Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lara's Leaf: Lara's Reservations about the Sun Setting on OSGri...

Lara's Leaf: Lara's Reservations about the Sun Setting on OSGri...: Lara knows that OSGrid has now lost most of its followers. Over the years there have been several separate attempts by various factions ...

OSgrid Recovery is complete!

Before everyone breaks out in to their respective happy dances, you might want to read on......

This from http://news.osgrid.org/author/allenkerenskyosg/
December 15, 2014
RECOVERY
Recovery is complete.
Recovery service cannot guarantee OSG can use the data once restored to asset server due to various conversions required to recover data this far.
OSgrid cannot verify restored data can be used for asset service due to conversions required for recovery.
Pending: payment to recovery service – receipt of recovered disk – copy to temporary grid asset server – test restart temp asset server – validate temp asset server validation – plan next steps based on validation result
ASSET SERVERS
Asset Server 1: Hardware active – RAID configured – OS installed – Database installed
Pending: replication – Install and configure ROBUST asset service
Asset Server 2: Hardware active – RAID configured – OS installed
Pending: Database install – Replication – Install and configure ROBUST asset service
GRID RESTART
There is no ETA for public re-open.
Test restarts for asset server qualification are planned within the month.
RESTRUCTURING
Due to this crash, everyone agrees changes are necessary to infrastructure and operations.
The restarted OSgrid will include changes to asset servers and plazas to accommodate the needed changes and improve redundancy and reliability.
More news on restructuring changes as these item-by-item discussions reach decisions.
Next Update expected: 12-21 or 12-22.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I am not donating any more money to OSgrid until I see some progress.

Progress can be something as simple as a plan with a measurable timetable and regular progress reports.

I will keep the link to the OSgrid donation page here a little longer in the hopes that there is actually a future for the grid.  But, until I see a workable plan, with a realistic timetable, and some regular progress reports, I can't justify spending any more of my money.

The Ghost of OSgrid Future?!

It's hard to stay optimistic given the lack of news.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

OSgrid halfway through third data recovery attempt

According to an article by Maria Korolov in Hypergrid Business, OSgrid has successfully recovered 1.9TB out of 3.5 Total TB of Grid Data.
Please check out the entire article and an interesting conversation that occured on OSgrids IRC.
http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2014/11/osgrid-halfway-through-third-data-recovery-attempt/

Monday, November 10, 2014

Why OpenSim? Why Not Second Life?

I seem to be hearing this question more from my friends who are still in Second Life.  Why did you leave Second Life and how did you move all your stuff to your OpenSim Grids.
I'm not sure why I am hearing this question more these days, but I'll try to answer as best I can.  Of course, the reasons why and the how will be different for everyone.
Is OpenSim better than Second Life?  That depends on what you like to do "In World".  For me, the choice was obviously OpenSim.  But what is right for me, may not be right for you.  Second Life must be doing something right, because they were here in the beginning and they are still here.  But for those of you who are interested in making the move, here is a lot of stuff to further confuse you!

Ok.... for question 1:
So, why did I leave....... Here are some answers in no particular order.

#1  I hate counting prims!!!
In Second Life, I was limited to the number of prims I could build with based on the amount of square meters I "owned".  512 square meters of land supports 117 prims.  A full regions which is 65,536 square meters is limited to 15,000 prims.  For those of you who don't build or create content, I can see where 15,000 prims sounds like a lot, but trust me..... You never have enough prims!!!
In OpenSim, depending on how you host your region(s) and on which Grid, you can theoretically put as many prims on your region as you want.  I say theoretically, because more prims, textures, and scripts slows down the performance and contributes to lag.  I tend to keep my prims between 25,000 and 45,000 per Simulator and a Simulator could contain multiple regions or just one.  When I feel it starting to lag, I'll start cutting back.

#2 I can't afford to spend a lot of money on my virtual addiction!!!
In Second Life a Mainland Region Costs $195 per month, on top of the $9.95 per month for your "premium" membership.  Plus, "good" freebies are few and far between.  You can spend hundred of real dollars just outfitting your avatar with good skin, clothes, accessories, and AO (animation override).
In OpenSim, unfortunately it is not a simple process to figure out the cost.  If you are technically capable of hosting your region or regions on your own home computer there are numerous grids that will allow you place your regions for free and just ask for a small donation to help with support of the Grid.  For people like me, who have not been able to figure out the OpenSim software, there are hosting companies that will host your regions and place them on the grid of your choice or on their own private or Hypergrid enabled grid.  I pay $50 per month for 4 regions on Zetaworlds which is linked to other grids via the Hypergrid and 1 region on the Metropolis grid which is also linked via the Hypergrid.  In fact, I have a Hypergate on Ptarmigan Park in Metropolis that allows you to walk right through to Ptarmigan Park in Zetaworlds!

#3 I want to share what I've built with as many people as possible!!!
You would think that with the thousands of people logged in to Second Life at any given moment I would have more traffic on my Second Life region that I would in OpenSim.  Unfortunately, for me anyway, that was not the case.  I did not spend a lot of time at the Second Life clubs or hangout places and quite honestly found it to be a little lonely at times.  There is so much to see in Second Life that unless you want to spend some serious money advertising your region, very few people will ever see it.  I could see weeks with only a couple of visitors to my region in Second Life and then they would just pop in and then pop out.
On OpenSim, my regions are connected to multiple grids via the Hypergrid and as more of my creations get spread across multiple grids, people have started to search me out and I get a fair amount of traffic.

#4 I'm not a social butterfly, but I do want to belong to a community!!!
I have met more people on the OpenSim regions and have developed better relationships than I ever did on Second Life.  I think the reason is that there are more builders and content creators on OpenSim so we have more in common.  But, whatever the reason.... I feel at home on OpenSim!

And now question 2:
How did I move all my stuff from Second Life to OpenSim?
But... that's not the real question.  The real question is "How can I move all my stuff to OpenSim?"
Here's the short answer:  You can't!
I'll explain what I was able to figure out and perhaps that will help you as well.

#1 You can only export items that you actually created!
But, even then Second Life does not make it easy.  I was able to export items to my computer, one at a time as an .xml file using a viewer called Imprudence.  However, I could not export it with the textures or scripts as part of the build.  You might be able to now, but back when I was exporting my creations, I had to import them to OpenSim and re-apply the textures and re-install the scripts for each of my builds.  And it was a pain!!!
Once you are in OpenSim with all your "stuff"  there are multiple ways to save your creations to your computer and move from grid to grid.  You can use .xml files to export your builds to your computer.  You can use .iar files to back up your grid inventory to your computer.  And, you can use .oar files to back up entire regions.  And of course, backing these things up also allows you to move them to other grids!  Cool!!!

#2 You can't take your avatar with you to OpenSim!  What?!!
Going back to #1, if you didn't create it, you can't export it.  Here's what I ended up doing.
There are several things that go in to creating an avatar and you can find all sorts of free resources on most of the OpenSim grids, but I went a different route.  I made the move before the Hypergrid was very stable which would mean that I would have a different looking avatar on each grid.  So, I made my own avatar that I could back up to my computer and import to any grid that allowed me to import items.
There are several parts to building an avatar and here is what I did for each part:
#1  Your avatar name
Most grids will allow you to select whatever name you want unless it's been claimed by another user. I went to most of the larger grids and signed up using my Second Life name hylee bekkers.
#2  Your avatar shape
Your avatar shape, unless it's a mesh which I still can't figure out, is just a series of numbers that you can pull out of the appearance menu.  I copied down the numbers one at a time and applied them one at a time in my new avatar on my new grid.  Then I saved it as an xml file which I can move from grid to grid if I want.
#3  Your avatar skin.
This was a little harder, but I had fun doing it!
I found a blog called Enlades that has a number of tutorials and resources available.  And there were links to skin textures made by Eloh Eliot. The blog is no longer active but the posts can still be found at http://enlades.wordpress.com/
The skins can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/another/Home
And there is a detailed tutorial at https://sites.google.com/site/another/support/starlight
#4  Your Clothing an accessories which includes hair.
I made my own!
I found textures of pants and shirts that I could edit in Gimp.
I found a simple pair of sculpted tennis shoes that I took apart and recreated the sculpt maps in blender and then used my own textures.
The hair..... Making prim hair is not for the faint of heart.  I found some sculpted hair and textures, recreated the sculpt maps and edited the textures.  I will never do it again!!!  It took forever!!!
The accessories I made just like other things I make.... with prims!
#5  Your AO (Animation Override) because the default animations are horrible!
My AO is just a script that I loaded in to a prim and wear as a HUD (heads up display).  I didn't write the script which is why it works... lol.  You can find AO devices everywhere and then you can load them with the animations that you like which are also available everywhere.  There are also multiple viewers that allow you to load the animations in the viewer.
There are a lot more resources online today to allow you to make your own avatar portable across grids.  This is just what I did.

So, do you think it's an accident that Second Life makes it so difficult to move to another grid.  I believe that it is a business decision to trap their customers and make it so difficult to move on that they don't.  I can tell you that once you get moved to OpenSim, it's very easy to move from one grid to another and with the Hypergrid, we actually have something that is bigger and more diverse than Second Life!  Just make sure, if you use a hosting provider, that you are able to download your .oar and .iar files to your computer!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Good News Regarding OSgrid?




In my search for OSgrid information, I ran across a blog post on "Journey To The Center Of The Metaverse" entitled "OSgrid Nearing Return?" which listed a post from Avia Bonne, who posted a question on Google+, who received an answer from Key Gruin, who posted a conversation from Hiro (LeTwitch) from IRC having a conversation with Steve Franklin.

Whew!!!!

Below is from http://journeymetaverse.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/osgrid-nearing-return/

OSgrid Nearing Return?

In Virtual Issues on November 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm
Avia Bonne, a noted builder/creator and OSgrid resident, has mentioned more than once in the past few days in posts on Google+ that she has heard that the grid may be coming back online in the next couple of weeks. On Monday she posted a question about this on the OSgrid community on g+. The post received a reply from Key Gruin, an OSgrid admin and a moderator of the Osgrid community on g+. His reply follows:
Wish it could be more “official” than this, but here’s what Hiro (leTwitch)  had to say on IRC #osgrid  this morning US Central time:
“08:23 < steve_franklin> Hi Everyone!
08:23 < steve_franklin> Is OSG going to stay dead?
08:24 < steve_franklin> been dead a long time now!
08:26 < steve_franklin> I still have 2 servers keeping water sims going just in case but it just seems to be more and more a futile effort as I see no light at the end of the tunnel
08:27 < steve_franklin> my feeling is just get an asset server going and get it back up and we will go from there
08:57 < leTwitch> Thanks for the input steve_franklin, we’re holding out for the rest of the week, if something really positive doesn’t happen before then, we’ll probably just move forward with a blank asset server
08:58 < leTwitch> about your other question, OSg’s hardware is in a bit of a pickle atm, but the community is alive and well, and we’ll not be tolerating the state of affairs with the hardware much longer ;)
09:09 < steve_franklin> That is a good thing as I was getting worried- I really don’t want to loose OSG as it has been ny place for many years”

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Things that make you go hmmmm.....

Every few days I search google for posts regarding OSgrid going back a week in an effort to glean some kind of information regarding the restoration status of OSgrid.  Every week, since the crash, I have been noticing less and less articles and blog posts out there on the Internet. We all know that the virtual worlds community has a short attention span.  Have the majority of OSgrid residents given up and moved on?  Hmmmm.....

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ptarmigan Park back on the Metropolis Grid!

hypergrid.org:8002:Ptarmigan Park















My last attempt at putting a region on the Metropolis Grid did not go well because I chose a budget plan that shared my region resources with 3 other people.  I should have known better!  A prim hog like me needs all the resources!  My hosting provider, Zetamex has done a great job setting this up and I am happy to report that I have not broken their servers ..... yet!  :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Second Ptarmigan Park in Second Life! (2007-2009)

I thought I had lost these pictures, but my iPad (who is apparently much smarter than me) found them! The first Ptarmigan Park was located on a postage stamp hillside on the Region Tyranus and was moved a short time later.  I still can't believe how much I paid for this little bit of virtual waterfront on Orbitalis and how much I lost when I sold it! It's funny though....  Looking at these pictures from SL make me homesick for OSgrid!





Lara posted some pictures from Cordula!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Honey! I'm Home!

I have my 4 regions from OSgrid set up at ZetaWorlds and a single region set up on the Metropolis Grid. My latest .oar from OSgrid was corrupted so I had to load one that was a little older. I lost a little inventory, but not much. 

The only thing that I've done with the Metropolis Grid region is set up a Hypergate to take people directly to Ptarmigan Park on Zetaworlds. There is also a gate on Ptarmigan Park Zetaworlds aimed back at Ptarmigan Park on the Metropolis Grid. 

I should have the majority of Ptarmigan Park on Metropolis done tommorow. 

Here's the address for the two Ptarmigan Park regions:
   Metropolis: hypergrid.org:8002:Ptarmigan Park
   ZetaWorlds: hg.zetaworlds.com:8002:Ptarmigan Park

So stop on by for a visit!  :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ptarmigan Park in now on Zetaworlds but.........

...... The regions got installed in the wrong places. I hope to have it fixed by tommorow. 

Also......
I just ordered a region to be installed on the Metropolis Grid!

My thought is that I will have my 4 main regions on Zetaworlds and a single satellite region on Metropolis connected with Hypergates. 

Wish me luck!  :)

Notice how I never onced mentioned the "O" word......

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More rumors flying because of the lack of official up to date information from OSgrid

Yesterday, I heard the same thing from a couple of different people who are more connected to the "Powers that Be" at OSgrid then I am.  I was told that OSgrid is NOT going to recover from the crash of two months ago.  If it does come back at all, everything will need to be recreated from individual .oar files and anyone who doesn't have an .iar file will lose all of their OSgrid inventory. 
What?!
 I have heard this same rumor from other people, in other forms with various ominous outcomes and I believe these rumors are getting fueled by the lack of official up to date information from the good folks who are running (or ran) OSGrid.

Here's my opinion....
Rumors left to run rampant, gain power and credibility, and will often contribute to the end result.
A lot of OSgrid residents have already moved to other grids.  Most had the idea that this was just going to be a temporary move, but as these rumors are flying I am hearing from more people that they kind of like their new grid and will probably stay.  I originally had the idea that I would move my regions to another grid and then move back to OSGrid when it came back online but leave a smaller satellite region on the new grid.  Now, I am thinking that I may be better off doing the opposite.



My decisions, just like everyone else's right now are based on rumors and lack of credible information from OSGrid.  If the good folks at OSgrid truly want to bring OSgrid back to where it was before the crash ..... they really need to start communicating "the plan" to their residents.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I'm moving my Ptarmigan Park regions to Zetaworlds


Zetamex Virtual Service Network

Why Zetaworlds?

The grid is fairly new and owned by Zetamex, who is my hosting provider.  I have been impressed with Zetamex's dedication to improving their customer service and support.   Their support system in the past has been a little challenging at times because of a lot of factors outside of their control such as hacking attacks to their servers, OSgrid crashing, and Metropolis performance issues.  I think a lot of their problems come from growth pains in the company and a cumbersome help ticket structure.  But, I am seeing consistent improvement coupled with an tenacious effort to make their customers happy.

To be honest, I would have preferred to locate my regions on the Metropolis grid but after having just one region there for a very short period of time it was clear that the grid would not be able to support what I would like to do.  There servers were over taxed and the download and upload performance between the United States and Europe was horrible.

What am I going to do when OSgrid comes back online?  I'm not sure yet.  Traffic is important to me. I'm a builder and I like to share my creations with other people. I won't be happy just building and have nobody visiting my regions. I am seriously thinking about maintaining my primary regions on Zetaworlds and setting up satellite regions on OSgrid and Metropolis with Hypergates between the three.  If I can't maintain a good flow of traffic I may put my primary regions back on OSgrid and have satellites on Zetaworld and Metropolis.

But for now, Ptarmigan Park will only be on Zetaworlds.  I'll let everyone know when it's up and running.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

There...... I said it!


Call me stupid.... but.... huh?

OSgrid went off line on August 18th, 2014 with the message:
Grid is currently offline, no ETA at this time. Sorry folks!

Latest OSgrid News:
http://news.osgrid.org/2014/10/15/recovery-update/
I tried running this through Google Translate, but it didn't help.......

(from irc, oct 15)
< leTwitch> The news is, there really isn’t much new to tell. Three different organizations spread geographically all over Texas are all struggling with a broken raid volume. We get two steps fwd and one back; be patient. There really isn’t a good way to give an eta on work like this; once we can certify that we have the volume back in a readable form, then we can start pinning down certain tasks and registering progress. Even then, ETAs will be just that *estimated* time to arrival.
< leTwitch>  The real showstopper at this juncture is that the data recovery folks can see the data, but when they ship it to the datacenter and we get it hooked up to the server, we cant. So right now what’s happening is a straight up dump of the paths and directories to a big volume (single partition). The last thing that didn’t work for us was a set of partition copies. The thing we’re doing now is the last trick up the sleeve of the engineer doing the data recovery; if this doesn’t work, we’ll be left with nothing more to do than rebuild the server and start rebuilding from archives.
My understanding is, we dont pay anything if they dont get our stuff back, so if thats how it winds up, we’ll be talking with them about getting back what we have already paid them.
< leTwitch> so if nothing else, the end of the waiting will soon come to pass.
< leTwitch> we’ll be moving forward one way or another.
< leTwitch> Heh, I guess that is news of a sort.
< leTwitch> o/

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I heard a rumor that OSgrid will be back up in a few days!

It's unsubstantiated, but still.......
Please!  Please!  Please!

Monday, October 13, 2014

What to do... What to do...

I pay a hosting company to maintain my regions on the OSGrid which has been down for several weeks with no communication as to when it's going to come back.
My hosting provider has offered to move me to the Metropolis Grid until OSgrid comes back but for a variety of reasons I'm not comfortable doing that on a temporary basis.
I did set up a single region on the Metropolis Grid for a short period, but the hosting plan I was paying for did not support what I wanted to do, so I had it removed.
So.... what do to?
I would love for OSgrid to come back on line and we can all go back to normal, but how long do I wait?
If I move my regions from OSgrid, it would be for good.

So... what to do?

Friday, October 10, 2014

OSgrid is Dead?! What?!

No.... I have not heard that OSgrid is dead.  But, at the same time, I have not heard that it is in the process of coming back either.  I am hearing that OSgrid needs money to fix this mess and make the Grid better, but quite honestly I'm a little concerned about giving any more of my money to OSGrid because of their incredibly poor job at communicating what the status is.  I don't want to see OSGrid die, but I certainly don't want to throw my money at a doomed enterprise.

Listen folks..... I understand that this is a not for profit run by volunteers and I appreciate that this is a tough job.  I really do get that.  But... I also understand that this is also a business that relies on it's customer base for support.  It's time for the good folks running OSgrid to learn from other non-profits how to handle their customer base and their revenue stream.  It's time for the leaders at OSgrid to learn how to make their customers feel vested in the process.

In "Real Life"  I deal with customers every day and I have learned over the years that the quickest way to get your customer base to move to the competition is to stop communicating with them.  The quickest way for your customer to get the wrong idea about what is going on is to tell your customer nothing at all, because your customers will fill in the blanks themselves with what they believe to be true which is often not correct.

Telling your customer the awful truth is always better than staying silent.




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Well..... that was fun!

But.... now it's kind of a bummer.
I was having some minor issues with performance and asked my hosting provider to pull Ptarmigan Park off of the Metropolis Grid.
I will be back on OSgrid when (and I do mean WHEN) they are back online.

See you then!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Almost Done!


This is Ptarmigan Park on the Metropolis Grid!
I don't think I will ever be done done, but this is pretty close!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Construction has started on Ptarmigan Park on the Metropolis Grid

My plan is for this region to be a little different from the Ptarmigan Park on OSgrid.  I should have it completed in about a week.

Stay tuned :)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I am setting up a region on the Metropolis Grid!

No I am not leaving OSgrid.  When OSgrid is back online, I plan on maintaining the regions I currently have there. 
I am setting up a single region called Ptarmigan Park on the Metropolis grid because that's where a lot of the "cool kids" hang out and I can learn much from them!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OSgrid is important!



OSgrid is important.  Not just to me, but to everyone involved with OpenSim.  There is a great article at Hypergridbusiness that everyone should read.

 http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2014/09/3rd-rock-leads-osgrid-fundraising-effort/

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oktoberfest at the Metropolis Grid

Check out Oktoberfest on the Metropolis Grid Sept 29th, 2014 through October 5th.

For More information go to 
 and click on forums.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Check out OSgrid's 7th Birthday Celebrations!














There are some great exhibits being set up on regions OSG7BE, OSG7BW, and OSG7BN which you have to see and experience.  I have set up a "Prim Economized" version of Quantum Express on OSG7BE. If you would like to check out the full "Prim Hog" version, you can visit it at Ptarmigan Park II.

For more information on events and scheduling, please check out the OSgrid Forums OSG7B Celebration Planning and Schedules.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

His name was Ulf.........


Thirza Ember has written a fantastic article on Cornflakes Woodcock 
which you are required to read right now on her blog 
Why are you still here..... Go!

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's gone......



Cecilia Delacroix's Art Campus has been removed from Schwanson Schlegel in Second Life.  I understand that life goes on but it still makes me very sad to think of the loss.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A better way to get your daily Cornflakes fix!

As many of you know, I put up a museum showcasing some of the cool things that Cornflakes Woodcock had made before he passed away last year.

I have since learned that Wordfromthe Wise actually had an oar of the entire Cornflakes region set up with more items then I have and in the original scale (which is huge!)

I believe that the best way to experience what Cornflakes created is to see it on the original region, so I took down my museum and left a landmark giver in it's place.

You can find landmarks for the Cornflakes region at the following locations:
    The site of my Cornflakes museum.
    Outside my General Store on Ptarmigan Park.
    Outside my Made by Hylee store on Wright Plaza.
    Outside my exhibit on OSG7BE.

So please go check out Cornflakes regions.
I'm not sure how long Wordfromthe Wise plans on keeping the region up.

Monday, July 7, 2014

I've set up 4 regions for right now.
Ptarmigan Park, the primary region, is located in the Northeast.
This is where I have recreated the park and the freebie store.
Most everything is done except for the General Store and some general tweaking (which never stops).

Ptarmigan Sea is in the Southeast and is where my virtual home is and where I've placed the Cornflakes museum.  You can pick up a landmark for the Museum outside the General Store on Ptarmigan Park or the Made By Hylee store on Wright Plaza. If you are not familiar with Cornflakes work, you should really check it out! Cornflakes died last year and was one of the most imaginative creators I've ever met.  An article is being written about Cornflakes on another blog and I will post a link to it here when it is posted.

I have set up two more regions, but haven't quite figured out what to do with them yet.
Ptarmigan Park II is in the Northwest and Ptarmigan Sea II is in the Southwest.

So, please, come and check out my madness!

Monday, June 30, 2014

oh...... and......

I love my new Mac!
I don't think I have ever experienced OSgrid or any Grid with this level of graphics before!
Everything looks so much better!  I can see further, and my frame rate is incredibly fluid!
Lag?  What Lag?!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ptarmigan Park is under construction!

Ptarmigan Park went online this morning and I've started rebuilding. Unfortunately I don't have a usable oar file but I was able to load the terrain files and I do have backups of all my builds so I should have the majority of the park up in about a week.  Since I enjoy building and want to make a few changes anyway, it's all good.  So.... Stay tuned!  :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My new Mac and my first Mac


I ordered my new iMac last night and it should be here next week!
This got me thinking about all the different computers I have had over the years (Mostly Mac) and how they have changed.

I purchased my  first computer in 1981.  It was was a Commodore VIC20 and, for me, it was more of a toy than a computer since I didn't have a clue what to do with it!

My first "real" computer was one of the early early laptops.  It was a 1984 HP110 that I used to program Fire and Security equipment.

My first Apple computer was a MacSE, which I purchased new in 1988. I also purchased an Apple dot matrix printer called an ImageWriter.

The Mac SE had a 9" CRT Monochrome Screen at 512 x 342, an 8 MHz Motorola Processor, 1 MB of RAM, a 40 MB Hard Drive, integraded VRAM, and a 3.5 inch 720 KB Floppy Drive.  There was no Network Card, Modem, CD / DVD Drive, or WiFi.  It cost about $3100.  If you figure in the rate of inflation over the years, the Mac SE would sell for over $6000 today!  The ImageWriter Printer was about $650 which would be over $1000 today!  I don't think that my raises over the years have quite kept pace with inflation because there is no way that I could afford $7000 for a computer today!

My new iMac has a 27" LED Back lit LCD Screen that supports 2560 x 1440 with millions of colors.  It has a 3.5GHz Quad Core i7 Intel Processor,  16 GB of Ram, a 3 TB Fusion Drive, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, and all the other bells and whistles that you would expect on a computer like this.
This computer costs $2699 which is less than the Mac SE was new!

This leaves me wondering ....... What will computers be like 25 years from now?!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ptarmigan Park is returning to OSgrid in the summer of 2014! At least.... that's the plan! :)

The winter of 2012 brought some significant changes in to my life which resulted in my needing to leave the virtual world for a short period of time.  My original plan was to be back on line by the summer of 2013 but that didn't happen for a variety of reasons. 

I am feeling hopeful that I will be able to return this summer and have been researching various grids to build my regions. 
After weighing the options and visiting several grids, including Second Life, I've decided to come back to OSgrid.  I think OSgrid offers the most potential for what I'm looking for in a grid.  

I still need to buy a new computer yet because my 2006 MacBook Pro has died and will cost more than it is worth to get it fixed.  
I really loved that computer but I am buying  new 27" iMac with a 3.9GHz i7, 16GB of Ram,  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M Graphics, and a Fusion Drive to help me get over the loss. 

Now all that is left is to choose a hosting provider because I really don't want the additional challenges of hosting my own regions.

I want to thank everyone for the great emails I've gotten since I've been gone and I am looking forward to seeing you all again very soon!