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New kind of bot in Second Life!

It’s the LOLO Kickabot!

The kickable robot.

This bot is NOT used to fake traffic, bother people, or steal stuff. Its quite harmless. Very Happy

Fully animated: its a walking, free-roaming robot!

You can make your robot talk & even give it a name too.

Best of all, if anyone or anything bumps into the robot, it falls down, and the bot can be kicked around on the ground!

Finally we can get back at the bots.

To take a look at the LOLO Kickabot on Xstreet SL shopping site, please click here.

To go inworld to The LOLO Pet Shop and see the LOLO Kickabot, please click here. (Here you can see the bot live & even kick it!)

In other news…..

The official Linden blog announces some fancy techno-stuff they are busily working away on. Seems lots of people get thrown right off when lots of long technical words are used….. so I’ll try to give a little summary, to the best of my understanding….. I promise I will use no long or unusual words. 🙂

First FJ Linden admits the grid has been a little choppy lately, but this is because big changes are happening. Lindens have been building a special new network called “LLnet”, just for us! This new network will soon be running the SL for us. FJ says LLnet is ready so, next week they will start to move some of our avatars and stuff onto this new network.

Glad to hear they are not trying to just quick dump us all over there…. seems like a slow & careful process, hopefully avoiding grid crashes & downtime.

Next FJ describes the good things about LLnet. Right now we’re all running on this “VPN” system. It’s kinda slow, aged, and clunky. LLnet will be faster, less laggy, and not crash the grid so much.

But that’s not all…. The Lindens have been working on “improving asset storage“. This means keeping your data in a smarter way – more organized. Their new way of storing stuff will save Linden Lab lots of storage space and speed everything up for us too.

It will keep all those great things you like to play with all the time in a place where the grid can fetch them quick for you, when needed.

The things you don’t use much, will get tucked neatly away, so they are not in your way, where you trip over them all the time… You don’t want to sit your home gym out where its half blocking off your front door right?

Its kind of like keeping your car keys on a hook on the wall, instead of wasting time hunting for them each time, because last time you randomly threw them down behind the couch & they’re now hidden under that ugly sweater you never wear, and an old pizza box.

So, soon when you search for your favorite jewelry, it should pop right up in inventory the quickest.

3 cheers for Lindens deciding to put everything in its place & clean their room!

Next FJ goes on to tell us about “HTTP Dataserver and Agent Inventory Services“. Sounds complicated – I’m sure everyone skim read that part. All he’s basically saying here is: when the server and database talk to each other, they use complex language. Probably slows them down & gets them confused. Lindens want to feed them new code so they talk simpler, which should make things faster, and I think less likely to bork.

So, lots of good improvements coming down the pipes. Hooray! More stability. Less lag. Snappier grid. Should be nice to see. FJ says they are also working on some other stuff with the Central Database, but he’ll explain that later this January, probably because he thought his post was getting too lengthy to throw on stuff about another big complicated thing.

I’ll likely post a “Cole’s notes” version right up here for everybody, whenever that post appears.





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Nice Christmas News from Linden Labs

Judging from their blog, looks like Linden Lab‘s new site design is performing well; despite the worst fears of the resident flash-haters, the professional skeptics & the disgruntled “I-complain-about-absolutely-everything” whatevers…. So, this design soon goes live….. & thanks to this new design from Big Spaceship, we should now see more users than ever beginning their Second Life, and this can only help SL continue to expand and grow — likely at an even brisker, healthier clip in the coming new year.

This news item combines well with the Lab’s earlier news, of the construction of some big fiberoptic ring superstructure (dubbed LLnet) that will connect up all their servers better — allowing for higher server/database load. From my understanding, the only current limitation to SL’s expansion is Linden Lab’s teeny server/database capacity. Otherwise, I bet growth would be exploding right now. When the servers can handle more than the current maximum concurrency of 70,000 users without crashing out (clearly visible on this concurrency graph)….. & the influx of new users begins, due to Big Spaceship’s sweet welcoming experience…. 2009 should be a great year of growth for SL.

It’s exciting news for all residents, since the more people can be inworld all at once, the more interesting events can come together, the more fun new content will be created, & the more fun experiences can happen. There will simply just be a greater level of diversity to the already thriving community of SL……

Here’s to a great year…. now just beginning!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from your friends at The LOLO Pet Shop – your place for Second Life Pets & more!

The Second Life website gets a makeover!

Wow!  This looks pretty cool….  Big Spaceship, as some may have heard, is redoing LL’s Second Life website for them, and it looks to be loads more attractive & less alienating geek-factor-ish. Myself, I love a good interactive flash site….. any web content just becomes so much more appealing when it is interactive.  I am looking forward to seeing this complete changeover to The New from Second Life’s old familiar site style – this happens in a week or so, as Linden Lab reports (You can read the full scoop about it on LL’s official blog, by clicking this link, right here. ).

So far all we have is the tease of one small thumbnail and a text listing the soon-to-be-present dynamic features — but looks to be sweet!

Love the new website idea?  Hate it?

Linden Lab’s is looking for feedback on this too, so visit their forum, if you’d like to share your opinion.

What is The Newest in Second Life’s Virtual Pets?

New Tabby Cats & Calico Cats too!

To see more about the virtual pets & animals living in Second Life, visit The LOLO Pet Shop’s Second Life Pets website.

To go inworld, link here to find SL Pets at The LOLO.