New Week….new Viewer….again

Well, hard on the heels of Phoenix 908 comes what they call a “Public Beta 977”. In truth there has beeen so much talk about security breaches due to stealthy use of Red-Zone that the Phoenix Devs felt pressured into bringing out a filter that at least tells the user what they are letting themselves in for.
So far as I can tell, it works smoothly, and I, for one, am reassured by it. Some of the other texture memory issues that get http textures has, I’m sure, caused, have been addressed and at least tamed, if not eradicated.
The inexorable march of v2 optimisation of SL is making use of 1.xx viewers a bit more difficult every day.
I remember way back in early 2008, during the post-Windlight furore, a Linden (I think it was Zen) made the (at the time) surprising comment that they (LL) would not “waste their time” supporting “old technology”. It is pretty clear that nothing much has changed at Battery Street.

Their motto is “change with us or fall by the wayside”…calmly ignoring the simple fact that many of us simply cannot afford to upgrade our hardware every six months. We might be more positively disposed to that idea if it weren’t for the fact that Linden Lab is still using server technology that is six years old.

But then, no-one said we were on a level playing-field, did they?

~ by Ayesha Askham-Ezvalt on March 14, 2011.

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