Sunday, October 11, 2020

Whats happening ?

Well, quite a lot actually, just not here on this Blog. I have this tendency to write large epistles of text, and then keep them as draft, review them, rewrite them, and still never post them. Hence nothing has been posted here lately. This doesn't mean this Blog is dead, nor are my adventures in OSgrid.  

Let's see, the OSgrid Map has been cleaned up, we have had some universities educate and graduate their students inworld due to Covid-19, we celebrated OSG's 13th Birthday, we had a successful western themed fundraiser event with great stuff on auction, and we had a day of downtime this week. This is due to our Asset servers having moved to a different rack in the datacenter, and as murphy's law states, this never goes without additional little quirks making life harder than you'd like. The good news is that these issues are resolved, and regular maintenance has been performed.

Up next is the Halloween Event, ( keep and eye on facebook / mewe or the forums ), and another day to put in your calendar is 13 december 2020, as than there is a OSgrid Membership Meeting. These are annual meetings, in which your feedback, along with those of the weekly meetings is made subject matter for the next board meetings, in which the direction and operations of the grid are determined. You're all invited.

Since 2016 OSgrid has taken loads of efforts to "entertain" it's community with regular weekly events, and here's a shout-out to the ever and omni-present Aussie Envee and all the wonderful DJ's and performers that entertain our community. The level of commitment these people put in every week is admirable. Another special thank you to Caro, who is the powerhouse driving the organization behind the OSgrid auctions. These are vital for OSgrids long term financial status. I can't put a full list of " thank you's" here, but thank you. For your efforts, your continued support, your time, and your passion for OSgrid.

We also had a talk to the owner of the "Asteria" region. For you that never heard of it, its more or less OSgrid's graveyard and it exists for many years already. Many friends that permanently logged out have a memorial on that region. As most of the data in there is irreplaceable, OSgrid has formally requested to provide in a backup and use permit, in case the owner ever decides to stop hosting that specific region. The owner agreed, but will continue hosting it for as long as he can. This is normally stuff that happens in the background without people being aware other than the ones involved, but as it is pretty unique for the grid to request a backup of a user built region, i figured i'd put it in here.  (now see if it makes it through the draft...).

So far for now, earlier drafts might still appear later, or they might not. But the show goes on.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Happy new year !

Well, that's a tad overdue, but still.Happy 2020 to you and all those dear to you. With that out of the way, lets see whats new.  OSgrid Recreation Plaza is running full-pull. Odd weeks run Primwords on Thursdays, even weeks have Speedbuild. After the contests, greedy is hosted. Monday evenings is greedy night and every Tuesday there is a photo-contest. So if you like gaming, or just socializing and don't want to "just hang around", Recreation plaza is a fun place to spend time, if not at some Party. Next week will be Valentines Party at OSgrid Event Plaza !

Opensim developments follow up rapidly, OSgrid is currently at Yeti released at 18-12.  Red Dragon Regions run these since release, without any notable issues. We have seen an increase of people moving over from GcG, as their grid is still not returned in a working state. It's being worked on though, and is expected to pop back in business in the near future.

Lately i have seen several people reporting " strange" issues with their regions. Most disappear when people update their machine. Normal maintenance for your PC, whether on Linux or windows is advisable, if you want to run a stable environment for your regions. Also sticking on some silly old build WILL land you into problems eventually. The rest of the world moves along. Update your OS and software regularly.  (Also when is the last time you saved an OAR of your regions ? )

OSgrid released some new rules for the Plaza's, to keep them hospitable. Apparently requesting people to "just behave civilized" is too much for certain individuals, that seem to thrive on needless drama, pointless discussions, or overuse of sounds, gestures, particles and/or spankers. One considers it great fun, another get's annoyed by the same. But there is a difference between playing a funny sound/ gesture, and just being annoying. (Use that same funny sound/gesture 30 times in a row).
This generates complaints, thus we get more rules.

Mind these rules are not made to restrict you in your freedom, you can still do whatever you like.
If your middle name is "excessive" however, consider doing that on your own region. If you simply can't have fun whilst acting like an adult human being practicing common decency, any public plaza's might just not be the place for you to hang out. It's not patronizing, its just OSgrid trying to keep things hospitable and accessible for everyone. For 98% of people these rules won't change or do anything.

Last but not least, Singularity seems unstable and have loads of glitches lately (to the point of just being unusable), and the latest Firestorm DOES NOT WORK with Opensimulator. Bugs with sound, graphics crashing, and other misery can occur if you run a flaky viewer. So if you seem to have a constant fight with rezzing, sound, loading, teleports, or your windows crashing altogether at shutdown of a viewer, you might want to try an older /different version of viewer.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

OSCC 2019, Membership meeting Osgrid, Fresh Yeti build

Last weekend the annual OSCC ( Opensimulator Community Conference ) has been held, and it was well attendend. I personally haven't been on the regions a lot, mainly due to the excellent and high quality livestreams, enabling me to follow all i liked without having to be present in pixel form. Big thumbs up to the organisation for another succesfull conference.

This weekend we also had The OSGrid Membership meeting planned aswell, so to avoid conflicts it was shifted a week prior to OSCC. The meeting logs havent been posted yet, but will appear on the Osgrid wiki sometime soon. Some changes in the board have been announced, AlbertLR will stop his work as Treasurer and hand this function to Wizard as the by-laws of our grid require such shifts.
He will remain admin, and assist OSGrid with administrative and legal work as secretary. The main (and very good) news of this meeting was that Osgrid Inc. for the first time in it's history has a "normal" and healthy surplus bank-balance.

Just before the meeting, a new Yeti Opensim build was uploaded to Osgrid, which you can grab here.  Red Dragon regions have been running Yeti since it was released, without any noticeable issues.

For the last weeks of this year we have a huge christmas party  (friday 27th) in the 'Osgrid pipeline', and possibly (if there is enough interest for it) a "networking session" in which you can learn about NAT,  servers, routers, portforwarding and running Opensimulator from your home on a windows or Linux machine.

Last but not least, Primwords and Speedbuild are running every Thursday on Recreation Plaza. These events are hosted by Snakedance Moonwing and start at 13.00 grid time. If you have never attended, you really should try it at least once. You migth really like it, as those games are quite fun, and very specific to Virtual worlds. After the winners are annouced, Tiggs Beaumont hosts Greedy dice-games at 15.00 on the same plaza.