Second Life Bits 2017 w12

Second Life™ Photo Contest

Inara tells us about Filling the Cauldron, a photo contest open to everyone. See her article for the details.

City corners 3

City corners 3

In ‘cauldron’ related news Prim Dolls provides information of a more personal nature. Elicio Ember’s father is fighting to recover from a stroke. So, there is a benefit event. See: Ember’s Cauldron: Welcome! Stores from all over the grid are involved.  Continue reading

Second Life: Interesting Forum Bits

As I learn my way around this new forum I am discovering odd little bits here and there.

Avatar History

Did you know there is an Second Life Avatar Vanity thread? It started in early 2011 and is 305 pages long today. It is an interesting collection of avatar pictures over the years.

2011 Avatars

Looking at the thread you’ll find the forum only allows you to jump ahead 6 pages at a time. To jump more you have to tweak the URL. Look for or add the text: /?page=300 to jump to page 300 – Oct 2014 or change the page number to whatever.  Continue reading

Second Life Bits 2017 w09

Forum

There is an update on the new forum roll out. See: UPDATE: New Community Platform Timeline.

Seems the data transfer is taking longer than expected. So, the forum remains locked today, no posting. The forum should open 2/28… some time today… well may be…

Countryside Holidays

Countryside Holidays

Mesh Addicts

Mesh Body Addicts has a new Weekly Fitmesh Finds are here! I’m not sure how much their finds affect traffic to the regions listed. My empirical experience is: it may take days for me to get into some of the regions listed. Uber seems unusually busy. Continue reading

Internet Outage

The outage is large enough to be making national news. Amazon cloud servers went down. That affects many web sites and services like Second Life. The SL asset services depend on Amazon’s cloud, the S3 services – AFAIK.

SL login is supposedly not affected. The login servers are  in one of the Lab’s locations or on co-location hosts other than Amazon. But, once logged in you may not rez, the region may not rez completely, and your inventory may not populate.

Do NOT try to change or fix your appearance. You will likely confuse your viewer and make things worse. Do as little inventory-asset related tasks as possible.

Second Life Current Problem

Currently, Tuesday 2/28 at 10:15 AM SLT, There are grid problems and login problems. Lindens are investigating.

We are on ‘do not rez no-copy items’ status. You may have problems rezing anything.

It seems a service provider to Linden Lab is having problems.

Identified – We have identified the issue as a problem with one of our service providers. They are actively working to correct the problems.

Logins should not be impacted, however the asset system continues to be problematic. Additionally, other services including search.secondlife.com, my.secondlife.com, and more have been impacted as well, and will remain so until the issues have been resolved.

We will update this blog with additional information when we have it.
Feb 28, 10:32 PST

Second Life: Performance Changing

As the Second Life™ system advances more of the content will be transferred to the viewer by HTTP protocol. This takes load from UDP and the region server-simulators and moves it to the Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Shadow Puppets!

Shadow Puppets!

We expect some degree of region performance improvement, especially in crowded regions with lots of avatars. But, there may be a cost for those on slow Internet connections. It is hard to estimate the impact on those with slow connections. But, there are things they can do if they see performance degrade. Continue reading