Warnings and Caveats

I write about Second Life, both its pluses and minuses. I sometimes write about Social Media, or Technology, or ideas that just need to be written out. As always, feel free to comment on any post you find within (that is still within the comment time limit).




I Don’t “Like” Anything – Am I Okay?

I suppose I’m something of a Luddite at times. Considering the industry in which I have made my professional career and a majority of my income, you’d think I would get with the program and participate more than most people. But frankly .. I don’t. I just don’t see the point in it. It annoys me, over and over and over again until I’m forced to close the web page and go do something else.

I just HATE those damn “Like” buttons!

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The Path to Nirvana

May 10, 2014 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

When I first began participating in the Second Life Forums, the one behavior that most infuriated me in the way Linden Lab went about their jobs was to make massive, sometimes world-shaking changes to the Second Life platform seemingly without the least bit of consultation or consideration with the end-user community. They would release massive changes in the customer’s operation of the product, frequently without the least bit of notice or announcement about the changes. People would log on, run into problems or flat-out roadblocks to the way they’d always used SL .. and seldom could they find any explanation about the change anywhere on Linden Lab’s web sites. If there has been an albatross around the Lab’s neck, it has always been that bull-headed habit of doing whatever they damn well please without the least bit of consideration for how it affected the people that use and PAY FOR the Second Life product.

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What to do .. What to do?

April 27, 2014 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

Not that long ago the position of CEO of Linden Lab was vacated by Rod Humble then shortly afterward filled by Ebbe Altberg. Mr. Altberg has done a number of good things as he began his tenure, but there are a stupidly large number of things that need doing. Really the issue with his choices is not so much the size of the task ahead of him, but the sheer number of things that need to be done. Second Life is faltering as Linden Lab’s flagship product and it needs some direct and focused attention in order to regain its footing. So what exactly should Ebbe do in order to assure a positive trend to his leadership of the Lab?

BTW: I feel it necessary to mention something that Ebbe did pretty much straight away upon assuming the CEO position; he reopened the JIRA. If you’re a devoted reader of my blog, you’ll know how vehemently I objected to the closing of the JIRA, so much so that I predicted the death of Second Life as a result. I am very pleased to point out that the JIRA has been reopened and can once again be used to post true issues with the SL Platform, discuss them openly and constructively, and work WITH Linden Lab to resolve them rapidly. Kudos to you Mr. Altberg .. and thank you.

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Fixing the Unbroken

Well they’re at it again. Repeating a pattern that seems to be solidly entrenched in the Corporate Personality at Linden Lab, CommerceTeam Linden is readying the release of an update to the Second Life Transaction History resource. It wasn’t broken of course, but that’s all the more reason for them to invest their precious programmer time in changing it and making it incompatible with what has been working perfectly for years.
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Beating My Head Against The Wall

March 25, 2014 by · Comments Off
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, New Products, SL Marketplace 

It’s bad enough that over the years I’ve been living, working and creating in Second Life that I’ve had to do continual battle with the often myopic Decision Makers at Linden Lab, but sometimes I wind up having to push hard against some unfathomable reticence from my fellow Residents.

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It’s About Communication .. and Trust

February 5, 2014 by · Comments Off
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, Linden Lab and Second Life, SL In-World Search 

Yesterday I was startled and dismayed to find that the HTML web pages generated for each Parcel in Second Life had been changed. As I wrote in my post on this issue (Another Major SL Search Borking), the net result was that all of my SEO Tools had been irrevocably broken. Imagine my surprise when I looked today to find that all of my SEO Tools are working again. After checking my email to see if anyone at Linden Lab had seen fit to notify me about the goings on, I was of course not surprised to find nothing.
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Another Major SL Search Borking

February 4, 2014 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, SL In-World Search 

Are you sick and tired of being hosed yet? Have you had enough of being bent over the barrel and screwed without any purpose, notice or warning? Have you pretty much given up on being able to get ahead in Second Life? Well then join the rest of us because once again the Blunder Wizards as Linden Lab have chosen to bork In-World Search.
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Throwing the Rod a Bone

When Rod Humble joined Linden Lab some three years ago, there was a lot of hype, type and snipe going on as to what this would mean for Second Life, what it would do to Linden Lab, and what new monkey wrench he was going to beat us all into submission with. Since his initial days of open communication, periodic sightings and a few stabs at trying to make some positive changes, before long the newest sacrificial lamb to sit in the CEO chair regained his footing along the well-worn path. He went silent, stopped showing up places, stopped being the communicative spirit we had all hoped he would.

And then the crap started happening .. all over the place.
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Shooting Down a ToS Theory

There is a theory floating around that provides one reason behind Linden Lab’s recent rights grab as embodied in the new Terms of Service released on August 15th, 2013. That theory states that:

Linden Lab is aware of all the stolen content floating around in Second Life, and as a result has been embroiled in some messy and expensive legal actions as an innocent third-party and as an active litigant. Because of this past experience, they have chosen to take the reins by means of the ToS Rights section so that they can properly manage and control lawsuits and help protect their platforms from the harm caused by stolen content.

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LL’s Terms of Service – Where To Next?

October 20, 2013 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

This past Saturday saw a very informative and very helpful presentation put on by UCCSL and including several real-life attorneys that have actual functional background in Intellectual Property Rights, Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents. The Audio portion of the meeting can be found at Toysoldier Thor’s web site. I highly recommend you go read what he’s written, if possible listen to the audio (it is three hours long). You can also download the audio file directly to your computer by using This Link to the MP3 file.

If you prefer, you may also view the YouTube video containing slides and visuals:

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