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Friday, November 24, 2017

We Love Your Comments!

I love getting comments on my posts, I really do.  It assures me that somebody out there is actually listening.  Unfortunately, when I made the blog open for comments from everyone, I got a LOT of spam comments.  For that reason, I have limited comments to people who actually Follow this blog. 

That doesn't mean I don't want to hear from you!  Please Follow me, and feel free to leave me a comment.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Another long-standing problem fixed

For many years now, people have complained about the Transaction History feature of Second Life.  The complaint usually takes the form of, "I bought something a couple of months ago and I need to provide proof of purchase to the creator.  But my Transaction History only goes back 30 days...help!"

But there is no help in this situation.  Your Marketplace History goes back all the way to your very first Marketplace purchase...but unless you are in the habit of saving your Transaction History as a spreadsheet every month, there was no way to get information on your transactions in world further back than a month.

Until now, that is.  Linden Lab has recently increased the amount of data stored in your Transaction History to THREE months.  Now you can review up to 90 days' worth of data!  However, this only applies if you are a Premium member.  Basic members continue to be limited to 30 days.

If you run a Second Life business, or are just the anal retentive type, you will still want to download and save your transaction data...but at least now you only have to do it once a quarter!

Kudos to the good folks at Linden Lab for this small but useful improvement.  They keep adding little goodies to a Premium membership.  Many of them are small benefits, but they do add up.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

$L Transaction Fees Go Up...Again.

It seems like only a few months ago, LL raised the fees for buying $L, and for transferring cash out of Second Life to your PayPal account.  But last week, they went up again.

Now it will cost you $0.99 every time you purchase $L.  And the fee for a process credit transaction is no longer capped at $25, but is  2.5% regardless of the size of the transfer.

Linden Lab claims that they are doing this to offset increased expenses related to combating fraud, and I believe them.  The number of people losing control of their accounts due to phishing attacks is rising...due both to the sheer number of attacks, and their increasing sophistication.

It's one more example of how the actions of an unprincipled few hurt all the rest of us.

Here's the link to the official Linden Lab announcement: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2265-exciting-improvements-to-sl-fee-updates-to-enable-even-more/

It's not all bad news, though.  LL points out that Second Life is continuing to gain new features and new functions.  One is a grid-wide hunt-type game, "Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches."  And another is the coming advent of "animesh," a new capability that will allow the animation of non-avatar mesh objects.  You can play the Glytches game right now, and I expect animesh to be at least as big a change as Bento. 

There's still a lot of life in Second Life!