Problem: Got a work computer, or a laptop, that doesn’t have the graphics muscles to run Second Life? Do you need to chat with your contacts/friends in Second Life, but don’t really need to eat up processor time?
Possible Solution: Ajaxlife.net
My Observations: Accessing Second Life (an Multiple User Virtual Environment) normally requires downloaded software. To experience the world in all it’s 3D glory, you do need a somewhat beefy graphics-capable computer system…something I do not have in my work office. Enter from stage right Ajaxlife. Ajaxlife is a web based interface for Second Life. You don’t get all the pretty pictures, or get to move around, or voice talk, or even see anything for that matter. What you do get is this:
- Your inventory (and the ability to sort)
- Avatar profiles (and thus the ability to contact them)
- You can find non-friend Avatars
- Local Chat (Text chatting with avatars located near you in the Second Life sim world)
- Instant Messaging (think of it as a person-to-person text chat)
- Scan for nearby Avatars (since you are blind, comes in real handy)
- Stats (tells you when there is serious lag in world)
- Ability to TP to another location via the map
Bottomline: Incredibly useful tool for those needing access to the communication features of Second Life when they are away from a graphics-capable machine. It is very difficult to Teleport to another location, since you are as blind as a bat (my apologies to all the bats out there), which may prevent widespread use. No download required! Fairly simple to use (EXCEPT for traveling).
…and btw…this was developed by a teenage girl!