DD YOU Sue Baskerville: September 2007

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Replacing Google

I have read that Google will be replacing it's static text ads with animated images, flash, and video ads. Whether this is true and when it might come about I don't know,but if Google does this then I won't have any reason to use Google instead of the alternative search engines, so this prompts me to wonder what the alternatives would be for those who don't like moving stuff on the screen such as video ads?

I'm registered with Microsoft's Office Live Basic, which give you Windows Live Mail. When I go use my Windows Live Mail, there are moving ads on the screen, and I hate it.

I have a Yahoo Mail account, same thing, after I try to use it for just a minute I think, well, even thought Gmail lacks folders because of some pigheaded ideologue on it's staff, at least it doesn't a bunch of video ads or animated gif ads or flash ads.

So will any other search company rise to the challenge of meeting the demands of those who hate moving or noise making ads?

Monday, September 3, 2007

Save Sky Eclipse, crasher of sims: SL Jira VWR-2281

Second Life user Sky Eclipse has a problem: something about their account or their avatar causes the sim they are in to crash.  The sim they are in crashes as soon as they log in to it , if I understand the problem correctly, leaving them no way to do anything like remove attachments or delete the last few items they acquired. 

The only solution for this problem lies in the hands of Linden Lab: either fix Sky Eclipse's account, or fix the sim crash problem such that Sky Eclipse's account remains just as it is but the sim Sky is in doesn't crash.

There's a Second Life Jira issue to vote on related to Sky Eclipse's problem. The Jira issue is at  https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-2281 ; if you'd like to help Sky Eclipse by convincing Linden Lab to devote resources to solving this problem go to https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-2281 and vote for the issue. (Only members of SL can vote for SL Jira issues, so if you aren't an SL user, just join SL at secondlife.com, then vote for Sky's Jira issue. )

There's a forums.secondlife.com thread on this topic at http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?p=1661915#post1661915 .

The Sky Eclipse Jira issue VWR-2281 reads as follows

Second Life Viewer - VWR
 Sky Eclipse's avatar crashes regions EVERYTIME she logs in, regardless of where she logs in
Created: Friday 02:42 AM   Updated: Saturday 04:58 PM

Component/s:    Crashes
Affects Version/s:    1.18.3
Fix Version/s:    None

File Attachments:     1.  debug_info.log (4 kb)
2.  SecondLife.log (161 kb)

Environment:     « Hide
CPU: AMD K7 (Unknown model) (1396 MHz)
Memory: 256 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP (Build 2600)
Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Graphics Card: GeForce 6200/AGP/SSE/3DNOW!
OpenGL Version: 2.0.3