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Linden Lab announces Project Bento – new bones and attachment points added to the Second Life Avatar Skeleton

I just came across this in my mail, from Dec. 17. (This tells you how hectic December is for someone who works in retail.) This news is important for two reasons: (1) the obvious thing, the information contained within — hands and face mobility, especially, will be a vast improvement over current SL state of the art; and (2) this, in my perception, shows Linden Lab’s ongoing commitment to the original Grid, as well as exploring new areas with Sansar. Look forward to these additions; when the tools come down to improve our smiles or frowns, I suspect a whole new era of SL photography will open up!

Daniel Voyager's Blog

On Wednesday 16th December Linden Lab announced Project Bento, adding new bones and attachment points to the Second Life Avatar Skeleton. This is the biggest change to avatars in years and the good news is that it’s fully backward compatible with existing avatars.

This is excellent news for sure and this announcement sounds very exciting indeed. :)

We know how much work, value, personalization and emotional investment goes into a Second Life avatar, so we have always been careful when considering avatar changes. While we want to make improvements, we also want to maximize backward compatibility. Get ready for the biggest thing that’s happened to avatars in years …

Ever wish you could incorporate a tail, wings, or second set of arms into your avatar? How about having animations for facial expressions and finger movements? Yes, we know that there are some incredibly creative workarounds that give you some of these…

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Challenge: What Did You Look Like When You Were Born?

new default avatars

Source: New Classic Avatars released by Linden Lab, by Daniel Voyager

You have to say, as does Daniel, that these new default avatars look a whole lot classier than what I entered Second Life with in October 2007.  It almost makes me want to start up a new “walking” alt and see what folks have to say.  To demonstrate:

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Check Out the Latest Improvements to Second Life

Thanks much to Daniel Voyager for this news.  Linden Lab will be rolling out some delicious changes to Second Life in the upcoming months.  Not all of them may be useful to everybody, but everyone should find something in this batch to like.  Read the article, and salivate!!

Check Out the Latest Improvements to Second Life.

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Posted February 10, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in News

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Ebbe Linden visits 1920s Berlin and hints that Lindens will do more mingling

This is an excellent thing to see and hear about. I wish I hadn’t been at work today, else I might have dropped by the Project to meet our new välvillig magnat (benevolent overlord) myself. Let’s hope for more drop-ins by many more Lindens!

Jo Yardley's Second Life

Earlier today (still April 1st) Ebbe Linden aka Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab, posted this mysterious message on twitter;

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A very exciting message although also a little mysterious.

Has an official decision been made about Lindens are going to be inworld more often?

Snapshot_005For some time now people started noticing that Lindens were becoming a rare sight, much to everyone’s dismay.
Most of us like seeing a Linden pop in during events or just wandering around.
Last year I heard rumours about there being some sort of restrictions about Lindens being allowed ‘out in the wild’ and it would be fantastic if that has now been overturned.

Being a rather demure and subtle lady, I immediately decided to try and test Ebbe’s post;

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Schnaps and stroopwafels, an offer impossible to resist!

Snapshot_029Although I didn’t really expect him to pop up in 1920s Berlin within minutes of that post!

He…

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New Critical Vote and next email to Linden Lab on TOS

I have been holding back on taking any position on the TOS question, primarily because I make and sell nothing that is particularly original to me outside of my own individual photographs. With ongoing consideration of the matter, though, I support the UCCSL and any other attempts in reason to modify Linden Lab’s current TOS changes. I hope you’ll follow Daniel’s link here and vote to support the UCCSL’s letter.

 

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I’m following the news closely relating to changes to the terms of service for Second Life and it appears that the UCCSL group are doing a Critical Vote starting today to send a email to Linden Lab on TOS. The email will be apparently be sent on Monday at some point and this time the hope is for Linden Lab to release more info what happens next. Voting ends on Sunday 3rd November at midnight SLT, so if you are interested then please participate in this critical vote.

  • Vote Here < All votes (likes) will be anonymous and every vote is important!

Thank you! :)

 

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Linden Lab Changing “Group Code”

Daniel Voyager reports that Linden Lab is changing the code for groups this week.  According to the official announcement:

Beginning tomorrow, Linden Labs will be rolling out some changes across the grid in the code for groups that will affect ALL viewers being used in SL right now – including the SL viewers. The rollout should be completed by Friday.

What it means is that you will be unable to access the member lists in any group with 10,000 or more in the group.  You will still be able to get group chat. You will be able to send group notices and invite people to join the group if your group role allows it.  You will be unable to assign a role and you will be unable to eject anyone from the group since you will not have access to that particular individual’s name. If you are a moderator in the group, you will be unable to exercise any mod abilities such as taking away chat privileges for the same reason.

The SL viewer should be updated soon. Firestorm will be updated but the timeline is unsure at this point (hopefully this weekend but that’s not a sure thing yet).

We have no information about any of the other viewers at this time.

As I’m reading Daniel, the loss of powers should be a temporary thing, until the viewers themselves are updated to handle the new code.  Daniel says, “The new code changes will fix groups using HTTP which makes it more reliable for loading and editing for 10k+ members in SL groups. This is a switch-over from the old UDP which is not that great for handling large groups with 10k+ members. Its slow loading and harder to edit things with additional issues within groups.”

Posted November 13, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in News, Software

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Premium Members to Get Exclusive Goodies and 4 Private Sandboxes

Linden Lab announced yesterday that Premium members would begin receiving a few new benefits, effective immediately, with more to come in the future.  (The original announcement can be read at the Big Blog.)

First, Premium members would get the chance to claim exclusive virtual goods from vendors set up for the purpose.  The first package available is this set of furniture, and a very classy set it is.  The designer, Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft, has produced a package that looks right at home on a deck or open-air room in Key West.  You can imagine yourself sitting back with your loved one and a tall cool drink, applauding the sun as it sets.

The other new benefit, and a far more important one, according to some of the comments I’ve seen on the original article:  Premium members will now receive four exclusive sandbox islands for them to work on projects in peace.  (At least as long as there are no Premium-level griefers about.  I would hope that people paying for a better class of membership would have more sense than to get into that kind of stupidity.)  I don’t usually need a sandbox for the few things I build, except for when I remodel my skybox Secret (Public) Photo Studio; however, at the times that I do need extra space, this would be handy.

I have been tempted in the past to go for a Premium membership, but other considerations in RL have held me back.  It will probably still hold me back now, sadly; however, I think it’s getting more tempting.

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