National Cyber Security Awareness Events in Sansar

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. Maya, the Information Security Director for Linden Lab (the creators of Second Life and Sansar), invited me to meet with her in her new experience, a recreation of the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, India:

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She explained that this beautiful experience is the setting for a series of cyber security events taking place in Sansar, as part of National Cyber Security Awareness month.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (the organization behind National Cyber Security Awareness month), a non-profit founded in 2001, is a public-private partnership, working with the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), private sector sponsors (founding sponsors included Symantec, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and McAfee), and nonprofit collaborators to promote cybersecurity awareness for home users, small and medium-sized businesses, and primary and secondary education. For more information and tips on how you can improve your cybersecurity, please visit the Stop. Think. Connect. website.

The first event is on October 1st at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time at The Taj experience, with a panel of speakers on cyber security. Everyone is welcome! Here is Maya’s tweet promoting the event.

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Linden Lab Issues the Shop, Gift and Spend Release of Sansar

The latest update to the Sansar client software, dubbed the Shop, Gift and Spend Release, came out on Sept. 10th. Among the new features is the ability to pay another avatar in-world, a long-awaited feature that will encourage music performers and other types of jobs in Sansar.

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With today’s update, we are now adding the ability for you to gift Sansar Dollars to another user. You will find the option to to this in the same menu where you can add someone as a friend, or mute someone. It is also available on a user’s profile through the People tool, which can be opened from Chat.

Sansar Dollar Gifting will start a default value of 100 and can be increased or decreased in increments of 10 and 1. There will also be a transaction fee of 15% for any amount of Sansar Dollars gifted (to a minimum of S$1). This is in preparation of (eventually) being able to gift objects, to prevent users from circumventing the Store.

For more information, please see the Gifting Sansar Dollars document.

In addition, you can now browse the Sansar Store from within the client. However, you will still be taken to the Sansar Store website to actually make a purchase.

Also, users in VR headsets will no longer have to take them off to style their avatar in Lookbook!

VR users will no longer have to edit their Avatar in desktop mode. You can now edit your Avatar in VR and you can enjoy adjusting Marvelous Designer clothes by simply reaching out and grabbing them.

And (in an answer to builders’ prayers), Linden Lab has finally added a Folders feature to Edit Mode. You can find this option in the Scene Objects windows. I’m sure I’m not the only builder whose inventory was getting rather unwieldy!

You can see the full list of new features and bug fixes here.

Unfortunately, as Inara Pey reported on last Friday’s Product Meetup, the eagerly-awaited permissions and licensing system in Sansar was not part of this release. due to some last-minute problems that still need to be addressed. Maybe next release.

Sansar Pick of the Day: Galen’s Fountain

One thing that Sansar still lacks is a particle system like Second Life’s. But we’re getting closer! Today’s Pick of the Day is Galen’s clever demonstration of an object rezzer he scripted, a sort of fountain with cubes instead of water:

In his experience description he writes:

Demonstration of a recycling rezzer acting as a physical particle system. Once it gets warmed up, you’ll see it “rezzing” 200 particles per second, way beyond the technical limit of 16 per second.

Note that initial tests show the scene is touchy. It and/or your client may crash when trying to get here or leaving the scene.

Here’s the link to visit Galen’s Fountain. You can learn more about Galen’s scripts at his Metaverse Machines website. You can also visit his new Reflex4 Workshop, where he has further demonstrations of his Sansar C# scripting.

Sansar Pick of the Day: Greenwall VR, and the Sansar Lounge Contest

I’ll be honest. I’m not a big fan of computer games (except for the mind-bending, puzzle-solving kind like Myst and Obduction). That’s why I am rather mystified by the whole esports craze. I don’t get the appeal of watching other people competitively playing videogames. But I can confirm that esports viewing is a bandwagon that Linden Lab wants to get on, and a growing market of which it wants to be a part.

Linden Lab recently teamed up with OpTic Gaming (a professional esports gaming organization) and Greenwall (OpTic’s fanbase) to create an esports viewing lounge, called Greenwall VR:

Explore the Greenwall VR experience from OpTic Gaming.

Stream matches, hang out with other fans, and play games while you wait – shuffleboard, throw pong, and more!

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And, in order to promote the creation of even more Twitch, YouTube, and Vimeo livestream viewing lounges, Linden Lab has announced a new contest. The Sansar Lounge Contest runs until September 30th, and three prizes of 5,000 Sansar dollars (approximately US$50) plus an Oculus Rift VR headset with Touch controllers (estimated value US$399) will be awarded to the best Sansar lounge experience featuring streaming media in each of the following three categories:

  • Sports
  • Anime-Inspired
  • Pets

Here’s the official contest rules and conditions in all their glorious legalese.