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December 14, 2007

Second Life's CTO Resigns

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

The man who helped write the computer code that underpins the popular virtual world Second Life, CTO Cory Ondrejka, has resigned. Second life is the popular 3D Internet destination, where users are able to create, buy, and sell islands where virtual characters, or Avatars, live.

According to an Associated Press report, CEO of Second Life Philip Rosedale said Ondrejka resigned to “pursue new professional challenges,” and indicated strategic differences between the firm and Ondrejka.
“The needs of our company are changing, and the role of CTO, or technical lead, has also evolved,” he esplained. “Cory and I are in agreement that our paths, at this point in time at least, lie in different directions.”
Ondrejka was a programmer for video game developer Pacific Coast Power and Light, and joined Linden Lab in November 2000. He worked at the National Security Agency (News - Alert) and did computer jobs for the Department of Defense. Ondrejka  himself appeared in Second Life as the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a reference to the farcical religion “Pastafarianism.”
Despite Second Life’s popularity, the company has been marred by problems. Critics allege that the company’s graphics load painfully slowly and Avatars are plagued by strange problems, such as sometimes appearing nude for no reason. Also, the virtual conferences and the content presented by the members of the community have been disrupted by hackers time and again.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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