Metropolis is a free OpenSim Grid and for the past week it’s been offline due to migration of the server infrastructure. There have been delays during the downtime and its starting to have a big impact on Metropolis users. Metropolis Grid recently celebrated it’s 5th birthday and every month or so its reaching new records in terms of regions/residents.
The good news according to the Metropolis Grid login screen is that the grid should be online today around 8pm CET. I can’t image what would happen if SL went down for a week because it would cause anger and many issues with the SL community users/businesses.
I log in regularly into Metropolis Grid like many other grids to see what the trends and events are like. I hope the grid will come back online soon.
Wednesday update 12:40am SLT
In case of server maintenance and changing the Metropolis-Grid is Offline at the moment. The actual status of the current works are permanently published in the Forum.
The latest update as of 3pm SLT:
The Metropolis-Grid is currently offline due to migration of the server infrastructure. In all probability, the Metropolis Grid will be tonight against 20:00 clock back online. Best regards! Lena Vanilli ————————– ————————– In case of server maintenance and changing the Metropolis-grid is offline at the moment. The grid will be online again today around 8.00pm CET. Best regards! Lena Vanilli
Screenshot of login screen showing server downtime after a week!
Latest updates visit the Metropolis Grid Google+ page. Stay tuned for more updates soon!
Today Saffia and Elrik talked with Linden Lab about the latest developments in Second Life. This week was all about Server Side Baking and Materials on the Designing Worlds Show. The show was recorded (39 minutes & 11 seconds) and now the replay has been uploaded on YouTube to watch again if you missed the show.
Watch Brooke, Oz, Troy and Nyx Linden talk about Server Side Baking and Materials!
Details about this show
This episode, broadcast on May 13, 2013, Saffia and Elrik discuss the latest developments in Second Life technology – Server Side Baking and Materials – with the teams from Linden Lab who have been developing and implementing these new features: innovations that promise to significantly improve the quality of the experience in-world.
On Google Chrome Web Store I did a search today for “Second Life” extensions and I was surprised that three results that showed up which you can add to your Chrome browser. Very interesting to find out there are ”Second Life” extensions on Chrome and I’m not sure other browsers have any SL related add-ons.
Results for “Second Life” extensions!
- Second Life Friends - Users can check if their friends are online from any web page, instead of having to go through the tricky Second Life dashboard.
- (157 users, version 1.0 & updated 10th February 2010)
- Second Life Marketplace Helper - 1.Favorite Store Registration 2.Open Link in a New Window 3.Search in Deep Directories
- (104 users, version 2.5 & updated 12th January 2013)
- ChromeLife - ChromeLife uses your secondlife.com credentials to display useful at-a-glance information about your Second Life account, without requiring your username or password. Supported features include: – Online friends – Display names – Linden balance – Groups – Desktop notifications – Custom CSS – Map links
- (79 users, version 1.0.6 & updated 11th April 2013)
A search for “Linden Lab” extensions showed up 1 result.
- SLWishlist.com adding sl marketplace - This is a tool specially for Second Life users. With just a click of a button you can add products in your SLWishlist while browsing Second Life marketplace.
- (30 users, version 1.3 & updated 14th March 2013)
A small userbase for these extensions and not alot of reviews either. I think there needs to be more extensions for Second Life and more in other internet browsers too.
There is now 7 days left to apply for SL10B Community Celebration before applications closes on Monday 20th May 2013. So far there have been hundreds of applications for SL10B Community Celebration and many more are needed during the next week. There will be 20 sims for SL10B which will be full of exhibitions, art builds, events and information.
Roles that are still needed:
- Art builds
- Language speakers
- Hosts for the auditorium
Important Dates upcoming for SL10B Community Celebration!
|May 27||Sims open to builders|
|June 16||Grand Opening|
|June 23||Official Birthday|
|June 23||Final day of performances|
|June 29||Sims close to the public|
|July 1||All builds to be dismantled – sims go offline|
Will you volunteer for SL10B Community Celebration ?
There was a big announcement on the Kitely Blog today about the new Kitely Market which is now open to Merchants which is really good news to hear. This is a major milestone for the Kitely team and it’s the first phase of many still yet to happen. Kitely Merchants can now create a store and add products to the store. It’s not open to Kitely buyers yet but it will become available sometime within the next few months or so. Stay tuned for that!
We achieved a major milestone today with the completion of the first phase of the Kitely Market! Merchants can now create their stores, and we are offering a limited time promotion which can save you money and increase your sales with free advertising.
Currently the Kitely Market is not open to the public and its only limited to Kitely Merchants. This allows time to get ready for the main launch in June/July 2013. Very exciting!
First preview of Kitely Market
- Learn more – documention page with full official information
- Create Store – login details needed to create stores
- Link: http://www.kitely.com/market
There is a limited time promotion which is worth doing if you are interested in joining the Kitely Market.
Limited Time Promotion
Normally there’s a fee of 100 KC to add a product to the Kitely Market, and 25 KC to add a variation. However, we are offering a limited-time promotion to encourage merchants to add products now, so that they’ll be ready once the Kitely Market opens for buyers.
The promotion includes the following benefits:
- Add 20 products to your store for FREE (no listing fees).
- If your first 20 product listings adhere to our guidelines then you may request to be allowed to add an unlimited number of products to your store for free. The link that allows sending this request appears once you have added 20 products to your store.
- If you create at least 100 product listings that adhere to our guidelines then you’ll be considered for Featured Merchant status. Featured Merchants will be featured for free on the Kitely Market homepage, and they’ll get free in-world shops in the official Kitely Plaza.
The free listings promotion will expire once the market is open to buyers. However, Featured Merchant benefits will last for an entire year after the market opens for business.
See the Kitely Market Fees page for a complete list of fees, and additional details about this promotion.
Please note that there are no fees for uploading content in Kitely: only for listing products. Furthermore, if you don’t have a world of your own where you can create your products then you can use the free Kitely Merchants Sandbox.
Great progress is being made and hopefully there will be alot of people creating stores on the Kitely Market to make it very successful for years to come.
On the 3rd Rock Grid blog there is a new deal for the whole of May 2013 which is 50% off all private regions on 3rd Rock Grid which sounds very good for new and existing region owners. There is a whole list of prices of Private Regions here if you are interested in buying a private region.
May Sales Event!
50% OFF All Private Regions!
As you may or may not know, 3rdrockgrid.com has been working very hard the past couple of months upgrading our equipment and moving our servers to a faster and more reliable datacenter. These changes have provided us with previously unheard of reliability and smoothness on our grid.
To celebrate we have decided to offer all private regions at a previously unheard of “50%” off* and no setup fees for the entire month of May!
These prices are good for new and existing region owners but does not apply to any regions already owned – new orders only.
Thats right! 50% off.
Any private region(s) you purchase during the month of May will be 50% off each month for the entire time you own your private region(s).
At these prices you can afford to have all of the land you have ever wanted!
Want to save even more??
If you pay for 11 months in advance, your 12th month is free!
There will be no setup charges however prices are “non-transferrable”. See below for more information!
These monthly prices will be good for the entire time you own your private region(s) and there are no setup charges. The only catch…. these prices are non transferrable. If you sell your private region(s) the new owner will be charged our regular monthly fees. If you give up or lose your private region(s) due to non payment and you later decide you want them back you will be charged our regular rates.
This month there are many big SL Relay For Life events happening in Second Life during May 2013. Recently the Fantasy Faire finished in Second Life raised over 9,000,000 Lindens to help the American Cancer Society which is a new event record. Overall Relay For Life in Second Life have so far raised over $2,000,000.000 Lindens during the past 7 years which is fantastic and really worth celebrating.
There are many RFL events to look forward to between now and the end of the RFL season in August 2013.
Upcoming May 2013 RFL Events
- Halfway There Fair > 18th to 19th May 2013
- Paint SL Purple > 19th to 25th May 2013
- 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society > 21st to 22nd May 2013
- 6th Annual Second Life Home / Garden Expo > 24th May to 2nd June 2013
- Breedables Fair > 24th May to 2nd June 2013
Which RFL SL events will you be going to this month/year ?
2013 Relay For Life season started in March 2013 and will last until August 2013.
This year marks the 9th year of Relay For Life of Second Life and the relay weekend on the main grid starts on Saturday 13th July through to Sunday 14th July 2013. The theme this year is Celebrating 100 years of Hope. There will be Wrap Up Party in August 2013 to end the RFL 2013 season.
- Check out the Relay For Life of Second Life SL wiki page for event details and historical RFL events.
- The main SL RFL website is worth visiting for the latest totals and teams.
New dates have been published for InWorldz 2nd season of Relay For Life for 2013.
- IW Kickoff – 24th August 2013
- IW Halfway Events – 28th September 2013
- IW Relay Weekend – 2nd November 2013
A lot of events to look forward to and hopefully more new RFL event records being set in Second Life/InWorldz. Wooooot!!!!
Melanie Milland who is part of the Avination Viewer team announced a new first pre-release of the Avination Viewer which is now available to download. This latest version is 0.4.0 public FirstLook beta which is 31.2BM in size. This is very exciting news for Avination users because this new viewer brings many new features including:
- Mesh upload / Full Mesh viewing capabilities
- Improved graphics
- Improved menus
- Land options
- Misguiding labels have been removed
- And more!
Here are my snapshots of the new Avination version 0.4.0.
The orange login screen
Logged into the new viewer
Upload Mesh menu
Apparently there are more major new developments coming in the pipeline. A new script engine and new improvements is in the works. Media on a Prim is still under the “implementation” phrase.
The well known Bay City in Second Life will be celebrating a big milestone of five years in Second Life during May 2013. There will be the annual parade down route 66 and music concert at Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel to make this special 5th anniversary. The 5th Bay City anniversary starts from 12pm SLT on Sunday 19th May 2013 and everyone is welcome to attend. Wooooot!!!
Bay City Fifth Anniversary Poster
BAY CITY MAP 2013 – snapshot taken at 3:16pm SLT on 7th May 2013
PRESS RELEASE: View the press release for Bay City 5th anniversary celebrations:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bay City Alliance
BAY CITY AT FIVE
Bay City Celebrated its Fifth Year
BAY CITY, SL (6nd May, 2013) – In May of 2008 the Linden Department of Public Works unveiled its first project, the themed city area on the Second Life™ Mainland known as Bay City. Now, as Bay City turns five, its community invites everyone to join us in celebrating this milestone.
Anniversary celebrations will kick off around noon SLT/PDT on Sunday, the 19th of May, with a parade lineup at the bandshell in Bay City – Harwich. The parade will make its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, concluding at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region.
A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Fairgrounds, featuring Christov Kohnke, CelticMaidenWarrior Lancaster, and RoseDrop Rust, and including GoSpeed Racer of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event.
All Residents of the Second Life grid are encouraged to participate. Celebration goods are available at the Bay City Community Center, in the Daley Bay region, for those who wish to be a part of the parade, and able viewing area is provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend.
Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.
For more information, contact: Marianne McCann
BAY CITY GROUP SNAPSHOT 2013
Will you be attending the big 5th anniversary of Bay City in Second Life ?
Tyche Shepherd has just posted some new graphs recently on SLUniverse Forums on the SL concurrency by day and hour from 3rd May 2012 to 2nd May 2013 which is very interesting. Tyche Shepherd reports that Saturdays and Sundays have a much higher SL concurrency level than it is between Mondays to Fridays which is understandable I think as it’s the weekend. The busiest hours is between 1pm to 2pm SLT which is surprising I think because I thought more would log in during the evening hours.
Based on past 12 months to yesterday Saturdays and Sundays have higher concurrency then the rest of the week (this is significant at the 95% confidence level)
13:00 and 14:00 SLT (1 – 2 pm) are the busiest hours – again this is a statistically significant finding at the 95 confidence level
These charts illustrate the mean concurrency over day of week and hour of day. This analysis is based on sampling SL concurrency at 5 minute intervals over the past year.
Great work Tyche and I’m sure many are happy to see new graphs. Very interesting overall and I really do find metrics interesting in Second Life/OpenSim. All graphs below are created by Tyche Shepherd which were uploaded to the SL Forums and SLUniverse Forums.
- Click graphs for larger views!
Second Life mean concurrency by day of week 3rd May 2012 – 2nd May 2013
Second Life mean concurrency by hour of day 3rd May 2012 – 2nd May 2013
Time of day within day of week
No major differences between days but on Fridays and Saturdays the 13:00 to 14:00 peak continues into 15:00 , and as expected the 2 hours spanning 23:00 Saturday to 00:00 Sunday tend to be busier than the same time on other days
I think it would be awesome to see the graphs in a year from now to compare the SL concurrency levels from May 2013 to May 2014. Again great work Tyche for providing these new updated graphs.
The Raglan Shire ArtWallk 2013 is now open to everyone and the event lasts until 6pm SLT on 26th May 2013. This is the 8th Annual Raglan Shire ArtWalk and there’s over 100 artists this year. There is plenty of amazing artwork of SL and RL which is really worth seeing if you are into second life photography. Start exploring the art at the main welcome area of the raglan shire artwalk festival 2013 and enjoy!.
Raglan Shire ArtWalk 2013 display areas
Walk the amazing artwork at the festival
Click the board to teleport to key locations of the artwalk 2013!
There is a new post on the SL10B blog mentioning a need for volunteers, performers, djs, stage crew and exhibitors etc. The SL10B Community Celebration sims open to builders later this month and then the countdown preparations are underway. The big 10th birthday starts on 16th June through to 23rd June 2013 which is going to fantastic. It’s set to be bigger than ever before and hopefully with more blog coverage this year.
The SL10B organisers are calling out grid wide to find the best people to fit the roles. Applications for SL10B close on 20th May 2013. So hurry!
- 42 days left until SL10B opens!
I’ve applied for a number of SL10B roles and can’t wait to start volunteering. Here is the latest announcement on the SL10B blog below:
The SLB Community Celebration is looking for Volunteers, Performers, DJ’s, Stage Crew, and Exhibitors to be part of the event taking place from June 16-23 2013.
Applications close on May 20.
To register, go to http://slcommunitycelebration.com/ for more information and links to the pages on which you can sign up!
It will be a first come first served basis for time preferences, so get your application in as soon as possible to make sure you get your dream slot!
Any questions, IM Budster Bashly or Doc Gascoigne inworld.
It’s really worth signing up and being part of Second Life history in celebrating 10 years. Woooot!!!!