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Wayfinder Wishbringer's Blog – January 2013 Archive (10)

WHAT IS A GRID?

In a recent blog discussion with another Elf Clan Member we mentioned a valid question:

"What constitutes a grid?"

The term "grid" is used every day in the virtual reality worlds.  Grid counts are quoted in statistical charts and grid owners are considered people who manage entire virtual worlds.   But is that truly the case?  For definitive purposes, I believe there is a conceptual difference between a virtual world installation and a…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 29, 2013 at 1:30pm — 26 Comments

IT'S NOT ADVERSARIAL

In a recent discussion on another blogsite, a user made the following comment:

"Closed commercial grids, imo, will only offer a place to sell and the rest of the metaverse will be for exploring vw as it should be, with freedom from exorbitant costs, low prim allowances, saving one's efforts in the form of OARs and IARs and meeting some really wonderful like-minded people."

I thought I'd discuss these concepts a bit and the reality of Virtual…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 26, 2013 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

THE TOP TEN GRIDS and the STATE OF VR

Addendum note:  Please see the comments section for additional interesting observations related to this blog.

JANUARY 2013

Hypergrid Business recently produced a pretty good article about the state of VR grids in January 2013.   Link is here:…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

OAR FILES-- The Other Side of the Coin

OAR files are great; they're a lot of fun.  However when it comes to running a grid efficiently, there is a flip side to OAR files that should be considered as well.  Having recently discussed this with others, I present that flip side here.

THE FLIP SIDE OF THE COIN

The purpose of an OAR file is to back up an entire sim, everything on the sim, into one file.  It's a great concept.  But as with many things, there are downsides.   One is…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

REMEMBERING AHERN

This was originally posted as a comment on another blog, but I thought it warranted focus here.  On rare occasion Second Life did something *right*.  Ahern Welcome Area was one of those areas.

I was very fortunate (or not so, depending on how one considers the following 7 years):  When I first joined SL in 2004 I logged into the original Ahern... which was a fun place. There were always people around, it was a moderated party zone and people were friendly.  Off to one…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 22, 2013 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Using Inworldz and OpenSim to Your Advantage

I recently wrote a blog discussing Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS)... an easy-to-install version of the free, open-source OpenSim software.  In that blog we discuss SoaS itself-- it's pros and cons, why some people use it and some don't.  That blog can be found here.  Note that the comments are just as important as the blog itself:…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 19, 2013 at 10:30am — 18 Comments

Why Second Life is Hurting

Our friendly dragon Zauber pointed me to a blog today that discusses Second Life, why it's failing, and why tier actually doesn't even come into the picture.  It's a fascinating presentation, stating basically that most new users check out Second Life and leave within ten minutes, totally frustrated.  When that is the case, tier doesn't even factor in to their decision.

The blog is accompanied by a short-but-accurate video of a typical new user experience.  It's a…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 19, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Sim-on-a-Stick Revelation

For the first time last night, just on a lark, I downloaded and installed Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS.  See PS for download info).   I discovered some things that were rather interesting revelations to me.

First, despite its name, don't run SoaS on a USB stick.  It will run slower than molasses.  Although it can be put on a memory stick for portability, it can simply be loaded into a folder on your hard drive and run completely from that folder, without installation…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 12 Comments

VIRTUAL WORLDS-- A CRITICAL EXAMINATION

VIRTUAL REALITY WORLDS-- A CRITICAL EXAMINATION

A considerably lengthy evaluation of the state of virtual worlds at this time.

Please be sure to examine the SL Metrics Analysis in the comments section following the blog.  This appears approximately page 3 of the comments.…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 7, 2013 at 10:00am — 46 Comments

THE HOBBIT--A CRITICAL REVIEW

Before writing this review I checked with Tolkien fan Koni Lanzius to get her impressions of Peter Jackson's latest movie, THE HOBBIT.  Verifying she had the same impressions as I, I researched some reviews on the net.  Though they were very mixed, I feel it safe to write this knowing it's not just my personal bias.

THE HOBBIT is of course the first epic book of J.R.R. Tolkien, the predecessor of LORD OF THE RINGS and the introduction of the one ring... the evil tool…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 4, 2013 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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