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I really want to thank people for helping out this month.   It has really been a huge boost, not just for morale, but for the future of the grid!

Just so you know where the money is going...    The server bills are paid well ahead now on the large server.    And also, it financed keeping our smaller cloud server going, which we are using for development (keeps me from borking the main grid too much), as well as an awesome backup system.   The entire grid is backed-up / mirrored every day.  Goddess forbid, anything happens to the main server..  hardware failure or outage.   We can switch most of the grid over to the cloud server quickly, and really not miss a beat.   So it is a really good resource that I am glad we can keep going.

We also received a VERY generous donation in the form of Gloebit currency.    That is being held in reserve as a fund to get new residents started with a small stipend with which they can purchase land, go shopping, what have you.     I think it will really help us to build a vibrant little economy on our grid, and just get people participating in it that would normally be kind of wary of signing up and spending that first few RL dollars.  So I think it is a good use for it, that will come back to us in good ways.

umm..   and I bought a big can of coffee and a gallon of milk.    My salary for the month.   ;)

Thank you everyone, for your support.   The grid is almost a year old, and it's been a GREAT year!     The next will be even better!

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I have been trying to debug this for over a month!   Thank you everyone for being patient!   I know it was an extremely aggravating bug! 

If you would like to know the technical details.    I can not blame the OpenSim developers for this one (completely).     They added a needed feature that I was not aware of, that keeps you from being logged in as a zombie on another region, if you crash, or your previous logout somehow goes awry.      That is a good thing.     My fault in the matter, was that I live dangerously, and had some inadvisable settings, to let people be idle longer, without being logged out.         It worked fine previously, but does not mix well with the newer OpenSim code.    So..  pretty much 99% my bad.    Sorry peeps.  You're walkin on the wild side here.  ;)

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News and Announcements / $300 Gloebits and Land for new residents!
« on: April 28, 2018, 04:57:01 am »
Thanks to a generous donor, we now have funding to help new residents get off to a good start in our community.

We are building a gorgeous region "Grace" that is a huge, 6x6 var region..  It has beautiful coastlines, drivable roads and LOTS of land parcels for residents!     It has a village / mainland-like feel to it.     

Parcel prices for a 4096m parcel, 700 prims is  $200 gloebit.     This is not rent.  It is a one-time purchase / donation to help us to provide more land and resources, and invite great new residents to our community.     There is no monthly fee or rent, it is yours for the lifetime of the region.   *(see below)

See Hyacinth for details: We are also giving away $300 gloebit to new signups.  Why are we doing this?     Because we really need to get a nice, affordable economy happening.    Gloebit is great because it works on all grids, and is a very small-scale currency.   No one is getting rich.  It just makes it convenient to buy legitimate items, and support content creators for their work.

Convincing people to sign up for a currency is difficult.  People are wary, skeptical.   This makes it easy to take that leap.   Gloebit is free to sign up.   And when you do, we will give you $300.   $200 to buy a home parcel, and $100 to go shopping, tip your party DJ, what ever! :)     Once people use it they will see it's not so scary.    And at no risk.     

How it helps us, is that in signing up for a linked currency, it provides extra security and stability because people have an extra level of verification.   Griefers and thieves are less likely to go through the trouble, or risk of identification.

So this is our new program.   I think it may work out well.   We have funds to support this program and give it a try.

Contact Hyacinth Jewell or Hicks Adder (best for French) for details!   :)

* Land is owned in perpetuity, or as long as the region remains active.    The land is rated M, and subject to very relaxed, reasonable community guidelines, to ensure the enjoyment of all.   If they are not followed, it is possible to lose ownership of the land.   See land covenant for details.

Hyacinth's "Luv Shaque" on the Grace region. :)

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News and Announcements / THE PROFILES ARE FIXED! IN HG TOO!!
« on: April 28, 2018, 04:38:54 am »
It has been over a month.   We merged our OpenSim code with the most recent and there were a LOT of bugs to fix.

Thank you for your patience while we worked them out!    We've made some real progress.  The next on the list is HG Groups.   The group invites have never worked for HG visitors.   That will be fixed next.  :)

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News and Announcements / THE FORUMS ARE BACK UP!! WOOHOO!!
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:06:57 am »
We were besieged by spammers.    I made it so you have to visit HGluv inworld first, either as a resident or HG visitor.    As long as you are known to the grid, you can get in.

No more viagra or fake passport ads!    umm..  unless an esteemed resident wants to sell them, that's fine.   lol

The added benefit.   If one of the know-it-all developers or grid admins wants to shoot their moths off on the forum, they have to come dance with me at Luv Plaza first, and loosen them up a bit!  :)

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News and Announcements / New Sandbox Regions!
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:36:54 am »
I made some higher quality sandboxes on the three big servers.    They are named Litterbox, Litterbox 2, and Litterbox 3.     They are running different physics engines for testing mesh uploads and vehicles and such.

Litterbox:     ubODE physics and meshing
Litterbox 2:  ubODE physics / Bulletsim meshing combo
Litterbox 3:  Bulletsim physics and meshing

All three come with a little tower / lounge set up in the corner so you can watch, micromanage and heckle your friends as the build.

Enjoy! :)

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News and Announcements / Great news! Mesh is fixed on most of the regions!
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:22:49 am »
We are still testing, but it looks really good so far!

I have to give credit where credit is due.    Part of the fix is due to new physics code from OSgrid and the OpenSim Dev team.   Excellent work Ubit and the Dev team!  Thank you!    We were also able to successfully merge a friend's code (who sadly, prefers to remain anonymous), that greatly improves avatar loading.    So we now have a very unique and powerful version of OpenSim!  :)

If your region is still experiencing missing mesh objects, please contact me and I will switch your region over to the new code ASAP.  I am just being slightly cautions and haven't switched the whole grid over yet.

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News and Announcements / New Firestorm - Mesh not loading!
« on: February 02, 2018, 06:18:05 pm »
Affects Firestorm 5.0.11 (53634) rel: Jan 12 2018

Firestorm screwed OpenSim again.    Take a look around.  You will probably see a bunch of naked avatars (well no complaints there), missing trees, buildings.

How to fix:

Hit:  CONTROL-ALT-SHIFT S     to open debug settings.

in the search box start typing...     FSEnforceStrictObjectCheck
Set to false!

That's it.   The missing mesh should appear in a moment.

Please take the time to express your appreciation to the Firestorm Team.  :/

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News and Announcements / New forums to discuss Intellectual Property issues
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:00:42 am »
I have added some new forums "Get Right with Cthulu"   Cthulu is a fictional evil god that is a destroyer of worlds.   He is coming.

In case you are not aware.   LOTS of places are being shut down because of copyright violations, largely targeting the "Athena" mesh avatars that are vastly popular, and are ripped illegally from Secondlife.     I will refrain from telling you "I told you so". 

These closed websites and grids are causing huge problems on our grid, because when OpenSim goes to lookup the creatorID information, OpenSim locks up and causes regions to be overwhelmed and crash.  I strongly suspect that this is happening everywhere, not just here.     I am handling the problem in a very temporary way, but a long term solution is needed.     If the other grids are being shut down for this, we are not far behind.     The people responsible will come after us eventually, so it is best to be prepared.   It is horrifying to me that after all this hard work, we could be shut down some day if we are not careful.

I put up these forums to discuss, and help clarify what content is safe and good, and which may cause us big problems in the future.

You are all my friends, and my family.   I do NOT want to be a meanie, and take away your toys.      I am willing to work VERY HARD to help you keep your stuff, and be safe and happy here.       We will work to find what is good and safe to use.    Research which copyright claims are VALID, and which are not.    AND...  if we do find items that you really like, but are not legal or safe to use.   We will take time to help find, or build from scratch, a suitable or BETTER replacement.       It is a lot of work, and is a pain.    BUT in the long run, we will be a stonger, PROUDER grid that can stand tall on our own, and no one can call us thieves!

So in the coming months.   I am hoping we can work together to make this a strong grid, be around for a long time, and a real asset to the OpenSim community.

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Good, legal content / Ruth 2.0 Mesh Avatar!
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:36:37 am »
The Ruth 2.0 mesh avatar is available in Luv Plaza to try out and help the developers with this very excellent and worthy project.

It is lightweight, beautiful, created for use in OpenSim, and is 100% free and clear to use, share. luv. :)


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Good, legal content / Flotsam Village / Port Auroroa
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:24:43 am »
It is with great joy, that I have learned that much of the various Pirate items you will find around our grid..   IRONICALLY are not pirated. :D    These items have been released under GPL and are safe to use, with a few minor exceptions.       This be good booty!   Arr!


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Good, legal content / Epic Citadel
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:18:38 am »
I have contacted the creator, Cuteulala Artis in OSgrid, and recieved confirmation and a blessing.   This content is released under GPL and is absolutely safe and free to use and share.   


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LuvTree is a version of the free / opensource "SnappyTree" that I am working on to make it friendlier for use with OpenSim.

You can make a nice looking mesh tree in a few minutes and upload it to HGluv or other mesh-upload enabled OpenSim world.   They are really easy to customize, and are completely free and clear with commons!      We can replace many of the trees that we have, from questionable sources.     Please use and share your nice work.    Keep OpenSim free and beautiful! :)

http://hgluv.com/tools/LuvTree


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News and Announcements / THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
« on: December 20, 2017, 04:28:50 pm »
The HG Safari visit was a great success, thanks to our wonderful family here at HGluv Grid!!!!

Thank you so much for all of the help in making this a success!  :)


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News and Announcements / NEW STUFF!! :)
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:05:44 am »
I've been REALLLY busy this week.   Here are some of the new features that have been added, or are 90% done.
  • The FORUM..  (duh!)
  • We now have two Resident groups "LuvBugs" and "HGluv Events" that every resident is a member of.   I am so happy people are already meeting and talking on them!  :)   It is a great way to get to know people, to ask questions, and to speak up if you are having problems...  it is not a pain, it is very helpful.  So please complain loudly! Things will get fixed more quickly :)
  • New "Town Hall" in Luv Plaza - A little lounge for residents to meet, and I am putting scripts there for residents to use, such as event posting tool, a dropbox / web gallery generator, our networked jukebox, lag/CPU meters for your regions, and more coming!
  • I have built a translator directly into the OpenSim source code, so no more scripts or HUD is needed.   It will translate directly to and from chat.  It will handle IM as well.   It is currently being tested on one region, and will be available on the whole grid soon.
  • A password reset tool on is now our website.
  • The new user signup is functioning well, and HGluv is now a grid open to new users.  No referral code necessary.

Coming soon / this week:
  • Offline messages will be available from the website, so you can browse through them like an email box.
  • Region owners will have their own web control panel, that will give them greater control to restart their regions.  Make OAR backups to download to their home computer, up / download terrains, see IP address logs of visitors (in case you have trouble)
  • I added greater security this week.   Regions must be pre-registered.   So this will make it possible for people to host their own regions on their home computer, or a cloud server of their own.    It will work by reserving a safe place on the map, and a UUID# for the region.   If that sounds technical.  "You need to say please first."    But this will allow us to let more people on the grid and have greater freedom to run their own regions, and I do not need to bug them about scripts and things.  It is very good.  :)
  • The Evil Penguin - A lounge for geeks, in Luv Plaza.   It is the big, blue Tiki house.   We will will be hosting gatherings there, as well as classes, question and answer sessions.    The lounge will have live screens with terminals to log into the servers, so people can learn how things work, and we can help with computer or server issues one-on-one, in a relaxed environment.

I know I am forgetting things..  but it has been a busy and productive week.   Thank you my friends for helping build a beautiful, new world. :)

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