Second Life: How to USE SL 360 Images

Oh my… what a mess. The current state of the Linden 360-viewer is for the geeky only. The instructions for setting up to display these images, via web or just on your local computer, is described in a Bitbucket thread: JS 360-snapshot-web-viewer and the SL Wiki.

No problem. Just install Python and set up a simple web server… As Ebbe has said, “Who the f**k installs servers?”

The instructions on both the sites assume you know about web servers and tech. But, all the needed parts are in Bitbucket. Continue reading

Second Life gets a 360 Camera

Yesterday I published my update on the servers and viewers. Monday Inara published hers. Today the Lab announces a new Project Viewer: Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version The release notes are here. Download.

I’ve written about this feature coming. Now it is here, almost.

The release notes describe the project as:

The existing viewer snapshot system (control-shift-s) is being extended to add a mode where you can take a picture that encompasses all directions at once.

Placed in a suitable web site with some HTML and JavaScript, the image can then be scrolled to look around as though you had a window into Second Life at the moment the picture was taken. Please visit our wiki for details

This is also integrated with a number of other Snapshot improvements contributed by the author of the Black Dragon viewer.

The SL Blog announcement is here: A New Perspective on Second Life.


Second Life: MS Translator Change Coming

Microsoft has announced that their translation services are changing. The date is April 30, 2017. They will be changing to a new set of API’s they named Azure.

Time passes by

Time passes by

I have no idea how many, if any, SL Translators depend on the Microsoft API’s. But, those that do will need to change.  Continue reading

Second Life: Do I pop out of this dress?

I am disappointed when I find a dress I like and there is no demo available. My buying habits are simple. If a clothing item costs more than L$50 and has no demo, I won’t buy it. I probably won’t buy any dress or blouse that costs less than L$50. If I violate those limits I find I am disappointed about 9 out of 10 times.

So, what do I do with those demos? Here is a video showing my basic process. Dress makers should consider this process. I use it when I test demos and when I make clothes. I figure stuff I make has to pass these tests. So, stuff I buy should pass them too.

The first dress is tight fitting camisole ‘sheath’ and has a sizable leg slit. It is tight fitting and that makes poke through VERY likely.

The dress works well with the upper body (TM: 0:30). It is possible to peak in and see a nipple. But, one has to work to get a peak. That works for me. I don’t want to be flashing everyone when just standing. But, if he is all that interested… Continue reading

Second Life News 2016 w43


There is no rollout to the main channel this week. The RC channels will get a new package Wednesday (11/26).

If you stumble, make it part of the dance..

If you stumble, make it part of the dance…

The new package has a fix for a bug that came with it when forst released. Plus a couple of bug fixes for the new forced LLSit.

Sunday a database for the ADITI grid went down. That created login problems for those people trying to get into ADITI. It is fixed. People were able to get in Monday (10/24).  Continue reading

Hardware: New Intel SSD’s

Intel is promoting two new Solid State Drives (SSD); Intel® SSD DC P3520 Series (PCIe) and the Intel® SSD DC S3520 Series (SATA). These are enterprise level drives. Put into layman’s English, these puppies are way expensive. US$300 to $3,000. Amazon

Intel DC P3520 SSD

Intel DC P3520 SSD

They do yield 35% more performance per watt. If you are running a server farm that is a big deal. The link above leads to the specs. Read speed: 1700 MB/s, write: 1350 MB/s. My SSD can only move 300 to 400 MB/s. See: Hardware: Disk Performance Compared. These new SSD’s are performing at RAM Drive speeds.

Word is that large data centers are driving the demand for these new fast, large SSD’s. As prices come down the consumer market will use more of these drives.

Will they make your Second Life experience better? Probably. But, RAM drives are currently cheaper and provide similar performance but, less storage space.

Second Life: New Features

Today, about noon, the Lindens posted: What’s Happening Now in Second Life. The list is:

  1. Five new premium sandboxes
  2. Portal Park 2.0
  3. LLSit

A much-needed sandbox is (quoting):

The fifth new region is called: Sandbox Premium Weapons Testing which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to testing your SL munitions! In the past, weapons testing was done in general sandboxes where it was prone to overcrowding, griefing and instability. It was very difficult to get testing done. Now we’ve opened up more space for Premium members to test their combat gear in a less disruptive environment.

Portal Park II Oct 2016

Portal Park II Oct 2016

The other 4 sandboxes are 3 running RC server packages, one running the main package and they are adjacent to each other. These allow quick testing of items in all 4 versions of the server software running in the main grid.

Second Life Portal Park is an in-world Destination Guide.  This is a fun place to wonder around.

LLSit is a new scripting feature I’ve been writing about for the last couple of weeks. It rolled to the main grid last week.