Global Kids hosts "Youth Forum about TG Merger"

Thanks to Blaze Borgin for sharing this news on his blog.

A number of TSL Approved Adults, hosted a youth forum meeting at Global Kids island on the Teen Grid on Wednesday, 29th December, 2010. This youth forum allowed Teens to come and share their thoughts, concerns, ideas, and hopes for the future of Second Life. Rik GKid,  Rhiannon Ferlinghetti and Frans Marseille hosted the discussion with 20-30 teens for about one hour. The shut down of TSL is sheduled for the first week of January 2011.

Here’s the summary according to Blaze:

Some 20-30 teens participated (It was very short notice) and all shared their opinions. Here are the topics that were discussed.

  • Why teens oppose the merge
  • Why teens are for the merge
  • Treatment of teens by adults and vice-versa
  • Teen content creation
  • The loss of our “close community feel”
  • Ways of maintaining our “close community feel”
  • How residents under 16 feel about the merge
  • Alternatives to Second Life for those who are left out (Different open grids)

Overall, teens who are transferring seem to be excited about the merge, though they worry about how they amy be accepted into the adult community. Content creators see it as a positive change to be able to provide their products to more potential customers while others are excited about the new regions to explore.

Both teen age groups are not too happy about how well Linden Labs handled the younger group. Most feel that being enclosed in one region for 1-3 years or even cut off entirely before transferring is not a good decision.

Overall, the meeting proved to give quite a bit of insight on the feelings of those involved. It is clear that this move will not be easy, but like all other hard times, it seems we should make the best of it.

Apparently there will be a full transcript of the meeting on Global Kids website and on Betterverse website very soon. I will publish more info when I hear about it here on my blog.


My SL Top Posts 2010

Top posts by total views on my blog during 2010..

  1. Phoenix Viewer, Emergence Viewer & Ascent Added To TPV List – 5,343 views
  2. Cool places in Second Life Guide 2009 – 3,779 views
  3. Second Life on Windows 7, Update 2 – 2,786 views
  4. Cool places in Second Life Guide 2010 – 2,525 views
  5. Second Life on Windows 7, Update 3 – 2,120 views
  6. IPhone Apps for Second Life – 1,931 views
  7. Recap of Philip Linden Keynotes Address at SLCC 2010 – 1,712 views
  8. Havok 7 in Second Life, 1.40 server release – 1,668 views
  9. Doctor Who places in Second Life 2010 – 1,599 views
  10. Third-party SL Viewers – 1,523 views

Top Search Terms by total views on my blog during 2010..

  1. phoenix viewer
  2. emergence viewer
  3. sl viewers
  4. second life windows 7
  5. daniel voyager
  6. second life 2010
  7. cool places in second life
  8. havok 7
  9. second life for windows 7
  10. second life iphone app

Other Stats

  • 116,437 blog views
  • 800 blog posts
  • 939 views on 8th September 2008

Email from Rod Humble

On 23rd December 2010, I decided to find and write a friendly welcoming email to Rod Humble saying congrats to him on becoming the next CEO of Linden Lab. I have never done his before and decided that i’m not losing out on anything by doing so. After commenting and seeing more than 288 comments on BK Linden blog post about Linden Lab’s New CEO.

I sent the email and recieved a response by Rod Humble saying the following:

I really didn’t think I would get any response but it was nice to receive one. I wish Rod Humble all the best for the new year!!!!

My New SL Predictions For 2011

It’s that time of year again when everyone starts predicting next year’s happenings in SL and in RL. Here is my updated list for my predictions for 2011 in Second Life. Let’s hope its going to be a good one! 😀

  1. Mesh will finally arrive and everyone will be excited to use it
  2. Groups will be raised from 25 to 40
  3. Teen Grid shuts down & residents move to alternate grids
  4. New LL CEO starts work at Linden Lab
  5. Viewer 3 will be released
  6. Viewer 1 will be discontinued and everyone will complain about it
  7. Second Life to be advertised more worldwide
  8. Linden Lab will keep changing the new resident experience
  9. Major TPVs will switch over to using Viewer 2 based code
  10. There will be more shock announcements by Linden Lab
  11. Marketplace gets more integrated with the viewer
  12. 3-D viewer support introduced during 2011
  13. Linden Lab allows gambling to return to the grid
  14. New applications for the IPhone, IPad & Android devices
  15. New Lindens will be introduced to Linden Lab & SL starts attracting back former Lindens and Residents
  16. Search will finally work
  17. Using Second Life through a web browser becomes more common during 2011
  18. OpenSim will continue to grow stronger
  19. There will be well known regions and places that will leave SL
  20. Script memory limits will be forced to 2mb per avatar and land script limits imposed per sqm
  21. New competitors for SL will arrive

Other SL Prediction Posts for 2011

National Space Society Two Year Extension in Second Life

National Space Society group in Second Life today announced that it’s committed to another two years of support for the NSS region inworld.

We are pleased to report that NSS has committed to two years’ of support for our Second Life region, locking-in 50% savings over the new pricing policies of Linden Lab.

This is good news, indeed.

Full group notice via attachment

Special Notice To National Space Society Group:
After discussions and questions, and several telephone conferences of the Executive Committee, National Space Society (NSS) has approved a two-year extension of our lease on a Region of Second Life, in order to lock-in savings of 50% over the new price structure taking effect on 2011 January 01. If you would like to show your appreciation, please join or send a thank-you and donation to National Space Society — be sure they know you are connected to their Second Life region!
We also welcome more direct support of this work through in-world donations (Linden L$) or real-world donations to the Oregon L5 Society, directed for the Research Team. You can join Oregon L5 Society (you don’t have to be in Oregon or USA) for US $25 to Oregon L5 Society, P.O. Box 86, Oregon City, OR 97045 U.S.A. Include your (real) name, address, phone (opt.) and email. Also indicate whether or not you wish to receive Moon Miners’ Manifesto and, if so, whether in print or PDF format. Outside US will be PDF.
If you must choose between NSS and Oregon L5, a donation or membership in NSS would be most productive at this time. You can still help Oregon L5 by listing our chapter ID, 682, as the “recruiting chapter”. We will be sent a portion of your NSS dues (for new members only).
Extra special thanks to NSS Director Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto (Lunnna Capalini in SL) of Arizona and Executive Committee Member David Stuart from Seattle NSS for outstanding support and strong advocacy for this project.
Veronica withdrew her request for a second NSS region devoted to meetings when it became clear NSS could fund only one or the other. She has asked us for meeting space before, but implementation of her request was difficult in terms of development stages of the lavatube base. However, now that we’ve moved the old Lunar Dome to L-1, it has revealed itself as a full sphere, and we will put some meeting rooms and a small auditorium in the lower half of the renamed Space BALLroom. A Meeting and Conference Center will give us new venues and capabilities for holding more formal meetings and business and educational activities.
Many of you have contributed your own talents and designs to our ambitious Base. Seeing the international cooperation here no doubt helped our case, so thank you, and Veronica, and David.
In other news, “Marcus MacMoragh” is chairing a new group to look into issues related to Life Support and the evolution from Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to a bioregenerative life support system that includes waste-processing, air renewal, and food and fiber. Contact Marcus, or Ariel, Sine, or Prng if interested, or watch for a more formal announcement from Marcus in a week or so.
Ad astra!
Bryce Walden, ResearcherOregon L5 Society

Second Life 2010, Year In Review

It’s been quite a year for Second Life during 2010 with a lot of memorable events and big news. This post is my SL 2010 Year In Review looking back on the highlights month-by-month.

In early January 2010, Wallace Linden became the new Conversation Manager of Linden Lab. M Linden talked about experience improvements including viewer 2, discovery tools, social tools and new resident experience in his looking ahead blog post for 2010. On 25th January 2010, Linden Lab launched Linden Homes for all Premium members.

On 23rd February 2010, Linden Lab launched Viewer 2 Public Beta which was a major transformation of the interface and features. There was a lot of reactions on forums, blogs and inworld office hours when it was announced by Linden Lab.

On 7th March 2010, M Linden opened up HQ in Amsterdam. On 9th March 2010, Pathfinder Linden who worked in the education sector left Linden Lab. On 22nd March 2010, Linden Lab decided to end the SLim beta program.

On 14th April 2010,  Metanomics hosted it’s Metanomics 100th Episode Spectacular. In late April users raised class action against Linden Lab over virtual property. We also saw Linden Lab decided to no longer support Woodbury University in Second Life which become big news during late April 2010.

On 5th May 2010, there was a phishing attack through the Private Messaging system of the Second Life blogs and forums. Linden Lab disabled the Private Messaging system completely. On 16th Bay City celebrated its second anniversary in Second Life with the parade celebrations. Many Lindens attended the parade celebrations including M Linden, Blondin Linden, Hyper Mole and Garden Mole.

On 1st June 2010, The Tech Virtual won the Linden Prize 2010 award receiving US$10,000 prize. On 10th June 2010, The Lily Pad Lounge closed its doors. Also on the 10th of June 2010, Linden Lab made a 30% cut back on Linden Lab staff. Mark Kingdon stepped down as CEO and Philip Rosedale returned in late June 2010. Philip Rosedale stayed until October 2010 when he announced he was moving back to LoveMachine. Bob Komin became interim CEO until 23rd December 2010 when Bob Komin announced the new CEO of Linden Lab. On 21st June 2010, Second Life had its 7th birthday where Philip Rosedale did a live speech inworld about Second Life. Greenies Home Rezzable in Second Life closed down on 23rd June 2010.

Between 17th – 18th July 2010, Relay for Life was hosted in Second Life which raised a grand total of US$222,804 for the American Cancer Society’s fundraising event. On 21st July 2010, Philip Rosedale announced that the yearly Burning Life in Second Life would be renamed for BURN 2.0 after seven years of support by Linden Lab. On 30th July 2010, Philip Linden and Bob Komin hosted the first inworld live voice meeting about Second Life’s future.

On 4th August 2010, Qarl Linden left Linden Lab which saw large news coverage and large reactions to his departure. Between 13th-15th August 2010 SLCC 2010 was hosted in Boston. Philip Rosedale told everyone about his roadmap for the rest of 2010, including Mesh uploads to go into Public Beta before the end of 2010, Teen Second Life to be closed down, Display Names to launch in late 2010 and the launch of the new Project Snowstorm which will be working on viewer 2 developments. In late August 2010, there was a Emerald distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack, which was followed by a restructure of the team and the collapsed Emerald viewer. The team launched a new viewer called the Phoenix Viewer which was good news for the Second Life community.

On 2nd September 2010, Kim Salzer became Vice President of Marketing for Second Life. In early September 2010, Mitch Wagner had a chat with Philip Rosedale saying that Second Life should be more iPhone-like. On 9th September 2010, we was informed that Adric Antfarm sadly passed away in real life. Catherine Smith (Marketing & Communications Director) left Linden Lab through announcing it on her Facebook profile during late September 2010. In late September 2010, Linden Lab decided to shut down Avatars United, Aimee Linden, Tofu Linden and Spike Linden departed Linden Lab.

On 4th October 2010, Linden Lab announced two changes for 2011 land pricing in Second Life meaning doubling prices for nonprofit and educational organisations around the main grid. On 13th October 2010, Mesh Import Open Beta was launched on the beta grid which enables creators to bring models into Second Life. Improving “detail, complex, realistic and creative objects”. On 16th October 2010, BURN2 festival 2010 began till 24th October which was very successful. On 29th October 2010, Nemo Trilogy Sim closed down in Second Life which brought sadness to many residents.

On 11th November 2010, Linden Lab launched the web-based Beta access for Second Life. A small portion of residents were lucky to enough to try out the web based experience of Second Life where others could not even see a login screen or had other related problems trying to get it to work properly. On 19th November 2010, Linden Lab changed the registration page for Second Life to allow for only single usernames to be allowed for Second Life (due to launch of display names). On 20th November 2010, the beloved Second Life figure Delinda Dyrssen died in real life bringing great sadness around the Second Life community. On 26th November 2010, Battlestar Galactica content was removed from Second Life after a universal files complaint.

On 5th December 2010, Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum closed in Second Life, which was a decision by the management company. Many Second Life residents were saddened and shocked by the closure of the museum. On 15th December 2010, Linden Lab updated the TOS relating to under 18 residents moving to the Second Life Main Grid in early 2011. There was a lot of discussion about teens coming over on blogs and forums soon after when everyone had to agree to the new terms of service. On 16th December 2010, Jack Linden the land and community manager announced that he would be leaving Linden Lab in late December 2010. On 17th & 18th the yearly Residents Vs Lindens snowball fight was hosted at the SL Winterfest regions. On 23rd December 2010, BK Linden announced the new Linden Lab CEO called Rod Humble from EA will be starting in mid-January 2011. It’s going to be interesting what Rod Humble will bring to Second Life in 2011. Let’s hope 2011 is going to be a great year.

Here is a brief run down of the monthly news and events during 2010 in Second Life.

January 2010

  • Wallace Linden joins LL
  • Viewer 2 Public Beta Soon
  • Second Life Contributions to Haiti Relief at $13K+
  • Linden Lab Acquires Avatars United

February 2010

  • New SL Forums launched
  • SL Valentines Day
  • Second Life Viewer 2 Public Beta launches

March 2010

  • M Linden opened Linden Lab Europe HQ in Amsterdam
  • VWBPE 2010
  • RHN Fair 2010
  • Nova Albion 6th Anniversary
  • End of SLim Beta
  • Spring Burning Life Weekend

April 2010

  • Demo of Havok 7 in Second Life
  • 100th episode of Metanomics
  • SL Fantasy Faire
  • Linden Lab has decided to no longer support Woodbury University

May 2010

  • Mesh imports are coming
  • SL Phishing Attack
  • Bay City Second Anniversary
  • 2010 Linden Prize Finalists

June 2010

  • Linden Lab Layoffs 30% of staff
  • Lily Pad Lounge closed
  • Greenies closed down
  • Second Life 7th Birthday
  • Mark Kingdon quits as CEO, Philip Returns

July 2010

  • AjaxLife is not feasible
  • Relay for Life 2010 in Second Life
  • Burning Life renamed to Burn 2.0

August 2010

  • SLCC 2010 weekend
  • LL ends the Community Gateway Program
  • Second Life’s value plunges $100M
  • Emerald Viewer DDOS Attack

September 2010

  • From the ashes… the Phoenix has risen
  • Metaverse Week In Review Turns 3 Years Old
  • Adric Antfarm passed away
  • 48 Hour Film Project
  • Mesh Open Beta Begins
  • Farewell, Avatars United

October 2010

  • BURN2 2010 Festival
  • Mesh Import Open Beta
  • Linden Lab searching for new CEO
  • New Second Life Advertising Service
  • Viewer 2.3 Beta comes with display names

November 2010

  • Imprudence Project renames to Kokua Project
  • Vektor Linden fired by LL
  • Visit Mexico sim shuts down
  • New Single usernames for SL
  • Delinda Dyrssen passed away
  • Battlestar Galactica content removed from SL
  • SL Web Viewer Beta

December 2010

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum closed
  • New TOS Update (TSL)
  • Jack Linden leaves Linden Lab
  • SL Winterfest 2010
  • New LL CEO Rod Humble

Rod Humble New CEO of Linden Lab

BK Linden has announced that Rod Humble is the new CEO of Linden Lab. The news came through Linden Lab Press Release homepage earlier on today announcing the new Linden Lab CEO. Rod Humble joins Linden Lab from Electronic Arts (EA), where he was Executive Vice President apparently.

Rod Humble will replace Mark Kingdon that left Linden Lab on 24th June 2010. Rod Humble starts as new CEO in mid-January 2011, in the first quarter of 2011. It’s going to be interesting what Rod Humble will bring to Second Life in upcoming months and years. Let’s hope things will pick up during 2011 for Second Life after this rough 2010 year.

Second Life’s New Leader: Rod Humble Becomes CEO of Linden Lab

MMO and Gaming Industry Visionary to Bring New Life to Second Life

SAN FRANCISCO — December 23, 2010 — Linden Lab®, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life®, today announced that Rod Humble has become the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Humble joins Linden Lab from Electronic Arts, where he was Executive Vice President for its EA Play label.

Humble’s 20-year career in the game development industry has included work on more than 200 games. In his most recent position at Electronic Arts, Humble headed the EA Play label, which includes the best-selling PC game franchise of all time, The Sims. In 2009, he was ranked #2 on the annual list of the Hot 100 Game Developers from gaming publication Edge. Prior to his work at Electronic Arts, Humble served as Vice President of Product Development at Sony Online Entertainment for the massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), EverQuest.

“Rod is a great new leader for Linden Lab,” said Philip Rosedale, Founder of Second Life. “Second Life has become a consistently large and profitable business with a thriving virtual economy built together with its passionate Resident community. This has always been a big, long-term vision, it is still early and there is enormous opportunity for growth. With Rod’s fresh insights and deep experience in creating and leading the development of fun, intuitive, immersive entertainment experiences that have attracted massive audiences of loyal users, he’s the right leader to understand what makes us special and bring the next level of growth to Second Life.”

“Joining Linden Lab is a very exciting opportunity,” said Humble. “I have a long standing interest in the how the boundaries of society and economics change as communications evolve in new ways. Second Life is unique: it sits at the intersection of virtual worlds, avatars, and human contact. The Residents and developers of Second Life have built something very special, I am honored to join the talented team at Linden Lab to help expand this new frontier.”


What are your reactions to the new CEO of Linden Lab ?






Winter Solstice Party 2010 on Reaction Grid

Yesterday afternoon (SLT) I logged into the Reaction Grid (OpenSim) to attend the Winter Solstice Party 2010 hosted by Slimmie, Malburns and Tara at Mal Burns Estates.  It was great fun and I enjoyed Slimmie’s live music that she was streaming into the parcel in SL. I signed up to Reaction Grid on 19th of December 2010 to see what it was all about and I have to say its really cool.

The region texture was changed at the start of the party to a nice snow texture to fit the Christmas holiday season. There were plenty of dance balls, freebies and even funny christmas stories of everyone’s childhood during the party. Pathfinder Lester dropped by with his skiing stuff and christmas goodies. Many other residents dropped by to enjoy the Winter Solstice Party 2010 on the Reaction Grid yesterday.

I recommend you try out Reaction Grid and sign up. There is a large grid list of open simulators here if you want to do more exploring.

Latest News on 40 Groups Limit in SL

UPDATE: [6:21] Maestro Linden: Hey Daniel, one of the server RC channels has configurable group limits.  Once that’s considered ‘passed’ (which will probably happen early January), that server version will go out to the whole grid.  At that point, we’ll be able to increase the group limit at any time. – 22nd December 2010


Back in October 2010 FJ Linden announced that group limits will be raised from 25 groups to 40 groups before the end of 2010. I have been trying to find out the very latest news on the groups limits in SL.

It looks like the 25 group limit is still active on all server versions at the moment. Linden Lab plans to roll out 40 groups to the RC grid server versions very soon. When it comes available I’m sure Viewer 2 will support 40 groups too along with third-party viewers.

If you are using the Phoenix Viewer there is no server support yet for 40 groups limit. You will not be able to have more than 25 groups. You can enable the feature by setting phoenix40GroupsSupport to True in the debug settings. I have been hearing if you are on Emergence Viewer you will see 40 groups on your count but you cannot add 40 groups. It will not be enabled until Linden Lab turns it on for everybody to use.

However Jessica Lyon made a statement via group notice on 21st, December, 2010 saying the following about this:

Re: Rumor about 40 groups support in phoenix…To be clear, while Phoenix does have a debug setting to enable 40 groups this is NOT enabled server side! We added the debug setting for when LL DOES enable it server side some time in the new year. Currently enabling 40 groups in Phoenix will do nothing! It will not work.

Here are some updates by Linden Lab during December 2010

Maestro Linden said this on 1st December 2010:

The ’40 groups’ changes  are actually both viewer and server related.  Right now the viewer is  hardcoded to a limit of 25 groups, and prevents you from adding more via  the UI.  The updated viewer will grab the grid’s group limit at login  time, and act accordingly.

The server enforces the 25 groups  limit, so it needs to be updated too.  This week’s new RC doesn’t have  the group limit changes, but the change is coming very soon.

Oskar Linden’s Beta Server Office Hour on December 9th, 2010

  • [15:17] Oskar Linden: so you guys all heard about the group limits changes
  • [15:18] Oskar Linden: the problem with group limits was mostly the limit being hard coded into the sim code
  • [15:19] Oskar Linden: at some later date when the code is completely on AGNI, and maybe after a live test with a special viewer we’ll change it gridwide
  • [15:21] Falcon Linden: Everything we do is about forcing our users to do stuff they don’t want to
  • [15:21] Oskar Linden: so if you notice any unusual weirdness relating to groups on BlueSteel or LeTigre please let me know

According to Oskar Linden’s Beta Server Office Hour on December 16th, 2010 group limits cannot be tested this year.

  • [15:14] Oskar Linden:   group limits and compressed crossings cannot be tested this year either because of the bug that stopped us from shipping that code
  • [15:14] Oskar Linden:  so first week in January things will be getting busy
  • [15:16] Simon Linden: The current viewer has the 25 limit hard-coded.
  • [15:16] Simon Linden: That was some of the work required … telling the viewer what the limit is so it can do the right thing
  • [15:16] Oskar Linden: once the code is all over the grid then we’ll set it higher and see if things break

I will keep you informed if this status changes on my blog. If you know anything else, feel free to comment cause I would love to know. Thanks!