Firestorm 5.07 Released – Should you update? Why?

Tuesday the 19th, a new Firestorm Viewer version was released, 5.0.7.52912.

You can download and install this new version. There is no need to remove the previous version you are using. Some of us (yes, me) have noticed it crashes shortly after its first launch. On the second and subsequent launches, it seems fine.

The Girl with the Sun in Her Hair VIII

The Girl with the Sun in Her Hair VIII

I suggest you restart your computer before installing. Inara in her review of this release (here), recommends backing up your viewer settings before starting the install. I didn’t have to restore any settings. BUT… if you are changing from 32 to 64-bit version, a settings backup is a good idea.

The Firestorm team has a goal to release an update every 3 months. It has been 6 months since the last release. So, there is a lot of work in this new release. Plus, they say it is very well tested. Continue reading

Second Life – News 2017 w25

Servers

Tuesday version #17.06.12.327066 of the server software rolled to the main channel. This is primarily a fix to keep regions from losing their connection to the backend servers.

Blue Steel and Le Tigre get the same new package #17.06.19.327206. Changes are listed as ‘Internal Changes’. I suppose that is more changes to data collection. Maybe updates to the server OS.

Bond - Austin Bond

Bond – Austin Bond

Magnum gets version #17.06.19.327192. There is also an explicitly stated update of the OS for this channel. Plus, a couple of fixes.

  • BUG-100830 HTTP_CUSTOM_HEADER no longer works on RC 17.06.13.327111
  • BUG-100831 Lelutka Simone bento head spits a script error when attached on 17.06.13.327111 regions (Magnum & Cake)

Bug-100830 is the Song Board fix. If you didn’t read the previous article, be warned your song boards are not going to start working.  Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w24 – New Shiny

Servers

There was no roll to the main grid this week. The channel continues to run #17.05.26.326655.

Blue Steel will get a new package Wednesday, #17.06.01.326763. Includes internal fixes.

Le Tigre will get a new package Wednesday, #17.06.12.327066. Includes internal logging and features and an improvement to region starts.

Magnum also gets a new package, #17.06.12.327060. Shoutcast Player fix included. Other changes are an upgrade of the OS.

Tuesday done less left before WE 😜

Tuesday done less left before WE 😜

Shoutcast is the feature that many use to publish the name of the song playing in a music stream. There was some old time fundamental problem with how those scripts worked. Some fix in the server side created a problem with those scripts, broke them. (BUG-100737) The Lindens were not going to build the bug back in. So, they are providing a fix that works similarly. But, all the Shoutcast scripts will have to change.

The fix is something about the characters in the HTTP request stream. Continue reading

Second Life – State of VR – Gear VR

If you are hoping I am going to tell you we have VR for Second Life™, I’ll disappoint you. However, it apparently is possible. But, it isn’t easy and the whole VR thing is a mess, especially if you want to do it cheaply.

For an instance of a mess, when you place a phone in Gear VR it auto-launches the Oculus app. Doesn’t matter what app you have running, the Oculus app launches and takes over the device. A bunch of people tell you to insert to the headset without connecting the phone to the headset. WAY lame, but doable. However, without the USB connection made the phone can fall out of the unit.

So… you have to get Samsung’s BK Package Disabler (US$1.49) get around this problem. They have a free version if you rooted your phone. If not, you have to hope the retail package will install. If you did root it, no problem just delete all you phones accounts, installed the root-version of BK, and redo all your accounts… lovely. Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w23

The main channel got an update today. Simon Linden tells us this is a good one. While we can’t see changes, no new shiny, there is considerable system performance improvement on the back side.

Quoting

We updated the main server channel this morning. The most interesting part of the update is internal – not normally visible. But, we got a big improvement in the caps router … an essential part of keeping regions and viewers happy.

… we made one part of the big system work better.

A caps router directs the regions’ requests for various tasks to the correct servers. I don’t have a lot of information on how all the parts work. I know there are a number of regions in a server host. The server host establishes a connection to the various other computers in the system that handle various tasks. It then provides each region with information needed to connect or receive information from those backend servers.

Places Are Not Evil - People Are

Places Are Not Evil – People Are

Getting a copy of your inventory list, seeing friends online, talking to the asset server… these are all capabilities of the system, caps. Of course, voice and chat are part of the servers provided by backend servers.

You may be aware that when servers are updated on the Tuesday and Wednesday restarts that a number of regions fail to come back online as they should. One noted problem is not being able to log into a region. You may be able to TP into it, but things don’t work well. That region is likely in a host that has failed to connect to the caps, is suffering what is called caps failure. Continue reading

Third Party Developers’ Meeting 2017 Week 21

Viewers

Not much has changed since week 21… said Oz as he listed off these changes…

There is a new AssetHTTP version. It is doing reasonably well and Oz Linden thinks it likely to promote to the default viewer.

A new Voice RC is out but, it is too new for the Lab to know much about how it is doing.

Also, a new maintenance viewer is out and it too is too new to say much about performance-wise.

.Psychosis.

.Psychosis.

Alex Ivy, the 64-bit version of the Linden project viewer, has been updated. A RC version of it is in QA. The RC is likely to release in week 22.

The Lindens are changing the server side support for viewer update process. This is the process that decides if you should run a 32 or 64-bit version of the viewer. The update process is taking a fair amount of effort. A couple of easier said than done things weren’t anticipated that are being resolved. Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w22

Server

The main channel got a new package: #17.05.05.326149. This version has some fixes for the Parcel Access Override feature.

Blue Steel and Le Tigre get a new package: #17.05.19.326482. This version fixes Parcel Access Override and  BUG-100704 “[Server] If Anyone Can visit is selected after Allow Group was set only group members can enter

Magnum is to roll, but as of today, it hasn’t been decided which package.

Wake up,rise and shine 😉❤️

Wake up, rise and shine 😉❤️

Second Life AssetHttp Viewer version 5.0.6.326593 – This one updated from 5.0.5.325940.

Second Life Voice Viewer version 5.0.5.325998 – This one didn’t update this last week. The viewer has a higher crash rate than the Lindens think acceptable. So, they have been working to make it better. In general this version changes:

  • Adds support for a higher quality voice
  • Fixes the apparent position of the speaker in nearby voice
  • Improves retry behavior when there are problems connecting or during temporary connection problems
  • Logs more detailed information to the Lab for quantifying connection issues
  • Improves security of the communication between the viewer and SLVoice
  • Unrelated to voice, improves the validation of TLS certificates (security improvement)

Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 4.1.3.321712 – Still no change. But, work is said to be progressing.

Second Life Project Alex Ivy Viewer version 5.1.0.505089 – No change from last week.

Second Life – News 2017 w21

Servers

This week a package 17.05.05.326149 rolled out to the main channel. This package adds the server side of new Parcel Access Override for Estate Managers and Owners. Plus, support for the new Trash purging process. As yet we do not have the viewer side of the change for Parcel Access. The new Trash purging process is supported by the new default viewer.

Ed at Egypt 05232017_048

Ed at Egypt 05232017_048

Blue Steel and Le Tigre channels get the package 17.05.19.326482. This package includes the Parcel Access Override and a bug fix: BUG-100704 “[Server] If Anyone Can visit is selected after Allow Group was set only group members can enter“. This has created some confusion and locked some people out unintentionally.

The Magnum channel is supposed to get a package, but which has not been decided…  Continue reading