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What Do You Think of the New Login Screens?

The login screens that Linden Lab rolled out with the start of the Christmas holidays haven’t gone away; they’ve just changed.  It did take them a while to get away from the snowmen and snow-covered hills, but now you can see a selection of venues — and not just the stock generic landscapes that they were sporting before.  I think I’ve spotted at least one region or location that I recognize.

What do you think of this new gewgaw?  No, it doesn’t improve Grid stability or the usefulness of the viewer, but I think myself it’s a nice touch.  What would be even niftier would be if they cold use user-taken photos, formatted to the correct size.  A competition could be held through Flickr or Koinup, with entrants shooting to the needed screen standard, and consenting to the non-exclusive use by Linden Lab of their photo on a rotating basis for one month.  Winners could also get some more material recognition, either real or virtual — say, a gift certificate on XStreet SL, or a L$2,000 cash prize.

Any thoughts?

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How’s This New Search Feature?

I’ve had a day or so now to play with the new release of the Second Life viewer, and I think I can safely give an opinion.

For the basic functionality of the software — providing a stable, usable interface for the Resident with the world of the Grid — Build 1.18.5 does its job quite well. This is based on experience with only the two preceding builds, but I’m tempted to say this new client is more stable in the long run than those others. What makes it difficult, besides my relative lack of experience with earlier clients, is that my DSL line tends to blink for about a minute at a time at irregular intervals. Of course, it usually chooses to cut out at the most inopportune times….

Leaving that aside, I have no complaints at all. In fact, in a session this morning, the movements of my avatar made were smoother than I’ve seen before — though this could be attributed to a low sign-in rate and nobody else in my sim (grin). However, dropping in to Franks Place for some music and chat while I took a break from this article, I found the lag rate still acceptable. Franks is usually pretty busy; if this is a result of the new client, it’s nothing to sneeze over!

But what about the much ballyhooed Search function? Well….

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Posted December 3, 2007 by Harper Ganesvoort in Software

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