Category Archives: SL Cool Stuff

Firestorm 5th anniversary countdown & a big surprise announcement


Firestorm turns five years old on Thursday 3rd September 2015 and this year there will be a live concert featuring Seth Regan then followed by DJQuad. There will be gifts and apparently there will be a very big surprise announcement. The party starts at 1pm SLT and it’s going to be amazing.

Congratulations to the Firestorm Viewer team for reaching this huge 5th anniversary milestone and here’s to another 5 more. WooooT1

More details will be released on Thursday 3rd September 2015 on the Firestorm Blog. Spread the word and come along to celebrate 5 amazing years of the Firestorm project.

Firestorm turns 3

Firestorm 3rd Birthday Celebrations – 2013

Firestorm 4th Birthday Celebrations

Firestorm 4th Birthday Celebrations – 2014

It’s time to celebrate! :)

SS Galaxy is back and open to the public


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SS Galaxy as of 29th August 2015

Great news to hear is that the SS Galaxy is back and open to the public according to Inara Pey’s blog. However it’s still a work in progress if you visit today and it may look rather empty at the moment. Hopefully there will be an official event soon when the ship is completed. I can’t wait! :)

In the months ahead more details will be added to the ship and the staterooms are set to be decorated. There will be a hot air balloon tour, swan boats, tables, new art, cinema and food in the dining areas with much more planned soon.

There was an agreement made recently for Linden Lab to take over the running of the ship and to keep it remaining in Second Life. If this didn’t happen then the ship would be no longer be around.

I’ll be blogging more when I hear more about the SS Galaxy. This is a good start in the right direction after months of silence in terms of updates. If you are interested, then teleport over to the ship and explore around.

Linden Lab reduces cost of monthly Premium subscriptions and ends VAT for Premium subscriptions


Premium Upgrade Options

Linden Lab have announced today on the Second Life Official Blog with immediate effect that they are reducing the standard cost of a monthly Premium subscription down to $9.50 a month and ending the VAT charge for Premium subscriptions.

This sounds like a good way forward to me and i’m sure many will be happy to see their annual subscriptions reduced. I would imagine there will be more upgrades in the weeks ahead from having a basic account to a premium subscription.

Premium Membership Benefits

  • Own your private Linden Home
  • Access to Premium only sandboxes / adult only areas
  • Linden dollar rewards
  • Live chat support
  • Exclusive virtual goods
  • And more!

Here is the blog announcement announcing the new changes…

Being Premium comes with many perks, including a weekly L$ stipend, more privacy with a Linden Home, exclusive gifts and experiences, and now, live chat with the Concierge Support team at Linden Lab.

If you missed your chance to take advantage of our recent 50% off monthly Premium Membership offer – there’s no reason to worry! Now, we’re reducing the standard cost of a monthly Premium subscription to just $9.50 a month.Enjoy all the benefits of Premium Membership for less!

We will also no longer charge VAT for Premium subscriptions. If you live in a region where VAT applies, this means an effective savings in some countries of more than 20% below what you would have previously paid!

Find out more about the benefits of going Premium and upgrade your account here.

What do you think of this announcement ?

Share your views in comments! :) 

BURN2 DMV Event 2015 featuring racing, dance party and fireworks


BURN2 Race Track

View of the racing track at BURN2 2015 

On Saturday 29th August 2015 starting at 10am SLT there will be a fun day of racing, a dance party and fireworks happening at the Burning Man – Deep Hole region in Second Life. The DMV has built a 8 track on the Playa and the team have set up rezzers around the region with 25 different vehicles to choose from.

Lets go crazy and race! :D

Here is the schedule (SLT/PDT)

  • 10:00am – OPEN RACING
  • 11:15am – Mother Clucker -12 Laps
  • 11:30am – OPEN RACING
  • 12:45pm – Chariot Challenge -12 Laps
  • 1:00pm – OPEN RACING
  • 2:15pm – Licker’d Up Limited -12 Laps
  • 2:30pm – OPEN RACING
  • 3:45pm – Costume Feature -12 Laps (Race in a favorite costume!)
  • 4:00pm – OPEN RACING
  • 5:15pm – Barnyard Bonanza -12 Laps
  • 5:30pm – BurnerBus Blitzkrieg -12 Laps
  • 5:45pm – OPEN RACING
  • 6:30pm – Costume Feature -12 Laps
  • 6:45pm – Dance Party & Fireworks

Stay updated on the latest BURN2 – Second Life updates here.

 

Upcoming RFL of SL events for 2015 and 2016


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Recently the Relay For Life of Second Life website was revamped and improved. The 2015 Relay season wrapped up on Sunday 16th August 2015 and again the season was a huge success from start to end.

I really enjoyed attending RFL events during the season and well done to everyone that made it a great season. I’m looking forward to the events left in 2015 and the 2016 RFL of SL season.

Here are the latest updates as of 21st August 2015…

RFL of SL Events still left in 2015

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: October 2015 – for more details IM Leala Spire
  • Xmas Expo: December 2015 – for more details IM Nuala Maracas
  • 2015 Events List – New calendar of upcoming events for RFL

2016 RFL of SL Events (TBC)

RFL of SL 2016 Season

  • Kickoff Date: Sunday 6th March 2016
  • Relay Weekend: Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July 2016
  • Wrap Up: Sunday 14th August 2016
  • Theme: Once Upon A Cure

Keep checking the RFL of SL website for new updates and events. Here are some of my favourite snapshots from the 2015 RFL of SL season.

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RFL of SL 2015 season starts

RFL Halfway - Centre Stage 2015_

RFL Halfway Event

RFL of SL green dots

RFL of SL 2015 – Relay Weekend

More RFL of SL snapshots can be found here.

Bright Canopy launches 29th August 2015 at $17 per month


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Bright Canopy will be launching on Saturday 29th August 2015 at a single monthly subscription of $17 per month for the first 90 days at least, The beta test and pre release phrases are done. There will be a launch party to celebrate this special milestone soon after the 29th August.

Bright Canopy will be the successor to the SL Go from Onlive and hopefully the service will last for years to come. During the alpha and beta phrase Google Chrome was apparently the preferred browser to access Bright Canopy. The new streaming service will allow users from around the world on low-end computers to access the Second Life platform and OpenSim grids.

If you are interested in Bright Canopy then sign up here today.

Here is the official announcement about the launch of Bright Canopy….

After much work and preparation and tremendous help from the community testing our offering, we are proud to announce the launch of the full Bright Canopy service.

LAUNCH DATE: August 29th

EARLY BIRD PRICE: $17 per month*

BRING A FRIEND: Sign-up a friend and both you, and your friend, earn free time.

EAST COAST CLOUD: We will also be adding a brand-new, US. East Coast cloud, for faster ping times!

We want to focus on service during launch, but we will be having a launch party to celebrate once the dust settles. You can look forward to music fun and special give-aways.

* Our early bird price is going to be an experiment for 90 days. If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’ve seen price fluctuations on the back-end, and we still need to watch actual usage of the service. $17 is a sustainable price if the instance costs return to their typical, historical values. It is not a sustainable price with the current spike in instance price. We may need to get creative with how we split instances, or we may need to raise prices. We intend to remain transparent as always and will keep you posted. Our goal is to continue to maintain a sustainable, affordable service.

Will you be signing up to Bright Canopy and trying it out ? 

Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3.47323 Released


On 18th August 2015 the Firestorm team announced a new version of the Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3.47323. This is a major release including Experience Tools, Project Layer Limits, the return of the Linux 64-bit build, Attachment Fixes, Viewer Managed Marketplace, Bug Fixes and much more.

I would imagine soon Firestorm Viewer versions 4.6.1 and 4.6.5 will be blocked, stay tuned for an announcement in the weeks ahead. It’s worth doing a clean install for this latest Firestorm Viewer release for the best results.

Here are some snapshots of the new changes in 4.7.3.47323, see below.

Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3 c

Updated Experience floaters – you can check Experiences that have been either allowed, blocked or owned. Also land owners can display info on Experiences running on the region.

Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3 g

Click the << / >> button to switch between the large and small previews when taking a snapshot

 

Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3 h

Click the << / >> button to switch between the large and small previews when taking a snapshot

Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3 e

Marketplace Listings added to the Avatar drop down menu

Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3 i

A new Hover Height option has added to the Quick Preference panel

Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3 b

Text Mode – disables the 3D rendering and allows Firestorm to be used as a text viewer for low-end pcs

Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3 a

Top Bar – now has new options and renames

What do you think of the Firestorm Viewer 4.7.3.47323 release ?