For the record, I did try and get into Sun’s Second Life situated press conference today, it just didn’t work out. For the first five minutes, I received a message saying the location was full. For the next couple, I got a message saying that I was not allowed there. After that, the Second Life client – which is in a very Alpha state on Linux – hung, taking my desktop instance with it. When Second Life goes down, it really goes down. Incidentally, if you have problems getting the client to run on Linux, follow the instructions here.
Having played around with Second Life a bit this weekend, however, in preparation for today’s (botched) attempt at attending I must confess that I still don’t “get” Second Life. Not the technical part – I think what the folks from Linden Labs have accomplished is hugely impressive  – the social part. My explorations have not taken me very far, so admittedly I’m no expert on the subject, but just on principle Second Life confuses me. Perhaps, unlike the allure of MySpace or reality TV, I’ll come to understand it in time. Or maybe I’m just too old and crotchety.
Either way, sorry I missed the Sun folks – hope it went off well.
Disclaimer: Sun’s a RedMonk client.
 I’ve linked to this before, but skip to about 16:40 in the video here to hear about Second Life’s use of Mono.