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?
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

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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Fixing the Unbroken

Well they’re at it again. Repeating a pattern that seems to be solidly entrenched in the Corporate Personality at Linden Lab, CommerceTeam Linden is readying the release of an update to the Second Life Transaction History resource. It wasn’t broken of course, but that’s all the more reason for them to invest their precious programmer time in changing it and making it incompatible with what has been working perfectly for years.
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Throwing the Rod a Bone

When Rod Humble joined Linden Lab some three years ago, there was a lot of hype, type and snipe going on as to what this would mean for Second Life, what it would do to Linden Lab, and what new monkey wrench he was going to beat us all into submission with. Since his initial days of open communication, periodic sightings and a few stabs at trying to make some positive changes, before long the newest sacrificial lamb to sit in the CEO chair regained his footing along the well-worn path. He went silent, stopped showing up places, stopped being the communicative spirit we had all hoped he would.

And then the crap started happening .. all over the place.
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Shooting Down a ToS Theory

There is a theory floating around that provides one reason behind Linden Lab’s recent rights grab as embodied in the new Terms of Service released on August 15th, 2013. That theory states that:

Linden Lab is aware of all the stolen content floating around in Second Life, and as a result has been embroiled in some messy and expensive legal actions as an innocent third-party and as an active litigant. Because of this past experience, they have chosen to take the reins by means of the ToS Rights section so that they can properly manage and control lawsuits and help protect their platforms from the harm caused by stolen content.

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LL’s Terms of Service – Where To Next?

October 20, 2013 by · Comments Off on LL’s Terms of Service – Where To Next?
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

This past Saturday saw a very informative and very helpful presentation put on by UCCSL and including several real-life attorneys that have actual functional background in Intellectual Property Rights, Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents. The Audio portion of the meeting can be found at Toysoldier Thor’s web site. I highly recommend you go read what he’s written, if possible listen to the audio (it is three hours long). You can also download the audio file directly to your computer by using This Link to the MP3 file.

If you prefer, you may also view the YouTube video containing slides and visuals:

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Nerfing Second Life Microbusiness

(According to This Blog Post, the problems with the Process Credit system of Second Life have now been resolved. If you are still seeing a delay greater than those specified in the post then you should file a support case and hope they get it resolved el Pronto.)

Fairly early in the maturation process of Linden Lab’s Second Life software platform, the management at Linden Lab decided it would be really neat if people using SL could actually turn their contributions to the platform into actual cash money. Users were already able to exchange the in-game tokens called “Linden Dollars” for copies of their virtual products, but LL spotted and then implemented a method to convert those tokens into outside-the-walls (meaning Real Life) cash money.

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Dancing or Boxing?

October 16, 2013 by · Comments Off on Dancing or Boxing?
Filed under: Internet Life and Humanity, Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

In the very beginning days of Second Life, the founder Philip Rosedale worked to promote a sense of kinship among the people populating it. He seemed to have realized that people had to feel as if they were a mutual participant, a willing worker bee striving together with the management to make this new world work. Granted, the initial efforts had a lot of issues that needed to be recognized and overcome. Even so, Philip exhibited behavior that made people feel like he saw them, saw their work, and saw their necessity in the success of the enterprise.

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Testing the New Terms of Service

Before we delve into what might happen in the future, let’s review briefly the new Linden Lab Terms of Service and how it affects the operations of the Lab’s various software titles. Other recent posts on this blog that relate to the new Terms of Service are listed at the bottom of this post HERE. The full Terms of Service is now located on the Linden Lab corporate web site and is located HERE. The section that has given everyone the most heartburn is “Section 2.3 You grant Linden Lab certain licenses to your User Content.

In specific, Linden Lab claims rights to your Intellectual Property (IP) almost exactly as though they had created it themselves. About the only thing they did not claim is the right to register a trademark or copyright for it. Section 2.3 also neatly absolves Linden Lab of any liability should a future lawsuit arise that questions the true ownership and usage rights for something you uploaded to any of the Linden Lab services. In short, anything you upload to a Linden Lab-owned service becomes theirs to use as they wish, and if any problems arise then it’s on you. (Do not be alarmed! That funky smell is axel-grease, road grime and various forms of mud while the dark black brown gunk two inches from your nose is merely the caked debris under the bus!)
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TOS’ing My Hat In The Ring

(Warning! This post violates my own self-imposed rule of no profanity. I use profanity this time around and I’m not going to edit it to remove that language either. If you are offended by profanity then please do not read this post. You have been warned!)

No doubt you’ve heard a lot about the recent change Linden Lab made in their Terms of Service (ToS). If you haven’t heard yet then you need to have a seat and get ready to be educated .. and shocked. But really, before I dig into the rotten fetid meat of the issue, I want to tell you about something I’ve done to ease my mind lately.
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