Second Life: Ebbe to Talk…

About two hours ago the Lindens posted: Town Hall Event with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg – Sept 13.

Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg will be appearing at a “Town Hall” chat session
Thursday, September 13th 2018 at 9:30 a.m. (SLT/Pacific)

There will be a Q&A and you can post questions for consideration in that part of the meeting here: “September 2018 – A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg.”

The live in-world location has not yet been decided on. Closer to the event they will make a location announcement.

Second Life and the Future of Apple Users

For SL users there is the Apple question, will Second Life™ run on Apple? Or… continue to run on Apple?

In June of this year Apple announced its discontinuing support of OpenGL after macOS 10.14 Mojave (scheduled for release Sept 2018), the core aspect of SL’s render engine. It will take a couple of years for Apple to phase it out. But, updates and support officially stop now. For some time support has been really bad.

● 1325 Colorful Disaster

They explained their reasoning when some game developers declared they would stop making games for Apple.

The reasons;

  • OpenGL was designed 25 years ago.
  • Core architecture is from the beginning days of 3D graphics.
  • Designed is based on outdated thinking.
  • OpenGL is a legacy tool with updates ‘tacked’ on.
  • Hardware GPU work flow has changed.
  • Never designed for multi-threading.
  • Today’s rendering is asynchronous.

On the PC side of things OpenGL is still supported. We can’t know for how long. Khronos, OpenGL’s developer, has introduced Vulkan. (See: State of Graphics: DirectX 12 & Vulkan – 4/2016) Development is exciting and popular. The group is on the forefront of some interesting tech. But, I don’t know that it will be helpful for SL. Continue reading

Second Life: Updating AvaStar with Slink Dev Kit

I happen to like Slink, so I build what I can wear. For me that means using the Slink Developer Kit. Finishing some stuff up I decided it is time to update my AvaStar, Blender, and Slink Kit before moving on to new things. Also, I wanted to try out the AvaStar feature that adds Dev Kits.

AvaStar 2.4-1 and Slink v9

My previous updates I have written about here; AvaStar – Add the Slink 2017 Model – (5/2017) and AvaStar Tutorial: Adding the Slink Model to AvaStar – (3/2017).

Blender Update

The highest Blender I have is version 2.79c. This can get a bit confusing. The official release is 2.79b according to the Blender.org site. The main download provides an MSI file for use with Windows. This is a basic Windows install file. Not what I suspect most developers want. We want the ‘Archive’ file, the one that allows us to have multiple versions installed. You get that from the same download page just look in ‘other versions’ and grab the ZIP file. Continue reading

SL Third-Party Dev Meeting 2018 w32

Not many attending last Friday… Some news mostly updates.

The Bugsplat RC Viewer should be identical to default viewer. The only difference is it uploads crash reports to the Bugsplat system. The Lindens are wrapping up their evaluation. There is no information pre-evaluation on where this is going. Oz Linden through it was going well. But, until the numbers and Linden-users’ evals are in no can know.

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There is a Voice RC Viewer out and another in QA that uses a newer Vivox SDK. In the newer one voice crashes recover automatically.

Oz tells us there are 3 other viewer candidates likely to appear this week (#33).

The Animesh RC will get an update. Another Rendering changes version is coming. A new Maintenance version is in the wings waiting for a simulator change – the offline communication thing. The point here is to be more reliable in delivering messages at login, which were sent to you while you are offline.

Also, there are 3 Project viewers; the Estate Management Tools’ new features for the ban list, for which they are looking for feedback. There is the Snapshot Viewer which has no change, but they hope to get back to soon. For now, they are likely working on the Facebook problem with snapshots not uploading. The whole world seems to be on FB’s case. Continue reading

Over Dose of CUTE

There are neat places in SL. A few are cute or have cuddly animals. But, I stumbled on D-Lab searching for helicopters and they are over the top cute. They have an adorable little 2-seater helicopter that I saw near an airport. I tracked down the creator and found D-Lab’s Skyshop.

D-Lab’s Skyshop

Most of the stuff in the image they have for sale. Much of the really cute stuff is only visible inside the chop. They sorta have two showrooms. The fun stuff is in the shop shown above, the Skyshop.  Continue reading

Milestone for Tyche Shepherd

Grid Survey Milestone – You may know that Tyche Shepherd maintains a survey of regions in Second Life. You can find the latest information at GridSurvey.com.

Elina at Burg Adenau 07102018_069

Elina at Burg Adenau 07102018_069

But, the milestone is the update published at SLUniverse, New SL Sims in past week. Daniel Voyager noticed the 100th post in a thread started in 2008.

If you have ever wondered which regions are in a particular RC channel, Tyche provides the best information available. It isn’t a perfect list of RC channels as things change quickly. But, it is the best available.

Daniel Voyager noticed the milestone…

Second Life’s Land Preserve

Public Land Preserve – Is an idea of Prokofy Neva’s, a well-known hate magnet in Second Life™.

PrimPerfect and Designing Worlds are connected. Saffia Widdershins is the PrimPerfect editor and I’ll say lead interviewer. You hear her and Elrik Merlin interviewing Prokofy.

I Haz A Grief!

I Haz A Grief!

Garden of Dreams (URL) sponsored the episode. The Designing Wolds Studio is in Garden of Dreams. If you have not been to the Garden shop, more like a world, you are missing out. Visit! If you are decorating a parcel or region the Garden is a must see. Be sure you check out the Dream Scene Bubbles too.

Calling Prokofy a hate magnet begs the question, why? Her/his, Prokofy’s, sin is pushing the ideas of freedom, equality, fairness, and I would say true liberalism, which it seems liberal-progressives can’t seem to tolerate these days. However, Ravenglass Rentals is one of the oldest land rental companies in Second Life™. The land is in a region named Ravenglass.  (Public Lands) Knowing the place gets griefed… and people still rent land there, what does it offer that moves people to tolerate the griefing?

If you are interested in the history of Second Life, this is a wonderfully informative interview. See Designing Worlds Meets Prokofy Neva.

Did you miss that SL15B Gift? Aaaaw!

SL15B – Some people are totally surprised to find they cannot now find the Week 1 & 2 gifts. I thought the Lab was clear when they said each gift would only be available for ONE WEEK.

~~ Hunt Dolls ~~

=”~~ Hunt Dolls ~~

These are way easy hunts, the clues easily understood, and the gifts are in a gaudy box in plain sight. Finding them takes only a couple of minutes.

How great the gifts are is debatable. But, they are fun.