View on the weather

12 05 2008

Having no idea if the term is still up to date, “net-weather” today again became intereresting for me again.

While in RL, I look in my homes garden and see the brightest monday since months (and a holiday with that), I see sheer blackness while looking at my SL client, which tells me that there is no login due to asset server probs. Furthermore a shy look a the blog tells me that today net weather seemed to be on blizzard with several outages.

Unfortunately, that isn’t really new there. Since the upgrade to the new windlight-included client, things go worse. Sales drop, network jams, network brown-or blackouts.

And more and more often, I get to the point to think about blowing the whole show, revoke my premium account and simply sit and wait until any other massive envivroment comes up which allows creation and sale of own content to brighten its atmosphere.

It is not yet that I feel that LL abandoned their baby, but for considerably sure, they neglect it. There is about 60000 users max, I see to be online simultaniously (How many of them bots? Who knows.). And not one day passes, in which the grid breaks down like a old-age-wrecked railroad with a serious pneumonia.

This would be perfectly alright, if this would be an experimantel envivroment for a bunch of merry but unhappy students or beta-testers. Fact is, it is not.

The fabulous thing, LL’s vision had coming here is a grand thing, paid for by people who only want to have fun and can not because their inventory vanishes, they cannot move or simply are denied access by grid overload. Plus it is paid for by people who run a business and try to sell things they deem either nice or usefull to other people .

Now the problem with selling or even having customer relation is that you can not, if nobody can log in.

You can not have them, if nobody can teleport and follow your landmarks.

You can not have them, if nobody is able to see your shop because rezzing the surrounding on the new sim after TP takes ages for the customer so he becomes frustrated and leaves.

You can not if the customer buys anything from you and either the payment is going stale or the item is never delivered because of malfunctioning asset-servers.

I am sure, I would be able to talk about this kind of stormy net-weather all day. When you pay 125 US$ Tier per month (not to talk about an additional 19% VAT, my government never asked me for) plus the 6 US$ for a yearly premium account, you are surely not a big fish in the business, I know that very well.

But it’s the medium and small fishes that fill the net.

I find it hard to cope with the fact that coverage of the costs I have dropped from 100% with a little surplus now and then to about 20 to 50% because customers do not appear, are not able to see my shop in time or even cannot enter the whole grid. When you sell prefabs you are clearly at the end of the chain.

People have no sufficient net-weather, people buy or rent no land to place a home or business. Now if they don’t, they for sure buy no prefabs.

The sum of it is:

Even if you look at bright sunshine through your window, weather can be still stormy and clouded in  another life.





Busy-Bee-Weekend

17 03 2008

Now this weekend has seen some work. By the way, did I ever mention that my fiance always sneers at me as I claim to work, while I lay down on my couch, digging under a cosy blanket with my laptop in front of me on a small  table.
The fact alone that my attention is malfunctioning during that time -especially in catching up on her comments about what’s on TV- should tell her that I am highly  concentrated:)

However, during this weekend I managed to work a bit, even though SL was jammy again at  times.

At first, me and my friend Dispensus Waechter got back on the old idea to rent out the Storeshop’s Shop Displays on the Life-display-platform over the shop (God, what a repititory sentence).Hrmmph. Explanation:

In Dhaulagiri, I finally had the chance to get rid of the Holovendor – solution for all of  my products and to put up Life-Displays, people can teleport to and see the structure they  would buy in full size.

This display platform now has its traffic and it naturally costs some prims. Due to the fact, that my main focus is on buildings, I have no big ambition in creating furniture. This means, the the shops always appeared somewhat bare and lifeless, while I alwayswanted to give the customer an impression of what my creations could look like in their place.

So we hammered out the idea to rent those display shops to shopkeepers.

My friend Dispenus Waechter took over the task to oversee the rental business there and will  do so for the upcoming lifedisplay of the segment shops, soon to come.

He bought a hippo-rental server and did set up the rentboxes and rental boards. So far the  boxes seem to be brillo, even though we aren’t smart enough to use the web-based-server  option as of yet:)

We hope to offer some synergy-effect to shopkeepers here, due to its a free-tp zone. This  basicly means that they can offer their customers the chance to hop into their shops while  also the customers of the Hammerwielder Store Shop will pass by their shops to see the structures and  -of course- whats in them.

Now so much for that. I myself at the same time bought a hippo-update-server and  experimented with it. This means, that from now on, I will ship my products in Omega Rez  _locus Boxes which will look for an update every time they are rezzed to build a structure.

The customer will be given any never version on that very moment.

I hope this piece of service will improve quality for I am now able to correct little  glitches found immediately and not have to contact buyers one by one.

And finally what I did this weekend was to finish the forest mansion, I had underway for  quite some time now and boxed it up for sale (see product article above).

Now who says you can’t work on a couch?!