Second Life News 2017 w36

Monday was a holiday in the USA. So, things are running a bit behind this week. We may see some more viewer updates later in the week.

Legs

Legs

Servers

The deploys thread in the SL Forum hasn’t updated yet. As of 8:50 AM PT this morning my in-world tracking has not shown a restart. Those happen for my region before 10 AM and usually before 6 AM PT. So, if there are rolls I expect a one-day shift.

I may update this article after the Server & Scripting UG meeting today (noon PT).

PS: There will be a roll to the RC channels Wednesday. Blue Steel and Le Tigre will get #17.09.01.508236 and Magnum gets #17.09.01.328871. Cake is updating too, but I don’t have any info on that update.

Viewers

I’ve added links to the various viewer downloads in the blog-roll, left column.  Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w35

I’m a day late… busy with other things. I try to get the update out on Tuesday. That gives the Lindens a day to look at data from the weekend and decide what gets updates rolled out or queued for more attention.

Servers

The main channel was restarted and updated to #17.08.11.328152. This adds the MIME Type changes for HTTP with LSL talked about here: MIME Type changes for HTTP with LSL.

As of the time I am writing this a package for Blue Steel and Le Tigre has yet to be decided on.

● i see you ●

● i see you ●

Magnum will get #17.08.22.507928, internal fixes… Simon Linden says there are no user-visible changes… Apparently, the changes are switching built tools. Sort of like building the same car on a different assembly line.

If you are into the tech on your region, you may have noticed restarting regions restart faster now. I hear it takes about 6 to 7 minutes. But, regions are doing double restarts. The region restarts but comes back online with the same version as before the restart. Then an hour or so later restarts again then comes up running the new version. Continue reading

Second Life Third-Party Dev’s UG Meeting 2017 w34

Oz Linden starts off the Third-Party Dev UG meeting by saying there isn’t much new to talk about. ‘New’ is obviously a relative-subjective term in Oz’s use of the word. See if you learn something new about what is going on. I did.

Viewer Status

Alex Ivy, the 64-bit viewer, failed its recent QA. A fix and retest is expected to happen early next week with an update to appear then.

Cape San Blas Beach 2

Cape San Blas Beach 2 (URL)

Errors came from refactoring the launcher code. Just a couple of new bugs held back the release as the Lindens wanted to fix them before release. One problem holding back Alex is the unreliable crash reporting. Sometimes crashes report and sometimes not. Oz says they are working full time to get that sorted.

The Voice RC has gotten an update which is still in QA. When it passes QA we will see the new version out.

A new Maintenance branch will appear in RC about the middle of week 35. Continue reading

Second Life Photography Tutorials

Flickr has a ton of Second Life™ images. Today: 2,901,249 images. Some are pretty bad, others REALLY kinky, and some amazingly gorgeous. For the people interested in SL Photography William Weaver has made 12 video tutorials. They are about using the Firestorm Viewer’s Photo and Camera Tools and controlling Windlight.

There is a well thought out design for these tools. The tutorial shown here shows how to take advantage of the tools and use them efficiently. Subsequent tutorials show how to use the various aspects of SL lighting to create great images.

Phototools Tutorial: 01 – Interface Introduction

This is a 4-year old starting tutorial giving an overview of the Photo Tools. The tutorials advance over those 4-years to the 12th tutorial streamed live a week ago.

I’ve covered some of these as individual tutorials over the years.

William Weaver also has a Flickr channel plus, a marketplace store, and additional art is on Issuu. Numerous SL bloggers have covered his art at various times.

Second Life News 2017 w34

Servers

Today is a rough day for the operations crew. A roll to the main channels and log on issues that started shortly after the roll started, 5:30 AM PT and has continued past 11:30 AM PT.

Connections - Cica Ghost

Connections – Cica Ghost

Also, Shoutcast apps are breaking. See Oz Linden’s post in Scripting: MIME Type changes for HTTP with LSL. Expect more screams when the RC channels roll.

The main channel updates to #17.08.11.328159. Changes:

  • BUG-5398 Feature Request: llGetObjectDetails() constants OBJECT_SELECTED & OBJECT_SAT_UPON
  • BUG-9666 Feature Request: llGetObjectDetails() constants OBJECT_REZ_TIME, OBJECT_CREATION_TIME and OBJECT_RETURN_TIME
  • BUG-134057 OBJECT_CREATION_TIME output precision possibly clamped.
  • Internal Fixes

From the Server-Scripting meeting, we know all RC channels are getting the same package. The deploys thread didn’t provide a version number or release notes this week. Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w33

Servers

This week there was no roll to the main channel. Servers in the main channel remain on version #17.07.11.327548.

Steam Power Plant 4

Steam Power Plant 4

There will be a roll to the RC channels. All three will update from #17.07.27.327933 to #17.08.11.328159. The listed changes are:

  • BUG-5398 Feature Request: llGetObjectDetails() constants OBJECT_SELECTED & OBJECT_SAT_UPON
  • BUG-9666 Feature Request: llGetObjectDetails() constants OBJECT_REZ_TIME, OBJECT_CREATION_TIME and OBJECT_RETURN_TIME
  • BUG-134057 OBJECT_CREATION_TIME output precision possibly clamped.
  • Internal Fixes

The new LSL features are in the function llGetObjectDetails();  OBJECT_SELECT_COUNT and OBJECT_SIT_COUNTContinue reading

Second Life – Third-Party Dev’s UG 2017 w32

Not much change in the viewer status this past week. The Lindens were having their planning summit (week #32). So, work hours were being expended on planning, not production.

The Alex Ivy viewer, the 64-bit viewer, hopefully, updates next week (#33). It has some fixes being QA’d this weekend. The viewer is crashy for some, not others. I guess I’m an other…

They have put stuff in the coming update hoping to catch the bug(s).

1001 Arabian Nights

1001 Arabian Nights

Looks like Maintenance Viewer will be the one to promote. We’ve heard that for a couple of weeks.

Voice Viewer is suffering high crash rates. Lindens have yet to figure out why. So, it is iterating through changes.

The 360-Image Viewer is on hold due to vacations. And when the vacationer comes back he’ll have to fix some CEF stuff first. So, expect this to be on idle for a couple more weeks. Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w/32

Servers

Corrections made 8/9

The main channel was updated with version #17.07.27.327933 this morning, Tuesday. Last week the main channel was running version #17.07.11.327548. Both of these are listed as having “internal changes”. Geek-speak for changing data reporting, debugging, and performance information… usually.

Street at sunset

Street at sunset

Blue Steel, Le Tigre, and Magnum were supposed to update to #17.07.27.327933 tomorrow, Wednesday. But, Simon tells us that isn’t going to happen. There probably won’t be a restart as they restarted with last week’s update. The Lindens try to restart regions once every two-weeks even if there is no planned update.

No big problem, but enough of one the Lindens decided to hold the RC update back. It had to do with regions names not being applied correctly in the restart, so they never appeared to come online.

The Deploys thread is dying. There is very little discussion or information to be gleaned from reading the posts. They are basically a day, time, and link to release notes. So, I suspect fewer people are reading the posts. I expect the posts to go away at some point. Continue reading