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Lag at SL9B: How to deal with it

KT asked me to share my lag write up with the readers here. I have updated the blog to focus on SL9B. Just remember, lag is like taxes and death–it’s inevitable. Deal with it and it will be a lot less pain for you.

In dealing with lag at SL9B this year, the organizers did all they could to decrease lag (mostly by being really tough on scripts), but let me clue you in—there will inevitably be some lag, so be prepared. That is what this blog is about.

We highly recommend you visit a sim a day or two sims and don’t try to do it all at once. There is a LOT to see at SL9B—folks have worked very hard on their displays and they all want you to enjoy and experience them. Take the full time of the birthday to do that—it goes on from June 10-June 27. Do a couple sims a night. Don’t think this is a one-hour-and-I-will-be-done experience.

A lot has been written about lag, and there are a lot of myths and half truths. We have tried to get to the core of what you what you can do to make your visit more enjoyable. First, let us say that any sim that has 50 or more avatars moving around and doing things is going to experience some lag. It’s that simple.

First off, and we hate saying it’s you but it really is you. The biggest portion of lag comes from the user’s end. It comes from having a lower-end graphics card, a slower computer, a slower internet connection, and a poor set up. We can’t give you all new computers and better internet connections. (Gosh would we love to.) But we can give you some hints to make it all work better. In short, our tips for making your time at SL9B (and everyone else’s) more enjoyable are as follows:

  • Make sure you are using a more current version of any client. Most old versions of LL’s 1.23 are obsolete. Get rid of them. Go grab a third party viewer or get v2 or v3.
  • Tinker with your Graphics preferences in your client:

Take down graphics quality and performance. (Go to Preferences > Graphics and set to mid or low.) Some people call this “turning down draw distance.” Do it!

Lag at Fashion for Life

Sl9B

Turn off anistropic and antialiasing. (Go back to Preferences > Graphics. In v1 viewers, check the “Custom” and click “Hardware Options.” In V2 viewers, click “Advanced” and “Hardware.” In that window, uncheck “Anisotropic Filtering” and make sure Antialiasing is set to Disable.

Lag at Fashion for Life 

Sl9B

Stop looking at other avatars. Do this by going to Advanced > Debug Settings > RenderAvatarMaxVisible and just take that down to 5. Really. Are you really looking at everyone else or looking at the displays? Come on! This isn’t some fashion show. (See below.)

Lag at Fashion for Life

  • Close other programs you might have running. They may be hogging computer resources and bandwidth. You really REALLY don’t need PS, Firefox, iTunes, Messenger, and WoW running all at once. You need to experience SL9B!
  • Adjust your graphics card to optimal settings.
  • Remove all scripts (including AOs). Too many scripts make the sim cry. We will be monitoring for script usage on the sims. If people enter with an unusual load, we will ask them to descript or in worst cases, resort to booting them. And we have done it but generally, honestly, it’s the rare individual who needs us to go that far.
  • Take off those particle wings, the combat systems, the big glittering ring, the scripted prim toe shoes from 2009 (and you know which I mean). Just be a normal person—or furry—or whatever. Leave the special effects at home. It’s just not necessary. NO ONE IS LOOKING AT YOU. They are all looking at the displays.
  • Wait a few days and go later and enjoy leisurely, less-lag perusing. (It’s open from June 10-27! Look on the map and choose a less busy sim.)
  • Do not lecture others on their arc, scripts, etc. Mind your own business and don’t be a drama queen. We don’t like the fashion police and really don’t care for the ARC police.
  • Have patience. We’re open for over two weeks. You can hit a sim a night, slowly enjoy the incredible bounty of beautiful building and music  and spend more than a week having fun.

If you really want to know how the sim is running, if you REALLY think it’s not you, go to Statistics view and get a better idea (or hit ctrl-shift-1):

Lag at Fashion for Life

If Sim FPS is running in the 10s or less, it IS the sim. They will restart the sims every day to clear the cache of the sims.

Look at the Packet Loss. If that is more than 0%, your connection is struggling. It’s not us. Call your internet provider 😉

Look at the Main Agents. That is how many people are on the sim. Remind yourself that the more avatars on the sim, the more cumulative lag. I typically enjoy most of SL lag free because I have followed all these rules and then some. It really works!

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SL9B: Telling People About Your Exhibit

So you have a really cool exhibit at SL9B that you’d really like people to know all about.  How do you tell the widest number of people?

As well as making sure that you’re sharing details on your blog, on Twitter, Plurk, Facebook, Google+. Flickr – and any other networks you have, there are two other things to promote your build.

Make sure you're listed on the pod tours!

Make sure you’re listed on the pod tours!

Firstly, make sure you are on the Pod Tour

The popular pod cars will be travelling all around the SL9B grid, and you can make sure that as they pass your parcel, they say something about this!

This is what you need to do:
Please provide the following information on a notecard to Yavanna Llanfair:

Your name:
SL9B Sim name:
X,Y position on the tour (not of your parcel – see below):
Text (up to 250 characters):

Put this in a notecard, call the notecard something sensible, with SL9B in its name, and send to Yavanna Llanfair.

Why does Yavanna need this information?
* She needs your name because she needs to know who to contact in case of a problem.
* She needs the sim (region) name  – e.g. Fruitislands SL9B Fun (just Fun will do – but FruitIslands won’t, because there is more than one of them). NOT YOUR HOME SIM! – but the SL9B sim your exhibit is in.
*She needs the X,Y position (approximately) of the point on the tour where it is to be said. Please note where the pod passes your exhibit (look out for it on the roads – it doesn’t go on all roads but it will come close to your exhibit), and think about the best position  for the text to be said. This will probably be 10 metres or so before it gets to the main entrance to an exhibit, giving riders time to decide to jump off if your text interests them enough, before they’ve passed.
– Walk to that position you want it said, then note the coordinates in the top bar of your client (e.g. 164,103) – she doesn’t need the 21 at the end 🙂
– Simply the location of your parcel will not do -she doesn’t have time to run around 300+ exhibits to check where the nearest pod passes, sorry.
– Alternatively, just give the SLURL, which will have the sim name in it as well.
If the location you send is not on a pod route, or Yavaana can’t tell from the information you give where it should go, your notecard will go into her “bad” folder, to be dealt with when she gets time.
* The text is limited to 250 characters, but the shorter you make it, the more likely people are to read it.  Text longer than 250 characters will be cut short – this is a limit imposed by the script. Yavanna reserves the right to edit text that is too long, or might breach decency, commercial advertising or other guidelines. Your text does not have to be in English – if your exhibit is aimed at (for example) German speakers, send her text in German.

Example:
Name: Yavanna Llanfair
Sim: Celebrate
X,Y position: 212,47
Text: The exhibit we are now passing on the right is something really interesting – you might want to stop off here and look.

Pod Tours will be running all over the Birthday sims!

Pod Tours will be running all over the Birthday sims!

Next, make sure you’re in the Second Life Destination Guide

Here’s how to promote your SL9B parcel to visitors through the Second Life Destination Guide!

If you are on SL9B property, it will help if you  have a landing spot set and a parcel name (an EA has to do that for you so just ask).

This webpage is the SL Destination guide FAQ page – it will help you to send the right information! Read it to make sure you have all the information you need to supply, then go to this page to submit your build. Note – if you are not logged in it will ask you to do so.

Choose YOUR exhibit in Location. Chose SL9B as a Category.

What? Not listed in Location? Could be they haven’t updated since you set your landiing point. Drop an email to editor@lindenlab.com with ALL the particulars from the application INCLUDING the texture.

Send the form – that’s all! If you have questions regarding the destination guide, or the form doesn’t work for you (it happens!) you can send an email to them at editor@lindenlab.com

Celebrating off-site? Please have all your information set AND permission from the land owner.

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Builders – The Last minute is NOW!

There are hundreds of amazing builds sitting here on our sims and hundreds of little green dots all over the map as builders rush to complete their builds. But we’ve also noticed a number of people who have claimed their plot but not started building yet. If you’re waiting for the last-minute to start, well, that last-minute is here! SL9B opens on the 18th of June but you only have until 11.59pm on June 16 SLT to complete your build. At that time the sims will close and everyone will be asked to leave. This is so we can conduct a full technical rehearsal and a  final check and clean up of all the sims. June 17th is our press day where bloggers, journalists (SL and RL) and photographers come to see your amazing builds before we open to the public at 11am SLT.

This means you now have less than 4 days to complete your builds. Or even, start your builds. Don’t leave it till the even more last-minute than last-minute!

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Some thoughts on Content Na- um, er… I mean Build Moderators

And now, a post on a subject that some folks won’t like: SL9B build moderators.

(Okay, okay… I’ll wait until the booing and hissing stops… and… alright…)

The primary purpose of a build moderator is to help make this SL9B celebration the best and most enjoyable for as many as possible without the content violating any of the Linden Lab terms of service or cause any disruptions or problems to those enjoying it.

The build rules and event policies were put in place to help folks make it an enjoyable experience and to prevent any serious issues, like copyright and trademark violation, for instance.

The moderators are “not out to get you” or act like some kind of roving pack of Content Nazis trying to wipe all the builds off the sims they don’t like while getting their friends as much land as possible.

The SL9B moderators team is trying to help you be a part of the celebration and engage the visitors and participants in the spirit of the event.

Nobody’s keeping “kill scores” or notching their belts or mounting breedable animal heads up above their fireplace. What does that accomplish but cause hostility and frustration and burnt bridges and bad blood?

Plus, when it’s time for SL10B to look for sponsors, do you think that anybody who got callously manhandled and chewed up and spit out this year would come back next year wanting to sponsor sims?

No. Of course not.

So, it’s a balancing act… fair, but firm.

How can I explain this better… let’s see…

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A Bit of an Oopsie…

Well this is embarrassing……

So I sat down last night to watch a bit of TV (I know, I know, who said I could take time off?) and what did i find down the back of the sofa cushions but a whole bunch of unused prims! How they got there I have no idea (although I suspect the Angel of Death might have had something to do with it – remind me to check his plot VERY carefully…). Anyway with all these extra prims, we’ve decided to share them out to everyone. Your plots will still be 32m x 32m, 1024m2 but now they will have 257 prims not 234!  Thats an extra 23 prim cubes for everyone.  There’s probably a whole heap of people who have already designed their displays to 234 prims going ARGGGH!!! about now, but now’s the chance to add back in those few little things you couldn’t do due to lack of prims.

So that’s now 257 prims per plot. Enjoy!

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The Birthday has landed!

Well, the first birthday sims are landing now … and these are in addition to the ten sims provided by Dream Seeker Estates because we have had another six sims donated anonymously – making a total of sixteen sims!

The Birthday has landed!

The Birthday has landed!

These six sims are coming online first, and the Dream Seeker ones will be joined to them very soon.

Zeebster Colasanti, owner of Dream Seeker Estates, says:

Dream Seeker Estates is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this year’s SL9B (Second Life 9th Birthday) and support it as a major sponsor.  This year SL9B coincides with Dream Seeker Estates’ own 5th year birthday.  Over the years, Dream Seeker Estates has enjoyed strong growth thanks in no small part to the trust and support extended to us by the Second Life community.  Combining our own milestone birthday celebration this year with the SL9B event is a perfect way for us to give back and thank the community that has supported us for so long.

Head to the sponsors page to check out our sponsors!

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