Shopping and sending messages electronically? Never happen. Also note the light-handed use of stereotypes
I have just been catching up on my feeds and happened on this on Second Life from Darren Barefoot
The one on the left shows the dramatic increase in registrations over the past, with the total more than doubling to about 9.3 million. However, the chart on the right shows the number of ‘active residents’ (I think that’s users who have logged in in the last month). It’s pretty much flat. Assuming these charts are accurate, those new users are remarkably, uh, unsticky.
Essentially registrations have gone up while the number of people sticking around has remained flat. This says to me “churn”, a concept familiar to anyone who has worked with a utility or service provider. They are having to bring in more and more people to replace the hoards of folks who take one look, think “meh”, and go off and do something actually interesting.
Yes they are doing very well getting new registrations but I think if they spent more time making the service actually … um, good … then they might not need all the hype to get people to take a look. They might actually start getting some real and honest positive word of mouth from people who don’t have a vested interest in seeing it succeed.
All I am saying is a turd with added hype is still a turd.I admit I don’t “get” Second Life, and one mans turd is another mans feast, but if these numbers are correct I think you will agree it means there is a real problem they need to solve. It’s not going to take long for those charts to start a downward trend without some pretty nimble leak fixing.
Darren posted up a video of his work space and encouraged others to do the same. I have to say right now I am jealous of Darren. My space looks like … well, see for yourself.
The problem is we are in the middle of moving house and there have been delays. Our new house is all built and ready but our buyers are dragging their heels. Their prerogative but it means we are living out of boxes and can’t arrange things like telephone lines and broadband that are essential for my business.
While all this is going on I am sat here, cross legged, using a coffee table as a “desk”.
I don’t even have the luxury of closing the door!
Man I hope we move soon!
I have been looking at computer games for the first time in years. In face, looking at XBox 360 deals. Looking at these modern systems, particularly the XBox and Wii … why on earth do people still buy PCs specifically for games?
In the past there were clear differences in experiences, both in terms of quality and variety of available games, and if your computer was beefy enough, capability. Now, I am not sure I want to spend enough money to surpass what an XBox 360 can do. While you probably do gain something for the extra couple of thousand pounds, on a bang for buck ratio I expect you would come away with an amount of buyers remorse.
At one point if you wanted internet multi-player you had no choice but to use a PC. The last game I played this way was Quake Arena over ISDN. It seems from the tiny amount of reading I have done, the consoles are taking this action away from PCs too, with the right setup even having wifi capability.
The XBox 360 is £300 in the UK. Looking in Google, serious PC gamers expect to pay £1,500 or even multiples of that, and keep up with upgrades after the initial purchase! Not sure if the hard disk is essential, I imagine it is useful for downloading demos and saving levels. No worries about if you have the right setup, graphics cards, memory, yada, if it says your consoles name on the box it ought to work. Added to this hi definition and from what I can see an excellent roster of games … why would anybody buy a game PC?
Java Girl has found pictures of the Heroes cast in lederhosen
Um … OMGWTFLOL!?!?oneone
I had forgotten some of these but the memories came back, see how many you remember. It is like my childhood in cartoon form …… well, some of it, other stuff I have never seen before.
Added: Here are some more!
.. and more
… The best theme tune has to be Ulysses!
When I used to use a PC years ago I wrote a VB program that would remind me every day to do certain things. Stuff I wanted to get into better habits doing, like taking a break, drinking more water, taking my vitamins. Is there any way I can do this on a Mac without installing potentially dodgy shareware?
You might think reminding myself every day to do such stuff is lame but when I am working I focus so much that I forget what day it is let alone to do stuff I actually think I ought to do. Those kinds of reminders really did help.
Any tips would be most gratefully received …