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  1. The price increase for premium membership is $2.49 which, considering there has been no price increase in over 10 years comes out at an increase only slightly above the rate of inflation.

    Yes any increase is unwelcome but in all honesty to have no increase in so long is good going.

    An increase in the number of groups? Not really interested as I have only 30 group memberships. An increase in offline IM's - again not really that interested as I disable many groups from notices (spam event groups mostly).

    The basic users will be up in arms over this of course as they are seeing their groups cut from 42 to 35 but hey - LL is here to make money and SL is not free to host.

    All in all this is not a major problem for those who give LL their money via island ownership or premium membership but it will be an issue that the basic members will not be happy about one bit.

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  2. 10 hours ago, Cam Mode said:

    Think of these 2 releases as a beta, Patch said they were small releases. Long term they need to build new homes/boats to replace ALL those circa 2010 Linden homes so we'll be drowning in these houses "soon".

    But I do think that new premium members who signed up from the announcement until a regular size release, whatever that is, get extra month(s )of membership  ** if **  they didn't use any land benefits .

    Like if a major delivery website blows the guaranteed date, you can request an extra month membership.

    That would be a "good will gesture."

     

    No - offering any form of compensation is not a good idea nor is it needed.

    In the benefits for Premium Membership it simply states that you can have your own private Linden Home - it makes no reference to the type of said home. As the older styles are still available whilst the new ones are sold out then no remedial action is necessary to compensate as no loss has been experienced. People may WANT a new linden home but the bottom line is they are entitled to just a linden home (meaning the older styles when no others are available).

    This jumping up for compensation for a perceived loss when none has happened is a sad trait in society these days.

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  3. My hunch is nothing much will happen until the start of normal office hours for the folks in San Francisco at the earliest given that most people who want these homes will probably be in the US they would want to open up at a time they are awake. Just a guess though.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Opal Gustafson said:

    I wonder if i have to much scripts on my land. Memory used 9588 kb. Was thinking if it cause lag for some people. I can see there is scripts in some items i have out, but when check i can not see that in content-tab. Do i need to unlink and remove scripts there to reduce lag? Or can i just turn off somehow? Not so familiar with scripting and such things. I want the best for my neighbours only 🙂

    If you are not experiencing any lag potentially caused by the scripts being in the items then nobody else will either as scripts are run server side not client side (everyone on the sim would be lagging).

    However, as other have stated it is a rule of thumb to always remove all unnecessary scripts from items (once ensuring you have a backup of course). Now if only all designer who use texture huds on no modify items would also include a feature to remove the texture script once we have set it.

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  5. On 5/1/2019 at 4:21 AM, Alaeric said:

    It's been two weeks since the release, and I've yet to see a single in-world notice about a new premium benefit.  Perhaps something sent out to premium members would have been in order?  But that's just the opinion of one RL customer service rep....<grins>

    There was a post made on your account dashboard on Monday, April 15th, 2019, 7:28:00 PM (UTC) titled - Fresh New Linden Homes are Here with New Themes and Larger Options

    That linked to the page 

    No need to monitor the forums etc. just take a look at the dashboard as you go to log on to SL and catch up on what's new - that is what it is there for after all.

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  6. Well

    5 hours ago, Adumelial Rothstein said:

    I am a former  IT database, computer and gps coder and Team Manager. I never dealt kindly with lazy programmers on my team either. A

    Well with such an apparent bad attitude and inability to provide constructive criticism I am not surprised you have "former" in your job titles. It matter not one jot how much money you decide to spend on L$ purchases - that does not entitle you to any different treatment. You have not lost anything - just take one of the old (and small parcel size) homes back in the meantime and wait for the release like the vast majority are.

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  7. 4 hours ago, Miaa Mureaux said:

    i was able to snag a home this morning .. guess i got lucky i dont know if they are still available 

     

    Very lucky of you :)

    I hope more become available en masse soon as I know several people wanting to get a houseboat.

  8. The inability to post directly to Flickr is frustrating but thankfully not the end of the world as they have alternative upload methods - they just omit the extra bits like location details & tags which you have to manually set. I expect that once they complete the migration (which I had to undergo twice as it somehow immigrated my logon back to my yahoo one) this will all get resolved.

  9. 33 minutes ago, Ai Austin said:

    Patch, does this mean that anyone entering the monitored area gets a warning instantly and then gets ejected if they have not passed through within 15 seconds (or as set)?

    That might mean that people see a lot of pop up messages as they fly through.. most nice trips are lower than 400m to see the view as you travel along or at sea level its easy to clip the outer edges of houseboat dock areas.

    I hoped that the security system might have a delay before activating the warning... say a minimum of 10 seconds, then a short delay before the kick off... say a minimum 5 seconds... so same minimum limit of 15 seconds but avoiding lots of pop ups from anyone flying over in under 10 seconds.

    Maybe in version 2 if that is not already the process? I will test with a second avatar to see how it currently works later today. Thanks.

    I tested this and there does indeed appear to be a delay before the warning message is sent (in chat) to the intruder. Not sure exactly how long the delay is though.

    Also - I tested it on land elsewhere and it works fine so this is not just restricted to being used in your Linden Home.

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  10. 2 hours ago, NiranV Dean said:

    Correct me if i'm wrong but i don't remember EEP adding parcel lighting, only height-based presets. FS will keep its hacky Parcel lighting as far as i heard. Whirly?

    It's save to assume that an UI is massive it features only a few sliders (hardly more than before) and covers half my screen on a standard 1920x1080 resolution. These windows roughly waste 800 pixels in each direction. While they are only needed while "setting up" how are you going to set things up and see what you are trying to set up if the whole screen is covered by the UI? Do you want to move the window out of the screen or minimize the windows all the time?

    That's exactly what i'm concerned about, people WILL hold you ransom to get their windlights, that's exactly what i'm complaining about in this new system, LL gave them the tools to do so and we all know what people will do if you give them tools to do stupid. People sell shapes too even though shapes can be created by anyone at any time in mere minutes, yet they make them no mod and basically hold you ransom with it. EEP will just do this again, people will create no mod environments and force you to buy them to be able to edit and save them for later (given they are mod to begin with), the only other option is creating a new preset from scratch. I want to be able to quickly edit windlights i'm seeing and i want to be able to save my changes if i so desire, that's how lots of cool windlights get made, this new system doesn't allow us to anymore.

    EEP doesn't pull anything closer together than everything was already, worst case we split everything even more. We are just getting a few more features, some of which are logical improvements (such as decoupling the moon), changing the texture of the moon (just like clouds) and some other are things we already had (24 hour daycycles which could have been extended to 72 hours easily).

    I honestly fail to see how it is better. They hand you a sweet bonbon while holding a knife in the other hand behind their back, for every improvement they added something that totally destroys it again.

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    Option to set parcel environment settings within the EEP viewer.

     

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  11. 17 hours ago, NiranV Dean said:

    I'm curious what the reason is behind thoroughly enjoying anything of the EEP Viewer in its current state.

    *snip*

    Ok lets start with parcel settings.

    Yes I know that Firestorm has a workaround to use parcel settings by having text in the description field but let's be honest - that's not really a very elegant solution. The solution provided by EEP is far more elegant.

    You mention a massive UI that covers the whole screen - well I guess that depends upon what resolution you run at. Also that UI is only needed for when you are setting up the environmental settings - once you have set them up then you apply them from the "My Environments" option that opens a tiny little window.

    You also mention marketable objects for EEP - yes you can create environmental settings and then share, sell or give them away. However that does not mean people will suddenly create environments and hold you to ransom in order that you can obtain them. Every current windlight setting can be imported so you have hundreds of them out there free to import at the moment. I seriously doubt anyone is going to make a big business out of selling EEP settings.

    The most important thing about EEP is I think progress. It ties together the client, parcel, sim and server without the need for workarounds and hacks in clients. All clients will see the same thing (assuming they adopt support of EEP). It is as much a step forward as windlight was when it was introduced - I'm sure you can remember there were many of them who complained and said windlight itself was not needed and caused problems.

    Is it perfect - of course not. Is it better - in my opinion yes.

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  12. The only time I do not use regional lighting is when (to me) it looks awful or I am doing some arty photography. Every other moment I am seeing regional settings as set by the owner. Sadly many people assume that because they use a viewer which allows them to permanently override lighting settings with one they prefer that everyone must do the same. Thankfully that is not the case.

    I am throughly enjoying the regional lighting in the EEP enabled viewer and enjoy it as my default SL viewer - yep I am one of those weird people that does not use a third party viewer. Don't be scared of me :)

     

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  13. The "Shop" looks all very slick but having to enable media player to use the HUD, lack of real information or a real demo that I can use outside of the controlled environment of the shop plus my memory of my previous TMP body and the total lack of support it has makes me wish they people are not fooled by this.

    I may be wrong but I suspect this is more of the same - flashy style but no real content or support in the long run.

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  14. I enjoy "me" time in SL - time when I just sit, watch the sun and listen to the calm piano music on my parcel. It's a necessary time for me as it allows me to process things in my mind and prepare for others.

    That said I also enjoy going out into the world, meeting people and interacting but try to avoid all those busy events as it makes my viewer grind to a halt :)

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  15. 11 hours ago, Aeriabella said:

    Yep, totally NOT PLEASED with how they rolled this out.  I watch the forums and my dashboard and missed out on this.  If they were going to release a BETA to try these homes, then keep it quiet.  If this isn't a beta, where are the rest of them for everyone else?  I pay my Lindens for Premium too, and the way they rolled this out is TERRIBLE! 

    Extremely poor planning and communications on the part of SL.

    Sorry you feel that way but I found out about the new homes from the main dashboard and the post made there on April 15th. Short of sending out a mail message to everyone I'm not really sure how it could have been communicated more. How would you have liked it to have been communicated?

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  16. I am quite happy with the houseboat location that I have got - in a smaller marina not far from the "great south channel" to the other continent. Though I do know quite a few people who are waiting for the new homes to be released so they can snap up a houseboat of their own so I think these will go fast too!

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  17. 48 minutes ago, Daniel Voyager said:

    The new airstrip looks nice :)

     

    They are really going all out for including the residents in actually making the continent a "living" place with all the Rez zones for water, ground and air vehicles. I just hope my peaceful views from the houseboat do not end up like a few from St. Mark's Square in Venice with cruise liners going past every hour or so :)

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