This is what I looked like today, when I was desperately trying to add a texture to Second Life so I could do a shot of something in my Secret (Public) Photo Studio. Every time — every time — I hit Control-U, or chose from the menu, it didn’t matter which, I’d get a Windows Thinking dooley-bob wheel, then a notice that a crash was being reported to Second Life. Checking with people on Plurk and one of the helpful groups in world gave me no clue; it was suggested that I clear my cache, which I did, but I’d already cleared it yesterday. It didn’t matter which client I was on, either; Firestorm choked and died as bad as Linden (which I actually prefer right now for the most part).
I finally tried searching for an answer — and the Tablet fell on me from the sky with a great granitic ga-thump. A slight digression that will make sense very shortly: I’m my church’s Webmaster in real life. I’m also something of the go-to girl for passing church photos to the man in charge of our Facebook page, and I tend to pass a lot of photos at a time — more than most e-mail services will accept. So I started using Microsoft’s SkyDrive service. I upload photos or a zipped folder to SkyDrive, and the Facebook guy downloads them, easy-peasy. Now here’s the key thing: a few days ago, to improve the workings, I added the SkyDrive app to Windows; it creates a folder that you can drop stuff into, and it’ll be automagically uploaded to the SkyDrive service.
Well, it turns out Second Life and that app don’t like each other. For some Strange Reason, the call for the upload folder and file from the client bangs into the SkyDrive app, and crashes the program. A simple fix — just uninstall the app. I’m back in business — literally, too, because Harper’s Art needs the upload ability to create my prints!