Signing up and getting into Avination

Creating an account for Avination

Signing up to Avination is pretty straightforward, it even has a feature where you can take your Second Life name with you.

If you want to create a new name (with a last name no less!) then go to the sign up page and create your new account. If you don’t want to use your SL name then you are ready to log into Avination.

If you want to use your Second Life name, create a new account using a throwaway name, log into the website with this name and go to the account details page and add your Second Life name. Make sure you remember your password!

Once you’ve done that, you need to link your SL avatar with your Avination account to confirm the name is yours.  You can either go to the Avination terminal in my mainstore or go back to the sign up page and then look at the box on the right hand side called “Coming from SecondLife™?” were you’ll see a link called Click for locations, click on that and it will give you the list of Avination terminals in Second Life where you can go to confirm your Second Life name.

Then your Avination avatar name will change to your Second Life name  and you can log into Avination.

Choosing a viewer

The easiest thing to do is to download and use the Avination Viewer but if you want to use another, probably the best viewer is Singularity as that’s what the Avination viewer is based on.

  • Click on the Grid dropdown list and see if Avination is listed.

If it is, click on it to select it and login with your new Avination account details.

viewer-login

If your viewer of choice doesn’t have Avination as one of the grid choices, you’ll need to add it.  This is pretty easy and only takes a couple of minutes.  This is the same process for any grid you want to visit.

If you do get an urge to go exploring other grids, first go to their website to create your account and there will be a page that has their viewer login details.  Not all viewers work well with each grid though.

Adding a grid to your viewer

If it’s not there, then you’ll need to add it.

  • Click on the Grid Manager button and on the preferences page click the Add button and fill in the following details: grid-set-up-2

Depending on the viewer you use, you might need to add some more details:

Login URI: https://login.avination.com/

Helper URI: https://secure.3dhosting.de/

Login splash page: https://www.avination.com/welcome.php

Web site: www.avination.com

Once you’re done, you can now log into Avination

viewer-login

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One Billion Rising. Let’s end non consensual violence against women

Today is not only Valentine’s Day but is, more importantly, Vday.

http://www.vday.org/about

V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.

There’s a big difference between consensual and non-consensual violence towards women.  If you happen to like being trussed up like a chicken and beaten black and blue then fine, it’s your choice, but any woman who is coerced, either emotionally or physically into an action or is the victim of non-consensual behaviour against her is being exposed to something that is unacceptable and damaging and it needs to stop.

It’s not just male emotional, psychological and physical violence against women that’s at issue here, women can also be violent towards other women.  Usually it’s in the form of psychological violence (catty words, insults, peer pressure to behave in a limiting “female” way) in an attempt to boost their own damaged self esteem by undermining and damaging the self confidence of others.  It’s ugly what women do to other women.

In countries that have FGM as part of their culture, it’s the women who actually do the mutilation and for many of the other overtly violent acts towards women, women may participate in the activity; hiding abuse, being the madam or the pimp for trafficked women or even just encouraging others to think of these activities as normal by saying that the women must have asked for it.  I doubt any of the victims of these acts said of their own free will (notice I’m talking about consent here) “.. oh yes, I really want you to rape/beat/mutilate/traffic me for sex slavery..” and if you really do think that then I suggest you take a long hard look at yourself as you are well and truly part of the problem – no matter what gender you are.

The main thing that feminism has brought us is the ability to make our own choices in life but we’re still constrained by the very real possibility of violence by men against women.  It makes us vulnerable and poisons our choices.  Despite the opinion of people who aren’t very bright, what you wear is not the reason you’re raped, the reason is some man didn’t have the self control or respect for you as a person.  No means no and rape is not the fault of the woman – ever. Walking down a badly lit street is not the reason you’re attacked, you’re attacked because your attacker wanted to attack you because he perceived you as an easy target, not because of anything you did. Being beaten is not because you deserved it but because your assailant wanted to hurt you, there didn’t have to be any other reason than that.

Until we can make men banish their manchild excuses of how we make them victims of their own desires, stop seeing women as chattels that can be used and abused and ultimately, having them take responsibility for their actions, along with women refusing to support and encouraging them in their unacceptable behaviour then we cannot make the world safe for us all to flourish. That’s the point of Vday – it’s time for a change to how we see ourselves and others.

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Cybermetrics, coming soon to a police force near you

One of the things that profoundly irritates me about second life and the element of socially dysfunctional people who inhabit it, is the way people think that they can hide behind the keyboard.  Just like people have speaking patterns and hand writing patterns, those patterns are carried through to typing.  Denial (and not the river in Egypt) of this says more about the person’s capability for complex thought than anything else.

but I digress (even if it was only slightly).  I saw this in the paper the other week and had to smile.  Down the last few years, those who attempt to inflict misery on others may soon be identified and get their comeuppance.  Can’t happen too soon for my liking.

And Professor Vladimiro Sassone, the director of Southampton’s cyber security centre, says that use of vocabulary, grammar and choice of words may yet be enough under what he calls “cybermetrics”. “You might have two different identities on a social network but the particular choice of words you picked can reveal that they belong to the same person,” he says.

“It mixes ideas from psychology and computer science and biometrics.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/from-grainy-cctv-to-a-positive-id-recognising-the-benefits-of-surveillance-8434644.html

So, the next time you fancy using an alt to hide from someone you’re trolling, you might like to remember this piece.  Happy New Year.

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Second Life Marketplace vs Inworld – Where’s best to sell?

This started as a post I made on SLU at the end of last year.  Along with everyone else, I’m noticing a move away from buying inworld to people shopping on the marketplace.  So I looked at the figures and it’s pretty obvious to see why stores in Second Life are closing, it just isn’t cost effective to be paying so much for land when people aren’t buying inworld.

I had decided to close the stores at the end of this month but have decided to give them one last chance and I’ll continue to subsidise them from my marketplace sales but it can’t carry on indefinitely and once I have to start putting my hand in my pocket to pay for the land then the shops will go.  They’re just a vanity now.

Most store owners complain that tier is too high, they’re right, for what is effectively a 3d web page it is extortionate how much we’re charged but for me, the decline started back in March 2010 when they introduced the new search inworld and then moved to the web based search. That stopped years of month on month sales growth inworld and I’m not the only one who saw that change.

If you don’t fancy reading the table, the take away from it is that to get the same return of $100 from sales inworld to the marketplace you need to be turning over $100 usd per month for every piece of 512sqm you use as a store.  Not unheard of but certainly rare I’d suggest.  It still beggars belief that LL choose to push people to sell on the marketplace rather than inworld since tier gains them much more income than the lindens they receive in commission but then Linden Lab has never been a haven of rational decision making.

Enjoy the read and comments are welcome.

Marketplace Inworld
Requirements Requirements
The only requirement is a viewer with a merchant outbox (which is everything but phoenix afaik). Either a premium account or estate land. Minimum cost is around $5usd per month.
Costs Costs
  • No initial upfront cost, except time.
  • Customers can’t try out any expensive rezzable items before purchase
  • Search and customer behaviour is more focussed on lower priced items
  • Land search effort
  • Upfront tier costs if estate land
  • You’ll need to purchase a store, vendors and other paraphernalia
  • Set up time
  • If your parcels are rental then you’ll have to run around at the end of each rental period to pay your rent
  • If it’s estate land your landowner may close down with no notice or will give you notice but either way you’ll have to move,
  • Sales and licensing policies need to be made available separately,
  • Your land has to be able to support the number of prims used to display and vend your items,
  • You need land that matches the maturity rating of the highest rated item (G, M or Adult),
  • Items are blanket rated according to the land, so even with an item search, if the land rating it is on is not included in the search it won’t be seen (however, search may or may not display all items available and will return lower rated land items even if you didn’t ask for them..),
  • Your store name may or may not appear in search for any category,
  • Your items may nor may not appear in search for any category.
Benefits Benefits
  • You have your own storefront which can be partially branded and can contain your sales and licensing policies, links to your inworld store and anything else you can cram in,
  • Commission is taken at the time so all money you receive is yours,
  • Each listing is has a maturity rating so it will appear in the correct search return,
  • Upgrading the item or listing can be easily done (pain is relative) via the website (except on a Friday when the thing can’t cope). Although you still need to go inworld to actually load the item into the marketplace,
  • Full details of the item along with multiple pictures can be displayed,
  • You can suggest other items to the customer on each listing.
  • You can have multiple stores by having multiple parcels – makes for more effective targeting of customers in search (insert rofl here)
  • You can offer entertainment or other things to entice them to come and spend money
  • Customers can try out your rezzable items
  • Higher priced items are more frequently sold
For every $100 usd of sales..
LL gets $5, you get $95.
To make $100usd you’d have to sell around 25,000L worth of goods. Not unheard of but to make around the same profit as the marketplace you’d have to do it from a piece of 512 @ $5 pm
Good luck with that.
LL Marketing Requirements LL Marketing Requirements
None, you’re automatically listed in search so you just need to add keywords to your listing.
  • Parcel search is 30L a week
  • Classified search is a minimum of 50L a week.
Gaming Gaming
  • Don’t forget to game it by adding spammy keywords, apparently that’s ok according to some of the larger store owners on the official forums.
  • Some vendors get people to buy and rate to boost search rankings
  • And other vendors use alts to buy stuff and leave 1 star ratings – which may kill an items sales stone dead but will boost it in the rankings (an unintended consequence but it’s the only silver lining there is),
  • Don’t forget to game it by adding spammy keywords to your classified and parcel listings
  • You can game each item for search by adding spammy keywords to your object names and set them to show in search
  • You can get non registered bots *ahem* models and either keep them in your shop to show a green dot or twenty on the map and show a higher traffic rank if people use parcel search or pack them high up in the sky in a skybox (yes, people still do this, fuck knows why)
LL Marketing optional extras LL Marketing optional extras
Variously priced ads but be warned, there’s a bug where if you do take out an ad it’s quite likely you won’t be able to stop it at the end of the period and they’ll keep taking money from you until hell freezes over or LL goes bust. You can buy your way up the classified search returns by increasing the price of your classified ad.However, LL has a policy of including non keyword high priced classified ads in returns as well and search is also broken so your ad may not be returned even if you pay the highest price for an ad with the keyword that is specifically searched for. (I can remember one classified where they were paying $100usd a week and it wasn’t returned for the main keyword yet a host of irrelevant high priced ads for other things were, that’s LL for you)
Set up Set up
  • Create the storefront on the website,
  • They will provide the template for the listing and automatically include it in search (well, it may or may not, depends on how broken it is at the time) and you can upload 8 images and a url to a picture free for each listing.
  • All you need to do is make sure you’ve gamed it. Sales and ratings (no matter how poor) will ensure you rank higher.
  • You’ll need to find the land, the building and the vendors you want to use (all an added expense).
  • You’ll need to then set it up, including loading vendors, uploading images @ 10L a time (and you can usually only have one image per listing per vendor), add parcel restrictions and get yourself a stream,
  • Then list the land in classifieds and parcel search,
  • Keep an eye out for griefers,
  • Keep an eye out for prim drift,
  • Check your stores after each rolling restart for access, items missing and items not working (both vendors and any items you have inworld).

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