Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bright Canopy an alternative to SL Go



With only 250 signatures on the petition to save SL Go, one could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the market for a Second Life streaming service is far too niche to be of interest to developers.

Bright Canopy think otherwise and held their first meeting with Second Life residents on 25th April to explained that this service should be similar to SL Go, but will be web browser based, initially using Chrome.  So, if a device or PC can run Chrome then in theory it should be able to use this service as an alternative to SL Go, which ends tomorrow.

Bright Canopy is in closed beta right now, but will be a premium service accepting payment via credit card or Bitcoin, with plans to add Paypal and Linden Dollars after launch.

The service still seems to be a way off from launching, but appears to be the most likely successor to SL Go.

For information about Bright Canopy, see the notes from the in-world meeting here

Monday, April 27, 2015

General Election Polling Station



The UK goes to the polls on 8th May to elect the Government for the next five years.

Last time in 2010, no party polled sufficient enough votes to become an outright winner, resulting in a coalition being formed between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

Here in London City, our voting system is a little simpler.  Click the party you want to vote for and whoever polls the most, wins our election.

It is just for fun and no data is recorded.  Cast your vote here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/82/242/24

Last time London City went to the polls was for the mayoral elections in 2012 and your polling closely matched the vote of RL Londoners.  See the Story Here

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Ma'am




Happy Birthday to Her Majesty The Queen.  89 years young today.

Her Majesty has a day off today, with no royal engagements and will celebrate her birthday in the privacy of Windsor Castle.

Her Official Birthday is held in June.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Broadcasting Centre




Second Life's most popular destination expands its entertainment department with the opening of London City Radio.

Located atop the newly renovated Broadcasting Centre, London City Radio plays the best in contemporary hits and retro music. Streaming live 24 hours a day, LCR features a twice daily Alternative Music show playing hits from the 50's to the 80's and include many of your top Brit Pop performers. Using state of the art technologies, LCR delivers crisp clear digital sound.



Also located at Broadcasting Centre are our new television facilities. Drop by the studio and take part in London Live chat show or catch a glimpse of Fanny and Floyd on the cookery programme.

London City has always offered the best in entertainment and with these new facilities we are poised to take Second Life broadcasting to the next level.

Drop by London City and enjoy all that Second Life's most popular destination has to offer.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/192/103/83

Sunday Papers



 
I deny it all and I will drink to that.  Same again today at 11am SL (7pm UK) at Substation? :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Johnny Cash and The Highwaymen - Saturday



The coolest cowboy of all,  the man in black, returns this Saturday.

Dust off those chaps and put your spurs on for Johnny Cash and The Highwaymen, appearing here in London City!

Singer Songwriters, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson and Waylon Jennings unite to perform their most famous songs in one amazing concert.

The Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with The Highwaymen on Stage at 1pm SL.

Location:http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/114/115/24

London Weekend begins..




The Weekend has started in London City.  Come join us for an afternoon bevy courtesy of the mobile bar http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/85/224/24

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Summer in The City




Here in Old Blighty we're enjoying the first of the summer sun, with temperatures soaring to 76F today in London.

Usually the Weather in April is like this for about a week to ten days and then goes back to being a little less balmy until the Summer starts proper. 

So, whilst this may indeed be a 'False Summer', make the most of it and get down to the new pool side in London City North and enjoy the swim balls and floats.   There is even a bar for those of you who need a beer whilst relaxing!

London City Pool: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20North/91/7/22

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Loading Inventory



With the latest server rolls this week, the old fashioned UDP way of loading your inventory is no longer supported, so the only option is using HTTP to fetch your inventory.   It has always been a much quicker way to load your inventory library, so the chances are you have been using it for years already.

Should you accidently turn off the HTTP loading of inventory, as of today, your inventory will not longer load and you will be a cloud.

So best not to mess with this switch, or better still upgrade your viewer as soon as the latest update becomes available.

For those people who use Singularity, the update became available today and this removes the UDP method of inventory fetching, so you cannot bugger up your inventory by accident.

You can download the latest version here: http://alpha.singularityviewer.org/alpha/

Monday, April 06, 2015

Down on the beach



It was great fun to listen to Summer songs and chill on the beach today with all of you who visited for a bit of Barbie.

We hope you also enjoyed Dolly Parton, The Seekers, The Spring Ball, The Egg n Spoon, The Crucifix Race and Exploding Egg hunt and thank you so much for coming to London City for Easter.   We hope you enjoyed it as much as we have.





A short week ahead of us, then we get to do it all over again!

Bank Holiday Beach Party and Barbie




Starting now!...
It's a lovely day today, so join us and chill to the sounds of summer music, enjoy a paddle in the pond and a banger from the Barbie.

Starting now in London City North: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20North/85/89/23


Good Morning,

Hope you are having as much fun this Easter as we are.

And there is still another day of party during this wonderfully long weekend, so come over to London City and join in!

This weekend.. The story so far...


 



Come to London City and enjoy Easter Monday with us.   Events throughout the day.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/75/234/24

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter Sunday - Win Cash Prizes



Today its your big chance to win cash for your talents.   We have three highly tasteful events for you to participate in.

First up is the giant Egg n Spoon race, where the fastest person to lap London City wins 200 Lindens.  There are 2 heats to join, so 2 chances to win.

Then the height of sophistication is the fastest person around the region bearing a cross.  The annual Crucifix Race yields 200L per lap!

And the Exploding Easter Egg Hunt..  some eggs will pay you cash and others will explode and send you to meet the maker sooner than you expected.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Easter Parties and Dolly Parton




Join us today for Easter at Worlds End Pub,  Easter Ball at JUICED and today at midday SL time...

Easter Party and Dolly Parton in Concert.  Today 12pm SL (8pm UK)


EGG n SPOON Race this afternoon - win 250L


Teleport:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/95/104/23

Go Premium!



Second Life has an amazing offer this month of 50% off subscriptions to Premium Service! 

Usually charged at $9.95 a month, you can enjoy Premium for half price.

This offer only applies to people who sign up to the monthly billing cycle and is only applied to the first month.  So instead of paying $119.40 during the year, you will pay just $114.43 a  saving of 41 cents (27p) a month.

Alternatively, pay for a year in one hit $72 and you will save $42 (£28) more than the offer above.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Special visit for good friday



This afternoon we had a special guest appearance non other than the ..er..um ..something ..Ruby Babylon! who started her tour of the hub by inspecting Billys new crop.

Rumour has it there's eggs down there too

Seeing Evie arrived she pounced on the opportunity for outfit advice.

The Ladies lie about how much snatch you can actually see!

After pouring her ample heart out to the hub she confided in us her love of American G.I's and proceeded to frisk Justin looking for silk stockings and Chocolate ( "well there is a war on you know!")
Justin 4 Ruby 
love your roving reporter Mai x

Easter Weekend



Prepare yourself for the ultimate piss-up as the good Lord intended, when he devised this four day booze-a-thon holiday to herald the start of the Summer season!

Parties start throughout the estate on Thursday evening as we forget all about work and real life and concentrate on four days of extensive game play, with the emphasis on party!

Juiced, The Crown, Madame Lala's and The Worlds End are open all weekend and in addition, we have the following classy events on the menu for you to enjoy:

 
 
The Egg n Spoon and Crucifix Racing (inset)

So as you can see, its going to be a high calibre weekend, so don't forget to go to the shops early and grab a frozen chicken and plenty of grog.  You're going to need it.

SL Go, Goes



SL Go has announced it's Shutdown.

SL Go offers the ability to run Second Life at an optimum speed on older computers, because it does all the hard work of rendering and processing for you and streams the result to the computer or Android device.

Considering just how popular this service is and that only last month SL Go added the option to pay for the service with Linden Dollar, this is will be quite a loss to the Second Life community.

It will come as a bolt out of the blue for SL Go users as the company had only very recently opened their own Second Life Island SL Go Island and announced only two weeks ago it was making Firestorm viewer its primary service for Android users.

This style of processing, the first of its kind is revolutionary, so it was a prime candidate that the technology would be acquired. Onlive, the people behind SL Go has sold its patents to Sony, who will not continue with the Second Life streaming service.

The announcement on the SL Go Website reads:

It is with great sadness that we must bring the SL Go service to a close. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don't include a continuation of SL Go. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to use the service until that date.

 After April 30, 2015, our data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will be closed, and all credit card data will be deleted. No refunds will be available for any subscriptions.

 We will have extremely limited coverage for customer service over the next 30 days. We hope the FAQs below will answer all of your questions. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being an SL Go customer, and we wish you all the best.

In our year of SL Go service, we have become quite close to the Second Life® community. Thanks to your patronage and constructive feedback, SL Go became one of OnLive’s most successful services. We know how important SL Go is for many of you, and it saddens us to bring the service to a close. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of “SL Go by OnLive” and wish you all the best.
Link to website:  http://support.onlive.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/238/

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Rabbit rabbit rabbit rabbit ..



Things are not as they seem at London city as Rabbit fever takes over!
Support team Lady's lead the way
 
The boys show Evie how it's done

Join us at london city for more Easter fun everyday !

Free Wearable Jeep from Moon Store



The wait for the new multi-terrain vehicle from Mooon Store is finally over, with the release of the Jeeeeeep Vehicle... and its available absolutely free!

Mooon Store creates fun and unique Free vehicles and gestures for the quirkier side of life.  Be sure to visit the store and collect the various assortment of wearables. Enjoy!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/129/69/24