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Even More Great Video Tutorials from Torley

May 17th, 2008 | Category: Second Life Tips, Second Life Videos

Torley Linden has certainly been a prolific video tutorial creator, and here is the latest batch of quick tips. He’s also given a little tutorial on his personal website on what he uses and how he does it here.

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Sunbelt University Class Schedule

April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Building, Education, How To, Second Life Tips

From a group notice, here is the Sunbelt University Class Schedule for April 21st to April 27th. I’ve heard some good comments about their classes so check em out.

April 22nd Jewelry class is canceled. Teacher is on break.

April 27th, 12pm slt - class limit 15
Sunbelt Uni: Level 2 Class - Sculpted Attachments (Sculptypaint 3)
Sponsored by Sunbelt
Learn how to create shoes, cuffs and a scarf in Sculptypaint. This class is part 3 of the basic and advanced Sculptypaint classes held at NCI.

April 27th Scripting 103 Class at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm! Fun!

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14 New QuickTip Tutorials from Torley

Here are 14 new tutorials from Torley Linden, he must have a list of hundreds of suggestions for these tutorials to keep coming up with good info like this.

Amidst the storms, we carry on — and the watermelon guru has returned to bring you… yes, that’s right, more video tutorials (AKA screencasts) to help you learn Second Life! And if there’s a particular theme for this one, it’s things that make you go:

“I wish I knew that when I started my Second Life!”

Wishes do come true. Source:

You can’t remove body parts! - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Teleport location history - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Shift-drag to copy objects - Second Life Video TuTORial QUICKTIP

Saving objects back to your inventory - Second Life Video Tutorial QUCIKTIP

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Second Life Tutorials and Quicktips

March 30th, 2008 | Category: How To, Second Life Tips, Second Life Videos

Torley has posted another video tip of the week and a few days ago, some more quicktips, this time involving voice chat, so, without further ado, here they are, and his posts from the Second Life Blog, *VIDEO* Tip of the Week #28: Particle editing magic! and Can you hear me now? 7 VOICE CHAT Video Tutorials!.

Even if this is your first day in Second Life — welcome! — you’ve prolly already experienced particles: from loud bling on jewelry, to environmental effects like fire and snow, to C-beams glittering in the dark…

there’s no shortage of special effects, and you can be more than a spectator and make your own particle awesomeness! In less than half an hour, I cover:

Opening a sample particle script
Copying contents from one script to another
Editing particle parameters
Adjusting particle visibility for time of day
Giving particles a texture (MY FAVE!)
Normalizing particle settings for a texture
Disabling particles in your objects
Backing up your particles
A few words of encouragement — I inspire the artist in you! Source: *VIDEO* Tip of the Week #28: Particle editing magic!

In another post, Torley has posted 7 voice chat tip video tutorials, which I have listed below.

VOICE CHAT: Getting started - Second Life Video Tutorial Voice Tips

VOICE CHAT: Etiquette - Second Life Video Tutorial Voice Tips

VOICE CHAT: Who’s speaking? - Second Life Video Tutorial Voice Tips

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More SL Quicktips from Torley Linden

March 20th, 2008 | Category: Machinima, Second Life Tips, Second Life Videos

Not sure how he does it, but, Torley must love what he’s doing, because he is cranking out video tutorial after video tutorial, this week, he has released 22 more of the quicktips, those 2 minute or less videos that cover the little small things you may have missed, and the little pieces of knowledge that aren’t always passed around from avatar to avatar. Read his post on the Second Life Blog here.

This first one requires no lawyers whatsoever, Adding & divorcing a Partner.

Building materials explained

Changing the time of day

Changing your login location

Hiding the Search panel in the menu bar

Hiding online friend notifications

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New Second Life Quick Video Tutorials

March 14th, 2008 | Category: How To, Machinima, Second Life Tips, Second Life Videos

Second Life Quick Tips by Torley Linden

March 05th, 2008 | Category: New Residents, Second Life Learning, Second Life Tips

Torley Linden, famous for his video tutorials on how to do various things in Second Life, has posted a bunch of new, short video tutorials he is calling quick tips. He says he kept getting requests for shorter videos, and videos covering the simpler stuff, so he has created 13 short videos to do just that.

This first one I had no idea you could do this, I guess I need to actually explore the menus in Second Life a little more. Someone showed me how to use the camera controls and that is what I have always used, but this zoom in sure looks like what I want, as, sometimes you really have to work the controls to get a look at stuff up close that’s in front of you. Thanks again Torley.

Introducing Second Life QUICKTIPS! Micro Video Tutorials with macro loveliness, giving you the info you want + need in 2 minutes or less! Source: 13 *FRESH* Video Tutorials for your enjoyment!

Here are the rest of the videos that have been posted to our video site.

Second Life Tips Videos

February 17th, 2008 | Category: Second Life Tips, Second Life Videos

Here are a bunch of videos by Torley Linden that he posted to Youtube this month, giving you the basics on how to do all kinds of stuff in Second Life. I have posted a widget below that will always show the latest Second Life videos on our video site, and links to the videos themselves below, definitely worth looking at if you are new to Second Life.

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Second Life Tips from

February 01st, 2008 | Category: Second Life Tips

Couple tips worth checking out on the Second Life Blog today, the first one was by Jeremy Linden regarding keeping your account safe.

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Knowledge Base Article of the Week! This week, we’ll explore a few ways to safeguard your Second Life account and password against phishing and other forms of account hijacking. Just click the link and enter your Support login information to see the article.

Something as simple as using your Second Life password for an account on a third-party website can potentially compromise your Second Life account. Think carefully when choosing your passwords, and don’t give them out to anybody; Linden Lab will never ask you for your account password! Source: Knowledge Base Article of the Week #14: Safeguarding your account

The Second Life website has been having some problems, so the wiki article Safeguarding your account: Helpful tips MAY have trouble loading, it was kind of slow for me, but it eventually opened, you will have to login.

Torley says since he didn’t have a tip last week, you get two this week.

Since I didn’t have a video tutorial last week, I have TWO (2) for you today:

Text chat macros
YES, you can magically turn abbreviations into full sentences, or even paragraphs! Makes your commonly-used sayings easy! Try this one out with friends… lovely for parties. Source: Tips of the Week #19: Text chat macros & #20: QUICK-Searching the Issue Tracker

QUICK-Searching the Issue Tracker
And this is the promised follow-up to “How to report a bug” — searching the Issue Tracker to find what you care about is easier than you might think it is!

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Second Life FAQ’s

January 24th, 2008 | Category: FAQ, Second Life Tips

Here is the list of FAQ’s that are available from the Second Life Knowledge Base, if you know of any more or have created one yourself, let me know and I will post it here. There are quite a few Land FAQ’s, see my opinion on owning land here. Note: You will have to login to see them.

Category: Estates and Private Regions Estate and Private Region FAQ
This article answers some general frequently asked questions about Estates and Private Regions. Perhaps you have an idea for a huge project that you want to realize and you need a lot of open space to build. Maybe you and a group of friends and colleagues are looking…

Category: Land and the Linden Dollar (L$) Economy Land Management FAQ
I just need a land question answered, where can I find information? This Knowledge Base has many searchable topics. Friends and other Residents are often ready to share a wealth of knowledge and advice. How do I address a concern with Linden-owned land?…

Category: Trademark Guidelines Trademark FAQ
The following are some frequently asked questions about Linden Lab trademarks and their usage, including answers. 1. What’s the purpose of these FAQs? This document sets out to answer the common questions which arise about the use of the Linden Trademarks and Logos. Wh…

Category: Policies Wagering Games FAQ
Frequently asked questions about Second Life’s Wagering Games Policy : Does this policy mean that all simulated gambling in Second Life© is illegal? Have I broken the law by gambling in Second Life? Our policy is not designed to provide you with legal advice regarding…

Category: Land and the Linden Dollar (L$) Economy Land Auction FAQ
Frequently asked questions (and their answers) about buying land at auction are answered by the Second Life Land Auction FAQ .

Category: Land and the Linden Dollar (L$) Economy Land FAQ
1. Why would I want to own land? Residents use their land to build homes and businesses, hold events, create attractions like zoos and carnival rides, build multi-leveled games — basically anything they can imagine. Also, if you own land and other residents hang out there, you can earn…

Category: I’m having account problems Email Scam (Phishing) FAQ
What is “phishing”? Many Internet fraudsters have adopted the practice of “phishing”: Farming the internet for unsuspecting people who can be tricked into giving away personal information, such as passwords, credit card information, etc. The most popular methods involve…

Category: Textures and Snapshots Design and Textures FAQ
I bought some clothes and put them on and now I have a box on my head. What can I do? Method 1: Right-click the box on your head, select edit from the pie menu, then select the contents tab in the editor dialog. You should see the clothing listed in the contents….

Category: Estates and Private Regions Estate and Private Region Billing
This article answers some frequently asked questions about purchasing Estates and Private Regions. How much does an Estate cost? An initial US$1,675 setup charge to create the Estate. When the Estate is ordered you will be billed that initial…

Category: Land and the Linden Dollar (L$) Economy How do I buy land?
After you have found the land you want, it’s time to buy it. Buying land in Second Life is easy: Right-click the parcel you want to purchase. Choose About Land . Click the Buy Land button. Of course, it’s best to know what you’re getting into, …

Category: Linden Dollars (L$) How do I get Linden Dollars?
In general, there are two ways to get Linden Dollars: Make Something Residents can trade both goods and services. With a little work and ingenuity, you can be Second Life’s next big fashion designer, jet pack inventor, or real estate developer. For example, y…

Category: Permissions Next-owner permissions FAQ
Permissions are a fundamental part of the Second Life experience. As you may have seen, understanding how they work is key to the content creation and distribution process. Learn more about setting permissions , and you can read the ” Permissions explained “…
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How to Report a Bug in Second Life

January 18th, 2008 | Category: Grid, How To, Second Life Tips

If you are new to Second Life you may not even know how to report a bug or issue with Second Life, but, even some of the older residents avoid posting issues because of the JIRA, or Issue Tracker.

The public issue tracker, known as “Public JIRA”, “PJIRA”, or just “JIRA”, is an issue-tracking project management tool made by Atlassian that is located at It’s used by the Second Life open source initiative to organize issues (i.e. bugs and feature requests) submitted by the Second Life community into a searchable database. You, too, can submit issues you find when using the open source or standard versions of Second Life. Please familiarize yourself with the information in this page before proceeding to JIRA.

Bug reports created in JIRA are composed of a description of the problem and, if possible, a reproduction. New features are composed of descriptions of the proposed feature and how it should work. Both types of issues then get contributions from other users, such as better or simpler descriptions and reproductions, and popular issues accumulate votes from other users. Programmers in the open source community can attach “patches”, changes to the code that fix or implement the issue. These votes, as well as events like bug triages, help prioritize the issues. Those which are acknowledged are “imported” into the Lindens’ private copy of JIRA. Source: Second Life Wiki

Torley has posted his latest video tutorial to show you why you should do it, and how easy it is. I need to watch this one myself.

A sparkly new video tutorial, “How to report a bug”! I know some of you fear the Issue Tracker (AKA Public JIRA) and think it’s hard to file an issue — but rather than tell, in this vidtut, I show you why it matters and precisely how easy it is… Source: Tip of the Week #18: How to report a bug

Higher quality version here.

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Second Life News for December 7, 2007

December 07th, 2007 | Category: Second Life News, Second Life Tips

From: Second Life Blog New WindLight Viewer! (75173) Quote from the site - We just keep beltin’ them out! Lots of good fixes in this one..

From: Second Life Blog Tip of the Week #14: How to set multiple permissions easier Quote from the site - Did you know you can save yourself time & trouble by setting permissions for multiple inworld objects and inventory items? If you didn’t, this Tip of the Week which’ll save you time — “A popular question in my inbox served up with holiday cheer!” — is just for you!

From: boing boing The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Second Life Quote from the site - CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman’s has a new book called The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Second Life: Making Money in the Metaverse.
Terdiman estimates that there are hundreds of people who earn a full-time living conducting business on Second Life, and he interviewed a few dozen of them them for his book.

From: Forrester Blog What Does It Matter That Second Life Is Vacant? Quote from the site - I’m doing a lot of research on using virtual worlds for work these days and have been spending some time in Second Life. One of the characteristics I notice is that there seems to be a dearth of people (avatars) around. Does it matter?

From: mog Meet Shaggy In Second Life Virtual World, Ask Him Anything! Quote from the site - Big Tings a gwaan in reggae music culture this week, so I have a few things to post today. First up, is virtual Shaggy! Yes, Mr. Bombastic will be meeting fans and answering questions in the popular virtual hang-out space, Second Life.

From: Sustainable IT Eco group brings climate-change conference to Second Life Quote from the site - A group of environmentalists want to hold a series of talks on global warming, open to people around the world. Yet air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. What’s to be done? Enter Second Life, of course.

From: The Jerusalem Post ‘Second Life’s’ virtual Judaism gains a new congregation Quote from the site - By 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the second night of Hanukka, Beth Odets had lit candles for the third time that day and still had one more lighting session to go. She recited the blessing first in Hebrew, then in English and about 15 people called out, “Amen.”

Or rather, they typed “Amen.” They, being a group of on-line characters or avatars.

From: Guardian Unlimited Academic to host sex ed class on Second Life Quote from the site - A senior Salford University academic is to venture on to the social networking site Second Life to bring sex education to teenagers online.

From: Computer Weekly Retails swarm to Second Life Quote from the site - Online retailers are moving into online games and virtual worlds to take advantage of millions of pounds being spent in Second Life, according to analyst firm Gartner.

From: Computer Weekly Eden Project swaps trowels for terabytes with Second Life Quote from the site - The Eden Project is entering the virtual world of Second Life with its latest project, called The Edge. Second Lifers can visit the project and see a simulated version of the eco development featuring palm trees, souks, caverns and meeting places.

From: Christian Science Monitor If online worlds collide, some hope for big bang of sales Quote from the site - When online role-playing games first appeared, they offered people a chance to escape the daily grind and do something different, like slaying an ogre. Then something changed: These fantasy three-dimensional games got real.

From: Second Life Blog Age Verification Update Quote from the site - Thanks to all of you who in the first day of the Age Verification beta have tried to use the service. Unfortunately, we are seeing a high failure rate for Internationally based customers using the age verification system. The failure rate is much higher than we saw in previous testing, and clearly is unacceptable.

From: Massively How legal are virtual banks and stock exchanges? Quote from the site - A recurring question, amid the forest of what might be legitimate failures and mismanaged enterprises or might just be scams, is just how legal are the banks and stock exchanges that operate alongside and inside various MMOs and Virtual Worlds such as Second Life.

From: On line opinion Virtual worlds - it’s time to take out the intellectual trash Quote from the site - It doesn’t matter if you live in Hong Kong, Singapore or Sydney, you would have heard about the revolution of on-line gamers and the virtual worlders and their humanoid avatars. They say there’s big money to be made by getting online now. The PR spin coming out of Linden Corp, the creators of Second Life, and one of the most popular of the virtual worlds, is astounding.

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