“Betamax? Is that still around?” I pondered today as I read news on The Guardian that Sony are going to stop creating Betamax cassettes in March 2016. The main reason that Betamax appears have continued long after many felt it had departed is due to the use of Micro MV cameras, which use Micro MV cassettes in Betamax format. However all good things come to an end and over 40 years after its release and almost thirty years since Betamax lost the video format wars, Betamax finally seems to be going beneath the technical waters.
Which brings us on to Second Life. Daniel Voyager recently reported; Second Life regions drop under the 25, 000 mark. Daniel’s blog post was based on a report by Tyche “Statto” Shepherd over at SLUniverse, where Tyche announced :
Well as I predicted , a milestone of sorts was passed this week as the Grid dipped below 25,000 regions for the first time since June 2008.
The scores on the doors on November 8th were :
- 24,985 Regions
- 17,888 private estates
- 7097 Linden owned
The net loss of private regions for this year stood at 712 on November 8th. However let’s compare this to some previous years to try and get a picture of what’s going on.
- 11/11/2012 – Total Private Regions 21,334. Year to date loss of 2,523 private regions (-10.58%)
- 10/11/2013 – Total Private Regions 19,462 . Year to date loss of 1,530 private regions (-7.29%)
- 09/11/2014 – Total Private Regions 18,735. Year to date loss of 538 private regions (-2.8%)
- 08/11/2015 – Total Private Regions 17,888. Year to date loss of 712 private regions (-3.8%)
Therefore we can see that this year we’re seeing an increase in the rate of net losses of private regions compared to last year, but the rate of losses is still a lot lower than in 2012 and 2013. Let’s play about with some more figures.