Friday, January 29, 2010

Darn it, it's happening again...

I'm back to having SL periodically come to a grinding creep, eating all available CPU cycles. Moving it to another screen helps for a little, and then it happens again. Do that enough, and eventually it crashes. Back to the JIRA, and apologies to my friends for dropping out of the grid unexpectedly.

UPDATE: There's a JIRA entry for what I'm seeing, VWR-16750. If you are an SL resident using Linux, please take a look and vote for it if you're having the same difficulty.

UPDATE: This morning it happened and made my system reboot. After that, I fired it up and saved the logging output... and it ran fine far longer than it took to slow down before. So perhaps something other than SL is causing a problem. Excuse me while I beat my virtual head against a virtual wall.

DOUBLE TAKE: Was I awake when I wrote that? "grinding creep" sounds like an obnoxious guy working at a coffeehouse.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My first peek into OSGrid

I've retrieved the Hippo Viewer and taken my first steps into OSGrid. It will take some time to de-Ruth myself, but it will be interesting to see what people are doing there.

UPDATE: It will take longer than I thought. Armed with a transcribed list of my avatar shape parameters, I went back to edit my appearance, and found I couldn't change anything. :(

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Copper Canyon Dance Club

Minka Pearl has created the Copper Canyon Dance Club on the Isle of Aran sim near her store. It's a beautiful place, all copper (of course) and black and deep brown. Do check it out; photos are nice, but there's nothing like being there.

Firefox 3.6

It will be available today at 9:30 a.m. Linden Time... er, Pacific Standard Time. Read and see/hear about the changes and improvements.

In the past few days, Germany and France have joined the chorus of recommendations that people move away from Internet Explorer. If you haven't, consider making the switch today.

UPDATE: If that's not enough, one day after Microsoft released a patch to a security hole in IE, another one has turned up.

UPDATE: If that's not enough, I just heard Kim Komando, of all people, say on her radio show that if you don't take any of her other security-related advice, dump Internet Explorer and switch to Firefox.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

In SL, you can't taste your foot in your mouth

Sigh. I made an inaccurate statement about editing SL objects. Lesson learned; check things out for yourself.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Return of Miss Jane

I had to go back and try out Nanami's "Miss Jane" again now that Whimsy is once again green and blooming--after a foot or so of snow and horrible cold in RL, it was a joy. Shadows are on, and I wish I remembered the Windlight setting I used.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hello, Mumbai!

Looking around on Google Analytics, I see that we've been visited by someone from Mumbai. Hello from cold Iowa... right now, the mid-eighties (Fahrenheit) high you're having sounds awfully good.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Sooner than I thought...

nVidia is showing off tablets based on a platform it calls "Tegra 2": ARM Cortez A9 CPU and nVidia graphics. $200-$300 noises are being made. There's already a "smartbook", the Mobinnova Beam, based on such hardware.

I hope somebody's trying to build the SL client for the ARM; I want to be mobile and on the grid!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Prediction Time

It's year's end/beginning, and that means it's prediction time.

I won't hazard predictions, but like art, I know what I like, and I'm hoping that several of those that Gwyneth Llewelyn makes come true.

Friday, January 01, 2010

The shoe dropped

It finally happened. One of the photos I put in the "What the Fug?" flickr group appeared in a What the Fug? blog entry, "Top 10 SL Fashion Disasters of 2009". Prim breasts, according to the author, are the number one disaster of the year, apparently worse than bling, sexualized child avatars, and jeans so shredded as to expose not-normally-exposed areas.

There are several example photos. All show women with varying levels of decolletage (in my case, the neckline only came down to the neck), but with none of the gratuitous nudity, oiled skin, or exposed nipples and areolae of the more usual targets of venom on that sort of web site... so I guess I got the result I was expecting when I first added a couple of photos to the flickr group.