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Links for Thursday, August 28, 2008

  • Mark Bao: 11 Things I Learned From Speaking and Networking at Gnomedex – “The way I’m going to look at this from now on is to think of the entire audience not as 200 people but a person directly in front of you that you’re demoing your deck to. The seats are empty.
  • FriendFeed: Simple Update Protocol – “SUP (Simple Update Protocol) is a simple and compact “ping feed” that web services can produce in order to alert the consumers of their feeds when a feed has been updated. This reduces update latency and improves efficiency by eliminating the need for frequent polling.
  • Zen Habits: 12 New Rules of Working You Should Embrace Today – “With new tools, new models of collaboration, and new freedom and mobility in working styles, some New Rules of Working are emerging. Not all of these have asserted their dominance yet, and there’s no guarantee that they’ll ever totally supplant more traditional rules and ways of working. But they are emerging, and in my mind, they’re all positive and exciting developments.
  • Business Week: Business, and Startups, in Second Life – “Virtual worlds, of which Second Life is the most populous, are becoming more than just a place where Web surfers socialize, play games, or sell nonexistent products to imaginary people. Increasingly, tech-savvy businesses are using virtual worlds to design, create, and even test product concepts before they make their debut in the real world.
  • Flickr: Gnomedex 08: Kat and Andy – That’s my son Andy holding the mic.
  • CNET: Sarah Lacy takes on Gnomedex – “Lacy began the session by posing the theory that in some ways, the PR industry has co-opted blogging–taking advantage of the fact that many bloggers trying to earn a living are so eager for page views that they will post just about anything they are spoon-fed. ” And there’s Andy again. That kid sure does get around.
  • Reality Prime: How SL Primitives Really Work – “So how does one efficiently build 3D volumes to make so many prims, and do quickly enough? Simplicity. There are hundreds of mathematical models for constructing volumes. There are sweeps, lofts, extrusions, implicit and explicit surfaces, subdivision surfaces, metaballs, and more. The key for us was keeping it to a small set, and my personal contribution to this was making one small piece of code that could do them all.