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!

SL Events to look forward to during 2011

As 2010 almost draws to a close it’s time to think about next year’s 2011 events in Second Life. Feel free to mark these events on your calendars. Dates may be subject to change as not all of the below is set in stone yet. Here are the event listings for 2011 in Second Life…

  • Metanomics 2011 – Returns on 17th January 2011
  • Zindra Expo – Art Maze 2011 – 21st January 2011
  • Valentine’s Day in SL 2011 – 14th February 2011
  • 4th Annual Conference (VWBPE 2011) – 17th-19th March 2011
  • Nova Albion 7th Anniversary 2011 – 20th March 2011
  • SL Bay City 3rd Anniversary 2011 – Mid-May 2011
  • Second Life 8th Birthday (SL8B) –  23rd June 2011 and onwards
  • Relay For Life in Second Life 2011 –  16th-17th July 2011
  • Second Life Community Convention 2011 (SLCC 2011) – No earlier than August 2011
  • 10th – 9/11 Anniversary in SL – 11th September 2011
  • Metaverse Week In Review 4th Birthday – 12th September 2011
  • BURN2 Festival in Second Life 2011 – Mid-October 2011
  • Second Life Winterfest 2011 – Late December 2011

I’m sure there will be tons of other big great events to attend during 2011 in Second Life.

2 Years On The Main Grid, 20th Birthday Today

Today marks 2 years since I transferred from the Teen Grid to the Main Grid on my 18th birthday. It’s my 20th birthday today in real life so I will be celebrating that too. Time has gone by really quickly with so many good memories.

Two years later I can say it’s been a great journey so far and I’m looking forward to 2011 adventures in Second Life.