Miss Xah Toll has a very intriguing tour of Second Life she started back in 2007. She may have missed some things, here and there, but really, it's one of the most comprehensive pages I've ever run across.
And, tipped by Miss Kamenev, this very steampunk-worthy fabric is now on sale. I'm thinking corsets...but it would make a lovely fabric for quilts, as well.
According to the next sacrificial Linden on the SL blog, there's been an update to the 2.0 viewer beta--they repaired a voice glitch. Yes, I adore when voice is the big technological advance that must be preserved at all costs. How'ver, something very interesting after that: Dessie Linden said:
We are, however, working on resolving many of the issues you've reported and plan to release additional updates soon.
Really? So, in the future, we can expect:
* The return of the "inspect" feature and no auto-acceptance of items from others?
* Build menu restored, with the ability to build on prims, not only on plain Linden terrain?
* Enabling media with both an on AND an off button? (I know this killed me when I first went in--I couldn't get the media to turn OFF, I couldn't find the volume control, so I couldn't hear anyone talking to me! Bad, bad, BAD reaction for me--if I'm being screamed at, by something I don't want to automatically listen to in the first place, I tend to shut down and log out.)
* Making the media controls more intuitive in the first place, instead of forcing users to hunt them down every time?
* Setting default volume of media streams to 50%, at least, if not lower? (Starting the game, and having media auto-start at 100% volume levels...this is a good way to go deaf.)
* IM windows staying where users left them last time? (This is another big one; constantly having the IM windows start in default position, even if I've moved them somewhere better for me, kills all enthusiasm to use 2.0 at all.)
* A higher character count allowed in local chat and IM? (This is STAGGERINGLY needed; not everyone is content to live in the world of 'how u doin" and "lol ya". Some of us, I know it's hard to envision, like to spell things out.)
* Versions optimized for users who don't have the latest technological bells and whistles? (By report, people who track such things say that even on the lowest graphic settings possible, viewer 2.0 uses 100% of CPU activity; versus 1.23 viewers accessing and retaining between 20% and 27% CPU capacity--even when those viewers are running with all graphics on high. This is VERY VERY BAD.)
* Option to have chat IMs not pop up automatically?
* Option to set individual voice sound levels restored? (Not everyone has the same mic, the same background noises, or even the same voice; removing this functionality impairs voice chat, completely.)
* The merging of camera controls unmerged again? (And if it can't, why? And if the designers just want all the camera controls on one box, can we at least have that box transparent, not opaque, and potentially smaller?)
* Restoring separate pop-up user profiles? Or must we accept the profile butchery (resizing of all pictures, trimming of text, unnecessary inclusion into the HUGE beyond all reason tabbed screenbar) and 'just deal'?
* Including the user name and what they said on the SAME DAMNED BAR? (Having to read two lines for every comment said gets VERY old, VERY fast.)
* Restoring hovertips under 2.0? (A lot of people, me included, tend to expect at least that, so we don't have to click everything to figure out how much it costs and what it is.)
* Enabling different skins? (No one seems to like the new black/charcoal/grey color scheme.)
* Ending double notifications for payment actions? (This is driving people spare. "You have just paid L$5" followed by "This item has been delivered to you by X". Really, all that's needed is the one note.)
* The IM windows, when not in use, and the inventory/massive sidebar window, when not in use, transparent again? (PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.)
* Fixing the classifieds tab on the profile? (For some people, it's completely disappeared.)
* The number of items in inventory--that is, to say, the total count of items in said inventory--restored? (Some people lack this entirely. And it NEEDS to be there. Otherwise, you'll have people up to 110K+ items in no time, and the servers will burn out.)
There's dozens, tens, hundreds more suggestions in the main forum thread; I'm running out of room to drag them all over here!
I still agree profoundly with Shockwave Yareach, who said:
But I'll say it here and now that the losses will be catastrophic if you decide to fix the content theft problem by forbidding people from building anymore. That's akin to burning down the village in order to save it.
And Vella Capalini had a marvelous comment on how building has been impaired by the new viewer:
It's not that you can't build.. But building takes up the entire screen with that blasted 747 on the right side which holds your inventory. Of course the missing pie menu is a real downer too. There is no intuitive way to click "build" anywhere. Easiest I found was to click "edit" then use the magic wand to build. Unfortunately, there is a serious lack of screen real estate. You can no longer [resize] your inventory window. You'll find yourself constantly clicking that 747 to get it out of the way. Is nothing short of maddening.
Kendra Ling makes it plain:
To conclude: this new viewer is super for the newbies and the basic stuff, but it's a close to a trainwreck for business owners and builders.
Zi Ree also has a good statement of the case:
SL is not about Flash or websites, it's about a virtual 3D world, and the interface is supposed to be as invisible as possible, so it won't interfere with the immersion. Viewer 2 fails massively at it, because it's a right-in-your-face design, distracting and bloated.
And I'll let Sugarr Delight wind things up:
Kindly stop marginalizing part of your resident base every time you "make an improvement"
Gods, yes. SO VERY MUCH yes.
And Miss Dio comments on the death of There.com, and I can't help but hear bells ringing--because it sounds like Second Life is marching down the same road that killed There. That's never a good thing.
In short...for many of us, viewer 2.0 is not the future, or if it is, it's a repressive, confining, inelegant and depressing future. If they're really sure that this is the way they want to go...to "improve functionality"...well, the Lindens could always chat with the fellows over at There on how not to be them.
Or maybe they want to be them, but they're absurdly optimistic that being them, while still being Lindens, means their latest plans will work.
Yeah....here's hoping it works for you, guys. Personally I think you're going about things the wrong way. But when have the Lindens ever made a habit of listening to anyone who uses their world?