Too Much!

shoot-yourself-in-the-foot1This latest shooting in the foot by Linden Lab was the straw that broke any idea I had returning to Second Life after my current “vacation”.

I know the LL apologized to Berry for the way they shot themselves in the foot. But the after watching LL do this over the past twelve years I can no longer go in world and ignore how they keep shooting themselves in the foot. BTW that also applies to any further testing of Sansar.
I can’t say precisely what I will do. As a first step I am redesigning this web site. The way humans mistreat their pets is a concern of mine that will be included.

Linden Lab makes another bone headed move

shoot-yourself-in-the-foot1If you haven’t heard Linden Lab’s latest bone headed move to abuse its users it is against SL icon Strawberry Singh. The second life user that fills in the gaps for new SL users that LL can’t or won’t.

While I am not a lawyer and am unqualified to make a legal opinion I can say LL’s actions are stupid in the extreme.

The best description I’ve seen is on New World Notes at http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2017/12/second-life-youtube-infringement-ip-trademark-claims-strawberry-singh-1.html

This may be the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I have been watching LL’s stupidity for twelve years and they go from one disaster to another. Never missing a chance to make a stupid move to denigrate the people who keep them financially alive.

LL logo with strikeoutCurrently for personal reasons I am on “vacation” from SL and only logging in about once a month. Now I’m thinking I should make that “vacation” permanent and extend it to Linden Lab’s Sansar also!

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Amazon Sumerian the 800-pound gorilla on virtual world block

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Watch out Sansar and High Fidelity there’s a new entry on the virtual world (experience) stage. This set of experiences is produced by Amazon.com so there a LOTS of resources and money behind it. Immediately it has become the 800-pound gorilla on the block.

I just created an account a few hours ago so I’m still exploring but as well as Oculus and Vive VR gear apparently it will already support Linux and IOS mobile devices with Android coming soon. It seems to be more aimed at the type of users Sansar will attract. I’m not sure if it will be a success but the avatars don’t look so cartoonish as some of the other chat VR worlds are.

Amazon Sumerian https://aws.amazon.com/sumerian/

High Fidelity-it’s worth a try. Day 2

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Part of Wednesday I spent time trying out High Fidelity. I continue to be impressed!

In some ways it has the potential to become what is really the next generation of Second Life (SL). This makes sense since Philip Rosedale who started SL now leads High Fidelity. He understands what is needed in virtual worlds.

There is even a simple builder right now in the basic program. I’m not an accomplished

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builder in Second Life (SL). I’ll stack a few prims or move trees around landscape.

This will seem very familiar to SL users there are even the equivalent of “prims” you can make and move around. Naturally, these primitives are more complicated than the basic SL ones since you can do things with them such as throw them around. If you want to create more complicated things, like the Tea House in the background, the tools are there to bring things into High Fidelity from more sophisticated graphics programs such as Blender.

 

Flyinf lowrezSomething that bothered me when I tried out Sansar was the inability to fly. After years in SL I was used to flying in my virtual world so I missed it.

In High Fidelity you can fly!

Sitting v2 lowrezAnother thing that bothered me was the inability to sit in Sansar. For a virtual world (set of experiences) aimed at education or a place to have meeting that seems basic.

Well you can sit in High Fidelity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HF Starting Sanbox v1

I’m amazed by the size of the land you start with for free. I’m used to dealing with a few hundred or maybe something around 4 kilo meters but a cube 30 thousand meters on a side!

Wow wow wow

This is only Day 2 of my exploration of High Fidelity but I am impressed. There is lots of help available on the Internet and you will need it if you are a refugee from SL like I am. Some things are the same but others are very different.

HF Talk Show v1Some of the help is technical but (https://youtu.be/nynIu071Xo4) there is even a general talk show put on by High Fidelity employees available on YouTube.

 

 

 

I can’t help thinking maybe this is what the nonexistent SL 2.0 would have looked like. True, it’s not there yet but maybe! Something else I feel is that I’m at least a small cog in the development of High Fidelity and I haven’t felt that since I started in SL twelve years ago. I haven’t even used my Oculus yet. Maybe I will find a use for that thing that is gathering dust under a cloth by my desk.

High Fidelity is worth a look or several looks and I’ll keep looking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Fidelity-it’s worth a try.

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I first tried the High Fidelity worlds in late 2014 and really didn’t like it. Using it was way too technical and there really wasn’t any social aspect to it.  On Monday I heard Philip Rosedale’s discussion with Draxtor

(https://draxfiles.com/2017/10/15/show-158/ The trick is getting beyond the endlessly repeating introductory music thing don’t really get started until 28 minutes into the video.)

and liked what I heard. About how user driven and inclusive High Fidelity was.

So, I decided to try it again. Yes, it is still too technically involved even for an old geek like me to use it without considering a lot of options and there is not enough of a population to be very social right now. But when I started using High Fidelity I was pleasantly surprised.

No, it’s scenic graphics are not as refined right now as the other VR experience. But it does not have the baggage and dictatorial control of the company behind it either and besides you can sit down with a better looking avatar.

It is open source and not only does it run on Windows but on Mac and Linux (note this Ocraflota) also. Something that I’ve noticed is that there is a concern for use by disabled users and right now and not some vapor ware in the future. It reminds me of the early days of SL when the users had a more important role in the development of that world.

BTW while my avatar pictured above is not up to the mesh avatars standards of SL yet. But I could change from the stick figure default avatar to that one within two hours of first logging on and it was free.

Immersion in a virtual world is in the mind not because of something you wear on your head.

Willow Aug 2017 v2I guess I’ve been duped ☹. If you believe what is said VR with a HMD is a great and so immersive experience. Since I don’t like traditional shooting games I easily resisted getting a headset. When Sansar opened to more than a selected few and the price of the Oculus dropped I decided to give a try. Now after two months the headset is under a cloth gathering dust. I have realized something. Immersion in a virtual world is in the mind not because of something you wear on your head.

Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot again-expansion

shoot-yourself-in-the-foot1Wagner James Au wrote me asking for more details about the original Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot again post. My answer got a little long so I chose to make it a whole post.

The official Linden lab store requirements are at

https://help.sansar.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004872626-Updated-Policies-for-Selling-in-the-Sansar-Store

The significant part of the above is, “As of October 2, 2017, you’ll need to have a credit card on file for your account in order to sell in the Sansar Store.”

Not an unreasonable requirement. But the policy change is not implemented evenly. Plus, it was announced widely on September 27 five days from the implementation date. Just a very unreasonably short amount of time.

Then at a meetup held in Sansar on September 27th it was reportedly said by a Linden Lab employee,

“The October 2nd deadline applies to you only if you joined Sansar on or after the open creator beta launch of July 31st, 2017. People who were part of the closed Sansar beta have Creator-level privileges until the end of October, 2017, and they would not be affected immediately by this change in policies for the Sansar Store. But they would be affected after October 31st, 2017.”

https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/changes-to-the-sansar-store-policies/

So, unless you are one of the selected few you have you only five days to decide. But if you are one of the select group you get a month.

This policy of treating certain users with special perks while penalizing the common users could have been avoided by the simple expedient of making the policy implementation date the for all users October 31.

Some may think this is an overreaction but I grew up part of the time in the Jim Crow South and I’ve seen the devastating effects of treating one group differently. It does something to you when your black friend can only get a beer if he drinks it in the alley behind the bar.