Project FaceSanBookSar

January 8, 2016 by · Comments Off on Project FaceSanBookSar
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, Project Sansar 

FaceSanBookSar

I spoke before about the two very different platform models embodied by Facebook and WordPress. Today’s post will take the Facebook perspective, present theories of¬†how a Virtual Reality platform could be built using that model, then finish up by discussing the possible outcomes. I call it “Project FaceSanBookSar.”

It’s important to note that this post is also one of my “conjecture” essays. That means I have no insider knowledge or information, I just have a lifetime’s worth of experience doing stuff like this. Okay, disclaimer out of the way … let’s begin.

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The Bridge to Project Sansar

January 6, 2016 by · 1 Comment
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Linden Lab is breaking out of their walled garden by devoting their efforts toward a new product, currently code-named Project Sansar. As high-tech product development efforts go, this one has all the secrecy and mystery of a good CIA Plot or a bad spy novel. Either way, without knowing any particulars of the project itself, we can make some very solid evaluations of their efforts and their chances of success. Perhaps even so far as to estimate how big any success might be.

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The Tolerable Annoyance Spectrum

July 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on The Tolerable Annoyance Spectrum
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, SL Marketplace, The Project to Save Second Life 

It's No BullYou keep looking at the guy, waiting for him to really explode into a million pieces. He’s pissed off. He’s making a scene. And he has clearly maxed out the Tolerable Annoyance Spectrum at this store. You can see it written all over the faces of the Customer Service people trying to keep him calm. No matter how good they are at acting, it’s obvious to everyone watching that they are quite truly done with his childish antics. Before long Security shows up and promotes him to “Departing Ex-customer.” So what is this thing called “Tolerable Annoyance Spectrum” and why does it matter to you?

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The Path to Nirvana

May 10, 2014 by · Comments Off on The Path to Nirvana
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

When I first began participating in the Second Life Forums, the one behavior that most infuriated me in the way Linden Lab went about their jobs was to make massive, sometimes world-shaking changes to the Second Life platform seemingly without the least bit of consultation or consideration with the end-user community. They would release massive changes in the customer’s operation of the product, frequently without the least bit of notice or announcement about the changes. People would log on, run into problems¬†or flat-out roadblocks to the way they’d always used SL .. and seldom could they find any explanation about the change anywhere on Linden Lab’s web sites. If there has been an albatross around the Lab’s neck, it has always been that bull-headed habit of doing whatever they damn well please without the least bit of consideration for how it affected the people that use and PAY FOR the Second Life product.

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What to do .. What to do?

April 27, 2014 by · Comments Off on What to do .. What to do?
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Not that long ago the position of CEO of Linden Lab was vacated by Rod Humble then shortly afterward filled by Ebbe Altberg. Mr. Altberg has done a number of good things as he began his tenure, but there are a stupidly large number of things that need doing. Really the issue with his choices is not so much the size of the task ahead of him, but the sheer number of things that need to be done. Second Life is faltering as Linden Lab’s flagship product and it needs some direct and focused attention in order to regain its footing. So what exactly should Ebbe do in order to assure a positive trend to his leadership of the Lab?

BTW: I feel it necessary to mention something that Ebbe did pretty much straight away upon assuming the CEO position; he reopened the JIRA. If you’re a devoted reader of my blog, you’ll know how vehemently I objected to the closing of the JIRA, so much so that I predicted the death of Second Life as a result. I am very pleased to point out that the JIRA has been reopened and can once again be used to post true issues with the SL Platform, discuss them openly and constructively, and work WITH Linden Lab to resolve them rapidly. Kudos to you Mr. Altberg .. and thank you.

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