Second Life News 2018 w10

Severs

The main grid will not update this week. It stays on version #18.02.12.512536.

Blue Steel, Le Tigre, and Magnum get the same update, #18.03.05.513046. This is stated as having ‘internal changes’.

Taken with 5.1.3.513006 – Click here to see in 360 VR Mode

Above taken with the 5.1.3.513006 version of the 360-Snapshot Viewer.

Viewers

The main viewer updated this past week and is now version 5.1.2.512803. Previously this was the maintenance version released in week #6.

Second Life Love Me Render Viewer version 5.1.3.513005 – This version updates the previous version released in week #9. It adds security fixes and the updates from the promotion of the Maintenance viewer.

Second Life Media Update Viewer version 5.1.2.512574 – This is the version released in week #8. Expect it to soon update to include the Maintenance version fixes. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w09

The last few days we have had some people complaining about login issues. I’m one of them. But, the problem is so erratic and apparently random I can’t put any useful information in a JIRA.

This morning there was some issue with logins. Only 17,000+ were on when I logged in at 10:45 Am SLT. On my trackers next update, 19,000+ were on. That 17k is an extraordinarily small number. The low for the day is about 7,000… but it may have been zero. My tracker only grabs data every 10 minutes. A lot can happen in the computer world and RL in 10 minutes.

Lauressa - Close-up

Lauressa – Close-up

I currently show 3,000 to 2,000 people logging in every 10 minutes. This is indicative of some grid wide problem.

Status only says they are investigating intermittent login issues.

Update 11:00 AM SLT – Seems the problem is a DDOS attack. See Unscheduled DDoS. This is not a Linden Lab specific attack. Early indications, often wrong, suggest it is possibly an attack on America. I would not be surprised to trace it back to North Korea. They will likely react to the sanctions just placed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. So, appease them now and face a nuclear attack later or deal with them now?

Did you know the average duration of a mass shooting is three minutes? What is the response time of the police in your neighborhood, to your sports arena, movie theater, or school? Continue reading

Content Creators’ UG Meeting 2018 w08

I usually use Medhue’s video from his live stream of the Content Creators’ meeting and refer people to it. But, this week Medhue’s stream has no audio. Fortunately, I made it to the meeting this week and made a video.

But… all is not wonderful. Vir Linden’s mic was not working well. Examining the sound waves in Audition I see Vir’s voice is severely clipped. This happens when an input overdrives the system. You hear it when you turn the volume up too high on a radio with cheap speakers.

To some extent, this can be fixed in post-production. But, I’m a novice to intermediate audio person. I’ve never had to clean up an audio track this badly clipped before. I helped it. But, it ain’t great.

The time marks below are for my video. Following is my summary based on what I understood.

00:30 – Alexa Linden talked about the 360 Snapshot Project Viewer at the Content Creators’ UG Meeting (2/22). My take on the viewer is here: The Newly Revised 360-Snapshot RC Viewer is Out.

00:30 – Alexa Linden talked about the 360 Snapshot Project Viewer at the Content Creators’ UG Meeting (2/22). May take on the viewer is here: The Newly Revised 360-Snapshot RC Viewer is Out.

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Second Life News 2018 w08

A day behind.

Servers

There was no roll of a new package to the main channel. It continues to run #18.01.17.511913.

The three RC channels all updated to version #18.02.12.512536. The changes in this version are listed in the Release Notes as: Internal fixes and Simulator logging improvements.

#167.. Can you ..

#167.. Can you ..

Since I was traveling to see friends I missed the Server and Scripting User Group meeting. It was at the meeting where we learned there is a change to fix a problem in the server that has been crashing viewers.

Seems the server has been sending malformed update data that kills the viewer. The Lindens believe the problem was a memory corruption problem. A server would work correctly right after being restarted and after some time start sending bad information. Inara published a quote of Simon Linden describing the problem. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w07

Servers

Monday Caleb Linden posted the Deploys notice. The main channel is getting a restart. But will continue to run the same server version, #18.01.17.511913. The restarts are said to have started rolling across the grid at 3AM PT.

Blue Steel may get a new package Wednesday. The Deploys notice says they have not yet decided.

Heart Shaped

Heart Shaped

Le Tigre and Magnum will continue to run #18.01.17.511913, the package they ran last week. I doubt they will get a restart…

Viewers

The main viewer is now 5.1.1.512121. This is the upgrade with fixes to the voice features. The previous version 5.1.0.511732 released in week #2. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w05

Servers

The main channel is now running version #18.01.17.511913. The version ran on all three RC channels last week. It is reported in the wiki as having Internal Changes. Mazidox Linden described it at the Server Beta UG as, “This week we promoted a couple of things to RC on Agni including DRTSIM-367 (internal fixes) and a version of the service that handles avatar bakes, built with the new version of our OS.”

Shhhhh

Shhhhh

The bake service is not actually a simulator change. It is a change in a backend service. The server and service have to work together. So, there is probably some simulator change. But, maybe just in which API it uses to bake the avatar.

The Linux Operating System (OS) the Lab uses in its server gets updated every so often. They have been (are?) in the process of another OS update. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w04

We have a Deploys post this week. 🙂

The main channel is not getting a roll. I’m showing my home region in the main channel as last restarting 1/16, last Tuesday.

All three RC channels are to get a rollout tomorrow. Version #18.01.17.511913. It is only described as ‘internal fixes’. There was no additional information available from the Server-Scripting UG Meeting.

Peaceful

Peaceful

There is work on region crossings by a resident. See the forum post Vehicles vs. sim crossings, why it’s so awful. Animats could use some help testing region crossing. Also, see the JIRA report SVC-22.

For builders, there is information that only the physics part of the road matters. The physics part of the road should be thick, vertically, and extend past the region edge by a couple of meters.

Viewers

The main viewer today is version 5.1.0.511732. This is the 64-bit viewer that released in week #2.

Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 5.1.1.511871 – This is a new version this week. I suspect it just got the 64-bit updates.

Second Life Voice Viewer version 5.1.1.511952 – This too got updated with 64-bit. Expect this to be next version bumped to main.

Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 5.1.0.506743 – No change since week #27…

Second Life Project Animesh Viewer version 5.1.1.511908 – This got an update. I suspect some fixes and the 64-bit update.

Second Life Project Render Viewer version 5.1.1.511933 – This is also and update. No information about what might be in it other than the 64-bit update.

Second Life Linux Spur Viewer version 5.0.9.329906 – This is a new entry in the Obsolete Platform section. Basically, there is no working Linden Linux viewer. There are a couple of third party Linux versions that people can use.

Other News

Hamlet and Strawberry are asking that you subscribe to your favorite YouTube peeps. YouTube is changing their partner program. Some video bloggers in the SL blogosphere will lose their partnership status due to changes at YouTube. See: Subscribe To Great SL YouTuber Channels Before They Lose Partner Program Status.

And we have a new warrior in the LoD Settings Wars. Beq Janus has posted her explanation of what setting the viewer’s LoD to 4 does to the overall SL system. See For LOD’s sake stop!

Second Life News 2018 w2

Ugh… still fighting something between a cold and flu…

Servers

The main channel is getting a restart but will continue to run version #17.12.01.511131 rolled out 12/12.

All three RC channels with get version #18.01.08.511751. This change is declared to have internal logging improvements.

Worlds 3

Worlds 3

Viewers

The Main viewer remains version 5.0.9.329906. We first saw this version as a RC candidate in week #47 as a Maintenance version. It promoted to the main viewer in week #49.

Second Life Alex Ivy Viewer version 5.1.0.511732 – This is an update from 5.1.0.511248 which we saw in week #48.

Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 5.0.10.330148 – Another update. Replacing version 5.0.10.330123 out week #51.

Second Life Voice Viewer version 5.0.10.330039 – Last updated in week #50.

Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 5.1.0.506743 – no update since week #27.

Second Life Project Animesh Viewer version 5.0.10.330058 – Last updated in week #49.

Second Life Project Render Viewer version 5.1.0.511604 – has updated from version 5.1.0.511446 released week, #50.

AS of this morning the Wolfpack version of the viewer has disappeared. As this is a version of the main viewer with additional data reporting, I think we can expect it back when the main viewer next updates. Continue reading