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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Of Calendars, Carts and Horses

July 27, 2015 by · Comments Off on Of Calendars, Carts and Horses
Filed under: Internet Life and Humanity, Linden Lab and Second Life 

carts and calendarsOne of the things that most annoys people is when their personal schedule gets disrupted. We all have our own personal schedule; it’s pointless to try and deny it. Many of us carry ours around at the ends of our arms (cleverly concealed as a portable communications device … Mwaahahahahaaa!)

Another hot button for people is this issue of Respect. Gosh! Here is the USA it’s almost state law in some places that you get shot for disrespecting someone. (Okay, maybe I’m stretching just a wee bit … sorry.)

Is It So Much To Ask?

So is it really that much to ask that Linden Lab pay attention to our Personal Calendars AND show us some Respect by giving us:

  • Proper Tools in Advance
  • Proper Notice
  • A chance to Comment on the Schedule

… Apparently so. Never mind. Just an old curmudgeon being curmudgeonly today.

A Stepstool to the Bar

June 8, 2015 by · Comments Off on A Stepstool to the Bar
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life 

lets-climb2There were some bumps and bruises when I first joined Second Life™ back in 2008, but I overcame them with the patient help of friends and family. Once I had reached a basic level of understanding, my preference for Scripting took hold and has remained my focus for many years now. But I’m an odd bird in that respect; most people that have the desire to make things will eventually dabble in clothing and fashion accessories. Continue reading “A Stepstool to the Bar” »»

What Am I?

April 25, 2015 by · Comments Off on What Am I?
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

One of the hardest tasks undertaken by anyone writing about Second Life™ is trying to explain exactly what it is. Some call it a game, some call it a creative platform, some swear it’s a whole other virtual life in every way. But underlying the complexity of SL itself is the way in which each of us using it relates to the host company, Linden Lab.

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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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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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It’s About Communication .. and Trust

February 5, 2014 by · Comments Off on It’s About Communication .. and Trust
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, Linden Lab and Second Life, SL In-World Search 

Yesterday I was startled and dismayed to find that the HTML web pages generated for each Parcel in Second Life had been changed. As I wrote in my post on this issue (Another Major SL Search Borking), the net result was that all of my SEO Tools had been irrevocably broken. Imagine my surprise when I looked today to find that all of my SEO Tools are working again. After checking my email to see if anyone at Linden Lab had seen fit to notify me about the goings on, I was of course not surprised to find nothing.
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Another Major SL Search Borking

February 4, 2014 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, SL In-World Search 

Are you sick and tired of being hosed yet? Have you had enough of being bent over the barrel and screwed without any purpose, notice or warning? Have you pretty much given up on being able to get ahead in Second Life? Well then join the rest of us because once again the Blunder Wizards as Linden Lab have chosen to bork In-World Search.
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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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