Jun 22 2009

My Second Life tier will soon be history

Sometime, it just isn’t worth it. Such is my new view of tier, in the context of what matters to me with immersive 3D and GIS. For about six months I’ve continued my hold on some land in the classic Stanford sim of Second Life, without quite being able to work out the boundary changes to just barely squeeze in a 1:1 scale model of a single large building. Even if I had been able to get the parcel into the shape that I needed, I still would not be able to model the structure’s dome with a prim that naturally had the large radius required. Not everyone is trying to model a Frank Lloyd Wright public building; perhaps the land can be better used by someone else with an architectural focus.

I’m scaling back ownership this week to the tier-free 512 square meter level in Second Life. I’m also building up a freshly configured Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope 32-bit server (dual 3.4 GHz Xeon – 4 GB, HP DL360 G4) to do some more serious sort of work with OpenSim. In the past five months I’ve developed some terrain data that can handily provide 1-meter postings over more than 500 square miles. With that much to publish, I really need much, much more than 1/8 of a sim, even a suberbly cool sim like Stanford.

View of beautiful Stanford sim with pond features

View of beautiful Stanford sim with pond features

The orange area is available at L$20/square meter

The orange area is available at L$20/square meter

So if anyone reading this has use for a great 7520 (< 1/8 sim) mainland location in Second Life with over 40 meters of terrain sculptability, it’s available for L$20/square meter. Discount available for OpenSim community members or known GIS people. With the world’s economy as challenged as it seems to be, I’ve decided that it’s time to focus on where things matter most, and for me now that’s OpenSim more exclusively.

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