Viewer Managed Marketplace Released: Congrats Linden Lab

slm-main-pageI’ve just received notice via email that my Marketplace Store has begun and completed migration to the new Viewer Managed Marketplace (VMM). Of course I can’t log in and view the results because I have this thing against installing “pre-release” software on my computer. But I’m not worried; Linden Lab surely wouldn’t have done the migration if it wasn’t 100% fully tested and proven fool-proof.

I’d write more but I haven’t time just now. I have my shoes and socks on .. if I can just get my pants on, I’ll be out of here to run some errands.

Linden Lab is NOT the Government

July 3, 2015 by · Comments Off on Linden Lab is NOT the Government
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, SL Marketplace 

It really should not need to be stated so bluntly, but apparently it is … so there it is. And why is it there? Because massive upheavals in the American culture have suddenly cast an extremely negative spotlight on one specific chapter of our societal history. Tensions are so high, sensibility is so low, that any happenstance sighting of a particular symbol can cause otherwise right-thinking people to go absolutely nutty.

The symbol? The Confederate Battle Flag.

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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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Beating My Head Against The Wall

March 25, 2014 by · Comments Off on Beating My Head Against The Wall
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, New Products, SL Marketplace 

It’s bad enough that over the years I’ve been living, working and creating in Second Life that I’ve had to do continual battle with the often myopic Decision Makers at Linden Lab, but sometimes I wind up having to push hard against some unfathomable reticence from my fellow Residents.

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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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The Failure Called “Full Ownership”

October 4, 2013 by · Comments Off on The Failure Called “Full Ownership”
Filed under: Internet Life and Humanity, Linden Lab and Second Life 

Try this simple test: Put on a blindfold and sit down in the passenger seat of your car. Now have someone you trust take you for a short but decidedly “edgy” car ride. It should include bouncing you up and down, tossing you from side to side, and a fairly high number of moments with negative and positive High-G’s. When the ride is done, you can grade yourself using one of two methods. Either count the number of seconds it took before you ripped off the blindfold and screamed “ENOUGH!”; higher numbers are better. Alternatively you can weigh the amount of poop in your shorts; lower numbers are better.
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The Day After ToS’morrow

First things first: I spent a good long time reading Will Burns’ post “Your World? Your Imagination“. Very cogent and very informative. Go read that first then come back here please.

What in the World is Linden Lab Thinking?

This is the question that I hope to address in today’s post. In order to determine our own personal response to this change, it really is critical that we fully understand the motivations and intentions behind it. That is of course true with any adversarial relationship; one must be in some sense a mind-reader and strive to suss out the opponent’s intentions so that they may be counter-acted or at the least survived.
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Endings … And Beginnings

August 12, 2013 by · 7 Comments
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, Linden Lab and Second Life 

It is true that in order for something new to begin that something old must end. As proof we offer the end of our Main Store.

For more than 3 years we’ve maintained an in-world store on the Dirty Pleasures Region. The Main Store sold a large variety of our products … in truth everything we make and sell was available there. Unfortunately time has moved along and the owner of the Sim had encountered a situation that prevented them from continuing to hold onto it.
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Wanton and Willful Fraud by Linden Lab

I have been silent for several months now. During my silence I have been working on a post that would be my “welcome back” contribution. That post was to have given a few kudos to the development team that oversees the Second Life Marketplace. Alas, that post will never see the light of day now. It will remain forever a grand ideal that has been buried because of behavior by the same development team … behavior that goes beyond the merely incompetent and strides firmly into the realm of legally actionable fraud. Fraud that is not just annoying but deals with amounts of money that go well into the felony level of damages.
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