A berry good introduction to Second Life™ popped up on YouTube yesterday, How to Get Started in Second Life New User Tutorial.
Save a link to the video. You can refer people to it that ask about Second Life™.
There is currently no DEPLOYS post which is sort of expected this week as a maintenance project is in progress this week. From Grid Status a few days ago,
Scheduled – Our engineers will be performing maintenance on the Second Life network May 13 – 16. We hope to perform most of the maintenance early in this window, but it may extend several days if needed.
Residents may experience problems connecting to, being disconnected from, or an inability to log in during this time, as well as possible issues rezzing objects, teleporting, or crossing regions. We hope to keep these disruptions to a minimum and greatly appreciate your patience during this time as we work to make Second Life more robust.
We will resolve this status once the maintenance has been fully completed.
May 7, 16:16 PDT
This morning I see this,
Completed – The maintenance has been completed and services have been restored.
May 14, 02:27 PDT
At various times logins were closed and SL was offline. My Concurrent Users tracker shows a low user count of about 17,000 concurrent users which is 4k or so below the typical 3:00 AM low. According to Simon Linden, the number was down to 2 concurrent users.
My tracker has an ‘outage’ ignore feature which stops believing the numbers when drops are massive as happens when SL goes down. Checking every 10-minutes a drop in users is typically in the few hundred to 2k range with the average around 1k.
From the Server-Scripting UG, we hear Simon Linden tell us there is no main channel restart/update this week. The RC’s will get two different updates. He can’t say much about what they are… so say internal updates.
Also, the outage last night apparently was not part of the planned maintenance.
Simon said, “The good news there is I’ve identified 3 different ways TPs could fail and I _believe_ I fixed those on the beta grid. Your help is really appreciated because the last time “someone” tried to fix things [it] didn’t go well.”
So, Simon had a new TP-Tester and we were asked to pop over to ADITI to help test the new fixes there. I used Firestorm and a heavy avatar. Keeping all my HUD’s on it uses 6+MB of memory. I disconnected at the 8th, 1st, 6th, and 39th TP’s. That is TP to disconnect, relog, and restart. Almost all my disconnects were on my way to Irnini. When I relogged I was usually in Irnini.
There were quite a few of us testing. So, Simon has lots of data.
Oz Linden (it is his rez week – he considers the 17th his first rez) tells us they are looking at the Script % Issue… no news on that… yet.
To a question about whether last names are still planned, Oz says they are still hacking on backend things to get them working. Apparently, some odd stuff happens when a name changes. So, this may take longer than they anticipated.
The main LL Viewer is version 184.108.40.2066190, the EAM Viewer released in week #17. The EAM Release announcement is here, Estate Management Tool has a Shiny New Coat of Paint.
Second Life Bakes On Mesh Viewer version 220.127.116.115409 – Released week #13.
Second Life EEP Viewer version 18.104.22.1686104 – Released week, #16.
Second Life Love Me Render Viewer version 22.214.171.1247021 – New? This looks like the previous viewer that added the Mac Retina display option. It disappeared for a time and is now back. The release notes are not clear if this is an improved returning viewer or a new viewer. However, this version number is new.
Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 126.96.36.1997198 – New… sort of… this is a copy of an earlier version with a part removed that caused BUG-226970 – lsl scripting touch_start() function no longer works on prims with full alpha textures. So, while technically the bug isn’t fixed it is gone in this version.
This is good because many HUDs depend on being able to click transparent buttons.
Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 188.8.131.525934 – Last updated in 2018 week #10.
FLASH – Patch Linden announced (5/14 @ 12:00± PM SLT) they expect to have more Linden Homes ready in the next 24 hours. The post is here… small announcement.
Note, that post is in the Update Thread… so you may want to bookmark it.
The LUMIYA Viewer or LUMIYA CLIENT, as many call it, is a mobile app for accessing Second Life™. Until recently it was available in the Google Play Store. Not now. But it may be some time in the future. See Inara’s write up, “LUMIYA CLIENT: AVAILABILITY”. She provides links to places where it is still available and the reasoning for why it is not on Google Play.
UPDATE: As of June 2019 the Lumiya Viewer/Client is broken to the point of being unusable.
CAUTION: RLV Relay Griefing – May 2019
RLV Relay griefing is becoming a thing again.
Someone accesses a user’s RLV relay and teleports them to a remote area, usually to lock them down, and in the worst case to extort private information or money from them.
Breaking a griefer’s hold is a matter of logging off and then logging in with the LL Viewer. One can also log out then start their viewer and turn off RLV before logging in. OR… in many cases one can use their RLV collar controls to break loose…
Check the NEWS at Open Collar blog for more information about how to protect yourself when wearing a collar or RLV relay. The current article is Staying safe on RLV. I suggest you read through the entire article. In the later part, Wendy explains what griefing is going on.
You’ll find it is griefing but not via an exploit in the system. It is an abuse of the power built into the RLV system. Because of that when you know how to use your RLV you can escape… I want to say easily escape… but I and I suspect others think of easy as a click or two and it isn’t that easy. But it isn’t rocket science hard either.
I hadn’t realized it, but the Peanut branch of Open Collar has a new RLV Folder system. You’ll find the manual for that new system here, RLV Folders Peanut N°9 “Daisy Chain” (203). I suppose I should play with the new system and get all my stuff updated and reorganized.
Wendy says the new folder system is faster and easier… with ‘easier’ in this case according to me meaning easily understandable.
Seraphim – These are the event promotion people. As best I can tell a large number of SL peeps use Seraphim to know where to shop on any given day.
I just say what I think is an unusual post, using 7 tabs in the post. A very neat way of organizing a bunch of information.
For those getting tired of Facebook and their trampling of users… try MeWe.com and check the in-world user group MeWe Users (SLURL). There is a big adult section (NSFW) for SL users on MEWe.com. The in-world group is small. If all the people dissatisfied with FB knew about it, I think it would be huge.