MSABC: I Feel, You Feel hunt now underway

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL is underway, and the event’s I Feel, You Feel Hunt hunt has kicked-off, which runs through until the end of October 2014.

The hunt, which has been organised by Earth Nirvana’s and the Be Hunted Group, features more than 50 participating stores and a creators across Second Life, with a range of male, female, and unisex gifts available to hunters. Just L$2.00 is being asked in return for each gift – and 100% of all donations will go to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer. That’s a very small price to pay in helping to save people’s lives.

To get started on the hunt, visit the MSABC in SL kiosk at the American Cancer Society Island, where you can make a donation to the cause, pick-up a fundraising tool kit – it’s never too late to get involved in helping to raise funds! – and find a list of participating stores and landmarks.

In addition, you can visit the hunt webpage for a list of participating stores and hints on where the gifts can be found.

Get started on the I Feel, You Feel hut at the American Cancer Socirty, and help raise funs for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Get started on the I Feel, You Feel hut at the American Cancer Society Island, and help raise funs for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

About Be Hunted

BE HUNTED {BH} is a group for store owners to promote their businesses through specially low-priced or free prize hunts. There is no cost to participate, and enquiries on participation should be made to Earth Nirvana. Th {BH}  group can also be used by hunters to receive information on current and upcoming hunts.

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Updated log-in screen viewer reaches RC

The updated login screen viewer has made it past the experimental / project viewer status and is now a release candidate viewer, version 3.7.16.294345. This viewer, which I previewed while still a project viewer, features two log-in splash screens, one of which is seen by users logging-in to SL for the very first time, and one which is seen by returning users.

The “new user screen” provides a couple of hints as to what to expect when those coming to SL for the first time log-in.

The log-in screen displayed by the experimental viewer the *first time* a new user runs the viewer ready to log-in to SL
The updated log-in screen which is only seen by a user logging-in to SL for the very first time, and which provides some information on what to expect.

The more “regular” log-in screen which is seen by returning users (i.e. those who have previously logged-in to SL), has the log-in criteria fields moved to the top, and introduces a few changes, which I described last time around, but will re-cap here for convenience.

The most obvious of these is that the credentials area now has three independent log-in buttons:

  • At last location – as  most users will be familiar with, logs you in to your last location; you’ll also be logged in to that location if you type-in an avatar’s name and password and tap ENTER as per the current viewer log-in screen
  • My Favourite Places – a drop-down which lets you choose to log-in to your home location, or any landmark you have dragged and dropped into the viewer’s Favourites Bar / the My Favourites folder in your Inventory
  • The familiar Type a Location text entry box, allowing you to type-in the name of a specific region / sim to which you want to log in – this now works if you type a location and tap ENTER rather than having to then click the Log-in button.
The log-in / splash screen in the experimental viewer that is seen by user who have previously logged-in to SL
The updated log-in / splash screen users returning to SL will see

Note that on computers which are used to access Second Life with multiple accounts, the user name field now has an auto-complete function based on the initial letters of an avatar name entered into the field (providing Remember Me is checked). However, do note that this does not extend to the password field, which is not auto-completed on the basis of the user name field. When logging-in with different accounts, you will still need to manually enter the password for the account you’re using.

The reason the log-in screen has been revised is that during A/B testing, the Lab believe they noted a rise in user retention of 3-5% among those new users who were supplied with viewers using revised log-in layouts when compared to those who received the release viewer download with the current log-in screen. Speaking at the TPV developer meeting on Friday September 12th, Grumpity ProductEngine Linden also indicated that these may be the first in a series of changes to the viewer log-in, saying:

We’re going to be putting forward some changes to the newbie log-in screen and then the subsequent returning user log-in screen. They’re going to be gradual, and sometimes not as beautiful as we might like all at once; however, you can be assured that they’ve all been tested and that they perform better.

If this does mean further updates might be appearing down the road, it’ll be interesting to see what form they’ll take.

With thanks to Gibson Firehawk for pointing out the log-in auto-complete and location fix.

Viewer release summaries: week 38

Updates for the week ending: Sunday September 21st, 2014

This summary is published every Monday and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Current Viewer Releases Page, a list of all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware), and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy. This page includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release:  3.7.15.293376 – no change
  • Release channel cohorts (See my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • New Log-in Screen RC viewer 3.7.16.294345 released on September 19 – simple and clean login screen for new users, and a corresponding update for returning users. (download and release notes)
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V3-style

  • UKanDo viewer updated to version 3.7.15.28403 on September 18th – core updates: parity with LL viewer code through to release 3.7.15; numerous tweaks and updates (release notes)

V1-style

  • Cool VL viewer updated on September 20th – Stable release to version 1.26.12.18 and Legacy version 1.26.8.76 – core updates: please refer to the release notes

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates

Additional TPV Resources

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