Second Life – Inventory Loss Warning, Yikes!

Have you heard about people losing inventory? Probably. Seems there is a bug on the loose that can clean you out.

I answer lots of questions on the SL Forum. I hear a constant stream of “I lost…” Mine and several other people’s best answer has been the Firestorm Wiki page: Missing Inventory. But, those steps do not work for this problem.

Today I see there is currently a more serious problem. And even worse, my best-informed authority on such matters, Whirly Fizzle, says there is no fix, for now. Ouch!

Worst Fears

Worst Fears

So, what is the bug and how are people losing inventory?

Here is what people describe happening. They get a popup saying Trash is full or overflowing. It has a button to empty Trash now. I suggest always selecting LATER. Avoid emptying trash from the popup.

They click EMPTY NOW and poof stuff they are certain was not in trash poofs away.  Continue reading

Second Life – Third-Party Viewer Developers UG 2017 w/20

Oz Linden has his 64-bit viewer crash for the first time since he’s been using it. I’ve used it for weeks and only seen a couple of crashes.

Waves

Waves

The HTTPAssets Viewer got an update in week #20.

Voice is the same version. It has an ‘elevated’ crash rate. They haven’t yet figured out why. So, it won’t be promoting any time soon.

The maintenance viewer has the new Estate Manager controls. This is the more likely viewer to get promoted.

Expect a 64 bit RC release in a couple of weeks (#22 or #23). The last functional update has gone to QA. Expect it to update in week 21. Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w20

Servers

OK, we started out the day having no idea what was deploying this week. The Deploys thread had not updated as of 12:30 SLT 5/16. – OK, later in the day Caleb got the post stickied and out where people can find it.

And now for something a little different

And now for something a little different

We do know the server operating system update of the previous week on Le Tigre was rolled back.

My update tracking at my home, main channel, shows no restart today (2:40PM 5/16).

The Deploy post, now that Whirly pointed me to it and now that someone changed the stickiness of the posts, shows no roll for the main channelContinue reading

Second Life News 2017 w19

Servers

The Deploys information placed in the forum is less and less. As of now they are simply a link to the release notes.

The main channel did get a roll out this morning. Package: #17.04.26.325840 – This package changes server logging.

SpringContest~MoustiqueHeartsdale~Persephone

SpringContest~MoustiqueHeartsdale~Persephone

Blue Steel and Magnum get the new package: #17.05.05.326151 – The package consists of “internal” changes… probably meaning bugs that only affect backend operation, nothing we would notice.

Le Tigre gets the package: #17.05.05.326155 – This isn’t a simulator software change. The servers running this channel are being upgraded to a new Operating System version. Sort like you updating Windows and not your viewer. We aren’t likely to see any noticeable changes, provided all goes well.

The OS upgrade will spread through the entire set of simulators.  Continue reading

Second Life: News Bits 2017 w18

I do bits when either there isn’t much to report or for whatever reasons I’ve missed UG meetings. This week RL work had me busy. So… its bits today.

vessione 2

vessione 2

Inventory Loss

Empirically, we seem to be seeing more inventory loss. Apparently Grumpity Linden was at the Thursday Beta Server UG meeting talking about the Lab responding to complaints. Inara made the meeting and covers the discussion (here).

I’ve seen more posts in the SL Forum about people losing inventory. The cause is generally thought to be a poor connection or a flat inventory – having everything in the root or first set of subdirectory folders.

The Lab is apparently thinking either users are accidentally self-deleting things or there is bug eating inventory. While they look for a bug they are changing the viewer’s user interface (UI) to reduce the possibility of accidental deletion.

So, at some point we will see the Empty Trash process changes and another ‘Are you sure…’ prompt when deleting things.

See: BUG-100541

Profile Pictures

People seem to be having problems getting images into their profiles. See: BUG-100516.

Second Life News 2017 w18-2

The Third-Party Developer’s meeting ran 36 minutes. There is some interesting news. So…

Shadow 1

Shadow 1

A new RC HTTPAsset viewer is out, 5.0.5.325940. This version is significantly better than the previous, crash-wise. There are still too few people using it to have good stats on the viewer’s performance.

There has been an update to the voice viewer. Problems were fixed. At the first of the meeting Oz Linden thought the viewer would be out any minute. The new release actually posted during the meeting. Continue reading

Second Life: Catznip Viewer

A new beta release is out, Catznip-R12 (Beta 2) – May 3rd 2017. The download is here. I have yet to try the viewer’s new version. I gather that beyond just catching up to Linden features the inventory features have been extended. More details are available at Catznip Blog and Catznip R12: Three Days of Teasers.

catznip viewer display — too cute, like televisions with cat ears!

I like the inventory features being added. So, I have to decide if having a viewer for photos and machinima (Firestorm), another for latest features (Linden), and another for inventory (Catznip) is worth the effort or frustration. I would like to have all the features I use in one viewer, which just isn’t possible now. I hate being one viewer and needing a feature only in another.