Apr 302008

The discussions on the future of traffic have raised some important issues, highlighted scalability and created a great new scapegoat: camping.

The discussions seem to suggest that camping is the most heinous event in the Second Life World. Forget griefing, forget obscenity, forget extreme violence, forget ageplay, camping is the number one evil.

I’m just waiting for someone to link camping to rising fuel prices or the subprime crisis. Really, this is getting ridiculous already. Continue reading »

Apr 282008

I’ve never looked at the showcase page on the website before, I’ve never taken much notice of that at all. Now that its pointed out to me by the blog I’m left wondering why the heck Linden Lab are promoting inworld business?

The issue now is that this is going to replace the popular places tab inworld. Who chooses these business ventures to promote? Is it fair? If people were paying to be highlighted that would be one thing, but I don’t really think Linden Lab should be in the business of promoting inworld business like this.

I’m all for Linden Lab promoting innovation, events, arts, culture, campaigns, news, health, fitness, well being, education yadda yadda yadda but I’m extremely reluctant to give a thumbs up to free advertising. The fact that it has been going on for some time via the website makes some of my concerns a little redundant, but the blog highlights it and states that this promotion will go further and it makes me a little uncomfortable, it’s like the government endorsing a brand. Continue reading »

Apr 252008

The estate price arguments rumble on. It’s hosting/no it’s not, “Oh yes it is”, “Oh no it isn’t”

Amongst the angst and the moaning, amongst the gloating and the jeering there are some points to consider, one of which is whether estate land will actually rise in price again.

I buy a lot of IT equipment in my day job. Prices have indeed dropped, although I’m not aware of such a rapid price drop on new equipment as Linden Lab have instigated it has indeed been dropping for quite a number of years. Continue reading »

Apr 242008

I attended the best Robin Linden office hour for quite some time this week. The discussion largely centred around the trademark policy. However bigger issues were forthcoming such as the grid, be it the Second Life we know and love (no really we love it) or the bigger Second Life grid of which the Second Life world is just a part.

Personally I think Second Life should be the world, ran on Second Life technology but the grid, the bigger beast, the all encompassing umbrella, should be the Linden Lab grid. What’s in a name? Perception and perception is everything. Business whom have read horror stories of being griefed by flying penises in Second Life, can incorporate their own little universe under the umbrella name and avoid the dirt of being associated with Second Life. Continue reading »

Apr 162008

I went to Jack Linden’s office hour tonight, alas Jack didn’t. My theory was that a cabal of evil land barons had kidnapped him. They’d stashed him underground on a granite sim and were sending a ransom note along with cuttings of his hair to Robin Linden. The ransom note detailed many demands that needed to be met before Jack would be released, complete with a sound gesture of evil cackling laughter.

However it was nothing so exciting, Jack simply couldn’t make the meeting and was blogging about the delay to the launch of the new land store. Now nobody promised the land store would definitely be working, but now the launch date seems more vague.

However I don’t quite understand why this means people have to order an island at the old price until the land store is ready. The new land store is responsible for cutting costs by $675 an island? Really? What sort of uber technology device are these guys using? I’m hoping people who order at the old price via concierge are going to get a refund, surely they are, right? Continue reading »

Apr 152008

This post is with regards to mainland only, more pointedly mainland tier and methods of how to either lower your costs or earn a few Linden dollars from your spare tier. The subject matter here will not apply if you’re using estate land. I am not affiliated in any way, shape or form with the business names mentioned in this post and use them merely as examples.

Always ensure when buying land that you keep an eye on the message that informs you what your tier level will be after the purchase. If you intend to buy land for a group but instead buy it for yourself, you could quite easily find yourself in LL’s next tier bracket and you really don’t want to do that, especially if your group has the tier available to buy that land already. Continue reading »

Apr 142008

I don’t think I’ve ever felt that the relationship between Linden Lab and their customers has been so tense. Of course I’ve only been here for just over a year and the veterans tell me that there were times when matters were much worse. I’ve been here for gambling and banking bans and the VAT debacle and yet, there seems to be a greater strain now than I’ve ever experienced.

However we seem to have hit a series of issues whereby Linden Lab simply aren’t getting their vision for the platform across.

Land pricing – Several estate owners left scratching their heads and wondering what the hell is going on. Goalposts being moved, terms being redefined, business models being reshaped, it adds strain to the relationship between business and customer. When the next price change will arrive, is unknown. Questions aren’t answered, confidence is low. Continue reading »

Apr 092008

The much awaited blog from Jack Linden is up and there’s goodish news for those who were of the opinion that at least Dick Turpin wore a mask when considering their recent estate purchases:

“For anyone that has bought a normal island in the seven days prior to Mondays announcement, including any awaiting delivery now (so any orders placed in April PST), you will be offered a choice between:

* Your order cancelled with a complete refund of the amount paid, allowing you to re-order when the price drops if you wish to, or:
* Keep your order and get a free Openspace region with it. The Openspace would have no setup fee and no monthly fees for a period of 6 months after which normal monthly fees will apply. Continue reading »

Apr 092008

JISC is the Joint Information Systems Committee, based in the UK to help the use of ICT in education and research. They fund a series of mailing lists to benefit learning, teaching and research.

I’m on a few of these mailing lists as I work in the education sector, one of the mailing lists I’m on is the Second Life mailing list.

However today the issue that has been raised is regarding renaming the Second Life mailing list due to Linden Lab’s trademark policy. The proposal now is to rename the mailing list to “Virtual Worlds” to avoid any problems with the trademark policy and also to open the mailing list up to the discussion of other virtual worlds. Some people are piping up that this is a good idea with OpenSim based grids popping up and others are saying that they’re not sure what LL’s game is with the trademark policy. Continue reading »

Apr 072008

The latest LL blog announces pricing structure changes to land. Super smashing great hey?

You can now get an island for a bargain USD$1000! Woohoo! Unless of course you’ve just ordered an island and then you have to pay the old price of USD$1675 and watch your investment fall over night.

Then of course there will have been those who ran out and purchased open space sims and now find that the super smashing value they appeared to represent, was not great value at all.

I bought my island last year so it’s not new. However I’ve been paying a shed load in tier, had VAT thrown at me and now I find LL are wiping hundreds of dollars off the value of my investment. This really isn’t encouraging. However it could be worse, I could be a land owner who placed a hell of a lot of faith in LL and has seen thousands wiped off their investment. Continue reading »