Second Life Wiki Lockdown 2014-52

I have a bit of time to write today. RL is still busy with work and holiday related stuff. I can confirm that Adobe’s latest release of Dreamweaver is way buggy when one tries to use their new fluid ‘LIVE’ design features. It appears Adobe is moving away from Dreamweaver and toward their new Adobe Edge.

SL Wiki

I’m not sure how many of my readers use the SL Wiki. I suspect even fewer add to its content. Those of us that do contribute to the wiki content have been blocked for some time. The SL Wiki is no longer user editable. Few Lindens can edit it.

Months ago some socially dysfunctional people started vandalizing the wiki. The Lindens locked it down to stop the vandalism. Continue reading

Second Life News 2014-51

Servers

The main channel will get a rollout Tuesday. This is a maintenance package that includes:

  • Fixes BUG-7595 Allowed & Blocked experiences persist with parcel owner change after purchase or abandoning.
  • Fixes BUG-7036 Experience based scripts in attached child prims reference their operation by region position instead of root position like non-experience based scripts.
  • BUG-7048 llGetExperienceDetails() returns 4 for state and “operation not permitted” for state message while over mainland parcels that have the experience allowed.
  • BUG-6757 Different error code returned for an Experience that is not permitted to run on a parcel / region OR a user clicked No on the permission request dialog
  • Additional internal Experience Key fixes
  • To find experiences with all unicode names you have to leave the search field blank and page through all results

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Firestorm Viewer 4.6.9-42696 Released

Firestorm Logo

Firestorm Logo

We knew it was coming. Now it is out, Firestorm 4.6.9-42696. The first release out hit a snag. These issues were a problem for a number of people:

  • FIRE-15122 Voice connection is lost after Teleport on OpenSim Grids
  • FIRE-15110 rlva @getattach does not work
  • FIRE-15101 Bottom toolbar buttons show in mouselook
  • FIRE-15085 Object view not working in build 4.6.9.42969
  • FIRE-14471 Editing quick prefs crash

If you go to get a new Firestorm version, you’ll find that only version 4.6.9-42974 is available for download. If you have version 42696 and are NOT having problems then there is no reason to get the slightly newer release.  Continue reading

Second Life’s Viewer Managed Marketplace

December 12, Friday, there will be a meeting for discussion of the new Marketplace features. It seems few merchants know much about the coming change. The announcement is here: In-World Feedback Session.

I guess this tells us how few residents actually keep up with SL news, either via forums or blogs. Of course that reflects a similar RL fact that only about 20+ million of 300+ million people in the U.S. watch TV news (national news). Continue reading

Second Life News Firestorm Viewer

Firestorm Logo

Firestorm Logo

Last Friday the at the Third Party Viewer Developers UG meeting we got some news.

The big news is that Firestorm is to release a new version of their viewer 12/10. Jessica said about 6PM. I am guessing that is SL Time (PST).

Jessica has posted an announcement explaining what is coming in this release and what is NOT going to be in it. A lot of things seen in other third party viewers are not going to make it into this release. There are:

  • Group Ban – may be included
  • SL Share
  • AISv3
  • HTTP

These are big improvements in the SL experience. But, they came with 6 bugs that the Firestorm team considers deal breakers. See the blog post for the list: Be Careful What You Wish For.

It seems Jessica is expecting some blow back from users. I expect she’ll get it. But, to rip on someone that is providing you what is arguably the best viewer available for Second Life and certainly the most popular, show serious ingratitude and a major personality defect.

I am disappointed that these important features are being left out of this release. But, I wrote earlier of the releases notes and ALL the STUFF being included in this release (See: Second Life News 2014-50 – scroll down toward the end of the article). There is no shortage of new stuff and fixed problems. Be grateful. I’ll have to deal with my disappointment and try not to rip too harshly on those that lack enough class to avoid venting their disappoint on others.

Samsung VR Released

It looks like the Samsung Head Mounted Display (HMD) know as Gear VR is out or almout out for retail sales. The Road to VR has an article comparing the Gear and Oculus. The short story is it appears Oculus is doing software and software tech while Samsung is doing hardware. However that works, it is a device making it to market with the Samsung brand name.

See: Samsung Gear VR Detailed Review: Part One – Design Comparison to Oculus Rift DK2.

See: You can buy Samsung’s virtual reality headset right now for $200.

See: Buy Samsung Gear VR.

 

Second Life News 2014-50

Server

This Tuesday and Wednesday we will have rollouts to the main and RC channels. The main channel will get a maintenance release running on the RC channels. The main things in this release are:

  • Fixes BUG-7515 Restarting region turns off “block parcel fly over”
  • Fixes BUG-4949 Cannot manage block list with certain object names
  • Fixes BUG-7850 Experience tools: “Script trying to teleport other avatars!” script error appears incorrectly
  • Fixes BUG-6789 Spelling mistake in llGodLikeRezObject
  • Minor server change to help configure the texture and mesh CDN

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Busy

I’m busy with RL Work. I probably won’t get to blog much between now and the end of the year. There doesn’t seem to be much going on in SL development. So, I won’t miss much.

Developers are busy, but through the holiday season things seem to move slowly. We should see a Firestorm release soonSTORM-2067Glossy Projectors, a change in how reflections and materials interact is apparently complete and headed through QA and toward release. Along with that change STORM-2056 – Projector reflections do not respect the environment intensity parameter also appears completed.

Experience Tools is moving forward, but not ready for release. The Auto-build tools are near completion, which will mean more stable viewers.

More Group Chat changes are in the works. But, the big improvements have been made. Expect only minor improvements and may be better message error notices.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Nal.