January 17, 2012
In protest of possibly the two worst pieces of cybersecurity legislation ever to be introduced as bills in the United States Congress, a daunting roster of Internet and technology industry heavy hitters have announced a Blackout Day to take place on the 18th of January, 2012. Prominent sites like Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing will go dark for a day.
The bitterly contested bills are known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Almost from the day they were announced, public reaction was swift and visceral, a furious backlash the likes of which has not been seen since the the political mess in 2003 over implanting copy protection technology into personal computers.
There is another piece of legislation, the OPEN Act, which is a bipartisan, collaborative effort to construct a bill that attempts to do a better job. Whether it does, remains to be seen.
There is no middle ground on these proposed bills.
Educate yourself. You WILL be affected. Follow these links for more information:
December 31, 2011
As Father Time moves in his inexorable way, timepieces in all worlds continue their forward march. We use clocks to keep track of all sorts of things: time of day, appointments, tasks to be done. Virtual clocks track time, too. At =IcaruS= our clocks can do it in three time zones at once!
Both elegant furniture piece and efficient machine – displaying three time zones, date and iconic symbols for AM/PM – fully controllable gentle background ticking and quarterly chimes add a comfortable aural ambiance. The lustrous ebonized wood finish of the cabinet serves as a striking contrast to brass and steel accents. Each clock has two colour styles: a subtle silver/steel on black or a striking gold/brass on black. Powerful, efficient scripting insures all hands and dials are fully functional. Even more remarkable is the unique auto-positioning gridiron pendulum. The pendulum on the =IcaruS= Wall Clock spins gently in one direction, then the other; our Longcase Pendulum Clock’s pendulum swings from side to side.
You will love how you can know the time in three different places on the same device. Keep track of SL time, your own RL time, and another time zone – perhaps that of a special someone in your life.
Celebrate the passage of time from one year to the next with =IcaruS=. We’re famous for the quality of our timepieces. Get one of the =IcaruS= clocks and watch as midnight strikes in each of three time zones – and let the wild bells ring out!
Find the =IcaruS= Wall Clock and =IcaruS= Longcase Pendulum Clock on the Second Life Marketplace along with our other fine products.
Wherever/however you celebrate, in real or virtual worlds, we at =IcaruS= (in three different time zones, and in SL, RL, and =IcaruS= RealmS!) wish you a very…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
December 23, 2011
Sharing memories with friends and neighbours is easy with the =IcaruS= SmartArt, SmartArt Lite or CyberSlide display devices.
With the SmartArt Slideshow Picture Frame, you can choose from three different frame styles (Chelsea, Sheffield, and Monaco) and colours (including white and various metals) for a unique look all your own.
The SmartArt Lite sports a slick and clean black frame and is a simpler cousin to the original SmartArt but with the same smooth, low-lag script and sharp image display features.
The CyberSlide a favourite of presenters and educators and popular with anyone wanting a photo/information dispenser in their home or office. It’s a clever way to share your holiday memories, wishes and dreams with others as well as lecture notes and visual aids for presentations. A truly versatile information management and sharing tool for virtual environments.
Any of these products, among many others from =IcaruS=, will make a lovely gift to warm the hearts of friends, neighbours and special someones! Visit our Metaverse Headquarters for a close-up look, or check them out on the Second Life Marketplace at the links given above.