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Do you pay out your L$? And if so.. what do you buy for the money?

Collected some L$ via my Marketplace Sales and didn´t do much with it apart from paying rental for my land or texture and mesh uploads, it looks like I saved a good bunch of Linden Dollars on my “Bank Avatar” and maybe I should pay out next days. I do it every now and then.

And there comes the question what I would do with the money. And I am nosy if you pay out and what you buy for the money. Do you share your experience?

In the past I bought a lot of stuff for my fish tank in real life. As I get Second Life money on the paypal account, the best way to spend it is shopping in the internet and you know there are lots of shops which support paypal. If I am true my payouts aren´t that massive but at least after some month it can become a good amount for smaller stuff. I purshased very cool plants for my fish tank, fertilizer for these plants, I made a 30$ bargain for a Co2 equipment (used) on ebay which cost new more then 150$. Yea the Co2 bargain was a real blast and payed with money which came from Second Life. I also bought food for my fish and some stuff for my cat. Last year I bought a game via gamersgate and I did pay a lot of World of Warcraft Gamecards with my Second Life money. Yea I think thats what I did with the money in the past 3 years. It wont make me rich.. thats what I learned. So monthly that money is not a big pot but if I save it a little bit, it can indeed help me out ever and anon 🙂 That is funny.

So how do you handle this? Do you have SL income? Do you pay out? What do you buy for the money? Or do you spend it only inworld? Or is this all top secret for you? If so.. no problem 🙂


Yes I know my Second Life is untidy but there is no tendency to improve.

There is really a difference between my first and second Life. Yes I clean up my rooms every day in my first Life but does that mean its fun to do the same in Second Life?

No really.. I do not see much reasons why I should clean my Second Life land, skybox or sandbox. Its sometimes so that I let differend objects on my land because I still want to finish the piece so that it is a  finished product some day. Yea… someday! Thats the problem.. I work on differend objects but I do not make my own timeframe when it has to be finished. I see no reason for that as Second Life should be fun and not work. And I work only if it doesnt feel like work. That means if I am inspired. Then I do love all the work but as I said it doesnt feel like work then.

So you can see the result above in the Screenshot. Its really a mess in my little “sandbox” and some time ago I had some neighbors at the same altitude in the sky. I believe they left me because I am untidy. Lol! 🙂

However… there is no tendency to improve.

I think its somewhat cool to be that differend in Second Life compared to the real Life. Im not sure.

One good thing is that you often find very old scripts in any of these cubes I rezzed month ago. That is sometimes like christmas with the only difference that I can have christmas often in Second Life 😉

Its funny to find ideas from the past, yes.

But its really not so that my virtual area is the only untidy place. There is still my inventory which beats that! I think I would be lost without a search function. My inventory is a real mess and cluttered with tons of own pojects or bought stuff like clothes and whatever.

Even if I said there is no tendecy to improve, it now came to my mind that I defenetly should clean up some day before its to late! But lets see if this ever happens. 🙂

Is your Second Life so untidy like mine? For sure I am happy about each comment.



What is your Top-Five-List of Computer Games and why?

Here is the list of my top five favorite games I usually love and play:

1. World of Warcraft ( For me this game is pretty relaxing and i can immerse in this world.. all my friends play it so I do too.)

2. Second Life (I love the creativity of all the peoples there.. I also like to be creative by my self there..)

3. Civilization IV (My brother did show me this game.. since then I install it from time to time and play some rounds!)

4. Battlefield 2 (yea my friends coerced me to play but today I love it and now we wait for Battlefield 3)

5. The Sims 3 (This game can be fun.. create your family and create your house.. I can spend hours with this game!)

How looks your top five and why do you play these games?

 


Battlefield 3 System Requirements revealed!

EDIT and Update: System Requirements are now really official revealed: Click here – Battlefield 3 System Requirments

Ok the heading of the blogpost is a lie. In fact the System Requirements for Battlefield 3 aren´t revealed now and that is my problem!

Long time ago I did play Battlefield 2 with all my friends but after that time we had a huge brake with ego shooter´s because we did play World of Warcaft most of our time then.

But few days ago I did get a phone call from one of my old friends and BF2 clan members.. he said “Hey cutie.. did you hear about BF 3 which will be released soon at autumn 2011?”…

He did continue.. “I did speak with all our old clan mates and most of them will play BF 3 because it wont be similar like that crap Bad Company 2.. it will be a real sequel of BF 2 and BF 2142!”

I must admit he infected me with his euphorias about the coming Battlefield 3.

Ok so I checked the internet if there are any System Requirements revealed but in fact they arent revealed yet. All what we know is that it will use the Frostbite 2 Engine.

So now I am not sure what to do.. here is my hardware equipment I use at the moment:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz Dual-Core Prozessor PiB Sockel AM2 2x1024kByte L2-Cache 1000MHz FSB

RAM: Corsair TwinX 2 x 2GB CL5 with 5-5-5-18 XMS DDR2-800 RAM (4gb)

Videocard: NVIDIA GeForce Gainward GTS 250 with 512 mb

Mainboard: Gigabyte M56S-S3

OS: Windows 7

So I am not sure if this will be enough. Should I upgrade to a better videocard? I also could upgrade my 4gb Ram to 8gb Ram? I dont know if those games use 8gb.. Im not sure if this will be an improvement.

If I would need a new CPU.. Then I can buy a new mainboard because I cant use higher CPU`s then this with my mainboard.. Oh and if I would need a new mainboard.. then I also need new DDR3 Ram and that would cost me a lot all together.

So thats why I hope that upgrading will do it! Whats your opinion or suggestion? And what do you think will Battlefield 3 require? I would be happy if you leave a comment here. 🙂

EDIT: Since I was able to start the BETA of Battlefield 3, I can tell you that the game works on my system very very well without performance issues. The only change on my system is that I bought a Gainward GTX 570 Phantom. No FPS Problems. BF3 is running smooth on my system.
 


What kind of Groups did you join in Second Life and why?

Today I cleaned the List of Second Life Groups I am in. So I had to ask my self for each Group why this Group could still be useful for me in the Future.

Then I came to the idea to write a little Blogpost about that Topic. So here comes a List of Groups I´m in and I would like to suggest. I would be happy if you leave a comment here as well. Maybe you have some Groups you want to suggest too and maybe you think that you are in some Groups which are defenetly worth to join.

So here comes my List….

“College of Scripting Music Science” That Group helped me out several times when I had Questions about Second Life scripting. If you are scripter in SL or somone who want to learn scritping, you should join. This Community is very friendly and there is open Groupchat where you can ask your LSL related Questions. A very cooperatively Group of Peoples.

“Builder’s Brewery” This Group is for Builder. You can share Informations or ask for help. Its for beginner but also for experienced Builders. You also will be informed there about Lessons and Classes and other helpful Meet-Ups.

“Builders Exchange” Same like above. A Group for Builders to share Informations or ask for help.

“Phoenix Viewer Support” I think I dont need descripe because the name says already everything. So join if you use the Phoenix Viewer.

“Housemusic All Night Long” A Group for those who want to find best House-, Electronic- and Minimal Partys. They inform you time by time via Groupchat or Notecard.

“SoNiC DoPeHeAdZ” Here again a Group for those who like to find Partys and Events with Electronical Music. Mostly Underground stuff as well.

“Club On Call” Thats a Group for Clubowner, Clubmanager and so to find peoples who need Job. You can place an offer in the Groupchat but you shouldn´t spam or advertise.. thats clear. Indeed this Group is also for Peoples who would like to find a Job. So they could ask in the Chat as well.

I am in some more Groups which are more privat or not worth to mention because they are my own 😛  So above.. that was my List which I would defenetly suggest.

What kind of Groups are your favorites? Any cool suggestions? Just write a comment here as it maybe could be helpful for other readers as well. Maybe for me too 🙂


If you think “OMG! I can’t find my blog on Google!”…

If you think “OMG! I can’t find my blog on Google!”, you should defenetly take a look at this cool writen Guide here:

“OMG! I can’t find my blog on Google!”

Today I did read that Guide and found some very helpful Tips and Tricks about SEO “Search Engine Optimization”.

You should take a look there if you write in a Blog. Im sure some  of us who use Second Life and write in a Blog had already some Questions about that Topic. Me as well.. so take a look into the Guide if you want to learn some Google and Blog related stuff. 🙂


How to use Phoenix Viewer, Firestorm Viewer or any other TPV with xfire!

I know some of us use the xfire Tool beside the games we play as this is the easiest way to make screenshots, videos and upload it fast without trouble. In addition xfire lets us broadcast our online activity if we want to, on a very easy way. So for sure we want to use this Tool with Second Life as well. But the main problem is that xfire only supports the official Second Life Client. Lately a friend asked me howto add a third party viewer like the Phoenix Viewer to xfire (Indeed this is probably working with all other TPV´s). And I thought this is something which could interest other peoples as well. If you still dont know whats xfire for, just see what Torley wrote about this wonderful Tool here. Or take a look at the Official Xfire Website.

I will explain how to add the Phoenix Viewer to xfire. As I said it is probably working with all other Third Party Viewers. I tested it also withFirestorm Viewer. If you noticed it´s working with any other TPV you use, then feel free to add a comment here and name the Viewer and mention that it worked too.)

First I need to say it is much more simple then you can imagine:

1. First of all we go to our Phoenix Viewer directory. There we look for the file called “PhoenixViewer.exe” (in some releases it is just called phoenix.exe) and rename it to “SecondLife.exe”. (Indeed, if you use another Second Life Third Party Viewer, you must locate the right Viewer exe)

2. We open our xfire client and go to “Tools” on the top of the xfire working box and there we go to the options panel:

Xfire Options Panel3. Here we open the “games” Tab:

Xfire Games Tab4. Now if Second Life is not in the list on the right site, we just have to find Second Life in the “Not installed” List. If Second Life is already in the List of “installed Games” you just have to click on it.

5. Change Second Life from “Automatically Detect” to “Manual Detect” and set the “Detect Path” by click on “Browse” to your renamed “SecondLife.exe” in your Phoenix Viewer Folder.

6. The final step is to click on “Apply” to save this settings.

Now just make a new shortcut on your desktop to your SecondLife.exe in your Phoeniox Viewer directory, start the Phoenix Viewer and have fun using xfire with Second Life together. 🙂

This is the way how xfire will accept Phoenix Viewer as the Second Life client and after all this, xfire will detect the hours you played Second Life and you will be able to take Screenshots, Videos and upload them to the xfire Webspace. Or if you like to broadcast your activity online.. now you can do everything with your Phoenix Viewer what is offered by xfire! 🙂

Have fun.


Found a great Newbie Guide for Second Life

Today I was bored and explored the SLUniverse Forums. Found a Thread where someone show of the own Blog with somthing like a Newbie Guide. Well, Im not new to SL but I thought this is something pretty interesting to share:

Getting startet in Second Life

I think it should be very appreciated that SL Users who are already very familar with Second Life, share Informations for Newbies who start with SL. And thats why I just wanted to share the Link to this great Beginner Guide too.

Maybe some of you are new to Second Life and could need it. If not.. if you know already everything about Second Life, you still could share this Link if you know a Newbie or if someone ask you for beginner-questions. 🙂

Great Guide and thanks goes to Pussycat Catnap.


SL Collada Mesh Import Beta coming soon.. huh? Alarming?

Linden Lab announced in a new Blogpost “Next steps for Mesh Import” that Mesh Import is soon in the Open Beta. As I own a 3d application called Macon Cinema 4d wich supports Collada Files, I first would say “Woow great news! Mesh Import is not far away”. But on the other side I think this all this is pretty alarming. But why do I think so?

Well..

I could imagine if Mesh Import is going live that lots of peoples will grap some Files from TurboSquid or any other Website where you can buy or get free objects. This could mean that many mesh creators who did offer there stuff on any other website could get ripped off. And I think that it is safe to say that Linden Lab will get lot of more work because a real big bunch of DMCA troubles.

So from this angel its a bad news. Sure for mesh designers its a great news. But the “grab some mesh and import it” will bring much trouble this is safe to say. Its a great news for fair designers who did create the mesh them self.. but criminal peoples will exploit “Mesh Import”.. they just need to attend any mesh and upload it to Second Life.

Im sure the Future will bring much more trouble. And if you ask me.. why is Linden Lab working on these improvements? Shouldn´t they rather improve the Grid first and all the Grid Performance Problems? Im not a technical and dont know much about the technic behind the Grid but anyhow I guess that Mesh Import will bring more lag then we have already.

So.. yea.. I´m pretty unsure about this news. Yea.. I think it is fine but also alarming.


SL Marketplace, do we need to do the math of "Sales History" in the future?

If you are merchant you know it was easy to get the value of xstreet sales you had in a exact time range.. How I said.. when you did use xstreet.

Under “My Marketplace” we just had to click “Today´s Sales” and then we´ve got a Sales History where we could find everything we want to know. Monthly earnings… weekly earnings.. maybe a whole year? Indeed all was possible so no more math needed. Just copy and paste the values to our Calculation Software (OpenOffice or Excel) and thats what was ok. Pretty simple but enough to monitor the income we have.

Now for sure I asked my self how it will be with the new Marketplace instead of Xstreet. Checked out the new Second Life Marketplace Beta to see if I can find anything. Under “Merchant home” I found a Link called “Reports” and “Product Sales” on the left side. Clicked it and was shocked how simple this report is. Didnt see much more then a list which tells me how much visits and sales differend of my objects had. Ok so far.. but.. I did see more numbers on the buttom which I could use to browse all my objects… yea to get all the info about my other product visits and sales. And here is my problem. Should I now browse all pages and then do the math by my own to get the amount I´ve sold? And how about time range? I couldnt see the complete addition of all sales.. I also couldnt find anything which let me define a time range. This cant be true and I hope it is because it is still in a beta.

This is not complexy and there must be more.. I hope there will be more. Im not happy with a simple list of my product sales. I need to define the time of sales.. I need to have the possibility to setup more then this. And I defenetly wont browse 10 Pages of over 100 Items and do the math by my own.

This cant be all. And please lets all hope we get more then this after the beta.

Greetings


Emerald Viewer.. denial-of-service attack? WTF?

Got this email right now…

Dear Second Life Resident,

Late last week, we discovered a denial-of-service attack that was being served through the widely distributed Emerald third-party viewer. This is in direct violation of our third-party viewer policy (part 2, section d, paragraph iii).

We have removed Emerald from the list of third-party viewers, and are now in touch with the Emerald team to discuss what can happen next. We did this to do our best to protect the safety and security of Second Life users. We will not tolerate a viewer that includes malicious code, nor will we tolerate development teams with a history of violating users’ trust or disrupting their lives.

We take privacy, safety, and security very seriously, and we will act to the best of our abilities to protect it. We have not yet disabled logins via the Emerald viewer, but will do so if we feel the software and the team behind it is not able to meet the standards we’ve set. While Emerald is currently the focus of our attention because of what happened recently, all third-party viewers are held to the same standard, and must comply with the third-party viewer policy. Read more >>

If you have been using the Emerald viewer, for now we would encourage you to consider either one of the Linden Lab viewers, or an alternative third-party viewer.

Philip Linden

denial-of-service attack that was being served through the widely distributed Emerald third-party viewer? Emerald?

Im not sure why I cant believe this.. but it seems I have to.

I hope all will be ok soon.. If they shut down Emerald Viewer.. what should I use then to login Second Life? Oh my GOD! Horror-Scenario..

I hope I dont have to use the Viewer 2.0 for the future. 😦


I like it, I like it not..? New SL Marketplace.. my thoughts.

Usually I am one of these persons who dislike everything that is affected by changes. Or in short: I hate changes.
In almost the same manner it was pretty sure why I did freak out when heard that Xstreet SL will be transformed to something which is called Second Life Marketplace. Yea New Second Life Marketplace.

Indeed I was one person of many who worried about that. I thought why there is need for so much changes?

But..

Today I updated some of my core products on the new marketplace. And after editing 3 products I started to acclimatize with the new way how to manage products there and so.

I must say that I now start to like the new design.. Yes me! The evil hater of all changes.. I like it now!?

Yea the way how I can edit all the products is pretty good. Guess its just a matter of habituation.

I like that you can link one product to another. Or link to a demo. This is good I thought and I use it now.

What makes me sad is the fact that they did remove this “Peoples who bought this product, bought these products too…” Feature. Im not sure but this was another good way to get some visitors.. yea visitors other creators as well.

But at least I am overall much more happy with it then in the past. Had already some sales but not much. Main sales still come from Xstreet SL. But when they close it down.. I hope those sales will be on the new Market too.

Just my “changed” thoughts on that.


Casino gambling in Second Life forbidden or not?

I did hear so often that Casino gamblin is forbidden in Second Life. Anyhow you can find tons of places via “search” which offer gambling.
Most of them have these mashines called Zyngo, Yango, Grngo, Devil B Gone, BuckNutty and lot of other stuff.

So here we come back to my question:
Are these game-mashines conform to the Linden Lab TOS?
I did hear about something like “If scripts and games depends on the skill of the player, they are allowed”. However I still can see a big luck factor on these mashines. I am really not sure if these games are based on the skills of the player who spend money for a round. Can someone clarifiy that to me?


Twitter App "twitterfeed.com" seems to be down?

My last few blog posts did not update to twitter. I usually did use the Twitter Application twitterfeed.com for this function. But this Service seems to be down now? Anybody knows something? Any good and trustful alternatives out there? Im not sure whats happened to this Service and Domain.


Freelance Job or controlled by SL Agency?

Time by time I offer translation service in Second Life. I did write an article about it here on my Second Life Blog a few weeks ago. I speak native german yea because I am german and for me its not a problem to understand english very well. I wouldn´t say that I can write perfect in english.. No I think I cant.. but I do understand english very very well. In this fact was helping me in the past to translate english content to german in the past. I did complete several offers.

So there is a translation agency in Second Life which is called “Babel Translations”. Yesterday the owner did notice that I advertise my service in several forums I think. Later then he was contacting me and asked me if I would be interested to work for his SL company.

I had my concerns. If I am controlled by a SL Agency, I will lose my flexibility and self-determination. But he said then “No you wont..” and gave me several reasons for that. He said I would be paid more then I get with my own service. All it sounds well for me. Anyway I did need one day to think about it. I do so even if there is a bigger decission.

I mean I own a Mall in Second Life.. I am Creator in Second Life.. and then employee of an Agency?
How I said I had my concerns.. I would like it if I can decide about my own time. But he said I can.

Ok thought about it one day now and I think I will give it a try. Maybe its fun to work in a team instead of the situation before. I will see.

But first I need to wait for an answer now.. if he is still interested. Maybe I will blog again about it. But all seems to be clear right now.

Greetings


Second Life and how to find a needle in a haystack?!

Hi all. You maybe ask whats going on with this blog post right?

Today I did try to find the needle in a haystack.. no no.. I did try to find a special kind of fashion in Second Life.
I am bored and I thought its time to start another shopping tour. My mission was to find these special flower power, hippie and 60´s fashion for female avatars. You maybe know what I mean.. these special robes and alice bands which these females did wear at woodstock and so. Yes I talk about this crazy time in the past.

In my opinion this is powerful colorful fashion which I really like. So when I was in a Second Life music club today, we did listen some of these 60´s sounds and this is why I came to the idea to go shopping for such  a fashion.

So what about the needle? Did I find it?

No sadly no.. How I said.. it was like in a haystack. I didnt have succes. Try to find a shop in Second Life which is specialized to this kind of fashion. Its a pretty hard mission. I didnt have success so that I think this must be a pretty great niche in Second Life.

Do you have any suggestion where I need to search for this fashion? Every suggestion would be appreciated.

I hope I will find what I am looking for.

For today I give up.

Greetings


Poll: Viewer 2.0, Emerald Viewer or others?

I did create a Poll.

The question is what kind of Viewer do you use for Second Life? Viewer 2.0? Emerald Viewer? Or other Viewers?

It would be very appreciated if you join this Poll. You can join the Poll here:

What kind of Viewer do you use for Second Life?

Thank you 🙂


Is Midnight Mania out?

Well ussualy I often did put new stuff on my midnight mania boars. Today I did it again. Its great because you can ussualy share some freebie and give it to the peoples. As reward you get some good traffic to your mall.

However since a few weeks I dont get peoples in to my midnight mania board. Today for example I postet with my alt in 25 midnight mania groups that i have new stuff on the midnight mania board. But nothing happens.

Nobody did arrive.

SO do you all have the same experience? I would like to know that. Feel free to drop me a comment under this article.

Because I have the feeling that the midnigh mania hype has an end now. Is it out now? This is the question.