Wednesday, October 19, 2022

OpenSim : Hypergrid : Firestorm Viewer for Linux now available as a Flatpak

By Avatar JayR Cela :     

    If you are a Linux user more than likely your familiar with the Flatpak application distribution method of publishing user applications, along with others such as Snaps and App Images. There are pros and cons to all three methods, my personal feelings favor Flatpaks over the later two, and I recently found the Firestorm viewer available on FlatHub : the Firestorm Viewer page. : This page does list an older and SL specific version of FS, however as is typical with Flatpak apps, the most recent version and with Opensim logins enabled is the one used during installation. It also seems that Vivox voice is working natively in Linux again as I can see the voice indicator  dot operate correctly above my avatars head as I key up the mic. I have not had a chance to test this with someone yet.

And this info is listed in the viewer Help > About Firestorm menu.

 Audio Driver Version: FMOD Studio 2.02.07


  CEF: 91.1.23+g04c8d56+chromium-91.0.4472.164

  Chromium: 91.0.4472.164

LibVLC Version: Using gstreamer 1.0

Voice Server Version: Vivox 3.2.0002.10426 

    If so this would mean no more having to use the Windows version of FS via WINE, just in order to use the voice feature again. Yay :_)

     One thing I need to mention here is the Firestorm team does not recommend the download and installation of their viewers from anywhere other than those linked on the official FS Web site. You have been warned

     My experience using Flathub and Flatpaks via my distributions Application Store over the past two years have been good, problems encountered so far were minimal and minor, also Flatpaks by design are run in a sandboxed environment, so the likelihood of a virus or trojan infecting you system are extremely low. As always do a full system backup before any unrecommended application install, and you should be fine.

JayR Cela :_)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

OpenSim : Hypergrid : Griefer Defense the Easyway for Estate Managers

     Opensim has traditionally been considered by many resident's as being griefer free, or close to it. This is not the case recently, unfortunately one or more bad actors are spreading pain around the Hypergrid. Why they do it is not worth debate, what is worth talking about is how easy it can be to thwart, discourage and prevent it from happening to you. I am assuming that you have estate manager privileges and the land is set to a particular group with by invitation only group membership.

      Once all of these parameters are verified, simply go into your about land settings and select options, in the everyone section turn off the build, object entry and run scripts check box's.

      This is your best and easiest way to implement a solution that I know of.

JayR Cela :_)


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

OpenSim~HyperGrid : Update : New Graphics Card for OpenSim on a $300.00 Budget

By Avatar JayR Cela

     Recently I was talking about my new PNY-Nvidia-Quadro T600 video card and how it works in OpenSim environments. This thing is a monster for my 3rd Generation Intel i7 3770 with 16 Gig of ram computer, it seems to be a good match for the computer a DELL Optiplex 7010 MT, with no discernable bottlenecks between the the 8 year old Intel i7 and the new GPU, it was an easy way to upgrade my HyperGrid user experience,while not emptying my bank account on an overpriced Nvidia RTX or AMD XT based card along with a power supply upgrade too.

    I paid $269.95+tax at NewEgg online and $24 for two Mini Display Port to DVI adaptors, so I was just a bit over my budget, I am very impressed with the results I am getting in OpenSim. In closing I would like to say, depending on your circumstances I would highly recommend the card.  

JayR Cela :_)


Saturday, December 4, 2021

Upgrading my Graphics Card for OpenSim on a Budget

 By Avatar JayR Cela :

     Wow the words "on a budget" in current video card deals is a bad joke at best. I have purchased a new Nvidia T600 video graphics card recently / it is the same Tensor Core silicon used in the 20xx and 30xx series of cards / it is designed for entry level workstation graphics production and has by current standards a low price tag / it has 640 CUDA cores / 128 bit 4gig GDDR6 memory and 1.709 TFLOPS and 4 MiniDisplay Port outputs / it is state of the art low priced brand new card and is already being sold for prices way above MSRP / I paid $300 US for mine and is currently going for $400 US / was it worth it ? / yes and no / in OpenSim I did gain about 10 to 15 FPS for some situations / others not so much / in other non OpenSim related graphics programs ( retro game emulation ) it is a huge improvement from my previous Nvidia GT730 1 Gig DDR3 card / the thing I like the best about this particular card is that it does not require any additional power besides that supplied by the PCIe slot, and will work in low profile computer cases as well.

I'm just passing this information along/ for opensim use only and at $300 US was a bit expensive, however I feel it was worth it.

JayR Cela :_)

Saturday, August 28, 2021

To any of the people that have read this Blog over the years

 By Avatar JayR Cela

Please get vaccinated for this Covid virus. 

you owe this to your fellow human beings, and it's your duty to help out.

PLEASE Get Vaccinated 

JayR Cela

Thursday, August 19, 2021

OpenSim HyperGrid : Saturday August 21 2021 - The Fabulous Wailers 50's-60's Rock & Roll band - With Lots of Free working full perm powerboats

     It has been a while since my last post, I hope everyone is doing well.

I just wanted to tell you about the Fabulous Wailers event August 21 2021 on the Great Central Lake region in 3rdRock Grid.  Location: Central Lake

A very special event at the Great Central Lake region. "The Fabulous Wailers Radio Show" This is a phenomenal 2 hour show featuring back to back performances, of the famous "Walk Alone" show,followed by the Live Radio Interview Special with some of the original band members,that traces the history of this Iconic 50's-60's Rock and Roll band. A Truly Classic Event that should not be missed! August 21 2021 10:00am-12:00pm Grid Time.  I also have a great selection of FreeBee Full Perm scripted and working power boats and jetskis set out for anyone to drive or take copies of.

    This is located on a beautiful 3x3 Sim using BulletSim Physics, all of the boats and jetskis are operational, and have been tuned to provide a realistic effect when driving  using my BumpWave  system that allow the boats to hop over wave effects on the waters surface, they also fly over jump ramps.

    If you have never had the chance to listen to a The Fabulous Wailers shows, your in for a real treat with this 2 hour special that tracks the origins of the real life band with some radio interviews of various founding members exploring the bands history from early High School sock hops, to early Rock & Roll clubs to creating numerous Top Hit songs and many Albums. If you enjoy late 50's-and early 60's Rock & Roll, you owe it to yourself to stop by.

Region Name: Great Central Lake

HyperGrid Location: Central Lake

-Time: 10:00am-12:00pm 

Hope to see you there.

JayR Cela :_)

Friday, April 16, 2021

OpenSim HyperGrid : the World Famous "Fabulous Wailers" 1950's - 60's Rock and Roll Virtual World Band : April 17 - 11:00am : 3rdRock Grid

      Hi there again, I am very pleased to announce the forth appearance of the World Famous 1950's and 60's Rock and Roll band "Supreme in Virtual Worlds", the "Fabulous Wailers" on  3rdRock Grid : Great Central Lake region April 17 at 11:00am standard grid time.

hypergrid link : Central Lake

   The lead member Kristobell Jiminy and the rest of the band have been performing in virtual worlds for as long as I can remember, from SecondLife to numerous OpenSim venues throughout the HyperGrid, and I got to tell ya they are fantastic, if you like dancing to some nostalgic great tunes this is the place you want to be tomorrow at 11:00am grid time. We also have 1 hour of 1960's Detroit Motor City MoTown classics from the 60's after the main show, along with some fully free and full perm power boats and jet-ski's. So stop on by if you can. 

JayR Cela :_)


OpenSim HyperGrid : Some new Free Full Perm Zodiac style power boats now available

 Hi there everyone, I just wanted to let ya know I recently set out some new boats yesterday and would like to share them with my fellow OpenSim users. These particular boats are of the Zodiac style outboards typically seen accompanying Yachts. Haa man I wish / LOL :_).

    anyways these are Full Perm Freebie's, I don't recall where I found the original Cyan version, regardless I decided to use a different  motor script, reshaped and then replaced the root prim, changed the original Cyan color to Lime, Blue, Green and Dark, you can try various other color combinations yourself.  The main reasons I decided to discard the original script, the one I chose is better documented and has the auto return function built right into the script, meaning that once a driver dismounts, the boat returns to it's original launch position. This eliminates the need for the rezz boards I have been and  am still using now. This particular script  is the same one used in the wonderful Jet Ski's I obtained from my friend Shelenn Ayres of the IMA " Infinite Metaverse Alliance " and lead developer on the OpenSim HyperGrid enabled : 

     I made 2 minor changes with this script, I increased the maximum speed from 4 gears to 6,and I don't really recall how I did that,

 also with the Zodiac's I changed the drivers view to be a bit closer over the shoulder from behind view as opposed to the Jet-Ski's further back and more from above view. This was a very interesting to experiment with, if your interested to try it yourself by finding the settings to edit in this section of code 

                       CAMERA_ACTIVE, 1,                 // 0=INACTIVE  1=ACTIVE
                       CAMERA_BEHINDNESS_ANGLE, 2.5,     // (0 to 180) DEGREES
                       CAMERA_BEHINDNESS_LAG, 0.3,       // (0 to 3) SECONDS
                       CAMERA_DISTANCE, 10.0,             // ( 0.5 to 10) METERS
                       CAMERA_PITCH, 12.0,                // (-45 to 80) DEGREES
                       CAMERA_POSITION_LOCKED, FALSE,    // (TRUE or FALSE)
                       CAMERA_POSITION_LAG, 0.0,         // (0 to 3) SECONDS
                       CAMERA_POSITION_THRESHOLD, 0.0,   // (0 to 4) METERS
                       CAMERA_FOCUS_LOCKED, FALSE,       // (TRUE or FALSE)
                       CAMERA_FOCUS_LAG, 0.0,           // (0 to 3) SECONDS
                       CAMERA_FOCUS_THRESHOLD, 0.0,      // (0 to 4) METERS
                       CAMERA_FOCUS_OFFSET, <2, 0, -1>   // <-10,-10,-10> to <10,10,10> METERS

    The Zodiac is set to : CAMERA_FOCUS_OFFSET, <2, 0, -1> 
    The Jet-Ski is set to : CAMERA_FOCUS_OFFSET, <-5, 0, 0>


    I should also mention that  I have also disabled the " Where Am I - responder " script as well, by commenting out all of it's code.

//integer WHERE_CHANNEL = -31415385;
//    state_entry()
//    {
//        llListen(WHERE_CHANNEL, "", NULL_KEY, ""); 
//    }
//    listen(integer channel, string name, key id, string msg) 
//    {
//        if( msg == "where_report" )
//            llOwnerSay( "owned by " + llKey2Name( llGetOwner() ) + " is located at " + (string)llGetPos() );
//    }

    The reason I did this is because the main motor script will not function if you simply delete the Where Am I - responder script from the object. My first attempt at this approach resulted in a script that refused to compile, I managed to solve the problem by Stopping  everything and adding back the Where Am I - responder script back into the root prim, then commented everything out in it, recompiled everything in MONO, Reset, and Run the script, I needed to do this  twice for some reason. Once I did that everything worked fine. It's very easy to re-enable this Where am I feature by simply stopping all the scripts, edit and un-comment  each line of the Where Am I - responder script, then recompile, reset, run and you should be good to go, you may need to do it twice, unfortunately.

      I have been experimenting with power boat scripts for a number of years now, and I feel this is an excellent example of a well done and at professional level quality, well commented script that I have run across so far. You can pick up you free copies of the new Zodiacs and the Jet-Ski's on The 3rd Rock Grid : the Great Central Lake region. Central Lake

JayR Cela :_)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Real Life and Virtual Life : My first Covid Shot

 By Avatar jayR Cela 

      Hello there folks, I am happy to say I received my first Covid vaccine dose today, and I have to tell you my anxiety level dropped quite a bit, I can get back on track of things now.

JayR Cela :_)

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Jet Ski Jump on 3rd Rock Grid / OS 0.8.x with BulletSim Physics

 By avatar JayR Cela

      Hey I got ta tell ya I am all into testing out the newest and greatest stuff in OpenSim, but I got to get real here, it's breaking stuff like crazy for me:_( 

   This is unfortunately part of progressing from one a solid and stable system to a new and emerging and hopefully more robust platform, and I am sure that will eventually happen. In the mean time I would like to share with you a recent video filmed in 3rd Rock Grid  using the older OS 0.8.2.x 

          ( specifically OpenSim       (Win/.NET) )

                  This is on 3rd Rock Grid the Great Central Lake region located at 

                      Central Lake

    Here is my most recent video demonstrating what can be done with a bit older and more refined technology.

JayR Cela :_)