Second Life’s 12th and My 10th Year!

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Second Life much like myself within are still going on and so far no sign of death in both. For myself it is a miracle that something, even a social network, has held my attention so long and still a vibrant place virtual place to be.

Add to this contrary to the doom sayers and the constant rumours that Linden Labs are going to abandon original Second Life for the new version of Second Life it keeps going in it’s quiet revolution of the nature of social networks something the other major social networks have still failed to grasp even after 12 years!

As a side point those who keep spreading the doom and gloom that Linden Labs will abandon it’s current Second Life Residents when the new version out should stop and think that would be suicide on Linden Labs part as they are not stupid enough to look at a gift horse in the mouth as the current residents will give the new version of Second Life a head start.

This assumes that Linden Labs are even thinking of a second version of Second Life though I suspect they are more likely to continue with the current version and continue to improve it as in the end it will be far more cost effective as a second version would involve reset up of a grid, hardware, porting of software and the such which is still expensive business for little real gain on Linden Labs part. After all currently Second Life are real money spinners for Linden Labs and why change something which has already worked for over a decade.

Beside all this Second Life continues to be a quiet revolution in the future of social networks in so much it points in the direction of how social networks should develop but as always the major social networks like Facebook still only play at with virtual world kits rather than creating the virtual world needed to support it.

But as I keep saying which has been missed by those out there who claim to know the future of social networks is likes of Second Life is the future of social networks as after all people still like to interact face to face even if it is via a virtual world. Plus people do not need fancy kit to access a virtual world just a working viewer something Facebook and others have missed going for gimmicks rather than practicalities.

The most ironic thing is those around me are already using Avatars to talk to each other via the xBox or Playstation but still fail to grasp the fact that what I am doing within Second Life just on a more sophisticatedly way.

So the quiet revolution called Second Life keeps going showing what the real future of social network is which does not need gimmicks yet but it will eventually develop in that direction when the technology finally appears for real. It will keep the likes of myself hooked as it still more real social network than the mainstream social networks who continue to focus on commercialism rather than it’s social nature.

So roll on the quiet revolution called Second Life which is still ahead of it’s time even now!

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On The Other Side Bites the Dust!

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After a major issue with Changeip who up to today were providing me with a free dynamic dns service with no known reason decided to stop my service so all the sites which used Changeip have been moved to another free dynamic dns service.

But in the move I have not decided to move my small social web site, On the Other Side, and to close the web site down as it was serving no real purpose in the end. Also I needed the space on the server so I can run a small Opensim sim on my main server which is far more likely to be a far more fruitful use of my time than the social web site ever was.

So it is both a sad time and relief that my social web site has gone though it may still reappear in a smaller form connected to my main WordPress.org site so watch this space.

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The X Windows System Strikes Again!

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There I was yesterday praising Debian with lxde desktop which turned out to be very premature as once again the underlying X Window System used by the lxde desktop stuck again after an update!

The upshot of which I once again ended up with a Linux whose desktop was damaged beyond repair or very difficult to repair t a point it was easier to restart again. This is not the first time I have encountered this issue in so much it has been one of the constant problems I have had to cope with when using Debian with the X Window System both with AMD and Nvidia graphic card drivers.

It mean I had to go back to an Ubuntu Linux distribution which is far from ideal at my end but it seams that Ubuntu have seam to fixed the constant issues with the X Window System and graphic drivers which still exists with Debian including the current releases.

I think I am not only one who has been plagued by this issue and my biggest question I have to ask both Debian and the X Window System is knowing there is an issue why have you not fixed it yet?

Considering the fact that Ubuntu have seam to fixed the issue in so much you can update an Ubuntu Linux distribution using the X Window System without ending up with a computer which fails to boot up after the update.

As you gather I am very disappointed with Debian who from the little research I did seam to expect the user to fix the said issues rather than fix the issues as Ubuntu did!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

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Ubuntu Loses to Debian Again!

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As the current Linux distribution, Crunchbang, I am using has come to the end of it’s life I have had to change my Linux to a distribution which has a longer life time. So started the search for a new distribution which included a light desktop and a stable Linux behind it which as always runs the Second Life Viewers with little and no issues.

Once again I had to go through a number of Linux distributions which were based on either Ubuntu or Debian as they were most likely to do what I needed them to do. This time much to my surprised I ended up with Debian 8 with a LXDE desktop and not some obscure Linux distribution as the Debian/LXDE combination turned out to be a fast and stable Linux on my hardware.

But one thing which came out again as last time the Linux distributions based on Ubuntu failed to be up to scratch as they certainly were easy to set up and use but it failed to run any Second Life Viewers correctly either not displaying some special characters or even playing music in world.

I should of not been surprised in the end as Ubuntu may tell everyone it is the major Linux distribution even to a point it now associates itself with the likes of Microsoft and Dell but, and it is a big but, it is far from the best Linux distribution out there. If anything it is one of the most bloated and least stable Linux distribution out there.

Add to this regardless of some bad press Debian is still one of the better and more stable Linux distributions out there and those of us who regularly use Linux have already found this fact out over the past few years.

Plus for those people who want to run the major Second Life Viewers on Linux the only Linux distributions which they run consistently with least trouble are those Linux distributions based up on Debian. Also helps that it seams the people developing the Second Life Viewers use Debian based Linux distributions.

Once again Ubuntu lost out to Debian my end!

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The Internet is Not an Excuse!

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Once again after a discussion with someone at work and my experience on the likes of Facebook it seams that people still think it is very acceptable to be rude, disrespectful and even bully people on line because they have the excuse of the freedom of speech specially on line.

But considering that even on line you are still dealing with a real person with real feeling and emotions such behaviour is still not acceptable after all would the same people do it face to face as they know such behaviour is simply wrong.

So why do they think their behaviour on line is acceptable even hiding behind the excuse of their right of freedom of speech?

Firstly the freedom of speech is not a justification even on line for people to be abusive, disrespectful and bully people as if anything it is an abuse of this right which even in face to face interactions is not acceptable behaviour in a civilized and free society.

Plus in our modern world considering we now use virtual and on line methods of communication more and more to interact even socialise with people we should treat people the same way on line as face to face interactions as after all we have as people and society need to move with the times and adapt way we do things as technology progressed.

Basically we should tread virtual and on line as face to face interactions in so much much we should respect people and not abuse our right of freedom of speech after all it is a way we deal with people on a day to day basis!

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Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Social Media: Time Gentlemen Please!

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With the news that Stephen Fry has been hounded off Instagram got me thinking about the main stream social media web sites like Facebook, Instagram and even Twitter that there time has come, hence Time Please Gentlemen.

One comment Stephen Fry did say about Twitter, which can be said about all social media, is the fact that there was too much “too much aggression and unkindness” there. This sadly is very true and it is a sad reflection of what the Western World and those who use Social Media have become is very detached to the world and people around them.

It has been one reason why now I have no Facebook or any other mainstream social media accounts other than an impersonal Twitter account which purely exists to promote my blogging rather than be a personal Twitter account. All so I can keep these mainstream social media web sites at arm length with no personal data there.

I know that once the mainstream social media have in the past have had a very useful function in keeping people in contact but over their life times they have stopped being places to socialise but places where people now aggressively promote their political views, opinions and the such regardless of the effect it has on other people.

The upshot of which the mainstream social media have stopped places to socialise but places for people to spread hate, ignorance and hound those people who do not fit the more so called profile of a normal person that is heterosexual, white, Christian and Conservative. So in the end for anyone who does not fit this profile these social media websites stop becoming nice places to be to a point they have a very negative effect on the people in question.

From my own experience of Facebook which was not a very pleasant one because of bigoted, ignorant and openly abusive people I had to leave Facebook as it was starting to make me ill as it aggravated my depression. I suspect I am not only one who had has the same experience of Facebook and left for the same reasons.

In the end my personal view the time for the likes of Facebook, Instagram even Twitter has come unless they do something about their negative side but sadly they seam unwilling to do anything about under the guise it would compromise people’s freedom of speech.

But in the end these social media keep allowing people to bully, abuse and spread hate about others is undermining their very purpose of being social media networks as after all people are not going to stay there and find somewhere else to go online which gives them a better and safer experience online.

Those of us who have taken notice about the world around us would of noticed that Facebook now has to advertise on television here in the United Kingdom to attract people to join their social media network something such social networks never had to do before!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

When Are They Going Stop Believing!

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Once again when talking to someone at work about Linux I got the same old story from the person in question that he thought or had been told that installing Linux on computer was difficult!

Now with some Linux distributions that is true but to be fair the distributions in question are designed for the more capable computer users but now there are a growing number of Linux distributions especially Ubuntu and Debian based Linux which are now as easy to install onto a computer as Windows if anything easier.

What had become very clear to me they were ignorant about Linux in general not helped by a fact the media here in the United Kingdom still avoids or fails to inform people they have real alternatives to Windows and Apple. All not helped by young people who are very happy to follow rather than think for themselves even here in the United Kingdom.

So when are they going to stop believing the lies spread by some about Linux?

Well it looks like I have to lead by example and continue to show by using Linux that it is a viable alternative to the mainstream operating system and software. On top of which keep being vocal and keep banging the drum for Linux and Open Source in the hope it opens the eyes and fires the curiosity of those who eyes have been closed by the modern world around them!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

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