Friday, February 27, 2015

Update: Followup on OSgrid reopening

Greetings again!

Well all in all, I don't think we have anything to complain about in the turn of events. The grid is back up, and is running quite well, less a hiccup or two here and there, and the complaints of lost or corrupted content are few and predominantly of a 'surface' nature.

Lots of old faces seen, some greatly missed, some not so much. Even so, everyone seems to be well pleased that the grid is back online and have come to pay respects, as it were. That's not unwelcome, not from any quarter.

So far, everything points to a healing grid and a healing community built on it.

Excellent stuff, it's good to be back.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015


BIG Thanks to the following folks at OSgrid:

Melanie Thielker
Allen Kerensky
Nebadon Izumi
Sarah Kline
Dan Banner
Key Gruin

All the users :)

All the donators, you guys really made it possible for us to be hard headed about this until things got better

We're back up and running!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tonight's Great News Is...

OSgrid is online, with logins set level 255 admins only. We're testing in anticipation of reopening.

A HUGE thanks to opensim old timer Melanie Thielker of Avination grid for the technology and skillsets she brought to the table to get us back up and running and a HUGE thanks to new team member Allen Kerensky of Myriad fame on OSgrid and in SL -- these two people are become legends in their own time these past few months.


Our peers, our users and even our 'competition' came forward and helped foot the bill for the asset recovery. Did I mention that seems to have been successful, and we still have our dataset?

The degree of patience and understanding put on display during this chapter of our existence has been phenomenal. Even the hardcore trolls seemed to take it easy on us.

THANK YOU ALL FOR THIS. It makes me proud to know you.

Justin Clarke Casey, thank you for your profound patience and willingness to help, even though it was a misunderstanding that brought us to you for help. Even though we ended up with a different solution, your just being there and being willing to step up when we needed help is profound.

Everyone that I didn't mention: don't feel left out. You're sufficiently important that these incredible people bent over backwards to do this for you, for us :)

Congratulations to us all and welcome back, OSgrid :)

Oh wait, I have to give this post a title??

Interesting that I should mention the Phoenix in the title of my comeback post and then have someone just this afternoon try to reach out to me from the "Metaverse Messenger" profile on linkedin.

Phoenix Psaltery or Katt Kongo, if that is actually you, I don't do linked in, it's a piece of crap. If you want to reach me, you can do it without the mediating intervention of linkedin.

'Nuff said.

Just 'cuz it was the last thing I was talking about before I last let this blog fall into a disgraceful state of fallowness, lo these many years hence, right now I'm gonna get into scripted vehicles.

The news:

Thanks to a fellow who goes by the name of Robert Adams, and a small army of invested testers, they work! Not only do they work, they work well, and largely as they do in Second Life (tm). You go, Robert! (When Robert goes, we all go! xD)

My current go-to is a Flying Tako, with some minor modifications as made by Kitto Flora, back when he was working on these things (I suspect that an unmodified copy would probably work better, but I don't have one on hand at the moment). As I understood it at the time, his modifications were not comprehensive.

Additionally, I have some good car scripts working, and a few decent airplane scripts, and thats just *my* work - others have been more prolific and obtained to much more success.

But the really big news is the backporting of Revolution Smythe's 'var region' code from the Aurora project; I'm not sure who to thank for this, but when I do, I'll have kind words for them. 'Var' in 'var region', as you might imagine, means variable sized. Originally, Rev wanted to be able to make just about any shape of region; but in the backport to opensim, they have to be rectangular. This is not a terrible thing; I run a var that is 2km on a side, and it works as well as anything smaller I ever ran.

Teravus Ousley's old megaregion hack does not begin to compare in terms of functionality, stability, and performance, but it will be recalled with fondness and appreciation none-the-less. Recalled, because I'll be running 'var' code.

So yes, I have room for my cruising, no matter what sort of vehicle I'm working with.

This all works phenomenally well; I take a summer's leave of absence to work a side job, and wow, it's like a whole new piece of software.

No complaints here!

Keep calm and code on!


Like a phoenix...

I'm back!

It'd be pretty easy to say I'd gotten busy and forgotten this blog, but it simply wasn't the case; I just didn't feel like it was something that I could continue at the time, given various factors.

I wont get into them now, they were predominantly negative, and are now well-placed in the past.

So, I'm resurrecting this blog. I'm not going to bother trying to recap all that has transpired in the world, virtual and otherwise, in the last five or six years since I last updated this blog; I think it will actually be that much more effective to acknowledge a great deal of change, and move forward from there. After all, the only people who don't know what has happened in the interim are imaginary ;)

SO without further ado, I'll do what we all do, given a chance, and I'll lay down some NEWS:

-- OSgrid, which has been offline now for some months, has been recovered at the considerable expense of our users and peers, re-engineered by Melanie Thielker (of Avination), re-implemented by Allen Kerensky, Nebadon Izumi, and Hiro Protagonist, under Melanie's guidance, and is about to enter testing in anticipation of a reopening, ETA coming Real Soon Now. See Allen Kerensky's excellent press release on status at

-- OpenSimulator, the software upon which we build our metaverse, and the respective so-called 'viewers' have reached a level of maturity and functionality that, for the first time (at least in my estimation), not only meets the standard set forth by Linden Lab(tm) and Second Life(tm), but in many respects far exceeds that standard. Extreme Internet High Five Over The Top Kudos to all the developers past and present, for all that you have done and continue to do!

-- Long-time OpenSimulator hosting company SimHost Pty Ltd (disclaimer: I'm 40% partner) had their domain name ( hijacked, and is now to be found at

I'll get into more detail on these and other matters in the coming future. For now, I'll just say it's great to be back in a position to have great things to say and to have the time to say them :)

James Stallings aka Hiro Protagonist on OSgrid