Update To Traditional Linden Homes


On Tuesday 22nd November Patch Linden officially announced the long awaited update to the Traditional Linden Homes. For those that live in the Bellisseria continent with Traditional Linden Homes you will notice new features and new options. From the new custom color tinting system, special number signs, revamped Chippewa Junction and more.

It’s great to see the lab rolling this update out finally. Yay! 🙂

What’s New ?

  • “Each of the 4 original home styles will have an open plan version selectable from the mailbox house controller menu. Not only that, but ALL of the traditional homes will now have a custom color tinting system for interior walls similar to other themes. As an extra bonus, the house controller has an option for having the Linden Homes security system sent directly to you rather than being part of the content pack”.
  • “We are adding special house number signs to the content pack. Just rez them out and place them around your doorway for your own house number!”
  • “We are ALSO debuting a revamped Chippewa Junction as our Traditional themed Community Region. Located on the main hub of the Bellisseria Railroad, Chippewa Junction Town Hall features reservable spaces for conferences, meetings, garden parties and even weddings!”

Here Is The Summary Of The New Features

  • “A brand new traditional community region featuring usable wedding, party, meeting and conference spaces”.
  • “New open plan designs for each Traditional home”.
  • “Original and new open plan house models upgraded with a custom tinting system, controlled via the house control panel”.
  • “House controllers have now been updated to use common communications protocols with the rezzer and with houses on the parcels with which they are associated, so that all themes (except Fantasy) may safely be mixed and matched”. 
  • “House Controllers now have an additional menu item for the Security Orb, so residents can have that delivered individually rather than as part of the Content Creation Pack”. 
  • “Traditional House Controllers now have four new menu items for the new houses in each theme”.
  • “Now all House Controllers give details of the theme, name of last house rezzed and parcel centre in their description field”.
  • “House number sign addition to the content pack”.

What do you think of this new update to Traditional Linden Homes ?

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Sign Up For The Second Life Weekly Email Newsletter


On Wednesday 16th November Linden Lab announced news about the Second Life Weekly Newsletter for the latest Second Life breaking news, events, videos and exclusive virtual experiences delivered directly to your email inbox. It takes only a few seconds or so to subscribe. Once signed up you will see the “Success! You’ve been added to the audience” message.

It’s a good way to keep informed on what’s going on from the lab. There are many Second Life bloggers that cover the news and I have listed some in my blogroll on the right hand side.

Here is the full blog announcement about the weekly email newsletters.

Are you looking for a way to stay informed about all the latest destinations and events happening on the grid? Do you want Second Life breaking news delivered directly to your inbox? Signup for our Second Life Weekly Email Newsletter! 

For a while now we’ve been sending a weekly email to a small group of our most active Residents and the clicks show that many of you enjoy receiving these exclusive updates directly in your inbox. If you have not been receiving these weekly emails from us, now is your chance to sign up for them! You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of any email.

Our newsletters usually include some of our latest videos of the week along with links to different events or destinations and an image from one of our Residents that is selected as the Fresh Look of the week!

For a chance to have your Destination featured, submit it to the Second Life Destination Guide.

For a chance to be featured in Fresh Looks, submit your image to the Official Second Life Flickr Group! Did you know we just hit ONE MILLION IMAGES AND VIDEOS in the group? All submitted by our wonderfully creative Residents!

Email isn’t the only way you can stay on top of all of our latest news. You can also follow us on various social networks along with keeping an eye on our community blogs.

Will you be signing up for the weekly newsletter ?

Linden Lab Updates The Terms And Conditions


On Tuesday 25th October LInden Lab officially announced some new updates to the Second Life Terms and Conditions via the Second Life official blog.

Its worth reading through the terms and conditions page if your not familiar with it and feel free share it with others.

Whats New ?

  1. “We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX”.
  2. We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC”. 

The next update will take place on 31st October 2022. If you decline the changes then you have to close your Second Life account down.

Here is the full blog post with the new changes below.

From time to time, we make changes to Second Life’s Terms and Conditions in order to improve the documents, update and/or clarify policies, and keep the Terms current – all of which assist in governing your relationship with Linden Lab. Our next update will take place automatically on October 31, 2022.

Here’s what’s new in this update:

We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX.

We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC. 

By continuing to use our services after the changes take effect, you agree to be bound by those changes. No further action is needed from you to accept such changes. However, if you would prefer to decline them, then you will need to close your Second Life account prior to October 31, 2022.

Here is the Second Life Terms and Conditions page.

A Look Back At Second Life Private Estates During 2022 So Far


Basically since the start of 2022 Second Life gained 200+ Private Estates then lost roughly 200 Private Estatesk which is concerning to say the least. If downward rates continue as they are or get much worse then you can expect to see Private Estates drop under the 18, 000 mark before the end of 2022.

In early January 2022 there were 18, 332 Private Estates on the grid and there was positive net growth that followed for months. Back in late July 2022 there were 18, 326 Private Estates. A declining pattern has been happening since July 2022 for some reason.

During the past month it appears that Private Estates have dropped by -29 regions from 18, 164 in September 2022 down to 18, 135 as of 17th October 2022 via the Second Life Grid Survey.

It’s important to mention that back in early January 2020 private estates was around the 16, 036 mark. Back in late January 2011 there was like 24, 815 private regions on the grid. Private Estates have gone up and down a lot during the past 11 years.

Inflation globally and other factors will have a critical part during the next 2 – 6 months or so which will effect the Second Life grid statistics most likely. I hope we will see growth again soon in Private Estates in Second Life.

I remember a few years ago or so when the grid regions declined by the hundreds every month and I hope we won’t see that happen anytime soon.

I will publish another update on the region numbers in November 2022 and in December 2022 to report changes.

What are your predictions for private estates for the rest of 2022 and 2023+ in Second Life ? Please share your views in the comments section below.

Linden Lab Acquires CasperTech


On Wednesday 14th September Linden Lab announced that CasperTech is being acquired by Linden Research, Inc. This new acquisition will “ensure ensure that all of the existing CasperTech services in Second Life will continue to operate without interruption into the foreseeable future, but it also opens up brand new opportunities”.

  • See the FAQ here for more details via Reddit

This is interesting news and it makes me wonder how many more new acquisitions the lab will make in the years to come. From what I am hearing is that there are mixed responses already to this news and it’s raising concerns already across the grid. The lab says this acquisition will be a positive change for Second Life residents and CasperTech customers moving forward.

“CasperTech has provided various business related services within Second Life for 13 years. Over that time, CaperTech has proudly provided continuous service for tens of thousands of Second Life businesses, and it has remained steadfast in its commitment to the merchants who have depended on those services”.

“You can expect to see the same great services that you know and love continue on, with all of the same functionality you enjoy today, but with closer integration into the Second Life ecosystem – and as such, an even more reliable and convenient experience.”

There is active discussion going on in this forum thread on the Second Life Forums. Check out the Lab Gab episode (full video above) for more details about the acquisition featuring Patch Linden and Casper Warden.

Here is the full blog post…

Greetings Second Lifers!

Today is a really big day for all of us together and we are excited to share that the Second Life portion of CasperTech is being acquired by Linden Research, Inc.

CasperTech has provided various business related services within Second Life for 13 years. Over that time, CaperTech has proudly provided continuous service for tens of thousands of Second Life businesses, and it has remained steadfast in its commitment to the merchants who have depended on those services.

This acquisition will ensure that all of the existing CasperTech services in Second Life will continue to operate without interruption into the foreseeable future, but it also opens up brand new opportunities to vastly improve the experience for our users as our next step in the CasperTech and Second Life journey.  

You can expect to see the same great services that you know and love continue on, with all of the same functionality you enjoy today, but with closer integration into the Second Life ecosystem – and as such, an even more reliable and convenient experience.

We wouldn’t have gone forward with this move if we weren’t absolutely confident that it will be a positive change for all Residents and CasperTech customers.

We hope that you are as excited about this change as we are, and we thank you for your continued support as we all step boldly into the future together!

We have started a forum discussion here for anyone interested in participating with questions.
You can also watch Casper and I on a special pre-recorded Lab Gab today at 10:30am SLT!

What do you think of this acquisition announcement from the lab ?

Newbrooke: New Land Mass Arrives


New SSP regions arrive on the grid

Within the past 12 hours or so at least 12 new SSP regions have arrived just north of the Newbrooke sub continent. They are not showing up on the world map yet but they do show up on the Mini-Map if you expand it. The region names do appear if you put your mouse over it for a few seconds or so.

The region of interest is SSP Tiedown Inlet because it’s got a deep channel facing the Stromberg region (possible connection point soon) which is located west of the Satori continent. “Satori is linked to the North with Nautilus and to the North-East with Blake Sea”. I think the Belliseria continent linking up with the Satori continent is a good move in the right direction. Hopefully the connection region will come online in the days/weeks ahead.

You can expect to see active new development in these new SSP regions in the days and weeks ahead. More Linden homes are coming really soon and further expansion in terms of new land is expected before the end of 2022.

New land is here

Stay tuned for development updates on my blog soon.

SciFi Expo 2022 Applications Open


The SciFi Expo 2022 applications for merchants, performers and bloggers are now officially open. The SciFi Expo starts on Friday 14th October and runs through until Sunday 23rd October 2022 fundraising for Making Strides Against Cancer and The American Society.

The SciFi Expo (Voyage Through The Stars) brings together designers, roleplayers, performers and supporters from across the grid. The 2022 SciFi Expo is made possible thanks to the great support from the region and event sponsors. More details see the press release here.

Apply Here – make sure to read the guidelines before appying…

Please spread the word about the SciFi Expo 2022.

2022 Sci-Fi Expo In Second Life


The 2022 Sci-Fi Expo in Second Life opens to the public on Wednesday 18th May through until Sunday 29th May 2022. This year the Sci-Fi expo marks it’s 14th year and theme is Brave New Future. Please note the Sci-Fi website is under construction and the web pages will be updated once the main event gets underway.

There are many exciting events to attend from DJ events, fashion shows, movies, dunk a Linden event, Trivia and much more. Check out the Events page and note that all times are SLT. The SLURL for the location will be announced/published nearer to the time.

This annual conference is the largest gatherings of science fiction fans, merchants, entertainers, roleplayers, creators and more. The conference features sub genres from steampunk, post-apocalypse, cyberpunk, fantasy, superhero’s and more. The Sci-Fi expo is a good way to support the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Second Life season.

The Sci-Fi Expo is made possible every year in Second Life thanks to all the amazing exhibitors, builders, volunteers and the visitors who make it a huge success. Everyone is welcome to attend the Sci-Fi Expo and don’t forget to spread the word about this great annual event.

Important Details

Timeline

  • Setup: 14th to 16th May
  • Early Access Press Day: 17th May
  • Open: 18th to 29th May
  • Breakdown: 30th May

Events

Map

Rules and Regulations

  • Find out more details here
  • No gachas of any kind, no bots, DJs may not have personal tip jars, No Game Rips

Check the Sci-Fi website every so often to see the latest new updates.

Sakura Regions Now Visible – Update 1


Sakura Regions Map – 28th April 2022

During the past 12 hours the Sakura regions have started to show up more visually on the inworld world map. The Sojisan regions marks a snow capped mountain spread over four regions it’s been confirmed which is clearly noticeable at first glance. This is very exciting indeed because this snow mountain could be the tallest in Second Life. It’s unclear at the moment if Linden Homes will be added there or a hangout area on top of the snow mountain. It’s not known yet what the roundish spot in the middle is at the top of the mountain.

New snow mountain opening soon

There appears to be a black building of some sort in the Shobu region located in the central area which may be the new community centre for the Sakura sub continent. There are many cannels, hills, bridges, possible railway tracks, road networks and more. Don’t forget there will be more rez areas and new lovely places to hang out. I will explore them when the regions open up in the weeks ahead.

Possible new community area

The new Sakura regions now have orange markers around them at the borders and it won’t be long now until these new regions are released to the public. It’s expected that more regions will be adding to the Sakura sub continent in the weeks and months ahead.

Special thanks and credit goes to SarahKB7 Koskinen who found the new regions this week.

Sakura North

Sakura South

Follow the latest updates via the SSP thread on the Second Life Forums. If anything big happens then I will update my blog as usual.

Exciting times ahead.

Sakura Regions Come Online


Sakura regions come online – 27/4/22

Breaking News

Around 68 Sakura regions have just appeared on the grid north of the Stilt homes and they all have Japanese names for this batch. The region names are showing up on the map and at this time not open to the public. It’s not clear where the connection link region will be placed at this time.

Special thanks to SarahKB7 Koskinen who found the new regions this week.

Patch Linden first announced the new Sakura Linden Home theme during Bellissaria Third Anniversary celebrations back on 15th April 2022. There were four preview regions to see this new theme SSPSD1, SSPSD2, SSPSD3 and SSPSD4.

Now it’s going to be interesting to watch developments take place over the coming weeks and months. It’s been exciting following Bellisseria developments since August 2018. I will be tracking for some time yet.

Sakura Preview Regions

More updates soon.