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Gunnar Korobase
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Gunnar Korobase wrote:

What ever happened to the Second Life in a Web browser project? I don't see this anymore and old links just go to the Join SL page.. ?

It looks like LL's new Basic Viewer was the compromise - instead of using a browser, just dumb down Viewer 2.x - brilliant in theory.

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I was utterly underwhelmed by the SL in a Browser experiment.  It was slow, looked poor, and ate even more bandwidth than the SL viewer does.  And anyone with a bandwidth cap (that's all of us) will find themselves unable to log in for more than a couple of nights a month.

Great idea on paper.  Terrible idea when you look at how much extra it costs -- the computer in the computer farm that's rendering the imagery and simply pumping out compressed video to you isn't free, so the already too expensive SL would be priced even higher. 

It was an interesting experiment, but should be treated as nothing more.  And while making a basic mode for the viewer is a step in the right direction, it is still LL's gross mismanagement and refusal to just leave customers alone to enjoy their purchases without micromanaging them that is driving the current shrinkage of the grid.  Also the loss of our ownership -- nobody is going to drop 4 figures on anything without owning it, so no more land buyers are coming in to replace the ones who are quitting because LL has made the grid about as much fun as a powerpoint presentation.

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