NY Times article. Print this one out and put it with your passport so you have a hardcopy. Use social media, check in for the flight as soon as you can, know what money or lodging you are entitled to and deal with lost bags right away.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wired has a wiki on the subject. Uh, if the electricity is off, you won't be able to read this. It might be a good idea to print this out now and put it by your passport or somewhere safe.
Friday, January 28, 2011
I had about 5020 sq m in Second Life. Sold that in a day.
Went and set up a second sim in avination.com. This one is called Phoenix.
I need to start building.
65536 square meters, holds 15000 prims. You can make larger prims here - at least 100 meters.
I had trouble buying land and teleporting on Avination.
A lot of people are moving from Second Life.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I wanted to play Zyngo.
But that seems to be a problem for the Lindens. Gambling is taboo for some reason, while just about everything else under the Sun isn't.
It was a Zyngo forum where I heard people mention avination.com. It's another virtual reality community. It seems to be in the place where Second Life was at three years ago.
The bad points:
- The tech is not advanced. No media players. Not much of anything as a matter of fact. The content of others can not be transferred over, although items you created can be brought to the other side. I have to examine that further. Clothes and hair are lacking. So are buildings.
The items that are around aren't the most stylish and everything is expensive. Think virtual Cuba.
It seems that Avination does not want Free items distributed.
It's not easy to change your clothes and avatar features at this time.
The GOOD points:
It's cheap - really cheap. I can have my own named sim for $40 a month. That was a little over 4,000 sq.m. in Second Life.
You can build larger items. What's the limit in Second Life - 30 x 30 meters and then the size limit was reached? I haven't seen how far I can stretch it, but making a 100 meter piece of plywood was no problem at all.
More space, bigger objects made of fewer prims.
BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE!
You can transfer your name and your funds from Second Life to Anination.
Anination has last names you can choose from. As in Second Life, there is a limited selection of surnames (although many there seem to be fewer space-alien sounding monikers.)
BUT, you can transfer over your Second Life identity, so you can have a surname that has yet to be offered in Anination.
The other day I went to my Second Life government issued house. I haven't been there for a month or two and Governor Linden took the opportunity to change the locks. I couldn't get the door open. I got in though, teleported.
Enough of Second Life. It's expensive, things don't work, customer service is non-existent and it isn't fun any more.
Just like another 4-letter place I don't spend time at any more.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
The NY Times describes how the States are looking for a way to "escape their debt burdens" the way the cities can - through bankruptcy. You might be better off owing taxes than hoping for your refund. Pensions, bonds, contracts and more could be in trouble.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Day laborers - usually they are the undocumented workers you see hanging around the big box hardware stores. The NY Times reports that Seton Hall University in New Jersey did a study and discovered that these workers are often cheated over wages, sometimes assaulted and sometimes denied proper safety equipment.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
"While many of Facebook's 500 million users waste part of their days growing virtual crops or committing imaginary crimes, there are many Facebook applications designed to actually improve business productivity. There are more than 550,000 active applications on the Facebook platform, according to the social network, with many designed specifically to improve business practices or better-integrate Facebook into a company's operations. Many business apps are free."
Read more at InformationWeek.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Here is a nugget from the NY Times.
"Old Guy" has 5 companies and needs Net help but not sure WHAT he needs. The comments offer good ideas and suggestions to consider.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Chinese sociologists have come up with a new term for educated young people who move in search of work like Ms. Liu: the ant tribe. It is a reference to their immense numbers — at least 100,000 in Beijing alone — and to the fact that they often settle into crowded neighborhoods, toiling for wages that would give even low-paid factory workers pause. Read more here in the NY Times.
“Like ants, they gather in colonies, sometimes underground in basements, and work long and hard,” said Zhou Xiaozheng, a sociology professor at Renmin University in Beijing.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
There were fewer complaints about fudging and subsidizing when legal jobs were plentiful. But student loans have always been the financial equivalent of chronic illnesses because there is no legal way to shake them. Read more in the NY Times article.