Mar 292012
 

Sometimes it’s easy to be critical of Linden Lab, sometimes they make it absurdly easy. The impression one gets at times is that Linden Lab remains a company where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. There are other times when you think “WTF are they thinking of“. This was my reaction when I saw a couple of posts on different forums regarding an automated reply people have received when submitting support tickets on Marketplace issues:

Thank you for contacting Linden lab Support. I’m sorry, but as of March 21, 2012, Linden Lab  no longer supports the Magic Box application.

Now let’s get something straight here, this should never have happened. I’ve already said that I feel the migration deadline was a mistake, but deciding not to support a product that is still in use, hasn’t passed the migration date and will still have support concerns, is no way of about going things, even worse, this was never officially announced. Fortunately someone at Linden Lab seems to have spotted this mistake and it has been confirmed that magic boxes are still being supported.

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Mar 272012
 

Teething problems with Direct Delivery shouldn’t have been unexpected, I don’t mean this as a slur on the capabilities of Linden Lab, the more people start using a system, the more issues arise and whereas some of the issues may leave people scratching their heads as to how they ever got into release, this is not that unusual. I installed an upgrade to some software at work last week, it fixed an issue and everything seemed fine until I noticed, and then my team noticed, a horrendous flickering issue when we switched Windows to another app and then back again. They glared at me, I pondered how this should never have made it to release, but it was obviously an issue the beta testers hadn’t witnessed. These things happen. However I can rollback with that app, so not the end of the world.

Where Linden Lab have made a mistake, is with regards to setting deadlines for people to migrate their magic boxes to the Direct Delivery system, this has added more urgency to the migration for merchants than was necessary. The ideal situation for users is to do what I can do with the app I talked about above, rollback, that means sticking with magic boxes for a while longer than was envisaged. However the deadlines mean people don’t want to consider that option, they want to get the migration done.

According to the Markeptlace migration guide, which you can read here, all listings of L$10 and under need to be migrated by April 18th, all other listings need to be migrated by May 16th. This was a mistake, when you consider that during this period we’ll see holidays such as Easter and Passover as well as May Day here in the UK where people dance around the Maypole … well they did when I was a lad, this means people are in a rush to get it sorted.

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Mar 272012
 

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, the class of your sim was deemed important. However a couple of years ago Linden Lab decided it was time to end the class system, class 4 sims were cast aside in a mighty purge, class 7 sims were introduced in some parts but most folk were happy to be on a minimum of a class 5 sim, class 6 sims seem to have got lost somewhere in the story, but that’s a matter for a different day.

However over time, as we all tapped our feet, class 7 sims didn’t seem to grow much, indeed class 5 seemed to be the class of choice for many an estate, largely because there was no choice, we waited, and waited and then we waited some more and then we forgot all about it.

However, news from Tyche “Statto” Shepherd’s New SL Sims in the past week gives us this exciting news:

There were no significant losses detected this week. However the biggest change was a large increase in the number of Class 7 hosted Estate Regions (up c3000 to 10687) and a related decrease in Class 5 hosts. This is the largest jump in Class 7 hosts since their initial roll out.

Cheers were heard from many quarters!

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Mar 232012
 
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Fantasy Faire 2012

Fantasy Faire 2012, has issued a call for bloggers, which you can read here. There are some terms and conditions associated with this, you need to have been blogging for at least two months and update your blog once a week to be accepted. I’m not totally happy with restrictions like this but I imagine it’s because you can be assigned to sims and merchants, if you’re not a regular blogger you may not realise what this entails and how time consuming it can be. However I’d rather they didn’t have the restrictions, but they do, there is some logic in this when it comes to being assigned to a sim or store.

If you are assigned to a store, you will need to write about at least one item from each store you’re assigned to. This means you will need to be pretty sure you can meet these goals because if you’re assigned to a store and can’t blog, then that means someone else won’t be blogging about it either. However if the idea of being assigned to sims and stores is unappealing, you can still apply to blog about Fantasy Faire 2012 in general, you will get sneak previews if you go either route so if you think general blogging is better, go that route, if you do like the sound of it fill in the online form on the site I linked to above.

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Mar 232012
 
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Fantasy Faire 2012

Information is now appearing about Fantasy Faire 2012, this post will reveal more information, including a press release. This will give you an overview of the event, whom to contact, where to read more including websites, Plurk and contact details regarding those who are involved in organising this great event.

I have been handed a press release by my chief Elf, which I will share with you below the cut, if you’re already below the cut, you won’t see a cut, just read on!

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Mar 232012
 
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Fantasy Faire 2012

Fantasy Faire 2012 is on its way and I’m about to unleash some information, and copy stuff from press releases and their blog! Hurrah! Even if you’re not into fantasy roleplaying, this is a superb event, last year there was fun, games, live music and fabulous events along with beautiful scenery and it’s all for a good cause too, last year’s event raised a very impressive USD$26,917 for Relay For Life, which was a Fantasy Faire record.

This year the event will run between April 21st – 29th, but let’s get the ball rolling with some posts on what has been announced so far. I’ll start with reposting the blog post from the official site about the sims that will be at this year’s event, you can read the original blog post here.

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Mar 212012
 

Here’s an example of how not to do things. WordPress recently updated their commenting system on WordPress.com so that you need to be logged in to comment with a WordPress account. This sounds sensible right, I mean this is how blogger works. However WordPress seem to have missed some important steps in their process, the first being telling their users in a sensible fashion.

The thing is many people comment on WordPress sites, without even realising they’re on WordPress.com and those people use Gravatars. Plenty of people don’t realise that their Gravatar is their WordPress.com account because they’ve never thought of it that way before, with Gravatar having its own site and all that. So what has been happening over the last few days is that people go to a site hosted on WordPress.com and then get told they need to login to post with that account, because the email address is linked to their gravatar, but, there’s no bloody obvious way of logging in and many people don’t get the link between Gravatars and WordPress accounts, they are one and the same in many cases.

I myself ran into this problem whilst trying to post on Inara Pey’s blog. The workaround was to post without using the email address linked to my Gravatar. However, as can been seen from this forum thread on the WordPress forums, a lot of people are confused as to what the bloody hell is going on. Talk about poor design, implementation and communication.

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Mar 192012
 

Linden Lab have decided to send us for just one more for this desolate shore … oh wait, that’s night boat to Cairo! Now they’re sending us deep into the jungle and as we’re not celebrities, we can’t get out of there! Indeed if you journey around you’ll even find Lindens who are driven to drink, as Michael Linden appeared to be anyway!

Michael Linden

Maybe Michael was just offering happy hour discounts on Mole beer! The problem with that is that if you’re not a premium member, you won’t be able to enjoy this adventure, as detailed in the blog post, which you can read here. However if you fancy trying out premium membership, there’s currently a 50% discount on the quarterly plan, which is also detailed in the blog post. The offer runs until Monday March 26th.

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Mar 172012
 

Tyche “Statto” Shepherd, who was recently interviewed by Hamlet Au over at New World Notes, has unveiled her latest work in the shape and form of her March Mainland Census, which you can read in full over at SLUniverse by clicking here.

The census tells us that mainland regions have stabilised since December and remain at 6,723, this is still a record figure but it’s the same figure from the December census.  This figure excludes Linden owned regions such as help islands and Linden realms, which in themself amount to a figure of around 500.

The census reveals good and bad news, the good news is that ownership of parcels is up, by 0.2%, this means that more unique avatars own land than the previous census. The figures Tyche gives us reveal that this amounts to 68,485 unique owners, with individual parcel owners at 56,660, up 163 from December’s census, whereas 12,825 groups own land, down 14 since December.

However on the bad news side, abandoned land is now at record levels, of between 7.2 – 8.3% of mainland abandoned. Tyche informs us that this is an equivalent of 484 to 557 full regions, which is rather shocking when you think about it but I’m not sure what Linden Lab can do about that, moving people would cause chaos and mayhem and have people searching for their pitchforks left, right and centre! The increase in abandoned land since December is estimated by Tyche to be the equivalent of 27-30 regions.

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