More Gentle Breezes in Second Life

Gentle Breezes, October 2019 – click any image for full size

It’s been two years since our first visit to Rosy Highwater’s Gentle Breezes, and while I have a handful of region visits stacking up awaiting write-ups, I’m jumping ahead of some of the newer places we’ve visited (which are either getting a lot of attention right now, or may still be undergoing some further changes) to write about it once again as the colder months start to wrap their fingers around many of us as winter approaches.

Gentle Breezes, October 2019

A homestead region, Gentle Breezes offers a balmy, semi-tropical location of low lying beaches and palm trees backed by hills and temperate trees. Cut by a channel fed by waters tumbling from high falls, the region offers a restful setting where numerous places to watch the tide and the sea birds await visitors who want to spend time relaxing and enjoying their time together.

Gentle Breezes, October 2019

Up on the hills are more places to explore: cottages and cabins, outdoor seating areas, picnic spots, and more. Beaches and uplands are linked by a single path, one that passes between two blocks of rock a short distance from the landing point, wooden boards easing the way up the slope. North of these is a smaller beach facing a small island across a neck of water. Home to a cabin, this little island offer a place to get away from it all even while you’re getting away by visiting Gentle Breezes.

Gentle Breezes, October 2019

Wherever you wander on the region there is something to see or a place to sit and / or cuddle – while for those who fancy, the shallows can be waded and the local wildlife can be observed.

Spending a lot of time writing about Gentle Breezes isn’t really what counts here; the region is easy to visit and explore and offers more than enough to keep visitors engaged while exploring. So if you are missing summer already and want to have a sense of warmth and sunshine and hot sands beneath your feet, Gentle Breezes with all its little beauty spots and touches of detail, could be just the ticket.

Gentle Breezes, October 2019

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2019 Simulator User Group week #41

{PAPPADO}. August 2019 – blog post

Simulator Deployments

Please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest updates.

  • There was no deployment to SLS (main channel) on Tuesday, October 8th.
  • Two RC deployments are scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th:
    • 2019-10-03T01:12:11.531528, comprising:
      • Fixes: BUG-227645 EEP issue; windlight no longer rendering properly.
      • Internal logging changes.
      • Improvements to simulator state saves, which should make rolls smoother.
    • 2019-10-03T01:23:43.531529, comprising the same updates as above, with the addition of the internal script improvements previously deployed and subsequently rolled back.

Script Improvements

For details on the script issues referenced above, please refer to the following blog post from Linden Lab: Parent/Child object Script Communications.

An important point to note with this is that when release 2019-10-03T01:23:43.531529 has been deployed, any scripts that still exhibit the kind of communication issues indicated by the blog post will likely need to be altered by their creator to match the example scripts supplied in the blog post, or at least follow the communications process defined within it.

We’ve also learned a bit more about esoteric scripting behaviour; for example, if an event happens and it’s going to get picked up by multiple handlers, there is NO promises about the order they get it. And with communication or transfers between prims and objects, the big lesson is to make sure everything is ready with “hello” exchanges and confirmations that both sides are ready. It’s like passing a ball – make sure the other side is ready to catch it.

– Simon Linden

SL Viewer

The long-awaited Voice RC, version 6.3.2.531587, was issued on Tuesday, October 8th. Primarily intended to improve voice detection when you’re speaking, this voice includes the following fixes (non-public Jira reports):

  • BUG-227356 [Win] ‘SLVoice.exe’ starts an unexpected cmd window
  • VOICE-56 Voice is cutting out – seems like a threshold is too low
  • SL-11958 viewer-manifest should treat missing files as errors

The remainder of the official viewer pipelines remains as follows

  • Current Release version 6.3.1.530559, formerly the Umeshu Maintenance RC viewer, dated, September 5th – No Change.
  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
    • Legacy Profiles viewer, version 6.3.2.530836, September 17th. Covers the re-integration of Viewer Profiles.
    • Project Muscadine (Animesh follow-on) project viewer, version 6.4.0.530473, September 11th.
    • 360 Snapshot project viewer, version 6.2.4.529111, July 16th.
  • Linux Spur viewer, version 5.0.9.329906, dated November 17th, 2017 and promoted to release status 29th November 2017 – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version 3.7.28.300847, May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.