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

Second Life News 2017 w/31

Servers

The main channel is planned to run version #17.07.11.327548. I am taking that from the Deploys thread for the week of 7/31. It indicates a planned roll for Tuesday. But, this is the version that was running last week… no, two weeks ago. So… I’m not sure what’s up. However, the main channel region my home is in did restart 8/1.

Mimsy Moo

Mimsy Moo

Blue Steel, La Tigre, and Magnum are to get #17.07.27.327933 on Wednesday. Same fixes as last week with additional ‘internal fixes’. That roll posted as completed 8/2.

Viewers

Main viewer 5.0.6.326593. No change.

Second Life Alex Ivy Viewer version 5.1.0.507412 – No change. Still running a high crash rate, according to the Lindens. My 64-bit hasn’t been crashing. But, I may just be lucky.

Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 5.0.7.327958 – An upgrade from last week. This is the version most likely to get promoted.

Second Life Voice Viewer version 5.0.7.327253 – No change.

Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 5.1.0.506743 – No change.

Related

This week the SL Lindens are meeting to plan and decide on which projects to take on next. Also, lots of SL users are distracted with Sansar. So, we aren’t likely to see much happening this week.

Second Life – Third-Party Dev News 2017 w30

Some new news this week. Some of it BIG!

Viewers

The Maintenance RC Version Viewer updated. The update includes a couple of important crash fixes. Oz Linden is requesting third party developers include one of them as soon as possible.

This past week was a perfect storm for the Lab. A backhoe literally cut a network cable. This cut off a significant number of people, dropped connection disconnects. Of course, for them, it was WTH! They then tried to log in again. The Internet being redundant, as it is figured out a new connection path suddenly thousands of users started trying to log in.

The login servers peaked and started to lag. Low-level code in the viewer’s login process started timing out and retrying the login. The code was very aggressive and thousands of users began unknowingly hammering the login servers. The storm of logins created what was essentially a Denial of Service attack. The result was more and more people were blocked from logging in which resulted in more hammering. A Catch-22.  Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w30

Servers

My main channel region did not restart today. No roll was planned. The main channel continues to run on version #17.07.11.327548.

"pr!tty Summer 2017 Photo Contest"

“pr!tty Summer 2017 Photo Contest”

Blue Steel and Le Tigre and Magnum are scheduled to update to version #17.07.20.327788 this Wednesday (7/26). It is listed as having ‘Internal Changes’.

Viewers

The main viewer is version 5.0.6.326593. No change.

I’m running version Second Life Release 5.1.0.507412 (64bit) as my main LL Viewer.

Second Life Alex Ivy Viewer version 5.1.0.507412 – This is the version I got because I elected to run RC versions. This is the 64-bit Alex Ivy. The release notes now list 2 or 3 dozen fixes and improvements. The previous version was 5.1.0.507006.

Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 5.0.7.327710 – This one has updated since last week’s 5.0.7.327587.

Second Life Voice Viewer version 5.0.7.327253 – No change.

Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 5.1.0.506743 – No change.

Second Life News 2017 w29

There was a restart this Tuesday morning. My region restarted about 3 AM SLT. The Grid Status report shows restarts running from 3 AM to 9:19 AM.

Mystical Fae Forest

Mystical Fae Forest

The main grid channel is running #17.07.11.327548. This change is the Operating System update for the servers. The Lindens say there are no changes to the simulator software in this update. It has taken some work to get the simulators working with this update. The only problem I know about is the broken song boards. It is to do with how HTTP requests are formatted.

So, most of us won’t be dealing with the change. Continue reading

Second Life News 2017 w28

The server roll this morning was canceled last minute. I think it was the Package on Magnum intended to roll out. The fix was to reduce problems with the system losing connection with the SL back end. But, something in the update was overloading the SL back end. So… next week… maybe.

The Hell`s Heaven 2.0 - 01

The Hell`s Heaven 2.0 – 01

The Lindens are unsure what they are going to do for Wednesday’s usual RC updates. The usual deploys thread is mostly useless.

From the Server-Scripting meeting we learn the Lindens are trying to get the package repaired and rolled to an RC channel tomorrow, Wednesday.

Today is Simon Linden’s 10th Rez Day!

BUG-9666BUG-100487 – These were brought up in the SS UG meeting asking for new features and data.

Viewers

The main viewer remains 5.0.6.326593. No change.

Second Life Alex Ivy Viewer version 5.1.0.507006 – No change.

Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 5.0.7.327250 – No change.

Second Life Voice Viewer version 5.0.7.327253 – No change.

Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 5.1.0.506743 – No change.

There is work ongoing in the viewer-world. Expect to see a flurry of changes soon.

Second Life – Machinima Settings

Strawberry Singh has released a tutorial for those making machinimas using the Firestorm Viewer. You’ll find it here: Second Life Vlogging & Machinima Viewer Tips. It is, of course, a video but. It is backed up with a text version too, good for quick reference. Click the image to jump to YouTube.

Machinima Tips – Click for YouTube

I use both the Firestorm and Linden viewers for capturing video. I do think Firestorm is a better choice for most video capture scenarios. I used the Linden viewer as I better knew how to use its voice controls. As Learn how better to control sound I am moving to Firestorm. But, I was curious how many of the Firestorm features are in the Linden viewers.

As I worked through Singh’s list I found the Linden viewer has pretty much the same controls. But, they are way easier to get to and to use with Firestorm. If this were a ‘features’ contest, I would say Firestorm wins on presentation. Continue reading