Happy and Sad

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I was gone from SL yesterday to attend a track meet for one of my kids.

Their team did amazingly well (my child took first in every event they competed in! Proud mama here!), despite the cool and windy conditions.

Finished up just as the lightning started, so yay! for that.

Had a heckuva hail storm here last night, so we had a very eventful evening.

This morning I wake up to the sad news that SLGo is being discontinued as of April 30, 2015.


I’ve been using SLGo for several months, and though there were things about it I didn’t love, it was amazing to be able to attend shows or whatever on my tablet rather than having to lug out my laptop or be tethered to my desk.

It’s one of those announcements that makes you feel as if the rug has been pulled out from under you.

OnLive had just opened up the SLGo Island in SL recently, added the feature of being able to pay your subscription with L$, added a mobile option using Firestorm, and now *POOF* – it’s all gone.

On the bright side, that’s $10 a month I can now put towards something else. :/

Someone has started a petition to keep SLGo alive, though I don’t see that happening.

Sony acquired OnLive and they are not interested in keeping the service going.

There was some happy news as well – the Maitreya Lara body has been updated.


They made improvements to the HUD, now allowing you slots to save some alpha configurations as presets so you don’t have to fiddle with the alphas every time you wear a different outfit.

I was curious to see if they would add that feature once SLink came out with it for their Physique body.

I’m so glad they did – that and the other improvements will make me love the mesh body even more. 🙂

I may even try out one of the Lelutka mesh heads that just came out – made specifically to go with the Lara body.

I’m not a huge mesh head fan (at all!), and I still think they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to making them look different from each other.

However, I’m curious how they will work in photos.

Enjoy your (holiday) weekend, everyone!

SLGo now available for iOS

SLGo is a pay-as-you-play platform that lets you run Second Life on your tablet, phone, and now – your iPad!  You don’t need a super-fast PC – SLGo streams information from the cloud to your device, so you can view SL in Ultra settings with little lag.  Reviews for SLGo have been generally positive, with a few negative remarks about the pay-as-you-play feature.  You can get a monthly subscription with unlimited play for $9.95USD or pay $1.00USD per hour to play.

If you’re curious, check out this video from Draxtor:

Draxtor plays: SL Go

So if your PC is an *ahem* older model that groans and wheezes when you try to run Ultra graphics, or turn on shadows, or up your draw distance, you have another option.  Pull out that trusty iPad that’s been gathering dust (because who doesn’t have an iPad just laying around, right?) and give it a Go!  😛

Would You Use SLGo?

I read an article a while ago about the new SLGo service, and I was pretty skeptical.  I know that the aim is for mobile users – phones and tablets – which is fine.  But I’m old and my eyesight isn’t that great.  I’ve spent the last several years upgrading my monitor to larger sizes, so that I can see everything in detail (as much detail as possible) in SL.  The thought of wandering through SL on a teeny-tiny smartphone screen was not at all appealing.

I have used Lumiya on a tablet to log in when I’m not at my desk, but just to check/send messages.  I rarely left my home base and the experience wasn’t all that terrific.  I much prefer a mouse to using my fingers to navigate on a screen, so that was a minus for me as well.

The original article I read about SLGo also said that they would be charging a fee for usage.  What?  If I use it on my phone (for which I’m already paying data charges to the phone carrier), now I also have to pay a subscription/usage fee?  No, thanks.

But when I saw Jo Yardley’s latest post about SLGo, I saw something I must have missed in reading about it earlier.  Her post contains information about SLGo changing its fee structure (they are moving to a monthly subscription option with unlimited usage), but it also said, “the service that lets you use Second Life on mobile devices but also on old computers at ultra settings.”


How did I miss that detail?  I don’t have a dinosaur of a computer, but it is by no means top-of-the-line for gaming.  I can’t run SL at ultra settings, which is very frustrating to me.  I attend a lot of dance shows, many with lots of particles/effects/etc., and sometimes my poor old computer just can’t keep up.  For instance, at a recent show, I only saw 1/3 of a dancer’s flexi skirt, a dancer who was wearing mesh feet appeared to have a gap at her ankles, and a flying machine that was rezzed was missing its wings.  (I only know I missed these things because I saw other audience member’s pictures of the show – and they were quite different from mine.)

I don’t want to just jump in without trying it first, however.  It says there is a 20-minute free trial available, so I will be checking that out to see if I think it’s worth the $9.95 a month for the subscription.  I’ve been planning to upgrade my video card, so I may have to sit down and figure out which option would be more cost-effective for me.

What about you?  Would you use SLGo?