3 Years ago…

I was reading about Stuart Warf’s rezday post now that he is 3 years old. I was starting to add my memories of the grid three years ago and it turned out to be a post in itself. So here it is … oh, and happy rezday Stuart.

3 years ago … it was more like the servers would break on Friday night or the weekend and wouldn’t be repaired until Monday. Sims would go down and not come up without linden intervention. Think “Relay for Life” as the main event happens on weekends with a track that covers multiple sims. People would just wait for hours hoping the sim would come back up so they could walk. Large amounts of content rezzed on sims would disappear (rarely) for unknown reasons. Logging in would reveal that inventory was missing when it wasn’t. Grid attacks were so destructive that the Lindens would have to disable scripts grid-wide until a resolution could be found. Push attacks occured so often that the best advice was to sit down to avoid the effect. You couldn’t change clothes or attachments while setting down. Weekly die-in parties would occur every wednesday. A grid-wide rolling restart would take a couple of hours, successively. Meaning you could track which sim was next to go down by looking at the ones that were currently offline (red). Sometimes there were multiple patches within the same day. The lindens would have regular town hall meetings and encourage people to give input via skype and/or text. Teleport hubs were removed, thus causing value of nearby property to decrease drastically and the prediction of boxes all over the mainland to create enclosed environments. People avoided groups of green dots on mini-maps to avoid lag. Now people gravitate towards them. Bad geometry wiki was the place to go for scripting advice, but then was taken offline and moved to various websites. Now we have the wiki back and its for more than just scripting ( http://secondlife.com/badgeo ). Hamlet Au was Hamlet Linden and would have yearly events to walk accross the mainland. Today it’s just a little to big to walk the distance. Promises of havok upgrade was a joke for many years. Dazzle and Windlight didn’t exist. Linked prims (joints) still existed (but buggy) and were primarily used for windchimes, revolving doors, and tire swings. People often knew their neighbors on a more personal level when living in the same sim on the mainland. First time land buyers could purchase a 512 sq. m. partcel for 512 L$. The weekly income for premium accounts was 500 L$ (mine still is) and basic accounts got 50 L$ as long as they logged in within the past week. Money trees were a great way to drive in traffic. The lindens paid dwelling bonuses (L$) based on the amount of traffic generated each week. The rating system was phased out since the lindens stopped paying for people to be rated high due to abuse. Flexies, Megaprims didn’t exist. Glow pre existed as “bloom”, but worked in a different way with fullbright objects. Lights existed a bit differently (on or off along with fullbright and based on prim color) but often caused crashes. People were just starting to figure out how to hack the clients god-mode to track where anyone was on the map. If you were friends with people, you couldn’t hide your location on the map back then either. Groups were limited to just 10. Snapshots sent via email would also appear on the main second life web page. The windows client still had a video recorder built into it to make uncompressed AVI movies. You were limited to 10 votes to put on issues that you felt need to be addressed. You could move your vote to other issues. A police blotter gave generic information about social griefing on the grid. The price of a private sim was 1000 US$ and 195/month. The color/texture picker didn’t exist 3 years ago. The list just goes on…

8 Responses to 3 Years ago…

  1. Marinkina says:

    Пора переименовать блог, присвоив название связанное с доменами 🙂 может хватит про них?

  2. Gavrilin says:

    Качество друзей тоже надо учитывать. Дональд Трамп, например, на двадцатку потянет.

  3. Cederash says:

    Оценка 5, базару ноль

  4. Ferinannnd says:

    Неоднократно доводилось читать подобные посты на англоязычных блогах, но это не значит что ваш пост мне не понравился

  5. No idea why the Russians are attacking my blog.

    @Marinkina – I’m ok with the name of the blog.
    @Gavrilin – I have no idea how Donald Trump fits into this.
    @Cederash – No idea what you are grading
    @Ferinannnd – you are entitled to your own opinions.

  6. Avertedd says:

    За такие посты надо награды давать, на полном серьезе!

  7. Sashha says:

    Спасибо. Прочитал с интересом. Блог в избранное занес=)

  8. honour says:

    Seems you’re popular in cyrillic – but then if I read you I guess everybody should. 🙂

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