Sept 17th! Building Class @ ZoHa Islands Sandbox – hosted by DanelleDee and BlueVioletVixen Lorefield

DanelleDee Art By DanelleDee Presents:

Making A Scrying Bowl

What:

Halloween is coming up, and spirits from the great beyond are attempting to communicate with us!  Here’s how you can learn how to make a beautiful scrying bowl with animated water, and when touched, gives random words of wisdom from the great beyond!

Where:

We will be meeting in Zamargad…http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zamargad/143/108/21

There will be a TPer with instructions here, as we will be taking a field trip to the exclusive ZoHa Islands Sandbox…

You will need to IM ℳαʝɨҟᐺɨӽڠɳ (bluevioletvixen.lorefield) to get a ZoHa Islands Sandbox group tag for entry

Once you are wearing your ZoHa Islands Sandbox tag, then you can walk into the TPer (remember to accept “Lochme” experiences), and you will be teleported to the classroom at ZoHa Islands

When you are done building, you may walk into the TPer to go back to Zamargad and explore our sim!

Monday, September 17th:

1st class is at 11AM SLT

2nd class is at 5PM SLT

DanelleDee is an artist with graphic design schooling.  She has formal training in both print and web design.  DanelleDee has been interested in the building menu and how things work in Second Life since she first joined in November 2014.  She is able to make complex builds with the Second Life building menu, and some simple things in Blender.

When she’s not teaching, she’s taking classes from other great teachers and working on her own builds.  She has been playing video games since the Atari and the Apple II.  She grew up with all the classics, and Second Life is the next interactive platform to master.

DanelleDee has been a Second Life building teacher since November 2015.  She teaches classes at every level.  You never know what you’ll learn in her classes.

Some of the classes she has taught in the past are framing pictures, clothing attachment points, flapping prim wings, tree hideaways, and blinking caution signs.

To Visit Zamargad’s website with upcoming classes and information click here!

ZoHa Islands Tier Terminal Instructions/Menus 101

Hello ZoHa Islands –

While some of you are quite familiar with our tier terminals and system, we still do get questions on how it operates and the functions it provides. So here is a detailed manual on the many functions and operating the terminals to make the most out of the tools we at ZoHa Islands provide our residents. Help us help you!

Upon purchase of any of our land you are given a Welcome Package with a ZoHa Islands Tier Meter inside the folder along with some other useful information, Notecards and Landmarks.

Below is a picture of exactly how these tier meters work – they can help you plan when your tiers need to be paid, and in turn help with the workload of sending overdue notices from our staff.  If there is an instance where you are going to be late – please contact us via support ticket so we can note your account (Please note approvals on late payments are done on a case by case basis and depend on your payment history with ZI).  We also offer a daily pay option for those times when L’s may be a bit tight or you are going away a few days RL.

If by chance you need a new one – they can be picked up next to the tier terminals located in our sales office.  The boards are 1 prim so can easily be rezzed and hidden in an discrete place on your land.

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Here is a step by step instruction on how the tier terminals function and the wide array of options they do provide. They can be found in our sales office.

Select Your Language from the first menu:

In the Next Menu you can Select to receive a Notecard with a Link to Available Parcels, Visit our Website, See your Payment History or Make a Tier Payment – Please select the option that best suits your needs.

In the Third menu -you can select the payment amount of your choice – Daily – Weekly Monthly and/or PayPal – Even set up recurring payments – so you don’t ever have to visit the terminal again 🙂 Tiers can be paid via Paypal even if you don’t have an account using your debit/credit card.

To complete the transaction using Lindens – Right click the terminal at this point and pay the appropriate amount – your account will be automatically credited.

If you choose to pay with PayPal – you will be directed to click on a Link to take you to the PayPal Payments page -(picture below)

You can pay with a one time payment via PayPal or a Automated Subscription.

PayPal payments are manually processed once/twice per day by ZoHa Islands Owner.
Because of that it is possible that the tier terminal is not up to date when you check your remaining tier.

How to cancel your PayPal subscription when needed?
1. Log into your PayPal account on http://www.paypal.com.
2. Click on the settings gear (upper right corner)
3. Click on the Payments Tab
4. Look for your Preapproved Payments – Find the ZoHa Islands Payment Agreement
5. Click the CANCEL button.

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Town Hall Event with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg – Sept 13

Town Hall Event with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg – Sept 13

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With SL15B behind us (and SL16B to look forward to!) we thought it was time to have another Town Hall, and give Residents a chance to ask about Second Life and hear the latest news on what is being worked on and planned in Second Life. We’ll also share specific updates on our product development roadmap, as discussed earlier this year.

Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg will be appearing at a  “Town Hall” chat session on Thursday, September 13th 2018 at 9:30 a.m. (SLT/Pacific). This is your chance to interact directly with Ebbe as he discusses 2018 and beyond.

Got a question you want to ask? Post it in the Community Forum thread “September 2018 – A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg” in advance of the Town Hall. Questions will be selected from all submissions made prior to Sept. 10, so make sure to weigh in now!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Sept. 13 to see if your question is selected. On that day, you can join us live for the Town Hall meeting. Location will be publicized closer to the event – stay tuned!

We’ll see you inworld soon!

Black Dragon Viewer Updates: Photographer’s Dream

New Black Dragon Viewer Update Makes SL Look Like A AAA Game

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There’s a new update to Black Dragon, the third party Second Life viewer with a cult following due to its amazing graphics and fast frame rate. Creator NiranV Dean lays out the top highlights here:

Besides fixing the broken group chat behavior options, a crash when trying to toggle borderless window mode off while in login screen, enter key not working properly in keybinding dialogs among some other minor things this update comes with a revamped Media-on-a-Prim floater.

So mostly minor technical fixes. The major reason for trying out Black Dragon, as always, is if you got a PC powerful enough to handle it, the viewer makes Second Life look like what you’re seeing above (also shot by NiranV) — a AAA videogame on the order of Fallout 4 or perhaps more appropriate a comparison in this case, the Dead Space series.

Yes, Second Life has a comparable experience to those horror sci-fi games:

 

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It’s called, of course, Dead Space, which has existed in some form for around a decade, and according to recent reports, now exists in Gibson, SL’s oldest cyberpunk sim. (Yes, named after William.)

Are You in the 14 Percent Club?

Forty years after the first spam email was sent, it is still the favorite tool of crooks and criminals online. A new report from the Finnish security group, F-Secure, reports that spam is the most common method used to distribute malware, malicious URLs, scams, and other bad news. Read on to see if you’re in the ’14 percent club’ and some of the tell-tale indicators of malicious emails…

Spam: Still Number One With Crooks

You’ve got software to protect your computer from viruses, spyware, ransomware, and rogue websites. You’re careful to keep all your software up to date. Your identity theft spider sense tingles with every suspicious phone call. But then that innocent-looking email pops into your inbox. It appears to be from your friend, your bank, or your favorite online store.

You click, and you’ve been had. Spam is still the most effective attack vector for hackers and online criminals, according to new research from F-Secure and MWR Info Security finds.

“Of the spam samples we’ve seen over spring of 2018, 46% are dating scams, 23% are emails with malicious attachments, and 31% contain links to malicious websites,” says Päivi Tynninen, Threat Intelligence Researcher at F-Secure. As usual, cyber-criminals are taking their cue from water — traveling along the path of least resistance.

As software vulnerabilities are closed and anti-malware suites grow more capable, spam becomes relatively more effective compared to hacking and exploitation of software vulnerabilities. Spam still is infinitely scalable, too; it costs nearly nothing to blast out millions of spam emails from a compromised machine, and spam-bot networks of thousands of slave machines are commonplace.

While success still depends on spewing out millions of spam emails to get a handful of “bites,” spammers are constantly refining their techniques and improving their batting averages.

Spam Click Rates are Increasing

“Spam is becoming an increasingly successful attack vector, with click rates rising from 13.4% in the second half of 2017 to 14.2% in 2018,” says Adam Sheehan, Behavioral Science Lead at MWR Info Security. His firm, which was acquired by F-secure in June, 2018, develops a site called phishd that helps businesses audit and improve their anti-phishing efforts.

Among the insights that MWR provides are clues to what makes phishing spam successful:

  • The probability of a recipient opening an email increases 12% if the email claims to come from a known individual
  • Having a subject line free from errors improves spam’s success rate by 4.5%
  • A phishing email that explicitly states in its call to action that it is very urgent gets less traction than when the urgency is implied

Most users have finally learned not to click on email attachments sent by strangers, or any attachment that comes unexpectedly. So more phishing emails include URLs instead; people are still conditioned to click on links to see where they go, especially if the link says “click on this link…”

The link often does not lead directly to a malicious site, but to an innocuous site that redirects traffic to a malicious site. That way, the bad guy avoids detection by automated analysis software that previews links and compares them to known malicious URLs.

F-secure includes these and other tips for security-conscious people in its latest podcast entitled, “Ransomware Out, Cryptojacking In?” Other trends the company notes include:

Ransomware is down substantially as an attack vector. The demise of Adobe Flash is echoed in declines of malicious drive-by downloads. And exploit kits, bundles of malicious programs that work together to test and penetrate a company or home network, are also on a decline.

The good news is that with education and software, we have eliminated or limited many malware attack options to spam. The bad news is that spam still works. My best advice: Think twice before you click.

Have a great week from all of us at Zoha Islands

 

UPDATED: More Details on the Upcoming Ability to Change Your User Name in Second Life

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Patch Linden added a bit more information to the recent announcement that Linden Lab was going to allow Second Life users to change their last names. He said, in a thread on the official Second Life user forums, that you would be able to change both first and last names:

It will be complete and total name changes, both first and surname.  Just to set expectations on this, it is a later this year item.

When asked if the change would be available to everyone, or just those with the Resident last name, he added:

It will be available to everyone.  ;)

And, in answer to yet another question about whether or not you could hide your name:

No hiding of names.  First name and surname combos will have to be unique like they are today.  A couple of other questions that came up – no re-use of retired names, once a name has been used, it belongs to that account forever.  We keep a transnational name change history.  Only standard English characters will be permitted.

Just to make it clear, this is an upcoming ability to change to the actual avatar name, not the display name. When asked about how this change will affect the display names of avatars (which can be updated once a week):

This has no affect on display names and largely I do not anticipate we will change how display names work.  If anything, it somewhat sunsets the need for them.

So, that makes everything a little clearer! Thanks, Patch! I predict that there will be a land rush on names once this feature is turned on for users. Being able to change both your first AND your last name (as long as somebody else doesn’t already have that combination) is a very nice feature to have!

UPDATE March 23rd: Inara Pey has a very detailed blogpost on this announcement by Linden Lab, with even more details:

The plan is to allow people to change their first and last name whenever they wish.

  • As with the “old” system, users will be able to choose whatever first name they like, then select their last name from a pre-set list of available names.
  • Once a name combination has been created, it is forever tied to that avatar, it cannot be used by anyone else, even if the “owner” later changes their name, or their account is deactivated.
  • Previous names will be retained by the system, so if you can remember someone’s previous name, you can search on that and get their current name.
  • As with the “old” system, this list of last names will be routinely changed with different names appearing on it.
  • To help keep the available names relatively fresh, the Lab is considering accepting suggestions from users.
  • It has not been determined if someone will be able to switch back to using a name they’ve previously used.
  • Unicode will not be supported when entering a first name.

Thanks, Inara!

SECOND UPDATE April 2nd: Inara Pey has posted more details on the upcoming ability to change your avatar name in her report on the Second Life Web User Group meeting of March 28th:

  • “Original / legacy” last names will not be re-opened for use.
  • New users joining Second Life will still be given the automatic “last name” of “Resident”, but have the option of changing if they wish.
  • The fee for name changes has not been announced, however, at this point the indication is that the fee will be in fiat currency (i.e. US dollars) not Linden Dollars.
  • One of the reasons the return of last names will take time to be implemented is that all of the SL web properties – like the Marketplace – have to be updated to recognise users as they change their names (something which applies across almost all of the SL services when you think about it).