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2014 changes for us

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no big surprise but with our project changes, we downgraded our Gold Kitely account to their free one

unfortunately, this is a bit sad because it marks a change in what i have online. Enclave Harbour itself was never public and only a handful of people checked it out to provide feedback but the freebie store and Hax Nuit did see some traffic (97 hours between the two as outlined a few posts back)

the creativity that OpenSim offers is phenomenal, imo, and being able to build stuff has been a great outlet for me. sharing some of that stuff has also been important to me to help others find that same joy

so . . . what’s that mean for the freebie store?

luckily, David from InWorldz stepped up! =)

they will be offering some of it (or maybe the entire store) as part of their free content and they’ll make an announcement about that today or this week

EnerHax.com still has the OARs online but the majority of the stuff in the store is now exclusive to InWorldz for 2014

why InWorldz?

that’s easy – the biggest reason is David (Tranquility Dexler) who has helped me several times with mundane PC issues that were too techy for me (including issues that helped me get SoaS updates out). David’s just that kind of guy – if he can help, he will

there are two other reasons too – Sunny and DreamWalker – both are long time friends from way back in Second Life and both enjoy InWorldz

as to Hax Nuit?

i dunno, it saw good use (over 42 hours) but i’d really love to see it get used by groups that would add to it – add scripting (zombies!) or RPG stuff. maybe i’ll give it away (but it’s big at 35,000 prims!)

stay tuned . . .

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written by Ener Hax

December 30th, 2013 at 8:23 am

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Kitely 2014 – what to do?

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what a dilemma! well, for me anyway – i’m the designated virtual world decision maker for our online presence

the 2014 pricing policy changes at Kitely raises uncertainty in making a decision because the entire policy will not be disclosed until after the New Year -

. . . several new yet-to-be-announced fixed-price options. from here

with our Gold plan, $35 a month will get us 30 sims! that is a heck of a deal (if each was a world, that would be 3 million prims!) =O

but we don’t need 30 sims and now we use 18 (16 for Enclave Harbour, one for Hax Nuit, and one for the freebie store – i removed the space base and cool ice campus)

as mentioned in the last post – Enclave Harbour won’t be worked on until at least the summer. at that time we can finish writing the exercises, make the graphics, finish laying out the book, proof and publish, AND complete/mod the OpenSim build. in trying to be realistic, that would maybe mean being ready in December 2014! (yikes! but then, i also thought it was going to be done last year!) =p

until Enclave Harbour goes live, all the work can be done with Sim-on-a-Stick

do we pay $35 a month for a year to “hold” our Gold plan or do we bank that and see what the new Kitely offerings will be?

OR . . . do we explore these three other options:

  1. a Sim-on-a-Stick version, a printed teacher workbook, and free student activity PDFs
  2. an offer to have an isolated and private deployment via a highly respected grid
  3. a highly ethical and passionate expert offering to install and maintain it on his servers

option One is the least work for us – i can complete one OpenSim activity and delete one that still needs lots of work. the teacher workbook wouldn’t need any images and the student PDFs would take less work to create. but this also has the tech challenges of running SoaS and the viewer (which i have bundled together in the past with localhost as the only grid choice). there would fewer book sales but also a lower cost to the teacher or parent and no recurring VW fees for us. this solution would work for tech minded peeps like you and passionate teachers like Kate Booth =)

option Two is attractive and a custom made viewer that launches into Enclave Harbour sounds easy for the end-user. this one would have comparable monthly costs (or less) and no time limits, but there are still a lot of unknowns (which are eased due by the trust we have for the people behind this offer)

option Three is heartfelt by someone who has worked closely with me in the past and has a tremendous depth of knowledge on anything server related including serious OpenSim skillz

what to do?

the Kitely $35 a month/30 sim deal is phenomenal and their performance is outstanding. if you’re crazy about building, this one is the deal but you have to get it by December 31st

well, what will you do?

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written by Ener Hax

December 27th, 2013 at 10:55 am

Kitely pay-as-you-play changes

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i *think* i’m properly grasping Kitely’s new pricing policies but since they won’t be fully revealed until the first of the year, there’s still a little mystery in what they will be. i think if Kitely had done this from day one, there wouldn’t be such confusion

Kitely’s new pricing is still a heck of a deal and i have to keep reminding myself of what our past was. first there was SL and at $1000 setup and $295 a month for 15,000 prims, that is an extremely expensive offering. with SimHost, we paid $159 for 16 regions and an unknown max number of prims (it felt like 40,000 prims would have allowed about 40 avatars online)

chuchu2but . . . Kitely set their own yardstick and a shift from that causes concern

so much so that we have truly placed Enclave Harbour on the back burner. it was a slow go anyway and taking longer than we both thought, but now it is not an active project and won’t be until subQuark’s ChuChu Chicken & Pedro the Goat first series of books are published. that project has a timeline putting it at being published in May. along with that comes an effort to promote it, so neither of us will be back to work on Enclave Harbour until the summer

had their not been this “upheaval”, Enclave Harbour would continue to be poked at and slowly move forward (very slowly). there have been a couple of incredibly generous offers to host Enclave Harbour for free and for incredibly low-cost and we’ve also thought about doing it free on SoaS. the disadvantage of SoaS is that only Windows peeps could do it and there’s a significant technical hump to overcome

it’s funny how a shift like this can have profound effects

stepping back from our initial reaction, Enclave Harbour could move ahead and be done for $55 a month via Kitely ($35 for our Gold plan and $20 a month for 100 workbook user-hours). that’s a lot cheaper than SimHost would have been and has all the benefits of Kitely doing the accounts

but, we have changed priorities and Enclave Harbour is on hold until the summer but we probably will be keeping the Kitely $35 Gold plan (30 sims is amazing and i think would still be 100,000 prims per world – so Enclave Harbour’s 16 sims is 100k but so is the one sim Hax Nuit – i could add a 9 sim 100K EnerGoober world if so inclined)

we will see where things shake out and one of my fave grids may end up with the Ener freebie store in January (or it’s contents) and maybe even Hax Nuit!

i’ll be changing the access to our Kitely public worlds and removing the space base and cool ice campus – currently we pay the minutes, but starting thursday, visitors will be charged 1KC per minute and i’ll be interested to see how that impacts our history

OpenSim – ever changing and, overall, that’s a good thing! =)

chuchu-fence

ChuChu Chicken! =)

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written by Ener Hax

December 23rd, 2013 at 9:44 am

Enclave Harbour’s future?

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you’ve heard me talk about Enclave Harbour. it’s been built over the last three years and is probably about 6 month’s of actual work. i’ve done very little with it over the last year because it goes along with a workbook that subQuark (David) is working on in his free time

the workbook consists of 26 virtual field trip activities that are about 90% written

David’s actually a registered, but fledgling, publisher with Ingram Content Group. his long-time web and avatar name of subQuark is technically a company (subQuark, LLC)

needless to say, we have a lot of time invested in Enclave Harbour

but there are stumbling blocks to Enclave Harbour

one of those is deployment. we started with Reaction Grid, then used SimHost because it meant we had a physical server and could have installed MOODLE, an open-source learning management system (LMS). but doing user accounts is a pain and requires a lot of support (resetting passwords, verifying access, etc)

when we moved to Kitely, not only did it save a ton of money ($125 less a month and better performance), but it took care of the account issue. Kitely’s ability to use Twitter and facebook plus manual accounts is ideal for us

another plus is how awesome the website is for total n00bs. for Enclave Harbour it means only providing a URL and the Kitely site installs and starts the viewer and world. talk about easy for the new user!

Kitely’s 2 free hours a month of access is plenty of time for a parent/teacher/student to check us out and start doing science activities. adding another 1000 minutes for a $5 is easy if they need more time

but . . . things change and the upcoming Kitely account changes may change what we do – Maria explored that more yesterday with Kitely pricing confuses; Zetamex steps up to cloud

i’m also basing this blog post and our future on Ilan’s plan change blog post and Maria’s earlier post

looks like there won’t be any more free minutes. this is unlike many other models such as

  • this blog, where we pay for hosting and domain name but you can read all day long or
  • flickr where you can host a million images and people can look at them all for free or
  • SL where a free account lets you explore all day long or
  • Inworldz which is just like SL with free membership or
  • Amazon where you don’t have to be a Prime member to shop and buy

the changes seem to mean that a parent/teacher/student can only visit us if we pay for their minutes or have a fixed monthly plan (the $100 one currently on the Kitely site – very affordable by SL standards). however, i know enough about the publishing business to say that it would be total fantasy to assume that subQuark’s workbook would sell enough to cover that cost

for Enclave Harbour, the hurdle of a $19.95 a month subscription will eliminate most of our prospective clients (especially if the book is priced at $9.95 to discourage photocopying)

due to JavaScript changes in browsers, the “no brainer” aspect viewer installation is gone. asking people to do installs and explaining how to do them is a hurdle for the mainstream. imagine if you had to install an app to access facebook or Twitter! adoption rates would be lower. this is outside of Kitely’s control but is a new stumbling block for Enclave Harbour

with the mystery about how the plans will be implemented, Kitely has succeeded is getting a lot of online press but also a lot of anxiety.  that’s a shame because i hope that the things i’ve said about Kitely in the last year and the 100 hours others have spent in my Kitely worlds have encouraged people to try virtual worlds

only time will tell (no pun intended) and we’ll have to wait until the new plans are rolled out to see what our options are

one of those options that we are contemplating is possibly giving away Enclave Harbour as a Sim-on-a-Stick build and only publishing a teacher workbook. the student activities would be free PDF downloads

this option is simply a way to share the work i’ve done and wouldn’t make much money (over 2 million new book titles were published last year and the average book sells less than 100 copies!)

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written by Ener Hax

December 21st, 2013 at 10:06 am

show your work to grow OpenSim

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Enclave Harbour started in Reaction Grid around march of 2010, then moved to a private host (SimHost) for two years, and then to Kitely on october 7th of 2012

it’s been a long project . . . the build has been fun but making mods to fit subQuark’s workbook has been challenging (like deleting the post-apocalyptic sim and replacing it with a space station which still needs to have its activities built). i won’t tweak and complete the builds until the workbook is nearly done. but, that has a ways to go . . .

Enclave Harbour has pretty much been a private thing – i’ve written gobs about it and have hundreds of pics on flickr and some vids on YouTube BUT that’s not the same as having it as an open world that others can visit

and that’s the jist of this blog post – making your work accessible to encourage others to try OpenSim

one thing that made Second Life so successful in 2006 was all the content that people could explore. there was something for everyone, from furry communities to sailing to gambling to a zillion fantastic builds

i saw builds in Second Life that inspired me and had me saying “i could do something like this” and, ultimately, that got me into Second Life

with Kitely, we have the gold plan for $35 a month which gives us 20 sims and unlimited time for me. Enclave Harbour is 16 sims so that leaves 4 sims that i can do with as i please

on october 25th of 2012 i started my Kitely freebie store and then on december 6th i started Hax Nuit. these are builds i did just for fun

later i added the Space Base and the Cool Ice Campus to Kitely. the Space Base is a freebie OAR that you can get at EnerHax.com along with the giant tree, Lux Center, and Haxor Outpost. the Cool Ice Campus is one of those projects that may never be complete and maybe i should just offer it as is (its purpose is as a conference and exhibit hall dealio) *reminds me of the cube office building – another halfway done project – if you build, you know what i mean* =D

back to encouraging others with your work!

you don’t even need to have a paid Kitely subscription to share your work – you can get a free sim. since that sim can have 100,000 prims, you can show off a lot of work!

the free plan comes with 2 hours a month which is ample if you build with Sim-on-a-Stick

it’s easy to think “who would want to look at my work” or “nobody gives a crud about what i make” but having your work available so that others can explore it as avatars helps build the OpenSim community

as an example of that, i went through my history page at Kitely and added up all the time that others (not me or subQuark) have spent exploring what i have. i don’t claim to be a building guru or creative ninja, i keep it simple and only use standard prims and simple textures, but the point of these numbers is to show that people are curious and will look at whatever is out there

so here it is, the total time that others (none of my time is included) have spent in my various Kitely worlds:

freebie store 45 hours 42 minutes
Hax Nuit 42 hours 4 minutes
Cool Ice Campus 1 hour 57 minutes
Space Base 2 hours 19 minutes
Enclave Harbour* 7 hours 11 minutes
Total 99 hours 13 minutes

nearly 100 hours of people visiting a one person’s 3D doodling! dang!

my builds aren’t anything phenomenal on their own (although i am very proud of Hax Nuit). but when you have many people with their work available for exploration, then we can have something phenomenal and exciting! =)

 

* – although Enclave Harbour is “closed”, some people have looked at it to offer critiques

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written by Ener Hax

December 4th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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Second Life’s private sim watch

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about every 6 weeks i post something about SL’s private sim growth. it’s an easy post to write thanks to Tyche Shepherd’s Grid Survey and it’s something that’s important to the virtual world community – its health does affect OpenSim to some extent

this time i’m looking at the last three years and the effect on Linden Lab’s recurring revenue stream. the vast majority of LL’s income is from private tiers

private sims have three tier levels but the proportion of them has stayed nearly identical over the last few years – about 55% from full sims and 45% from homesteads. openspaces count for less than half of one percent

  • nov 29, ’10 – monthly private sim revenue of $5.052 million (average of $202/mo/sim)
  • nov 26, ’13 – monthly private sim revenue of $3.975 million (average of $204/mo/sim)

the slight increase of average monthly tier is from the loss of educational discounts and grandfathered sims

  • nov 29, ’10 – yearly private sim revenue projection of $60,624,000
  • nov 26, ’13 – yearly private sim revenue projection of $47,700,000

the daily average loss is about 5 private sims (5491 sims/1094 days) and at an average of about $200 per month that means the recurring revenue stream is dropping $1,000 per day! *checks pockets & comes up with a washed receipt*

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written by Ener Hax

November 27th, 2013 at 10:19 am

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has your use of VWs shifted?

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Botgirl Questi (a long time idol of mine for many reasons) wrote a thought provoking post: Indifference and Disillusionment: Has Second Life Changed or Have I?

Botgirl started inSL back in january of 2008 and was deeply involved in many aspects of Second Life. her post talks about the changes inSL from her perspective as well as her own personal changes as far as interests go

things change and people change so seeing a shift in what you are interested in is a part of everyday real life

it would be a boring world (and life) if we could never change. that said, it can be a wonderful life if you learn what it is you love to do and stick with it

i think of people like Kate Booth and her incredible use of OpenSim for her students. i don’t think it’s that she loves OpenSim, in and of itself, i think she loves what she can do with it – as an educational tool. OpenSim for Kate is like graph paper – it is really good for specific uses and does activate different learning pathways

you know my story – started inSL in 2006 and wanted to be a junior Anshe and had as many as 19 sims. having those meant being very social and i loved that during that time. then the service changed and what used to be fun became toil for me. breaking even took over a year of 20 to 40+ hours a week but it was personally rewarding. but once the openspace thing was announced, i lost many of my 101 tenants and simply didn’t have the ener-gy to rebuild it (or the ability to go into the red again)

the service changed and i did too

today, my use of OpenSim is almost purely utilitarian (95%). it’s like Blender 3D – a tool to create 3D assets that can be used in other ways (ie, science field trips). i also love the creative outlet and that’s why i built the freebie store and Hax Nuit (i consider those to be 3D doodles that went on to be completed and shared)

i’m currently looking at using OpenSim to create the cover art for subQuark’s childrens’ books. covers are expensive – $200 to over $1000 each depending on the illustrator – and maybe i can create something inanimate that will work (a farm in this case because neither one of us can draw a chicken or goat to save our souls!)

i had looked for a pose-able OpenSim chicken and goat but no luck. we have since found an illustrator but i’m still thinking OpenSim could work . . .

anyway . . . my shift over the last 7 years has been to OpenSim as a tool

if you have shifted your use – what has been the shift and why?

btw, Botgirl starts her post off with a quote from Alice and the Queen of Hearts and my fave quote is from the Red Queen (chess) to Alice in Through the Looking Glass:

Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!

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November 7th, 2013 at 9:06 am

no more Google Analytics or how i went to 4 sites but my data went to 35!

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all this talk about the NSA has helped me to understand how unprivate even my avatar is! imagine the files that the NSA has on Ener Hax! Ener will probably have to pay income tax soon! =p

this intrusion into our privacy is really not cool and sucks overall =(

however, it really isn’t that surprising and, as such, i was a bit miffed that the news made a big deal out of the Pope even being listened in on

i don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say that anyone connected to the web or by phone has been spied on (but how do they hack into the connection between the Pope and God? and does that mean those people are going to Hell?)

hey Bob, God’s talking to the Pope again, grab that line and listen in

BUT . . . even before the NSA revelations, i knew that my data was being scooped up. heck, i even scrape some of your info with Google Analytics. those analytics show me how many visitors come by, how long they stay, what they look at, where they are from (even the town), what their OS is, their monitor resolution, and some other tidbits. i don’t see who you are but i bet Google does!

it’s enough to make me delete the Google code from my sites (this site, enerhax.com, and simonastick.com)

after all, what do i need that data for?

i used to be obsessed with it but apart from SoaS downloads, i don’t look at it much anymore – so why should i leave it on? for sure Google uses it and makes money from it but what do i care about that?

WordPress collects data on this blog and makes some of it available to me – like the total number of unique visitors per day and search terms that led them here, but i don’t need all that other Google tracking stuff

hmm, i just talked myself into removing the Google Analytics code here and on enerhax.com! (check it out with reveal codes, i just deleted it here!) *i feel so anti-establishment and all heroic* =p

part of what made me make that decision is seeing how much data is actually tracked. i had been using Chrome as my portable USB stick browser until about 6 months ago. it was freezing all the time and the portable version could not be updated. i changed to Firefox Portable and have been very happy with it and you can update it like normal

today i saw a Firefox add-on called Lightbeam and decided to try it out

holy cow!

i visited 4 sites – a post on this blog, my Kitely page for Hax Nuit, Hypergrid Business, and Sim-on-a-Stick – to see how many places actually collect my data

that’s only 4 websites but my data was actively tracked by 35 sites!

here’s how Lightbeam graphed this tracking (i added the numbers to show my sequence):

lightbeam

so here are the specifics (below) – the main sites and then the connections specifically tracking MY data! i’m going to try it out for an entire day and see how many 1000′s of places collect my info. it’s enough to make you start asking websites to stop tracking you! i know some things are part of convenient services, like gravatar for comments and flickr for embedded photos, but a site like this one doesn’t need to have Google Analytics that are not being used except to make Google more money!

ya see, all those years that you thought someone was spying on you . . . they were! doh! o_O

  1. iliveisl.com
    • wordpress.com (the root of the blog)
    • twitter.com (retweet dealio)
    • gravatar.com (from a comment)
    • google-analytics.com (my analytics but not anymore!)
    • quantserve.com (share buttons)
    • google.com (sidebar search box)
  2. kitely.com
    • d1jwj6xej72ab7.cloudfront.net
    • facebook.net
    • linkedin.com
    • gstatic.com
    • facebook.com
    • licdn.com
    • d1rbyw5zcb7dy1.cloudfront.net
    • fbcdn.net
  3. hypergridbusiness.com
    • fonts.googleapis.com
    • rp-api.com
    • technoratimedia.com
    • twitter-badges.s3.amazonaws.com
    • networkedblogs.com
    • digg.com
    • disqus.com
    • adspeed.net
    • ajax.googleapis.com
    • chango.com
    • scorecardresearch.com
    • adadvisor.net
    • adnxs.com
    • dreamlandmetaverse.com
    • amazon.com
    • images-amazon.com
  4. simonastick.com
    • googleusercontent.com (google fonts subQuark used AND google analytics)
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written by Ener Hax

November 6th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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finally, i’ve been recognized as a big deal

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what an honour! that’s how i felt when i saw this sidewalk marquis at Staples when i went to Chipotle to get a burrito yesterday

finally the accolades, nay . . . the bona fides i’ve been striving for . . .

i always thought it would be something symbolic of Sim-on-a-Stick, but a pen? heck, that’s a very creative tool! think of all the awesomeness that has been penned through the ages!

from Shakespeare to the Magna Carta to Michelangelo and Einstein!

what an honour indeed (and a surprise too, i had no idea), me as the deal of the week! (they probably thought that “Big Deal of the Week” was too wordy – but i know what they mean)

well, i went in to examine these fine pens and bask in the glow of finally having arrived – ahh, all those altruistic hours recognized and now celebrated

all you little people can now share in my humble feelings of accomplishment with such a creative tool

a genuine, yet honest, metaphor for all of humanity’s creativeness, all in your hand at an affordable price

i approached the in-store display with pride swelling to megaprim proportions. there they were, display pens to literally allow this celebration of one person’s toils (me) to bring creativity and personal expression to all of mankind

*record scratch*

turns out that these crappy pens leak all over the place! some deal! =(

*stomps out pouting*

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written by Ener Hax

October 29th, 2013 at 11:18 am

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just a boat pic

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i still don’t like the “new” flickr layout – i find it really sucks to try to browse your photostream casually

while doing so i found these two pics that called out to me – the first is a motorboat i made a long time back

the second is a sim i had developed for Enclave Harbour to talk about closed systems – it’s a post-apocalyptic colony (Energon flickr set) that is fully self-contained except for its energy source. just like we are a closed system here on Earth, except for the sun which provides energy, the colony’s external energy is a small nuclear power plant

that build is no longer there because subQuark thought it was a bit dark (not so much for students, but for teachers and parents) and to take its place, i built a huge space station with similar concept. the station itself is a closed system yet it has solar panels to generate energy

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written by Ener Hax

October 27th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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the day my world stopped spinning

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kind of a dramatic title but all my Omega spinning scripts stopped today!

i finally had some time to hop into Enclave Harbour and do some detail work and i noticed that l’ascenseur was in my home sim! that’s the first time i have seen this in Kitely

l’ascenseur was scripted years ago by Micheil Merlin back when we were on our own server with SimHost. at that time, Enclave Harbour was 16 normal sized sims. in Kitely, we are one Advanced Megaregion and that’s probably what caused l’ascenseur to get shifted over

in its scripting, it has a notecard with absolute coordinates that are used by a path following script (so those coordinates would now be read from the bottom left most sim since it is the root sim now and thus not the original sim l’ascenseur was in). this hasn’t shifted until today, so my guess is an OpenSim upgrade since the last time i logged in?

thanks goodness i don’t do much scripting or maybe a bunch of stuff would have been moved! *dang, forgot to check the zip line!* =\

anyway, it was easy enough to move l’ascenseur back and i simply deleted the scripts in it (they were no longer working anyway)

while i was doing that, i noticed that none of my spinning omega scripts were working either! =(

that’s a first too and somewhat annoying because i don’t know how to reset them except to go to each object (but it was NOT as annoying as that change in OpenSim a few years back that shifted every sit position by 90 degrees! do you remember that? ugh!) =p

so just for fun, i decided to film me doing the spinney resets using FRAPS and then editing it to double speed in Sony Vegas. this way the task wasn’t so bad and it gave me a chance to use FRAPS

anyone else out there in Kitely find any strange changes like these?

ps – when i named the video No Spin No Cry, i got Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry stuck in my head – Joan Baez (supposedly a distant cousin) has a funky cover of it here

direct YouTube link

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written by Ener Hax

October 26th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

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Halloween Invaders Flash Game

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Ener Hax asked me to revive a Flash game I made for Halloween 2006!

It’s a rip off inspired by Space Invaders and so old that it is in ActionScript 1 and Flash Player 6! This is back when you used “sprites” in Flash and each object had its own coding.

Today, that game in Flash would be coded all in the first frame on the root timeline with ActionScript 3.

It’s silly and as simple as the original, especially when compared to today’s games, but Space Invaders was a huge hit back in 1978!

from Wikipedia:

In 2008, Guinness World Records listed it as the top-rated arcade game in technical, creative, and cultural impact.

Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and see how far we’ve come – today we have free tools like OpenSim and Sim-on-a-Stick – it’s easy to take it all for granted!

Game On – 1978 Style! :)

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October 25th, 2013 at 8:59 am

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SoaS 0.7.6 zipped file updated

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two good suggestions came from Twitter this morning. one is that the Sim-on-a-Stick single region zipped file was not extracting into a single SoaS076 folder as it had in previous versions

this is proof to how untechie i am! =p

i always get confused as to whether unzipping will create a folder named the same as the zip file or not! derr on me but thanks to @batate this is now fixed! =)

the zipped version is a popular download because it’s just a zipped file. installers can be suspicious because they are automated, but the one i use is basically a program that zips all the files, allows me to create shortcuts, sniffs out if you have the proper version of .NET, and adds an uninstall entry to the Windows uninstall program dealio

for the first versions of SoaS, only the zipped files were available and they worked just fine, but buying a $35 installer allowed us to reach more people. the installer version works nicely and seems to have no issues (the only complaints i’ve ever had are that some anti-virus progs freak out, but it did that for the zipped versions as well – only four mentions out of 23,000 downloads) =)

that was one twitter suggestion and the other comes from long time power user @NINK who i’ve known for 3 or 4 years now. he created a batch file (BAT) for his kiddo to use

Sim-on-a-Stick came with an autostart batch file for a couple of versions and is a great way to start SoaS. in fact, Lisa Jacka and Kate Booth include start batch files for their students to use

i’ll pull together a BAT file and post about it in the next week or so for anyone interested in using one =)

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written by Ener Hax

October 23rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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monthly-ish look at SL private sim loss

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it’s been six weeks since my last morbid SL private sim loss post – Second Life’s slow downward march

Maria at Hypergrid Business does her once a month look at OpenSim growth and i seem do the once a month (or so) look at SL’s decline

i guess you can tell who is the half-full type of person and who is half-empty! (i blame my pessimism on being an oppressed french canadian – but at least we have poutine going for us as consolation for our biggest holiday being about the beheading of St. John the Baptist – i swear, i’m not making this stuff up!) o_O

nothing much has changed with Second Life’s private sim loss, the average over nearly three years holds at about 5 per day . . .

maybe Second Life should adopt the Quebec license plate motto of Je me souviens, which means we remember the glory days! =p

psloss102013

 

jemesouviens

Je me souviens indeed! on my freebie spaceship! =p

spaceship in my Kitely store or online

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written by Ener Hax

October 18th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

SoaS 076 and BulletSim? not so fast

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i had written up the Sim-on-a-Stick instructions on how to change the OpenSim.ini file so that BulletSim physics would be used instead of ODE physics and was feeling rather clever in my ability to delete a semicolon *pats self on the back*

well, it turns out that it must be a bit harder to do than just that! *kicks self in the butt*

on my Win7 64-bit box, OpenSim.exe would hang after making the ini file change but OpenSim.32BitLaunch.exe did fire up the console like you see below

it says that i am exceptional it says it threw an exception and can’t find the BulletSim engine? i looked on my desk but don’t see any engines lying around, so what does that mean and how is it fixed?

boo

 

UPDATE: ooh, i bet it has to do with missing files from here eh?

engine

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October 16th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

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