Hello again, faithful readers! Today's post is a quickie to talk about a couple of recent developments.
First, we have new offers from Linden Lab for existing and prospective Premium members. For all Premium members, there's a new Premium Gift. It's a Pirate Airship vehicle, with plenty of sit positions for captain and crew, and firing guns. That's nice...but it's also very primmy, with a Land Impact value of 502. Don't sail into any almost-full parcels, matey!
LL is also repeating their periodic offer of 50% off on a new quarterly Premium membership. Note that this applies only to NEW Premium members. You can't cancel your current membership, then sign up again and get the discount. It only applies to the FIRST quarter. After that, you pay the regular quarterly Premium fees. What all this boils down to is that you actually get a better deal if you simply sign up for the annual plan at $72 per year. But do be aware that LL never gives refunds. If you decide you want to downgrade back to Basic, you will NOT get a refund of unused time on your membership! You're locked into whatever period you select until the end of the billing cycle, whether that is monthly, quarterly, or annually.
The Official Blog Post: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Limited-Time-Offer-Save-50-on-Premium-Membership-and-Get-the-New/ba-p/2779820
Everything You Should Know About Premium Membership: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Premium-membership/ta-p/1054477
Last, we have a New Bug. Some people who use PayPal as their payment method are finding themselves unable to log in, getting the message "Unable to Connect to a Simulator." If this sounds like you, first go to your Account page and remove PayPal as your payment method. Then log in. After you've logged in successfully, you MAY be able to add PayPal back to your account. Read more about this bug here: https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/BUG-6735?
Oh, and one last tidbit: N-Core is retiring all their old sculpty shoes, and is offering them at 60% off for a limited time. There's not a thing wrong with using sculpties for shoes instead of Mesh, so this is a great time to save some money on some of the cutest shoes in Second Life.