.NET Stuff | Second LifeDecember 19, 2007 1:38 PM
Just got back from a presentation that my buddy Zain delivered in Second Life (where he is known as CSharp Writer) on Microsoft Island. It was, in short, awesome! The feedback from the folks that attended and the excitement was incredible ... watching the local chatter going on while Zain was talking, I saw many "Cool!" "Wow!" "Awesome!" comments going back and forth, as well as many folks sharing what they thought were the coolest things. There were a bunch of new .NET developers there as well ... probably getting their first exposure to VS 2008, Framework 3.5 and (maybe) even some Microsoft folks. And then there were the community volunteers that helped make this happen ... G2 Proto, Tori Lukas and Blogland Oh ... and if I forgot anyone (and I'm sure that I did), please forgive me.
It was interesting to do a presentation in-world, but it went very well. Audio worked just fine and the slide show rezzed pretty quickly. What I thought was most interesting was the chatter ... in a real-world meeting, this is extremely distracting ... in-world, it added so much to the presentation. It's a very different environment; the attendees to the presentation had avatars ranging from robots to foxes to elves (me) and just about anything else that you can imagine. You really get a feel and sense for someone in-world that you just can't get in RL (that's Real Life, as opposed to Second Life). Zain, the professional that he is, actually looked human. It was also exciting to feel the buzz going through the in-world community.
So ... some links that were mentioned during the presentation:
Live Meeting Install: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90703 (we'll be using this for demos in the future)
.NET Framework 3.5 Poster: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7B645F3A-6D22-4548-A0D8-C2A27E1917F8&displaylang=en
Definition of Rijndael/AES: http://www.csrc.nist.gov/publications/fips/fips197/fips-197.pdf (If you understand this, I hear that the NSA is hiring ...) Wikipedia also has a good entry on AES (that is somewhat more understandable) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rijndael