Just add this to my current list of problems with the new viewer. :P
Since it’s only about $13 with my employee discount I’ll probably end up picking this one up and do a write-up when I’ve read through it.
The other day at work, I decided to check out what Second Life related books we might have in the store. I received a bit of a shock when I found that we had not only had, Second Life: The Official Guide and The Unofficial Tourists’ Guide to Second Life, but four other SL books!
- Second Life Travel Guide
- Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid That Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse by Peter Ludlow and Mike Wallace.
- Second Life for Dummies by Sarah Robbins and Mark Bell
- Second Life: A Guide to Success for the Serious Resident by Brian White
Most of them have not been published ye, but I’m rather interested in checking a few out.
The big surprise for me though was the Herald book. That may be due to the fact that I’ve not subscribed to the Herald’s RSS feed for close to a year now, Still, considering their somewhat “notable(?)” position in the SL blogging community, one would think that someone would have mentioned it.
Here’s to these books being better than the other two that I’ve done write-ups on so far, though I may give The Official Guide a second chance since a 2nd edition of it will be coming out this early in 2008.
SLeek basically is a halfway point between the full SL client and Ajaxlife. Functions such as local chat, IM, and teleporting are all available, but it also gives access to an inventory, friends list, and a people search.
Screencaps after the break.
If you have looked at the SL blogosphere within the past 4 hours the name Katherine Berry should be quite familiar by now.
Ms. Berry’s AJAX SL client has now opened a multitude of possibilities for SL residents every where. No longer is a beefy graphics card required just to log into SL. Plus, the long requested ability to IM without logging into the client has now been partially realized.
Yet, what I find to be even more amazing than the web-client, itself, is Ms. Berry’s amazement that the popularity that her build has received.
From New World Notes:
The load currently being experienced was completely unplanned; it was planned as just a “I’m bored and want to talk to m(y) friends in SL from school.”
My mind boggles at the idea that one could build something like this, but not consider how much of an effect it would have on the community.
However, as with every piece of software, there are flaws, some unavoidable considering that there is no ability to “see” into SL. The inability to move your avatar is the most major, as it means that if you are with a group of people 1) they must stay within range of you since group IM don’t work yet or 2) one of them must constantly send you Teleport requests to keep you in range.
Flaws aside, though, I still think it is extremely wonderful to have this and I cannot thank Ms. Berry enough. Here’s to smooth sailing with the continuing development of the client!