as i update the OpenSim version in sim-on-a-stick plus roll in great additions like Breen’s port 9100 mod to reduce port conflicts and WhiteStar’s OS checker and initial region setup, i think i am omitting some of the basics. i can see that with the feedback from the community
last month there were a number of people expressing that SoaS wouldn’t run for them and it turned out that they were trying to run it on a Mac. i looked at the site and nowhere did i say it was Windows-only – oops! =\
in that same time i also had others who couldn’t connect to their viewer and some that didn’t know about Simona Stick (how could someone not know about Simona?!?) =p
that last info is in the SOAS_Start_and_Login.txt text file but who sees that? i know i’m guilty of not reading readme files . . .
that info is also in the masterfully created walkthrough video but who wants to watch a six minute video and read micro-sized blurry text in it?
this is clearly a case of the pendulum swinging back and forth to ultimately achieve balance – i went from the first SoaS site having US and Canadian Amazon links for USB sticks, clear PDF instructions in big font, and 64,000 variations of one region/four region/with Imprudence/without Imprudence to a minimalist site that only those in the secret club (you) would know how to use
sure, the Tintin Destination Moon image is a sign of a true genius (or someone without much creativity) but that doesn’t help the non-hardcore OpenSim person who stumbles on that site figure out how to use it! i should know better and the goal of sim-on-a-stick is easy entry and exploration of OpenSim, not some enigmatic challenge to see if you can join the nifty and more-secretive-than-the-Masons club we have!
what is the absolute bare minimum someone needs to know to launch sim-on-a-stick?
- must be unzipped
- double-click SOAS_Start.bat to launch (or read SOAS_Start_and_Login.txt)
- change localhost to port 9100, if not using the companion viewer
- login name Simona Stick and password 123
anything else? this needs to be short, sweet, able to be read in a second and not get lost in important, but secondary information (which can be placed in the help page)
kind of hard to worry about how to edit your hair and foot size when you can’t even get it up and running!