Nothing like a good dose of economic forecasting

Does economic forecasting get you aroused? Nah, me either. That said, Linden’s release of some in-world economic data actually makes interesting reading.

The main point being taken from the information by residents seems to be proof that non-premium users are contributing to the financial success (or otherwise) of SL. What it also shows is the business discipline being applied behind the scenes at Linden, which makes any longer-term grid glitches even less forgivable if they’ve had even an inkling of the growth thats been occurring…

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Xmas

Three more concierges in-world should help in a big way. It’s good to see the recruitment continuing although it’d be reasonable to hope there’s a whole swarm of other people in the recruitment queue as well.

Linden increase PR liasion with users

Linden have announced a rotating roster of Linden staff available to communicate changes in grid status and the like, as the issues occur. Although it’s no substitute for a more reliable SL experience, at least knowing what the issues are in a more timely manner can only be a positive thing….

Town Hall – let’s have a barbie!

Linden are holding another Town Hall on December 20th at 2.30 pm, which converts to December 21st at 9.30am Sydney time.

SLOz will post a transcript of the meeting as it happens if you can’t log in yourself at the time.

Linden announce Japanese speaking liasion

Linden today announced the employment of Rika Linden, a Japanese speaking liasion person. It’s encouraging to see the growth of multi-lingual capability in-world. I personally believe an Australian liasion person is probably needed as we speak real English and it may not be understood by other alleged English speakers 😉

Search functions remain knackered

It’s the equivalent of a city’s mobile phone network going down – the ‘Search Places’ functionality remains dysfunctional in SL.

Taking a positive slant to an otherwise frustrating issue, let’s look at the mobile phone analogy a little further. With no phone coverage, you actually have to talk to people a little more – admittedly they may be people you’d prefer to only intereact with via a digital signal, but the process of actually talking to them face-to-face may be character building. Hell, your in-world neighbour may be your future spouse and you’ve never noticed them previously because you’ve been off searching for the latest communal hotspot. Between the teleport issues and search issues, Linden may actually be making the world a happier place.

See – I’m an optimist.

The horror week continues for Linden

The past couple of days have seen near continuous issues for Second Life. At time of writing, there’d been yet another update from Linden on the problems. Over the past twelve hours there’s been consistently high numbers of people logged in, coinciding with the US weekend load, which can’t be be helping matters.

On the positive side – disappearing Linden Dollar balances, disappearing water and other issues are not tending to create ongoing problems. I had a zero Linden balance on one login which was remedied the next login – similar to older issues in the same vein.

Version 1.1.3 of SL is released

Linden Labs have released the much awaited update to SL and the initial response has been… well… a lot of queuing to actually get back in. Linden are asking people to wait in queue and eventually they’ll get in. Another example of SL and the real world merging!

Any reports of usability of 1.1.3 gratefully accepted.

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