first we were a private grid with Reaction Grid, then an integral part of their public grid, and later we went to SimHost. each one of those three deployments was easy because of OAR files
but . . . avatars . . . ugh, yes the inventory archive files (IARs) do make that easy but for some reason (ID10-t error) my avatar always needs an hour of work to get back to normal. i don’t seem to be able to grasp how to export a shape (always comes out as a 3 KB file that fails on upload) and i resort to screenshots of my sliders (wow, non-tech or what!?!) =/
then i always lose some textures, not that i have many – parasol, tee, skirt, and stockings
now i *hope* i have that all squared away in my binders full of avatars (sorry Mitt, couldn’t resist) =p
so where did Enclave Harbour move to now?
the move is a bittersweet dealio because i absolutely have loved James and SimHost for the last 26 months – total freedom and awesome performance. James knows his stuff (he’s also an admin on OSgrid) and is a great OpenSim partner – he never stuck his nose into our business but was there quickly if we needed him
but our project is taking longer than we desired (best laid schemes of avatars and men) and each month means x number of books that need to be sold to break even . . .
thankfully i can say that the delay isn’t because of my virtual world work – i’ve been stellar (if i humbly say so!) and 90% of what needs to be done is done (wow, what an awesome builder – gosh *eyes twinkling*) =p
unfortunately, i can also say that the project is behind because of me *boo, Ener sucks* =(
i’m doing the pre-press work for the workbook and it’s taking forever! but it’s not all me – subQuark is still writing “at desk” activities (like making a hovercraft from a CD, water bottle cap, and balloon). plus he’s adding Sim-on-a-Stick projects so that kids can create their own virtual activities that can be done as science projects (me and my big mouth – why not add some SoaS activities? derr)
the exciting side of the move is that i finally get to try out Kitely. we could have just used Sim-on-a-Stick and Enclave Harbour seems to run fine on it, but subQuark wants to start getting some feedback soon on the virtual world aspect so that it can be tweaked while finishing his book. Kitely’s $35 a month Gold plan lets us save big money ($125 a month or ~25 books) and allows us to open it up to others =)
i don’t know how much longer it will be until we are done, but we definitely missed the goal of last summer! oops . . .
since the official OpenSim 0.7.5 with megaregion OAR support isn’t out yet, i used Sim-on-a-Stick to load up the 16 individual OARs and then followed Diva and Dot’s procedure to export it out as one 4×4 megaregion OAR. it took me a few tries but the results were good once imported into Kitely
it is sad to leave SimHost, they have been awesome and we might be back, but i’m looking forward to seeing how Kitely performs and to completing this big project and moving on to the next! =)