Cache Confusion

•May 15, 2017 • 4 Comments

I have been doing some testing recently which has required me to briefly use both the “default” SL viewer and Marine Kelley’s RLV. I have discovered something which may either be me committing some operation error or a really quite irritating glitch in their operation.
If I use the default location for the viewer cache on SLV (my name for the default viewer) and run a session I have no issues. If I then load up and run the RLV I notice that it attempts to use the same cache location as the default viewer. Since the SLV uses the KDU graphic decoder and RLV uses the open-source J2C OpenJPG decoder this is not a good thing and leads to texture corruption (thanks to Whirly Fizzle for pointing this out to me). If I log in to RLV and change the cache location to the specific location I have set up for it, the next time I run the SLV it uses the RLV cache! Changing the cache location from the preferences on the start up page does not “take” so I have to log in to change this file destination, which is not a good thing.

Now maybe I am doing something wrong but for the Secondlife of me I do not know what! Can anyone out there offer an explanation for this? Oh and it HAS to be these two viewers for the purposes of my tests.

The Numbers Add Up

•May 9, 2017 • 1 Comment

At some point on or around April 12th this year all feeds that relied on concurrent user data (i.e. number online) from Linden Lab went null. There was no explanation from The Lab (nothing particularly unusual in that) and no response to a trouble ticket I raised on the subject. In fact that ticket has never been replied to. Yesterday the feed was re-established and all sites that used that data returned to normal, including the number online “ticker” on the Firestorm Viewer start-up page.

I have a feeling we will never know the true cause of the outage nor what was done to restore it. We can just chalk it up as another of the mysterious occurrences with data from Linden Lab.

It doesn’t do anything to increase my trust in LL.

There is a Tide in the Affairs of…Ponies

•May 7, 2017 • 1 Comment

After more than four years fully Ponied, there has been a change. Not in Pony herself in fact, but more an addition! After over 9 years in SL without such a thing I have created, with the encouragement of my partner and Domina, an Alt. If we meet it will be immediately obvious, assuming you either perve profiles or can see Display names. It does mean that we can go sailing and to trance dances together more without any “raised eyebrows” or untoward reactions.

From my point of view it means a break from the seemingly increasingly drama- and cheating-ridden world of SL Ponyplay. I have become increasingly disenchanted with some aspects of SL Ponyplay although that might be simply my familiarity with the world showing. Two of the best Ponyplay sims in SL seem to get minimal traffic, one being Devon Dream, home to Miss Safra Nitely and the Darkwing family and the other perhaps less so, The Enchanting sim, run in a large part by the tireless and ever-inventive Pricilla Slade and Susi Dollinger. But maybe I am biased! Thankfully my other favourite, Fabulous Pony Ranch at Hamilton Lake, does get reasonable traffic, especially since it is a modest Homestead sim. Pony has not ceased to exist but she will not be around as much.

So what does my new Alt do? The usual, ie sailing, shopping and dancing, like most of SL! More will come but this is early days and I have not yet overcome the split-personality effect, nor the reflex reaction to stomp once as an affirmative answer! My devotion to my Partner and the D/s life is as strong as ever and while it is not as obvious, I still use RLV(a).

One of the many influences on me to make this change was the unfortunate illness of Elicio Ember’s father and the serious urgency to collectively support this brilliant Mexican artist and SL content-creator (the sim Cerridwen’s Cauldron is his handiwork)  I have sung its praises elsewhere on the blog in the past.

A simple appeal

•February 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is a brief post to refer you to Elicio Ember’s gofundme appeal for funds to help him care for his father who suffered a severe stroke during the past week. Elicio is renowned in SecondLife for the fantasy plants and structures he has created, all of which can be seen at Cerridwen’s Cauldron in SL.

I have mentioned his work on a couple of past occasions and throughout SL he is one of the most highly regarded creators. However he, like us all, has a Real life and that RL is in Mexico. Now Mexico is a fine place for all manner of reasons despite what US President Trump might say, but one thing it does not have is a good system for the care of the elderly and infirm. It is a poor country.

Therefore Elicio will have to care for his father as best he can and one of the ways that we in SL and RL can help him is firstly to go to the Cauldron and buy such of his creations as we can afford and have room for in our inventories; secondly,. if we can and if we wish to we can fund his caring in a more material way by donating at this gofundme site, the url of which is below:
https://www.gofundme.com/elicio. This is run by a close friend of his in Elicio’s SL name. It is not a thing that I have done before but if even one of the folk who read this blog make a small donation it will be a positive help to a very genuine and worthy person, who is doing his best for his father. If you can, please help Elicio.

Equine Etiquette in SL…an Outmoded Concept?

•February 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Today and not for the first time in recent weeks, we have a passionate debate in SL Ponyplay. The problem is that some folk simply cannot manage to argue in a civilised manner.
Surely most folk that partake in SL ponyplay recognise the D/s roots of this roleplaying? Anyone with a sniff of experience of Ponyplay in RL would instantly know this.

Concomitant with that would be, I posit, an understanding that politeness at the very least and to some degree deference to figures in authority or with some seniority is required. Maybe I am just old-fashioned in expecting this, I don’t know. Also a principal property of our roleplay in SL is a tolerance of others’ views.

Both of these qualities seem to be singularly lacking in SL Ponyplay at the moment. This may be a result of the situation that no-one with the experience of both Ponyplay and roleplay and the determination to set and require adherence to standards is available to SL at the moment. It may also be due to the view, which seems to be gaining credence, that roleplay, and by association ponyplay, is what the individual wants it to be. A “free-for-all” situation simply will never work.

Today the upshot is that when differing sets of standards are required by an event organiser, a rancorous debate ensues as to whether that individual is correct or even worthy of recognition.
The comments that I have seen in SL today are often passionate but rarely considered. Some individuals seem to revel in goading others until they make intemperate remarks and then pillorying them for doing so.

Whether the specifics involved are right or wrong is not my point. My point is that we should be capable of debating this matter in a civilised and tolerant manner. My impression today, as it has been several times in the recent past, is that many cannot.

At the risk of seeming petulant, my cry is “For Goodness’ Sake take a deep breath and think before you speak out and if you must, do it politely!”

Head in the Clouds?

•February 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

There is a new discipline out for the ponyfolk. At Darkwing’s home sim Devon Dream, Miss Safra Nitely has created “Cloud Hopping”. The nearest equivalent would be a sort of aerial 3D steeplechase, but it is much more than that. You jump from cloud to cloud while the thunder crashes around you. Spend too long on the cloud and it starts to rain, and as it rains the cloud becomes phantom and you fall through it to the ground!
So, deftly you jump from cloud to cloud (there are currently 27) but beware! If you make a “hard landing” as you jump down (and you DO have to jump most times), you’ll spend too long on the cloud and …whoops! you fall. It is hard…it was intentionally made that way and I am still only just capable of completing the course about 2 out of 5 runs but it is a great design and worth a try. No cheating, mind…no Quickjump!

I don’t think it is signposted on the sky platforms yet, but if you find the Ponyball stadium you should see the new path to the course. I’ll try to post some photos soon, but at present that would be a tad difficult, since I am not…how to put it… able to see it at the moment.

For now I’ll just encourage you to trot along to Devon and have a look, it’s worth a tour for the design alone, and bear in mind that Devon is the home of Jo Gallindo’s Toybox Steeple as well.

Good Grief….yet again!!

•January 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The Streetwhores parcel on Wirtz sim was attacked yet again today. This time the griefer employed some new form of graphics loader that brought the sim to its knees again and crashed me twice. It would seem that griefers have already found a way around the new avatar complexity routines that were designed specifically to stop the use of conventional graphics crashers. It did not take the griefers long to find a new way to wreak havoc upon those with whom they disagree or just like to pick on.

The sim survived and the miscreants, almost certainly using hacked accounts, are banned and ARed for all the good it’ll do. New security measures are being worked out, so there will most likely be some lively debate about “script and complexity Nazis” until the sensible control limits are arrived at.

The trouble is that since Streetwhores raised its profile and its traffic, it has become a target for ne’er do well griefers. The price of success?

PS: For the curious, I am just an officer there. I do NOT offer services to those of an animalistic bent.