Taking a second look at LISA

January 8, 2010

The creator of LISA and slToyBox contacted me to clarify a few issues that I had when Mathew Ordinary introduced me to LISA. Apparently, a lot of folks didn’t take too kindly to Mathew’s style of marketing and he was fired. KaiKonn is a very helpful person and technical. Just like myself, he has worked on real life web applications that are heavily trafficed.

My main concern was the debit permission requests on the inventory servers themselves. They were also constant (spammy) if you denied or didn’t answer. KaiKonn tried to clarify why the debit permissions were necessary. It has something to do with splitting funds.

The background of LISA appears to have been based on in-world servers. In-world servers without a web interface often deal with debit permissions. This is different though for most web based servers. For instance, I have web-based drop boxes for many different store fronts. None of them asked me for debit permissions. This is because all the money is handled on a web site (in escrow). If I make a sale, I go to the website and ask it to pay me in-world at a later time. If I need to buy something, then I find a terminal and pay it (or pay a “bot” directly). With LISA, the money is not handled on the web site. This is very unique compared to any other web-based market place. This is so that retailers and designers do not need to visit the site daily to retrieve their funds from the daily sales. If this is a feature desired by individuals, I don’t see why you can’t have a setting in the site itself to release funds as they are acquired from sales.

LISA is a complex system. It is more like a bunch of systems. You have a server that represents your store, and another for your inventory. If you wish to sell the products in world, then you’ll need a third server for “retail” and then you setup your sales vendors. There is documentation that walks you through each step, but I was finding it to be difficult to get setup on my own and asked KaiKonn plenty of questions.

Many parts of the site are still in development, and I was finding errors in performing various tasks. Much of the site is developed with a user centered approach rather than human centered. It is difficult to edit product listings, such as the order of features. I was a bit confused as to how a product is meant to be listed as well. There are multiple types of feature sections for each product. I believe this is one of the areas that he is still refining and may see many new improvements and fixes in the future. One thing that I did like was that I could embed you-tube videos as strait HTML in the product listing. It does leave me to wonder how vulnerable that HTML is, especially if I can add scripts to read cookies or submit forms to purchase products without the end-user being aware of it.

I’m slowly figuring out the system, but the learning curve is pretty steep. The other day, I setup a product listing in 10 different web-based markets in just one night. In this system, it’s taken me most of the night to list one product. It really needs an approach that leads to a quick setup if it’s going to take off. I’m still looking for that “Ah ha!” moment where something jumps out and really makes the site stand out as being useful. There are supposedly graphic reports for sales, as well as a way to see average visit lengths of visitors to stores. I just haven’t gotten around to seeing them in action yet.

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Can you hear me now?

December 15, 2009

I found a service called Odiogo that allows me to provide audio versions of my blog posts. Odiogo offers this as a free service. I’m trying it out for now. It inserts a brief intro at the beginning of each post before it reads the information. It is synthesized, so it sounds a bit computerized. Check out the web interface or an RSS link for a podcast.
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Web Interface via jQuery

November 24, 2009

Once I got a working front end web interface, I started to look into jQuery to standardize a bit and support cross-platform browsers easier. I have run into a few problems in that there are not many data grids available for jQuery that use server-side calls. It appears that I’ll have to develop my own plug-in. I just finished working out how to get a page of data to display. Next is pagination, column sorting, and searching. Afterwards, I want to look into implementing the jQuery UI. There are many widgets available that I could make use of.
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Lightweight Vendors

November 23, 2009

I usually come up with some interesting ideas when I go take a walk, or get a good nights sleep. The latest idea was how to improve the vendor experience. Most networked vendors are loaded with lots of scripts and prims. Using touch-based mapping, and the 5-faced prim that I use for my letter positioning, I can essentially create a vendor that has 10 preview panels, paging, and a main product presentation with 3 prims and 1 script. I’ve made a mockup and it looks like it can be done. I’ll need to get a rudamentary web interface working first assign images, note cards, and prices to items.
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Distributed Global Information Grid

January 30, 2008

I finished downloading the D-GIG, otherwise known as the Distributed Global Information Grid. Using Microsoft Virtual PC, I was able to create a new virtual computer with only 128 MB of Ram. The operating system booted up on its own and started running Open SIM rite away.

Distributed Global Information Grid OS

I was able to log into the server with my second life client and found myself in a large empty sim. This Open SIM is a clean blank slate.


You can save snapshots to an XML file and download it via a web interface to your own computer. Afterwards, you can upload the snapshot to a friends sim and everything you created locally is now on their sim. Very nice. It is setup to use a MySQL server (built in and running by default). I believe you can back up the MySQL server data in much the same way as the xml files – however the xml files are easier to work with if you don’t know much about mysql.

I also was also able to log into the web interface and play around a bit there as well. You can setup messages for people to see when the log in, send out messages to everyone currently logged in, and set the region name. There is much more of course, but you’ll have to check that out for yourself.


LandRing – WebRings with a price.

October 8, 2006

The multi-gadget has been comming out with a lot of updates lately. Today a few of us were hanging out having a mutli-gadget discovery party. One of our freinds was new to the whole multi-gadget experience.

I saw something new called a Land Ring. I rezzed it and immediately recognized the functionality as a web-ring. This ring lets you create a catagory and invite others to join that category. Anyone can walk up to it and click the next/previouse buttons or go for a random location. The thing I don’t like about it is that it costs 100 L$ to create a new category / community. Well, that wasn’t so bad as the fact that it costs 50 L$ to join a community.

If you have a land ring and don’t mind paying 50 L$, you can join my community called “shops”. Interesting – there isn’t a web interface for this, so you have to find me to get started, or rez your own ring and join.

End of Line.
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S3 (Self Storage Systems)

September 21, 2006

SiRiS Asturias, developer of S3, setup an S3 Kiosk at my store today. Now anyone can drop by and sign up to get there own free S3 kit.

S3 (Self Storage Systems) lets you combine both SLBoutique and SLExchange Magic Boxes into one prim. It also provides a menu-driven dialog for management. It also offers the ability for you to use your own add-on scripts too.

SiRiS is also working on a web interface over at http://s3storage.net/

I’ve been using S3 for many months now since the Beta and everything has been working out great so far. Now that it is public, I imagine I’ll see a lot more of these boxes in-world.
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