The big problem with Second Life, for me, is that I’ll have to upgrade my computer if I really want to spend time there. The processor demands of the Second Life application have reduced my (admittedly underpowered) desktop to a whirring shambles.
And I’m not the only one: there are plenty of people out there who’d like to try Second Life, but don’t have the hardware. Obviously, that’ll improve as time goes by, but in the meantime, a version of Second Life that works in your web browser is a tempting prospect. Student Katharine Berry knows that, and has developed an Ajax application/site called AjaxLife which does just that.
You can login to your Second Life account, and access the basic map, teleporting, local chat and limited instant messaging. It’s a work-in-progress, in other words, but hopefully it’ll lead to making the virtual world more widely accessible.
AjaxLife (via Katharine Berry’s blog)