions are happening. If groups have a need to use the platform, they are welcome to use it for employee facing projects. We will continue to have our core team of passionate employees from across the organization meet to discuss ideas and projects and manage a central calendar of activities as things begin to surface. We are also transitioning the SunMicrosystems family name to OracleCorp.

The public spaces are being managed by Oracle Corporate Marketing - no major activities are on the calendar at this time but stay tuned as the interest and strategy evolves.

Christy (SL: Violet Portola)


Monday Oct 19, 2009

MPK16 Launches in Second Life

The Open Work Services Group team had an excellent turnout in our first official tour of our virtual MPK16 in Second Life on October 13, 2009. About forty people (really, avatars I guess) came to look around, hear our descriptions of the replication of MPK16 in the physical world, and try out some of the functionality for themselves. Our friends from the Digital Libraries & Research team managed the communications to Sun employees, signage in-world and even decorated for us!

I didn't know Greylin was such a chef, but she whipped up some dim sum, and a fabulous fruit and cheese platter for our guests. I also saw many folks sampling the punch!

As always, people hung out by the food table, as they waited for the next tour to start. We used Second Life's Voice Chat system, which worked very well, as well as Text Chat. There were a lot of good questions, too, especially from folks wondering how they can get the high-definition video at their location for their distributed team.

I also saw several people trying out the desks with the multiple displays, the height adjustments, and the different media walls with their video playbacks. Watching the rooms reconfigure themselves at a push of a button seemed very popular, too!

We will be offering tours for Sun Employees over the next several Tuesdays, at 10am SLT (Pacific Time). If you'd like to join us, just meet us at the Sun Employee Island (slurl:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%206/117/110/26). If you'd like to try a self-guided tour, come by anytime, and use the Notecards to learn about all of the features in our space (the Notecards are explained in this entry). (Note: Sun employees only - your Second Life avatar must be registered as a Sun Employee; register or get an avatar here.)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for our official opening and tour, and especially thanks to all of the people who helped us get everything ready, helped out at the tours, and got us looking so festive for the day!

Posted by Diana Foster - originally posted here.

Monday Oct 12, 2009

More Information on Virtual MPK16

Diana Foster from the Sun Open Work Services Group has posted several additional blog entries on the Virtual MPK16 Next Generation Workspace replica project - be sure to check them out for more details on the space and benefits:

For Sun employees, check the wikis.sun.com  site for Virtual MPK16 for more details.

MPK16 in the Virtual World!

Sun’s Open Work Services Group is opening the virtual world version of our MPK16 Pilot Space in Second Life on the morning of Tuesday, October 13! We will be conducting guided tours at 10am SLT (PDT) this Tuesday, immediately following the Sun Expert Chat: Digital Quicksand, as well as for the next several Tuesdays. If you’d like to come on one of the guided tours, meet at the Sun Employee Island (slurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%206/117/110/26) Tuesday morning. (Note: Sun employees only - your Second Life avatar must be registered as a Sun Employee; register or get an avatar here)

My next few blog entries will discuss the different aspects of the virtual world instance of our MPK16 Pilot Space, starting out with a little background on the project.

Background

The MPK16 pilot space, in the “real” or physical world, was built to facilitate collaboration for teams that are physically seated together, as well as those that have some distributed members. Currently, most of Sun’s MPK campus consists of closed (four walls plus door) offices, which, while excellent for heads-down and isolated work, is a poor choice for team collaboration. The MPK16 pilot space contains the following features to enable collaboration:

  • open plan studios, dedicated to a team
  • multiple informal areas for collaboration such as Laptop Bar, Network Den, and Break Area
  • formal collaborative areas (conference rooms, Team Room)

All of these areas are enhanced to specifically improve collaboration, both locally and at a distance.

We originally built a virtual world replica of our physical version of the MPK16 space to train and tour our Sun counterparts throughout the world, to let them see the prototype space so they could see the functionality, layout, and obtain training in the use of these newly implemented collaborative areas and tools.

It has since become another “node” in our network of places, in addition to other nodes such as other Sun offices, client sites, travel locations, and employee homes. Most of my co-workers are local to the Bay Area, as I am, but my boss and another co-worker are in other states. Although our first choice is to meet face-to-face, that’s rarely feasible for us, so we can now choose to meet “in-world.”

In our Second Life version of MPK16, you can move your “avatar” around, walk around the space, and see and talk to your co-workers (the other avatars). This space exists in a private area, only accessible to Sun employees, so your conversations and presentations won’t be overheard. 

Next, I will explore how we have replicated some of the aspects of the MPK16 real world space.

Diana Foster (originally posted on her blog)

Expert Chat Tomorrow - Digital Quicksand - 9am in Second Life

Please join us in Second Life at the Sun theater for this really exciting and timely chat!
Speaker: Laura Stack (SL: LauraStack Ghost)
Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker.

Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/141/132/23)
When: October 13, 2009 - 9am SLT / PT (check your local time)

Topic: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World
Businesses and individuals worldwide keep finding interesting ways to use social networks and other interactive online media to do some pretty amazing things – from building their brands to getting to know their customers.  Like most technology, social networks and other social media tools are great resources but lousy masters.  You could spend all day hopping around to different sites, updating your information, and connecting with people all over the world.  But how does that add to your daily productivity?  Laura Stack discusses how to take advantage of the best aspects of social media, without letting it take advantage of you.

Come and listen to Laura, chat with her and participate in an engaging and dynamic conversation!

Wednesday Sep 30, 2009

Author Chat Today! Please join us!

Reminder - please join us in Second Life at the Sun theater for this really exciting chat with two Sun SMI Press Authors - Jeff Gardiner (SL: JeffGardiner SunMicrosystems) and Janice Gelb (SL: Editrix Alter) - Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition

Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/141/132/23)
When: September 30, 2009 - 1:30pm SLT / PT (check your local time)
Note: This event is in Second Life so you must have a Second Life avatar and download the client software from www.secondlife.com

More details here.

Tuesday Sep 22, 2009

Author Chat: New Sun Press Title - Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition


Please join us in Second Life at the Sun theater for this really exciting chat with two Sun Authors - Jeff Gardiner (SL: JeffGardiner SunMicrosystems) and Janice Gelb (SL: Editrix Alter)

Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/141/132/23)
When: September 30, 2009 - 1:30pm SLT / PT (check your local time)
Note: This event is in Second Life so you must have a Second Life avatar and download the client software from www.secondlife.com

Summary: Join us for a chat with Sun Technical Publications team members Jeff Gardiner and Janice Gelb on the release of the third edition of the industry-leading style guide "Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry". This guide to creating clear, consistent, and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from writing style to creating lists and procedures to managing schedules and workflow. The book is set to be published in print in November 2009 but is available today online via Safari Books Online.

More about their book and access for Sun employees.

Friday Sep 11, 2009

Expert Chat: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World

Please join us in Second Life at the Sun theater for this really exciting and timely chat!

Speaker: Laura Stack (SL: LauraStack Ghost)
Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker.

Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/141/132/23)
When: October 13, 2009 - 9am SLT / PT (check your local time)

Topic: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World
Businesses and individuals worldwide keep finding interesting ways to use social networks and other interactive online media to do some pretty amazing things – from building their brands to getting to know their customers.  Like most technology, social networks and other social media tools are great resources but lousy masters.  You could spend all day hopping around to different sites, updating your information, and connecting with people all over the world.  But how does that add to your daily productivity?  Laura Stack discusses how to take advantage of the best aspects of social media, without letting it take advantage of you.

Come and listen to Laura, chat with her and participate in an engaging and dynamic conversation!

Learn more about Laura on her website and on Twitter.  You can find her books at this site as well. 

Wednesday Aug 19, 2009

Next Author Chat: Clara Shih, Author of The Facebook Era

Please join us for our next Author Chat at the Sun Second Life theatre!
Author Chat: Clara Shih, Author of The Facebook Era and CEO of Hearsay Labs (SL: ClaraShih Zufreur)

Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/141/132/23)- must have Second Life avatar and software (http://www.secondlife.com)
When: September 28, 2009 - 5pm SLT / PT

Topic: Sales, Marketing, and Business in the Facebook Era
Last decade was about the World Wide Web of information and the power of linking content pages. Today, it's about the World Wide Web of people and the power of the online social graph across sites. Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin are rewriting the rules for customer engagement, interactions, and relationships. Social networking sites are changing everything we thought we knew about sales, marketing, and product development -- and empowering companies with new tools, insights, and ability to transform customers into true partners and your most effective sales force yet. Bestselling author and social networking expert Clara Shih will walk through the radical business transformation taking place and what sales, marketers, and professionals must do to thrive and win in the Facebook Era.

Come and listen to Clara, chat with her and participate in an engaging and dynamic conversation!

Learn more about Clara on her website and on Twitter.   

Sun employees - access The Facebook Era on Safari Books Online!

Hope to see you there!

Christy Confetti Higgins
Informaiton Services: Digital Libraries & Research
Sun Learning Services
Sun Microsystems
christy.confetti-AT-sun-DOT-com | 303-990-5005
Skype: cconfettihiggins
Twitter: twitter.com/confetti and twitter.com/libraryresearch
Blog: blogs.sfbay.sun.com/sunlibrary and blogs.sun.com/library

Monday Aug 10, 2009

JavaOne 2009 Author Chat Replays and Slides

Thank you again to everyone that joined our series of author chats in Second Life during JavaOne 2009. If you missed the sessions, here are some replays and slides as a way to share the learning - these are all posted to Sun's Social Learning Exchange (a fabulous platform for information and knowledge sharing - learn more here!)

The Developer's Edge
by Darryl Gove
June 3, 2009
eBook available via Safari Books Online:  Non-Sun Employees | Sun Employees
Slides and transcript | Replay of slides with audio

JavaFX: Developing Rich Internet Applications book
by Jim Clarke, James Connors and Eric Bruno
June 3, 2009
JavaFX video played during the session
eBook available via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees

June 4th at 9am PT
Core JavaServer Faces 3/E
by David Mark Geary and Cay Horstmann
Rough Cut access via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees  (early access to the book)

June 4, 2009 at 12pm PT
Real-Time Java Programming: with the Java RTS
by Greg Bollella and Eric J. Bruno
eBook available via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees  (early access to the book)
Slides | Replay with slides and audio

Check our previous blog entries about the author chats with photos and more. Thank you -

Christy Confetti Higgins
Information Services: Digital Libraries & Research
Sun Learning Services

Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

Missed the OpenSolaris Chat in Second Life?

There is a replay of the audio with slides of the recent Pro OpenSolaris Author Chat in Second Life.

Book by Harry Foxwell and Christine Tran

Pro OpenSolaris was written to demonstrate that you can host your open source applications and solutions on OpenSolaris, taking advantage of its advanced features such as containers and other forms of virtualization, the ZFS file system, and DTrace. Spend an hour with author Harry Foxwell and learn more about the latest release - OpenSolaris 2009.06, and features such as Crossbow.

Harry Foxwell is a system engineer for Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., specializing in operating system support (Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux). He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at George Mason University, where he has taught, among other classes, operating system courses based on OpenSolaris. He has also written several book reviews for ACM’s Computing Reviews.

Access the reply on the Social Learning Exchange today!

Thank you,

Christy Confetti Higgins
Information Services: Digital Libraries & Research
christy.confetti-AT-sun.com

Wednesday Jul 08, 2009

OpenSolaris Chat today at 9am PT/SLT at the New Sun Theatre

The Pro OpenSolaris Author Chat today with Harry Foxwell (9am PT/SLT) will be in the new Sun Theatre. The SLURL is here:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%207/135/128/22

Hope to see you there!

Christy

Friday Jun 19, 2009

Exciting New Event at the Solaris Campus in Second Life

Pro OpenSolaris Author Chat with Harry Foxwell

Thursday, July 9th
9-10am SLT/PT
(Second Life Time is the same as Pacific Time)

Location: Sun Solaris Campus in Second Life (SLURL) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/32/231/22


Book by Harry Foxwell and Christine Tran

Pro OpenSolaris was written to demonstrate that you can host your open source applications and solutions on OpenSolaris, taking advantage of its advanced features such as containers and other forms of virtualization, the ZFS file system, and DTrace. Spend an hour with author Harry Foxwell and learn more about the latest release - OpenSolaris 2009.06, and features such as Crossbow.

Harry Foxwell is a system engineer for Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., specializing in operating system support (Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux). He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at George Mason University, where he has taught, among other classes, operating system courses based on OpenSolaris. He has also written several book reviews for ACM’s Computing Reviews.

Tuesday Jun 09, 2009

Day 2 of the JavaOne Author Chats

Day 2 of the JavaOne 2009 Author Chats was on June 4, 2009. The two awesome sessions were:

Pictures of both sessions are below and both were really great! Recordings of both sessions will be available soon. John Jainschigg, Exec. Director, Internet and Community Lab, ZiffDavisEnterprise, Inc., did a great job facilitating/interviewing the authors - thanks John!

Thanks again to the authors for their willingness to jump into Second Life to share their expertise and engage in great conversation from attendees.s

Christy 

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