I will be posting regular updates on how the coronavirus crisis is effecting my local area and the UK as a whole. It’s become clear over recent weeks that the virus is having a huge impact across the world and now in Second Life.
Today my health is very good and I hope it will continue that way during this outbreak. I live in North Devon in the southwest of the UK and it’s in lock down along with the rest of the UK. I work at the supermarket and I still have to go work (see #4 in list below). The cases and deaths have been low so far in Devon.
Here are the UK lockdown measures which came into effect this week. The lockdown is due to last 3 weeks but it’s most likely going to be extended for months. More restrictions could be in full force in the weeks ahead.
I’m staying at home as much as possible with perhaps the odd occasion doing exercise (a little walk), shopping (basic top ups) and working..
Nearby towns near me are like ghost towns with closure signs on every shop window. The local transport and other key services are running ok at the moment.
Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
The number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK has now reached 1, 019. So far there have been 17, 086 cases and it’s set to rise further. It’s heartbreaking hearing more people across the world are dieing every day.
I plan on blogging more and being in Second Life more going forward. I have added some helpful coronavirus links and the latest breaking news on the right side of my blog.
On Friday 27th March Lab Gab episode 19 was broadcasted live with Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab and Brett Linden Senior Director of Marketing. There was discussion about the coronavirus outbreak, Second Life and Sansar. It was a pretty interesting show.
Here is a brief summary on the latest new updates.
All Linden Lab offices are closed. The co-lo data centre is open for access.
It is not anticipated that Second Life should experience any significant service interruptions going forward.
The lab have been saying “stay safe, stay virtual” during meetings and calls.
The lab have concerns about the virus and its impact it may have on family/friends.
Linden Lab formation is to work remotely from home (its been like that for years).
Second Life is a very established & profitable company.
Name Changes just a very few weeks away from launching.
New registrations for Second Life are up by 60% with a rise in concurrency around 10% overall due to cities around the world being locked down.
Returning users are up in Second Life – increase in those that have not logged into Second Life for some time.
IOS Mobile Companion (IMs & group messaging) is now very close to Alpha status. Work has started on the Android version.
Linden Lab is committed to the cloud uplift to AWS / Google until the end of 2020.
New Second Life Book Club will launch on 8th April 2020 along with a monthly event. Showcase streams will be a series of “drop in” video streams that will showcase music and art events in Second Life.
Around 30 staff at Sansar have been offered to join the new Sansar under Wookey Project Corp.
Sansar new focus will be on virtual events in the music and entertainment sectors.
Tilia will continue to be used for Sansar Dollar transactions
For anyone that missed that yesterday’s VWBPE 2020 Above the Book: What’s up at the Lab session here is the full video. Mal Burns interviews Ebbe Linden and Patch Linden. The session runs for one hour and 15 minutes.
Everyone should give it a watch and spread the word about this special session at VWBPE 2020.
Linden Lab have now introduced a limited time offer for education and non-profit organisations to get full regions. Reducing full region tier to US $99.00 per month
Linden Lab focus is transitioning the Second Life infrastructure to the cloud
Second Life is seeing a rise in concurrency and engagement
Last Changes is just a few weeks away from launching
IOS Mobile Companion is very close to Alpha status. Work has started for the Android version
Ebbe Altberg is 100% devoted to Second Life and Tilia
According to the Second Life Grid Survey the maximum daily concurrency in #SecondLife reached 56, 148 on 22nd March 2020. The median daily concurrency average at the moment is around 42, 000. It’s getting a little higher every week but no huge peaks in the max daily concurrency yet due to the current Coronavirus crisis.
If things get worse in the next few weeks and months then I think the Second Life daily concurrency levels will go up due to the strict lockdowns across the world. If any new huge peak occurs soon then I will blog about it.
What do you think the concurrency levels will be in the weeks and months ahead ?