The blogs are full of the news that Rod Humble has “moved on” from Second Life. I first saw it at New World Notes.
Remain calm. Take a deep breath. We have been through this before. Don’t believe the rumors, the sky in not falling!
Linden lab will eventually let us know what is happening and what their plans are.
“Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war” William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
SSB (Server-side Baking (or Appearance)rolls to the entire grid
today (Tuesday). If you are not using a properly equipped viewer avatars will not be seen properly. Jessica Lyon has a good post at the Firestorm Blog which applies to all viewers. There has been a long run-up to this new feature. No one can say they were not warned! LL and many private blogs have been talking about this for many months! This is a major improvement to the avatar rez process, a major improvement!
I am sure there will be wackadoodles who will be crying “the sky is falling” and the end of Second Life. Ignore them.
Those accessing SL with very old equipment will have the most problems, some will find they can not access the grid at all. My best advice to them is to try various Third Party Viewers in the hopes of finding one that works. Text viewers will of course get you on line but with limited or no graphics. You knew that sooner or later all computers become obsolete.
Bugs will appear in one part of a working program when another ‘unrelated’ part is modified. Murphyism
Strawberry Singh’s latest challenge to bloggers is “Flat Rodvik Linden”.
Wh-Wh-What’s going on!? Kupo!?
At about 11:30am today people throughout the grid began receiving automated notices that the region they were on was being restarted. It was a false alarm, but one has to wonder why nothing about it showed up at the time on the Grid Status Page.
Wh-Wh-What’s going on!? Kupo!?
WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?
The Lindens explain – in advance – what they will be doing in the following year. They warn us that some of the changes they are working on will cause some upset, but it is worth it in the long run – and explain why!
They hold weekly meetings where they discuss the progress they are making, including the problems they have encountered. And (this is almost beyond belief) they Listen.
It has gotten so bad that residents are turning on each other! Incidents of griefing have reached a new height in frequency and sophistication. Even there, the Lindens are actively working on the technical steps they can take and explain why the simple steps that might seem obvious are either difficult to implement or would be unfair to other residents.
The Firestorm all volunteer development and support teams had to resort to a special blog post in response to the wackadoodles harassing the support groups.
WHERE IS THE DRAMA!
What is a blogger to do? Many have resorted to travelogs or fashion reviews. Some are blogging fiction or turning their attention to RL subject.
It is enough to make me nostalgic for the Good-Old-Days.
May you live in interesting times.
At the recent Firestorm Viewer question & answer meeting Jessica Lyon, Firestorm Project Manager, gave a forecast of what we can expect in Second Life over the next few months. You can watch the meeting here, or read summaries by Inara Pey or Nalates Urriah .
Simply stated Linden Lab will be introducing several new features that will effect both the sim servers and all viewers. They are not doing this to annoy us, these are important changes to the way things are done within the programs that are SL in addition to valuable new features. Because the viewers are changing too this requires significant coordination and cooperation between the third party viewer developers and the lab.
If experience is any teacher at all, each of these changes will present problems when deployed to the full grid. All viewers, including the official LL viewer will have bugs and problems. Everyone is doing the best they can to avoid problems and still deploy the new code expediently. We may as well get the pain of the transition over with so we can return to our normal lives in an improved world as soon as possible.
There WILL Be Drama! The wackadoodles will predict the end of Second Life. There will be back seat drivers with “a better way”. The conspiracy theorists will ascribe ulterior motives. Pay them no attention. We have survived bigger transitions in the past with much less to gain.
Hang in there!
Be kind to your third party viewer team, they are doing the best they can in a challenging situation; remember, they are volunteers!
Don’t be too hard on LL, in the long run we will be better off.
May you live in interesting times.
The current flap over Qarl’s Prim Alignment tool highlights one of the oldest conflicts in Second Life. Without getting into the specifics of this particular issue, the conflict breaks down to perceptions.
- Linden Lab’s seeming view of the residents as expressed by Philip Linden is “Smart people in rural areas, the handicapped, people looking for companionship, ….”. In short, not nearly as smart and sophisticated as they are.
- Residents often view the Lindens as a bunch of Ivory Tower Geeks with little or no experience of what Second Life is really about.
While there is a grain of truth in both perceptions, there are many exceptions and in fact the attitudes are often reversed!
As residents we need to remember that whining, venting and insults are counter-productive. I would not want to have the job of wading through a jira full of vitriol to find the few gems of productive input. If you really need to vent, start a BLOG, it works wonders when you have to think about what you are saying and post it under your own byline 🙂
The Lindens need to take a moment and THINK before they comment or set status at the jira. Your input needs to be not only factual, but sensitive to the frustrations of residents.
I certainly do not recommend a return to a heavy handed PR department or the silent treatment that we have endured in the past. Perhaps the Lab would be well served by a Miss Manners quietly looking over people’s shoulders and holding their hands when they trip into a social quagmire.
Remember, I’m pulling for ya. We’re all in this together! Red Green
Stroker Serpentine co-creator of the famous SexGen sex bed is leaving Second Life and gifting the community with his latest version base unit (v.5). A generous gesture considering he has made himself rich in RL off of them. Consider, however, that there are limitations. These are “base units” which you will have to install into a bed for which you have mod permissions. I strongly doubt there will be any support or updates; when Linden Lab somehow breaks the code in the scripts you are on your own.
My friend Corsi Mousehold represents the other partner in SexGen. He has upgraded the scripts to v.6 since Stroker stopped development and has added over 100 additional animations! He markets them under the NeoLove brand. Corsi offers courteous support and updates via an updater whenever needed. The income from NeoLove products also goes to support the regions of FurNation.
As is usual in SL there are cries of doom and gloom for the sex bed industry – it will pass. In time these freebies will be hopelessly outdated, but enjoy them while you can and when they break be sure to check out Corsi’s improved versions.