How to find Cheap, Good Stuff in the SL Marketplace…

Ryan Schultz has published a little tutorial on his site, Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: How to Find Free and Inexpensive Items on the SL Marketplace. I think it is a handy tutorial on how the SL Marketplace search features works… I use the word ‘works’ loosely.

The Search

The Search

Using the left-column of filters makes finding stuff a bit easier. But, one has to know to make the search using the top ITEMS – Merchant/Store search setting ‘Search In’, ‘Show Maturity Levels’, and ‘Keywords’ before adding the left-column filters.

The ‘Sort By’ in the mid-upper right of the page just below the ITEMS search is also a big help. The sort can be changed at any time in your searches.

You can also search for a store or merchant. Once you select a merchant/store you have the option to ‘Search this store’. Then follow with left-column filters.

Things in the marketplace do not age out. Also, when merchants stop using Second Life, their stuff remains in the market place. Even if it requires a third-party server to work and that server is taken offline. All of which is a BIG gotcha for new SL users.

So, the sort order can be important search criteria.

Second Life News 2018 w21

Servers

There are no updates to the main or RC channels this week. No restarts are planned either.

The updates are still in testing over in ADITI. Mazidox Linden expects to have more information by Thursday’s Server Beta UG meeting.

Viewers

A new main viewer came out late last week. The Maintenance version 5.1.4.515016 is now the default viewer.

Looking back, I didn’t write up much about this version. There are a load of changes and improvements in this version. Check the release notes for ALL the details.

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The interesting changes are…

In the Appearance editor we are supposed to have a Wear Only This Outfit. I can’t find any such choice.

Dialog in inventory

Temporary attachments can now be removed. I think the change is these temps now show in the WEARING tab so they can be selected and detached.

Some login problems have been fixed and error messages improved. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w20

The main channel got a roll. And there is a Deploys post. So, version #18.05.07.515224 is now on the main channel. This is the one that adds the new LSL functions for the coming name change.

Ahiru (fin)

Ahiru (fin)

Blue Steel, Le Tigre, and Magnum are all to be determined. If nothing rolls out, all main grid regions will be running the same version. Or we might see something roll to the RC channels.  Continue reading

Third-Party Dev Meeting 2018 w19

Not much news coming out of the Third-Party Developer meeting this week.

Both the Love Me Render Viewer and the Maintenance Viewer are progressing. The Maintenance version is doing a bit better in testing. Either could be the next release, with Maintenance having a small edge.

Ahiru (7)

Ahiru (7)

In the pipeline are the estate management tools improvement, caching stuff to improve cache performance, a set of voice improvements, and various random changes.

Vacation season is starting in the USA. So, there will be schedule and project disruptions as people go on vacation.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is not viewer related. The Lab mostly already does all GDPR requires. Internal discussions in the Lab have been about how neat it is they Lab has never collected the problem-personal-info GDPR deals with. So, they have very little to do to be GDPR compliant. Continue reading

Second Life Mirrors… Really!?!

If you haven’t realized, we do not have mirrors in SL. The reason is the rendering load they can add. If the Lindens added mirrors someone would add a fun-house mirror room. The region performance would likely drop to 1 frame per minute or possibly per hour.

But, we do have ways to fake mirrors. Those I’ve seen are awkward. But, this portal thing is one of the neatest mirror tricks I’ve seen in a long time.

You’ll have to turn the volume up to hear Adeon.

But, this is just way too neat. Be sure to give the video a thumbs up.

Second Life News 2018 w19

Servers

The main channel updated to version #18.04.30.515008, this is the version that hopefully improves… not fixes, region crossings. Specifically, “Updates to simulator communication protocols aimed at improving region crossings and teleports.”

Blue Steel, Le Tigre, and Magnum all get the #18.05.07.515224 version. This is the version preparing for the name change feature by adding scripting functions to LSL.

New LSL Functions:

Seems some regions are getting two restarts today. I suspect that is somewhat common.

It's your move, pawn.

It’s your move, pawn.

Simon Linden tells us, “…the servers are now doing a better job tracking all the attachments and objects you may be sitting on [when crossing a region].   The goal is to know when the region thinks that’s all done, and the viewer acknowledges it.  If that doesn’t happen, it can do better fixing itContinue reading

Second Life Bits 2018 w18

Bakes On Mesh – The feature is live on ADITI. At the Beta Server UG meeting we found some of the current problems. One of which is phantom skirts. You see people with a tattoo wearing a black system skirt. They see you wearing one. But, you can’t see the skirt you are wearing.

You can take off the tat and the skirt will vanish. Put the tat back on and no skirt. At least until you relog.

Southern Terodise (165,59,21) Adult

Southern Terodise (165,59,21) Adult

Also, the bake service is slow delivering baked textures.

So, we’ll see Bakes On in testing over on ADITI for a bit more.

Region Crossings – In November 2017 Animats started a thread on region crossing problems. It is still running, now 7 pages long. See: Vehicles vs. sim crossings, why it’s so awful. The latest information and Animats testing results appear in this thread.

There are a couple of links to people using Animats fixes in their vehicles.

The Lindens are working on region crossings again. They just improved region server to server communication. A version of that change is running on Le Tigre and Magnum RC channels.

Animats main interest, avatars being half-sit – half on and half off, is next or near next on the fix list.

ADITI Inventory Sync – OS upgrades on ADITI are in place and we are told inventory sync’s are working again as a result… or something along that line.

There is apparently confusion among users on when the update occurs. The trigger is logging into ADITI. Some time after your log out the system will sync your inventory. Apparently, the sync process gets behind and an individual sync may not happen in the expected time frame. But, I think we should see it within 48 to 72 hours at most. I think mine are happening within 24 hours.

Second Life News 2018 w18

Servers

We have a Deploys post this week! …and I stayed up long enough to read it. Still semi-sick and sleeping a lot.

Seems the main channel is not getting an update and will remain on #18.04.13.514504. This is the version with; A fix for BUG-214702 and Internal fixes.

What else is there

What else is there

Blue Steel will get an update to #18.04.20.514703. This version has a couple of changes needed to support the ability to change our names; New LSL Functions: llName2Key and llRequestUserKey.

Le Tigre, Magnum, and Snack will get version #18.04.30.515008. This version has the changes to improve regions crossings and teleports. These are changes in how region servers talk to each other. No new user-side toys.  Continue reading