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AjaxLife: Second Life for iPhone Good Enough For Me

I recently took another look for a Second Life IM client. There’s supposed to be something called SLim that’s official, but I bypassed it for something called AjaxLife, which I’d previously tried back when it was a light Web interface that just barely ran on my iPhone.  It runs well on a normal computer, though.

Now there’s a much better iPhone interface, which allows the user to log in, IM friends, and chat locally at whatever your default login location is.

You can’t move your AV, so you should be sure you’re somewhere safe and not in the way. But you could theoretically attend a meeting if you planned ahead (and maybe added a courtesy title to explain your immobility).

About the only thing you can’t do that would be useful is send or receive group IMs. Also, you can’t read IMs that were sent to you while you were logged out. They’re still waiting for you when you log in normally, though.

It’s a curiousity; it might come in handy if you’re a landowner and need to contact someone to fix something. Also it’d be stellar for breaking up with a partner as long as they know you can’t be bothered to drop the bomb in (virtual) person. Could come in handy for establishing a cop-drama alibi, too. It works fine for what I might need – satisfying the occasional curiousity about which of my friends are logged in, or checking in with them when traveling without my laptop.

I logged in while on break today, for example; surprising how many non-Europeans were logged in in the middle of a workday.

Screenshots below. Because of course I had to post via iPhone, too.

UPDATE: Added a few links, since the iPhone doesn’t do that well, and fixed the annoying WP missing-brackets bug before publication. So at least now I know Flickr isn’t the culprit. The new version of WP definitely strips brackets if another application is actually sending the post to the server.

Anyway, the creator’s AjaxLife Blog: iPhones post explains that if you log in to http://blog.ajaxlife.net/ via iPhone you are automagically re-directed to a “secure login proxy.” It currently does not work with other cellphone Web browsers.

It amused the hell out of my virtual landlord last night when I IMed him to ask if he could see my message and told him I was logged on via an iPhone. I noted that based on the attachment messages in my local chat screen, it was likely that my AV was physically present in my little priory cell. The local chat screenshot shows something called “ZHAO” and something called “CG Facelight” loaded, some attachments I was wearing at logout.

UPDATE:AJAXLife was de-activated asas reported on Katherine Berry’s blog yesterday. It’s a sad thing, because it was a brilliant idea that was well executed. Frankly, I’ve been using the Metaverse app on the iPhone exclusively, but I’ll never forget the feeling of awe and wonder when I managed to log in to Second Life from my then-new first iPhone at a Panera.

O Rly? Guess I better delete that Facebook group then…

Jack Myers – JackMyersMediaBusinessReport.com – U.S. Will Never Become a Mobile-Centric Culture, Argues Third Screen Media Founder Tom Burgess
In an exclusive interview with JackMyers Media Business Report, Burgess argues that although Apple’s iPhone has dramatically changed the American mobile market, it is unlikely the U.S. will ever become a truly mobile-centric culture.

Darn, I guess the group I created on Facebook the other night will never get off the ground: I called it “My iPhone Has Been Permanently Grafted To My Body.”

Review: Tube Status

Next up, a free application shows the status of the London tube lines in a slightly different way… clean, simple, but there’s not a lot to it:

Pretty straightforward – when you click the blue i for more information, you get:

And that’s it – no maps, no routefinder, but more updates are promised in future versions – iTunes still shows version 1.0

Review: Tewks London Tube iPhone App

This little app won’t be that useful on our upcoming trip to Britain, but we should be able to access it via hotel wifi. It’s called “Tewks London Tube.”

The first screenshot shows our closest station as the crow flies. A Londoner might find this feature useful, especially when deciding between several nearby stations. For us, it’s just a little frustrating, as it’s several thousand miles away at the moment.

Note bus stop numbers

Note bus stop numbers

The next screenshot is a close-up of the London Bus map, which shows plenty of detail as to routes and gives an idea of where to catch one of the big red buses. The other maps are the standard rote map and a handy tourist version that shows major attractions and points of interest. Quite handy, if the garden variety tourist can get access, perhaps via wi-fi if not full-on cell service via some sort of “jailbreak” measure.

The next shot shows the loading screen with all the pretty colors. Basically, after it loads, all the line names come up on the appropriate line colors with service updates, or “Good Service” if no problems are reported.

Here’s what it looks like after the status is updated:

And that’s about it. No route planner, no schematics of large stations showing exits, services, or accesibility options. This is a paid app and some reviews mentioned a free one, which will be reviewed later. It looks pretty, and all the stations appear on one screen if all you need is the status of your chosen line. It costs 0.99USD – about 50 new pence, or half a quid if I’ve got my Britspeak right. Pretty good, but there are a couple more applications to check.