Hello again my dearest dears! As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, solving some technical trouble with my Second Life rental resulted in my winding up in OpenSim, the other massive virtual presence on the world wide web that I had heard about for years, but always seemed too complicated to use. I am a regular visitor now, and would encourage my beloved readers to join me. It is free, and the only new technology you need is a Phoenix Firestorm Browser, which you can quickly and easily download HERE :PHOENIX FIRESTORM VIEWER DOWNLOAD. Do yourself a favor and don´t read the rest of the Phoenix website – it is full of tutorials and seminars and workshops that scared the hell out of me. But to my delight, although it definitely offers additional options in terms of building and storage, Firestorm was virtually identical to my SL browser in every respect. One little difference that piqued my curiosity was on the login page. From left to right at the bottom of the page it has boxes for User Name, Password, the Log In button, the Default Settings, the Start at box, and last of all, a Log onto Grid box. When I clicked on the last button a list came up 11 names, two of which were Second Life, and Second Life Beta. This is where your journey begins. Click on Craft- the Friendly World, then click Log In.(Here is the link for the Craft homepage CRAFT WORLD.ORG if you want a peek at some of the sights, you can also create an account there under CREA UN AVATAR. Craft is Italian! ) You will be asked if you want to create an account. Create one, it is a simple six line form, that will immediatly result in an email to confirm your resistration. Open the email, click the confirmation link, then log into Craft-the Friendly World with your new user name and password; AND don´t forget to type HYDRA in the Start at box under <type region name>!!!!!! If it doesn´t work the first time, wait a minute and keep trying.
Now, you are not going to look like this! You have nothing in your inventory and are consequently a white oval . Go into your inventory and look under Body Parts. There will be one file called Cloud Fix. Inside are eyes hair skin and shape. Right click, then left click wear items. Now you will look like this.
Useful Tip! Fly slowly on an OpenSim Grid. Slowly and lightly tap your forward control, give things time to rez. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get somewhere. Remember you are on a small privatly run grid, so the ride is quirkier.
Useful Tip! If something catches your eye on an OpenSim Grid, see if you can take a copy. Not everything has a “freebie” sign hanging over it!
Useful Tip! Sometimes your world map doesn´t load properly and show any land, just the little yellow dot that indicates where you are. You can still run a successful search and teleport to a nearby destination.
Another Useful Tip! UPTOWN ( the picture above my head) is a delightful freebie area with much more interesting and tasteful women´s clothes than the Craft Store, like Kimonos and opulent historical gowns. Low to zero Barbie doll factor. Big virtualchristine thumbs up!
Before you sart using the Grid panel, make sure you set Hydra as your home, or at least landmark it!
Useful Tip! In your travels, if you see any standing doorways, archways,or spheres that may or may not have a slightly fuzzy appearence inside, DON`T WALK THROUGH THEM YET!!! They are probably hypergates, and you will wind up getting so lost you will have to log out to get anywhere familiar again.
I will wind up this post now with some FAQs.
Q. I don´t understand, am I on OpenSim or Craft?
A. Both. Craft is a Grid on the OpenSim system.
Q. Do I have to log on by registering on Craft, can´t I log in on one of the other grids?
A. Sure you can. But I had a look at some of the other grids and in my opinion Craft has the best amenities for the newbie OpenSim traveller. The people who run craft are also mega friendly; you will see the names GeR Orsini, Tao Quan and Licu Rau all over the place .They run Craft. Within 30 seconds of my first arrival, I met GeR, who showed me where the Craft Store was and all the other ropes of the Hydra station. Tao and Licu introduced themselves a day later. Tao is fluent in English and German, Licu and Ger have good translation programs. All three will take alot of time to answer your questions. They don´t try to sell you anything or break out the orgy invitations; but like all Opensim grids, Craft is seriously underpopulated. They need RESIDENTS, especially builders and artists!!! And bloggers, obviously. I went skiing with these people for god´s sake; when was the last time you went skiing with Philip Linden?
Q. Can I log in with my Second Life account?
A. NO! Logging into OpenSim with your Second Life Main Grid or Beta registration is not an option. Yet.
Q. Can I get my SL inventory into Craft?
A. That is a very good question. Theoretically you can get stuff you have created in SL into any Opensim Grid with the Phoenix Firestorm browser by exporting the item and it´s textures into your computers hard drive, then uploading it again.When I crack this, I will tell you. For material you have not created, you need to have transfer permission, and even then the buzz on the web is that it is bad behavior and possibly illegal to take other peoples creations out of SL without thier consent. But I see alot of SL stuff around. I will keep you updated on this subject. Personally, I plan to ask Zooby Pets in Second life if they can fix Juju so I can take him into Opensim. I am willing to pay alot for this. I miss my snake.
And now my dearest dears, we are at the end of virtualchristine´s FIRST OpenSim post! If you are still a bit foggy on the whole thing, my next post will explain more fully, yet very clearly and simply ,about Grids, Hypergates and OpenSim. It is really not all that complicated! If I can gate around the Metaverse, so can you- and I will also tell you where to get FREE LAND!!!!!!!!! Until then my beloved readers, Adieu!