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Fulda Gap Reopens... PDF Print E-mail
Written by April Heaney   
Monday, 24 August 2009 23:35

In spite of it being closed for rebuilding for about, oh, 4 times longer than it should have been, FG is now reopened for players.  I do intend to continue to work with the sim, but not to such a degree as to shut the thing down again, but more in a gradual and even evolutionary way.  I really don't care to have the region closed for weeks on end again.  My main priority was simply to get the sim to a playable state.

I've temporarily suspended the requirement for the OCS viewer, in part because I want to investigate further implementations, and because I realize it's an additional burden on players.  However, cheats and poor sports can expect to get nuked from orbit.  Literally.

Love,
AH

 

 
Sale: Fini. But, new pricing. PDF Print E-mail
Written by April Heaney   
Monday, 24 August 2009 16:25

The Sirius Summer Sale was a Smashing Success.  Thank you all for your enthusiasm and obviously your business.  In light of how astoundingly well the sale went over, and in talking with customers and other A-List developers in SL, I've decided to do something TOC hasn't done before, and that's lowering what I consider the 'median price point' for the product line.

I don't know anybody who hasn't been negatively impacted by the global recession to some degree, and I think being in tune with the needs of our customers when many are trying to squeeze every last dollar/euro/real out of their entertainment expenses is important in the short term, and especially in the long term.  There are people who have been regular TOC customers since our first little store opened in May, 2006, and I hope that new people who have discovered us become part of the 'regulars' as well.

 
The Sirius Summer Sale PDF Print E-mail
Written by April Heaney   
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 23:05

As you may know, TOC holding a sale is actually less of a common occurance than annual celestial events.  50% off pretty much everything (No, the OCS Starter Kit is still L$50.  I know, we're bleeding you dry.) and this sale runs from today until...  we decide it's time to end it. ;)

 
Second Life 1.23.4 HUD Bug PDF Print E-mail
Written by April Heaney   
Friday, 19 June 2009 13:29

The newest iteration of the official SL viewer has an alpha sorting bug which is causing HUDs to lose their buttons, among other things, like so:

If this looks awfully familiar, here's how to fix it.

Addendum: As LL faithfully reproduced this bug in Viewer 2, and even managed to break the fix given below, we are reissuing HUDs without the background transparency, which solves the alpha sorting issue.

Read more...
 
All About Updating PDF Print E-mail
Written by April Heaney   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 20:05

I know this tends to confuse people who may not be used to updates, so I wanted to write this to clarify how this process works.

Products contain a script that checks in with the update server and gives its product ID and version number. The server looks up the product ID and checks the version given by the in-world product with the current version number.  If the current version is higher, it tells the update gateway to deliver a boxed current version of that product and optionally, a note card as well.

Most products check in either when attached or when rezzed.  Continuing to use an out of date product will keep triggering delivery from the update gateway.

Omicron 1.4 users:  If your update has not been triggered by attachment, using the Update command (i.e. /8 update) will trigger it.

You must unpack and use the new, current product for this not to occur.  Yes, it may seem awfully authoritarian of me to do it that way, but when I've made updates need to be initiated manually, I get a whole lot of "How do I update?" and/or "I didn't get my update!" messages. This way I only get "I keep getting updates!" messages, which is why I wrote this so I can simply wave a URL at those messages, thus saving myself and everyone much time and grief.

Happy updates!

 
The L$50 OCS Starter Kit PDF Print E-mail
Written by April Heaney   
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 10:43

It's our OCS virtual warfare economic stimulus package.  You asked for a way to play with OCS (because it kicks ass) without having to resort to virtual prostitution, and we heard you.  So, for a limited time, L$50 (or about what you can get camping for an hour) will get you a 416 D10RS rifle (OCS ammo only), a double pack of M67 grenades and an OCS HUD.

Available at TOC's main store in... The Omega Concern.  (Where else?)

 
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