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More Second Life Tips and Tricks

October 18th, 2007 | Category: Education, Resources, Second Life Tips, Second Life Videos

By Stone Culdesac

Here is a big collection of stuff I have run across today, all intended to help you, our loyal reader, er, I mean readers. ;)

Top 5 tips for the newly born This title is a little misleading because it’s a lot more than just 5 tips, this is five tips, with some posting many more than 5, from each user. There are 10 pages in this thread, which I haven’t read all of it yet, heck, I bet there are almost 50 tips or suggestions on the first page alone! Here is a small sample:

1. Butt grab
To look and move around in tight places: Left click & hold your own butt - move your mouse around - wow! you can look up & down and steer yourself when using the movement keys (arrows or W A D S)

2. Mouselook
Do you have a scroll wheel on your mouse? if so; scroll toward yourself and the camera will zoom in all the way to mouselook - do this when flying and you can hold the forward button (up key or W) and then just point where you want to go with the mouse.

3. Profile Breadcrumbs
Right click on other people and read their profile (right click on the person >> choose profile), - look in their “Picks” tab. By clicking on their picks you can choose “teleport” to that location. Check those places out - when you get there, look at others peoples picks and check those out too - you can bounce all over the world this way. Source: Top 5 Tips for the Newly Born

Another sticky post from the Second Life forums, Step by Step: How to Transfer Land is a complete set of instructions on how to transfer land, definitely worth a read.

Yet another stickied post for the Second Life forums is a collection of notecards containing the most frequently asked questions the Live Help teams has encountered, a little sample:

Q. Why is this so slow?

SL is a very complex 3d application which consumes much of your computer’s CPU, memory, video, and network resources, more so than nearly all other 3d programs; this is because the world that you see is completely dynamic, and must be updated in real-time for everyone anytime something changes.

Most 3d games have pre-compiled “maps” that have everything set in stone so that much of the difficult processing has been pre-computed ahead of time. These maps are large files which describe what is mostly a static non-moving non-dynamic scene. However, SL has no pre-compiled maps. Source: Frequently Asked Questions: Notecards from 2 Years of Live Helping :)

Torley Linden has posted another video tutorial on the Second Life Blog, this time he focuses on How to deal with some common annoyances like:

  • How to stop “triangles coming out of stuff!” (If you’ve seen it, you may very well know what I mean.)

  • How to stop animations
  • How to turn off foot shadows
  • How to mute sounds
  • How to stop viewer-side effects on your objects (like particles and floating text)

Here is the video.

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More on Education in Second Life

August 27th, 2007 | Category: Education, Resources

I have been seeing more and more educational write-ups about Second Life, whether that is because I am looking for them more or not or because there really is, I don’t know, but here are some more articles on education in Second Life and links to other educational resources.

Academic or Educational Destinations in Second Life Here is a list of educational or academic institutions in Second Life. This is not all inclusive and I will probably start my own on this site very soon.

As a matter of fact, here are some more I found on the site above.

Second Life Starter Guide A great guide in PDF format to help get you started in Second Life.

Scripting Tutorial - This is a nice tutorial put together by a systems analyst at IU. It also contains pointers to other tutorials.

Beginner’s Scripting - A very nice, step x step, scripting guide for beginners, with a few basic code snippets.

Natural Selections Noob Be Gone - A comedic video introduction to basic prim creation and scripting.

Beginner Video Tutorials - A great site from CTER with video tutorials.

Second Life as a Learning Tool I’ve said for a while that Second Life offers something interesting in terms of providing a natural “setting” for online sessions, presentations, etc. because they are based on understood physical settings, e.g., presentation rooms with break out spaces. Now that Second Life has audio, there is a really interesting capability to have natural break-outs during online sessions that just never seems to work well in the current batch of tools, e.g., WebEx, LiveMeeting, etc. I’ve been saying for a while that these mainstream tools will eventually start to provide a very simple Second Life like thing. The hurdles for Second Life are still a little too high for them to become truly mainstream, but would be great for a controlled audience.

Some other resources to help you learn how to use Linden Scripting Language, LSL, official resources from Second Life and other developer sites.

Official Second Life Wiki

Code Snippets Nice site with small code snippets.

Using the Linden Scripting Language The Linden Scripting Language (LSL) lets you add behaviors and interactivity to objects inside Second Life. Scripting is just another word for programming, so in learning about LSL you will end up learning about programming as well. Do not be afraid, though — between this article and the many resources available both online and in-world, you’ll be up and scripting in no time. You do not need to write scripts to have fun in Second Life, but scripting drives the magic, from vehicles and guns to vendors and HTTP requests.

IBM’s Codestation Labyrinth This is a Second Life URL directly to free code kits from IBM.

A Community Site for Second Life Developers I believe I have mentioned this site before, but here it is again, just in case. The first online resource for developers in Second Life, by developers in Second Life.

This site is for SL developers to communicate, coordinate, and find resources online to support their work. It is not for profit, and it needs your help to make it alive and full of useful resources. Please check out the forums and the wiki and contribute!

And here is a pretty good video, Educational Uses of Second Life since we are on the subject. this is the video refernced in this post above, Second Life as a Learning Tool.

Posted to Technology Videos by eubeenhadd on August 27, 2007

And here is one talking about Science Learning Opportunities in Second Life.

Posted to Technology Videos by eubeenhadd on August 27, 2007

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