Trademark Issues Lead to Promotion Of Alternatives

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 “Trademark Issues Lead to Promotion Of Alternatives”

Playing With Fire

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 “Playing With Fire”

Viewer 1.19 Now Mandatory, Customer Service A Secondary Concern

The new viewer is now mandatory, as announced on the official blog.

This comes just two days after the viewer was officially released and one day after Pastrami Linden blogged regarding a flurry of emails about the viewer, half delighted and half enraged.

In terms of customer service skills, this is yet another glaring example of Linden Lab’s shortfall in that department. 24 hours after a blog entry with people arguing, complaining, praising and generally rambling, they decide to make this controversial viewer mandatory.

I’ve actually upgraded my video card, partially due to the new viewer. I needed to upgrade anyway as I wanted to play Neverwinter Nights 2 and my card was slightly under spec, however I’d held off on that. The new viewer finally pushed me over the edge. Continue reading “Viewer 1.19 Now Mandatory, Customer Service A Secondary Concern”

Search Brings Surprise Results

I’ve been frustrated by the new search, suspicious of it from the first day it was mooted at an office hour.

However, I did a search for “Ladies Clothes” and find myself fourth in the list, indeed as the three results above me are places this means that in terms of relevancy, my avatar is the most relevant avatar in the whole of Second Life for “Ladies Clothes”.

No I don’t wear ladies clothes! However this tells me that “Ladies Clothes” isn’t really a popular search term. So hey, I’m learning something new.

The point with the new search is that it doesn’t give me any faith in the classified system, you’d need to be paying a fortune for any sort of visibility in the new search whereas the old search lists a lot more results per page. Continue reading “Search Brings Surprise Results”

Branding – It’s Much Ado About Nothing

I sat down this morning at work, the first day back after the easter holiday, switched on my PC, sipped my coffee and then in a scene reminiscent of the closing stages of The Usual Suspects the scenery around me told its own story.

There in front of me were logos for AMD, Microsoft, Nvidia, it all suddenly made sense. The evil empire wasn’t on the march to silence the minions, we weren’t all being told to be silent at the back, we were being asked to treat the Linden Lab brand as, well a brand.

Indeed, just like Microsoft insist on people who sell services on the back of their name require people to correctly use logos and refer to their products. Continue reading “Branding – It’s Much Ado About Nothing”