absentia

Sorry, unlikely readers! I’ve been in absentia for a while. (I say “unlikely” because I don’t reckon many people read this blog… yet?) I’m still here in SL, of course, but I’ve not been blogging. So, what’s new?

My life in OSGrid (and latterly Grid4Us) pretty much came to an end when my build was deleted. Owing to the fact that much of it was built out of no transfer parts, I was unable to back it up. The bad faith of the person who provided the server resulted in the breaking down of a hitherto pleasant relationship. I was convinced to take part in a project but was given no direction whatsoever in my part in it despite numerous queries and attempts to co-operate with the other partners involved. There isn’t any obligation upon me to keep the confidence of the parties involved, but unless they give me a reason otherwise, I’ve decided to do so. I don’t think their haphazard organisational methods will succeed anyway. So this was all a great disappointment that has largely led to me abandoning OSGrid and hence the OpenSim metaverse for now.

But I retain an interest in OpenSim grids. It’s a catch 22 because ordinary users need to go to such grids before the content and society is considerable enough to have a decent life there, but at present it’s very spartan precisely because this hasn’t happened. But why stay in SL? It’s a closed world and you have no control. LL rule it like a feudal fiefdom and can at any time change the rules of the economy so your business fails, as they have often done. I particularly dislike the way that they tax imports with a protectionist 10L$ tariff, manipulating land prices and now meddling with GLP 3rd party viewers. Try as they might, they always end up being moral arbiters though they protest the opposite.

I think it’s time to say thanks for the product, LL, but the metaverse has outgrown them and needs to become more like the web, decentralised on a metaverse of independent servers. This is already possible. The only question is how the economy will work and how the migration of content, communities, groups and so on will happen. Herein lies the cause of the current malaise in OpenSim grids. More people are coming, especially to OSgrid, but very slowly. The servers are unstable, more geared for developing the technology than for ordinary users. Content isn’t altogether safe on the asset servers, which are flaky, and very often you crash and get stuck with everybody in LBSA Plaza. It may be quite sociable for everyone in OSGrid to occasionally get chucked together like this, but it’s also frustrating. You can’t build a stable, growing world like this. Somebody needs to step up to the plate and provide more stable asset servers and sims. It doesn’t look like OpenLife have succeeded in this either.

Well, that’s about it. Sorry that my life in the metaverse hasn’t been more interesting of late…

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