Around the Office: virtual worlds, online privacy, the two sides of versatility, more

Brent came across a Toronto artist this week who creates original pin-up art and accessories she sells on Etsy under the name Bombshell Artillery. It’s good to see that working in technology doesn’t dull one’s taste for classic design.Wayne has been checking out Chrome Experiments, a collection of applications to inspire anyone interested in experimenting creatively with the Web. Wayne’s been exploring 3 Dreams of Black, three virtual dream worlds which are created collaboratively and combine rich 2D drawings and animations with interactive 3D sequences. He also recommends Z-type, a space shoot’em’up that uses typing skills to save the galaxy (like a mash-up between The Last Starfighter and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing). While you’re at it, check out an elegant Chess game that features some unusual-looking pieces, and challenging AI.

Daveed thinks that weak online privacy, exposed by a new Stanford University study, will help “Do not track” legislation gain steam. The study looked at the 185 most visited websites and found that more than half shared username or user ID information with another site. And while it’s possible to avoid being tracked, the US Federal Communications Commission has proposed a law to limit what personal information can be collected online.

Roberto wants you to know that WordPress is not only for blogging. As Make Use Of explains, WordPress is a versatile content management system that can be used for e-commerce, classified listings, members-only sites, review sites, and discussion forums.

Given all this power, however, it’s important to hide some features so as not to overwhelm clients with too many options, which can irritate them or lead them to break the site. According to a recent Six Revisions article, Web developers should try to streamline their client’s experience so that they only have access to what’s necessary.