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  1. I don't like these Mac vs. Win PC debates either. ๐Ÿ™ Sure, bootcamp is always an option, but then you miss out the main reason why you got a Mac in the first place, and that's Mac OS. Maybe there will be a nice, native Mac client for SL sometime? Sure, you are all gonna say it's unlikely blah, blah, but is it really? You can run iOS apps on Catalina, and I can see only benefits if SL ran on iOS, so... who knows.
  2. I'm still tinkering on a perfect setup to run SL on a gaming PC and stream it to my Mac. I miss exactly those things the most on PC too. I run the Ubuntu sub-system on my Win PC and used to use it all the time when on PC, but these days I'm mostly just use Git Bash when on Win.
  3. I can't figure out how to edit my previous post, so I will just add another (I hope that this isn't breaking some rule). I have to clarify what I mean with usability, so it makes real sense for somebody in a different situation: The Magic Mouse is very flat and it accepts finger gestures at the top surface. I have to re-learn fine movement because I hurt my hand in an accident, and the Magic Mouse lets me do that. For someone else in a different situation this might be different, and they would have a better experience with a more ergonomic shape, like most Logitech mice are. The Magic Keyboard is very flat and it has nice large keys, which also works out really well for me. There is also the connectivity and the battery life, it seems as if it lasts forever, and there is never any connectivity issues, which is not something I can say after using bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless PC peripherals in the past, where I ran better with 2.4GHz, but that made my Wifi setup suck. There was always some issue with my PC peripherals unless they were wired, and those wore down too quickly. I mowed through the average keyboard within 3 months, when all the print on the keys would be gone and things started to fail. I hate the cables, no matter if soft rubber or thicc and braided, they tie me to a desk in ways that aren't alright with me. I'm very active in front of my desk and workplaces, I need to be able to move and sit the way I want. With Apple peripherals I made due for literally years. The print stays on, the typing stays accurate, you can wipe them down, and they seem much better fortified against cervical mucus! The only real criticism I have is that I can't replace the battery in the newer Magic Peripherals. PS: Also, let's not talk about the butterfly keyboard in the MacBook and MacBook Pro of the previous generation. โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
  4. I use the magics as my daily drivers.... I always liked them for them usability but since I had the accident, there is no contender to the keyboard and especially magic mouse. For disability there is no alternative to Mac, the performance drop is in no relation to the usability drop. Sorry... that's the truth ๐Ÿ˜•
  5. I would go to a Apple store and bluntly ask them if you can try running SL, just make sure to use a throwaway avi and not your main. 27โ€‘inch iMac with Retina 5K display: $2,399 3.7GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory 512GB SSD storage Magic Mouse 2 Magic Keyboard - US English Crucial 16GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM Memory for Mac: $74.99 The memory you can add yourself, it's just a little door at the back of your iMac that you can open without tools: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201191#install1 If would buy an iMac for work right now, and already had a laptop, it would be one with this spec: 27โ€‘inch iMac with Retina 5K display: $2,999 3.6GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory 1TB SSD storage Magic Mouse 2 Magic Keyboard - German If iMac lives happily for 5 years it costs you about $1.70 a day, already with memory upgrade included. ๐Ÿ˜ŠโœŒ๏ธ These specs will run SL with nice visual quality when you play it on Mac OS, and if that doesn't work for you, you can install Windows on it too, and play SL and other games inside of Windows, but if you are planning on that I would rather buy a Gaming PC instead. A 15" Alienware Gaming Laptop that runs SL with nice visuals will cost you around $1,500. Many people will tell you that a Desktop PC is so much more powerful, and so much better to upgrade, blah, blah, blah, but keep in mind that for this you need to keep a screen around (one with comparable quality to an Alienware Laptop screen costs a lot of money), you have crappy-pants PC peripherals, you need speakers to hear things, a webcam, a mic, and, well, a desk that has enough space. PS: I never understood how people with Desktop PC manage if they want to do adult thing ๐Ÿ˜ณ on SL. Uncomfyยฒ.
  6. Yes, I was just saying that for a mobile computer (like I would use for school and as my daily computing companion), a MacBook Air may be better because it had much better battery compared to the MacBook Pro - but Apple just released a new MacBook Pro on the day we were writing here. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Now there is a little (13") MacBook Pro with a quad-core CPU also for the entry level models, and I believe when opting in for the 256GB SSD and 16GB of memory, it will be only โ‚ฌ250ish more expensive than the a MacBook Air with the same memory specs, but with only a dual-core CPU. Let me check prices first doe, and then compare an entry level MacBook Pro + 27" iMac bundle to a big MacBook Pro that is specced up high enough so it could run at least a little bit of (creator level) SL. With creator level I mean that you can spend an extended period of time inside of SL for product assemblies, performing uploads, and ramping up graphics temporarily to be able making great looking screenshots. UPDATE: Okay, pricing looks a bit different now: US$ 3,149 for big (15") MacBook Pro that's specced up to handle a bit of (creator level) SL US$ 3,498 for a MacBook Air and a 27" iMac that's specced up to handle (creator level) SL very nicely. US$ 3,698 for a little (13") MacBook Pro and also a 27" iMac that's specced up to handle (creator level) SL very nicely. In my opinion, these US$ 549 more for the little MBP + iMac are well spent if you carry your MBP around all day long. See, when you lose or drop a MBP that costs US$ 1,299 to 1,499 it hurts terribly bad, but when that happens to a MBP that costs over 3,000 freedom dollars, it doesn't just hurt, it's a loss-of-a-limb level of painful. ๐Ÿ™Š Applying that to a little MBP + Gaming PC scenario, you would end up with a kickass setup in the US$ 2,500 range, and if that really works out as well as I imagine it, you can still stream SL from your gaming desktop PC to little MBP while sitting in bed when spending quality time with your SL waifu! ๐Ÿ˜โœŒ๏ธ
  7. Maybe I should open a new thread for this, but I often think it's a bad idea to buy a MacBook Pro unless you really need that amount of power on the go. When I compare prices at Apple, I end up paying less for a MacBook Air + 27" iMac than I would pay for a specced out MacBook Pro, and I would pay a whole lot less for a MacBook Air + Gaming PC (including a decent 1080p UltraSharp screen from Dell that can double-up as "screen for SL" for the MBA).
  8. I always thought that not having (optional) multi-factor authentication was kind of grossly negligent. ๐Ÿ™Š There are good reasons to have multi-factor. Check these facts: payment info is required for uploading mesh models payment info can be used to purchase L$ currency L$ currency can be traded for US$ US$ credit can be processed to PayPal or Skrill <dramatization> So, as a creator I need to have my payment info on file (correct me if I'm wrong) to upload my mesh models. I could use a different account to upload my mesh, but then this account would already be known due to it being the creator, so it is known where my payment info lives. The creations I sell for spacebux, which I trade for freedom dollars to buy breadies, meaning if anyone brute-forced themselves into ZEN garden, they could swap out the payment info and process my breadies to their PayPal or Skrill account. </dramatization> However, there may be hope? After all, the fees for processing credit recently increased by 100% of their previous rate, maybe soon there is enough of a budget to finance the development for implementing such exotic security feats as MFA? ๐Ÿค” Personally, I'd like to see the TILIA INC. AUTHENTICATOR APP so people can authenticate with their RL mugs by staring into iPhone. SL users would love that! ๐Ÿ‘
  9. I just had an idea! ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿค” What if we could stream Second Life from an ugly Desktop gaming PC that is hidden away (similar to the rubber gimp I keep in my basement), to our pretty Apple computers? Teamviewer might do that, and I think it can also transfer files?
  10. Here is my not very useful opinion: I like my Firestorm dressed in AnsaStorm Blue and my Catznip naked. ๐Ÿ™Š โœŒ๏ธ PS: All viewers gorge themselves on memory, it's in their nature. I care about all animals equally, and won't judge a hog.
  11. I'm late to this topic, but if you still want information, here is my take on it: The reason for the poor performance is the CPU. That i5 chip in the 2017 MBP only has two cores and a rather "low" single core frequency. As someone already mentioned in this thread, there are also limitations due to thermal constraints. The poor, little CPU can't boost for very long in the tiny 13" chassis. Once it gets to 99ยฐC it might throttle the frequency below its base clock speed, resulting in a MBP that isn't necessarily hot and noisy, but slow af. You probably wouldn't have that issue on a 2018/19 13" MBP with 4 cores, and definitely wouldn't have that issue on a 2019 15" MBP. For many users Firestorm runs great on Ubuntu with a decent desktop i5 CPU and an entry level GPU. I'd order a 27" iMac with SSD upgrade (you can stick more RAM inside on your own), if you have the money go for the high-end model, skip the Vega GPU upgrade (you run better and cheaper with an eGPU), and test the heck out of it before the return window runs out. Desktop computer with Windows and ugly PC peripherals isn't something I'd be willing to put up with just to run Second Life. Surround yourself with beautiful things, mate, and you will have a better experience in any case. Linden Lab needs to deliver a proper, native Mac client that runs on Metal 2.
  12. We made a new creator kit for collars last year and you can learn everything about it at: https://www.opencollar.at/workshop.html I'm going to respond to some other postings as well. The code base that is distributed by the SL based OpenCollar group is a fork of my now retired product OpenCollar Six: https://github.com/OpenCollar/opencollar/graphs/contributors The forking was done at version 6.5.5, the last version where I was using oc_sys.lsl, which I have developed particularly for OpenCollar Six. Past version 6.5.5 I decided that it was more meaningful to separate oc_sys.lsl into modular plugins for the root menu (oc_root.lsl), the rlv master lock (oc_lock.lsl), the stealth or "hide" feature (oc_stealth.lsl), and the update protocol (oc_update.lsl): https://github.com/OpenCollar/opencollar/issues/1033 It was also a problem that the HTTP requests and URLs were visible to anyone in our full permission scripts on SL. This was very prone to abuse, where griefers were able to spam requests to our URLs, resulting in increased cost or denial of service. We were using AWS at the time for version control and update news service, a distributed attack could have been devastating to us financially, as we were barely making any money with our collars. At time over 80% of our content was cost-free and we always had issues with funding. Today 50% of our content is still cost-free, including the flagship collar and corresponding software package, something that I have developed and maintained for almost a decade. In aspect of all of these problems, I've decided to not to publish the new logic and the new URLs that we used for the new version control and news feature, and released the script where the logic lived, oc_root.lsl, in non-modifiable form inside of SL, with a link in the readme card where to acquire an open source version of it: https://www.opencollar.at/root.html As I'm the author of all this code, the copyright belongs to me, and to share it with others anyway, I was releasing these four new plugins under the Apache 2.0. What many people seem to misunderstand about "free and open source licensing", is that even though you publish your code under such a license, you are not waiving your own copyright in some way. I loved open source and what it stood for, so I found a solution that would make our operation safe, while at the same time, provide our users with not only the same freedom that they had before with the overly complex oc_sys.lsl, but an even greater freedom and much greater convenience in regards of fun modifications for all skill levels of coders, not just professional engineers. Legally the OpenCollar trademark belongs to nobody. If it was disputed, and I would make claims, it would most likely end up with me, because I have 8 years worth of documented efforts in creating, maintaining and protecting OpenCollar as a product, and as a community, unlike the persons who own the OpenCollar SL group. The Intellectual Property Right on much of the creative content in OpenCollar also belongs to me. I've been creating either the whole content, or the content in part or in collaboration. In particular all of the sounds, all of the particles, all of the default texture work, every single text in notifies, readme cards, the complete documentation, several versions of the OpenCollar logo, all of the collar vending posters, and most of the animation content, unless it were modifications that I based on public domain goods, which is well documented as well: https://github.com/OpenCollar/opencollar/commits/master/res While I understand that people want to stand up for what is right, I'd advise caution to make such statements about others Intellectual Property Rights. OpenCollar was something that we made together, and until the OpenCollar group founders returned to SL after almost seven years of absence, there were never any ownership claims made. We just had fun developing the collar and playing with it, and I was emotionally invested on SL and loved our community. People shouldn't be judged or mocked when choosing my side in all of this. It hurts when others amuse themselves about what happened to me, and I still tried to move on. I've spent all my free time in 2018 to disambiguate my product, the OpenCollar Six, from the so called "official OpenCollar", that was nothing but my old OpenCollar 6.5.5. I gave my produce a new name, Peanut 9, I created a new logo, I've organized a new and fun community group, and built a new flag ship location. I'm not sure why so many people believe that the SL based OpenCollar group is in some way not making any money of it, when the parties who immediately jumped on the band-wagon when the group founders started the OC 7 fork, were two strictly profit orientated jewelry business, where both make many sales on Marketplace based on ranking. I'm well known to support new and old residents who have smaller businesses but who create original and genuine artwork. To business men that has always been perceived as a threat because more good quality content, from many different artists and shops, means more competition. I like competition, I think it is extremely healthy for Second Life when there are many small brands, with tons of creative and original content. That's what builds this world, what motivates residents to purchase Linden$, what keeps SL relevant and alive and quirky and unique. I wouldn't take the scripts from either github.com/OpenCollar or from github.com/OpenCollarTeam. If open source is needed, I would suggest to go with my Summer Refresh version of the collar, which is, and will be, the last open source collar code base I ever published. "Open source" is over for me because I had to experience what it means when something I genuinely wanted to share with everyone, gets turned into pound of flesh that people fight over like crazy, with everything nasty introduced to it, including politics. OpenCollar should belong to no one and to everyone at the same time, just like so many other things should: https://github.com/WendyStarfall/peanut Okay, this post is getting very long, and I should stop. Thanks for reading.
  13. In response to the original poster: This kind of behavior is prevented in my distribution of OpenCollar. You are always able to do these things: 1. Use the safeword 2. Run away via Access menu If you cannot access the menu at all, you have to use the chat command, and if you are RLV blocked, you can either use OOC brackets ((like so)) or your channel. To learn about your channel, type: *info ..and if literally nothing happened, try to install my update. There are nice collar and cuffs sets available that use modern versions of OpenCollar, the most recent version is called "Peanut!". There is a nice collar and cuff set by Romka Swallowtail, available for L$10 on the Marketplace.
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