Saturday, October 15, 2011

Kicking a dead horse

Mister Acacia is online

OK, it's not a horse, it's V1 viewers.

And OK, they're not dead.

And OK, I'm not really kicking them.

But they are as good as dead. Everyone knows it. What keeps you on it? That Linden Lab's viewer sucks? Well, that's a given, that's why there are alternatives. Third Party Viewers.

What else is it about V1 viewers that keeps you there? The UI? Why do you use a new version of Windows? Why do you get a new car that has a different dashboard and controls layout? Why is your new smartphone different from your old one? Don't let the UI stop you.

What else? V2 doesn't run on your machine? I hate to say it, but you really need a newer machine with a little more umph. Don't whine that V1 should not die simply because you don't want to or can't replace your machine. Save up. Do your own version of a lay-away and pay a savings account a little from each paycheck. And when you have enough saved up, go get you a rockin' game machine.

What else? You hate change? Who doesn't? I do. I loathe when people move my cheese. But you know what? I'm not going to die, I'm going to get off my ass and get my cheese.

V1 is dying, my friends. It's not left the room, but it's been handed its hat. Linden Lab stopped developing for V1 back in November 2009. Almost two years ago! Let it rest in peace.

Mesh, search, profiles, and a bunch of other stuff coming out, are all V2 features. To put it simply, the code that does all those things does not run in a V1 viewer. It has to be backported. That is no small feat. It took Henri Beauchamp several months just to get mesh backported. It would take several months for each V2 feature. So while you're holding tight to your V1 viewer, that can't view mesh, that is going to lose search and is going to lose profiles, it might be a couple years before those features are made available to V1. They're in V3 today.

It's time for you to get off that dying horse, say good bye to it and jump on the new breed.

Mister Acacia is offline

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