Author: Timothy Rogers

Let’s Not Be Hypocrites

I personally believe some grids have crossed the fine-line between protection and censorship. Many residents may not even know that their grid has these censorship rules, so I am just going to point out the grids I know of straight quotes from their own Terms of Service. This is one of the biggest reasons I actually encourage people who are going to be investing their money in these grids to read your grids Terms of Service and Active User Agreements.

Island Oasis
“Any efforts to bribe or otherwise entice Island Oasis land owners to abandon their land holdings in order to move to another grid is expressly prohibited. This practice is unethical and will not be condoned. The provision of evidence of this type of activity to the Island Oasis staff or management team will result in the immediate banning of the offending account(s) avatar and IP address.”
What this means: “Island Oasis if you are deemed trying to convert residents to go to another grid, you are banned.” Why do I say it this way? Because this: “…bribe or otherwise entice… …to abandon their land holdings…” They are saying if you speak to someone about coming to another grid and they “decide” to get rid of their land because they like your grid better, well you just violated the policy.

Sadly this is the only grid I know that has a policy in place like this, I have heard that InWorldz did, but when I checked again today I saw no such thing. This kind of policy doesn’t even make much since to me when grids like SecondLife even allow it. Many grids even have a presence in other grids like SecondLife, including Island Oasis. Which to me seems hypocritical, I have attached their official location in SecondLife below:

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Not only are they having this sign which says “lower cost, lower lag” which is doing exactly what is agianst their own Terms of Service. They go on in their profiles:

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Just please be weary of the grids you join, and be sure to read the Terms of Service. I am not saying IO is a bad grid, or even not to join it. I am merely saying do you think this policy is fair? And lastly is it right for them to go to another grid and do exactly what they forbid? Just ask yourself these questions.

Timothy Rogers

Contributor of opensimulator events, news, and resources. Folf in the furry fandom, and loves to have fun with other opensim residents. Fun loving, laid back, and not affraid to say what is on his mind to the public.

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Submitting A Story NOW WITH MORE CONTROL!

Grid Press is now easier to submit content, and go back and fix up mistakes as well. We are now giving the author’s direct access to submit and get their story on our blog. I hope that many grid owners, grid citizens, and more will start and begin to contribute stories to the site. To learn how the new system works, click the “Submit A Story” button at the top right. I hope you all find that this makes it easier for you to come post and make grid-press the place to get your articles seen.

 

UPDATE:

Because of some spamming we have closed this feature down for now until we can get better security in place. 

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Just a bit about me….

I have recently read an article on Hypergrid Business. I have to say that I am very grateful for my success. Maria is right about one thing, it is really a bad business model to go into something with just wanting to do something you like and make money from it. I have always been interested in the concept of virtual worlds, ever since I was a very young kid. I mean before I even knew they existed, and I am pretty young.

I am only 20 years old as of the time of this article, and this may surprise many people. But I am really this young, and I am with the man of my dreams, but we are still in the early stages not marriage ready yet, it has only been 1.6 years so far, we are at least waiting for 3 years. In case you haven’t caught on or read through my other articles before, but I am homosexual. Which sadly still isn’t widely accepted in the United States, and boy I could go on about my life story, hell I could write a book on it. But least to say, I practically only have my partner and friends to fall on.

Now why did I tell you all that stuff up there, well simple, I want you guys to have an idea who I am. I am young, rough background, never even close to rich (hell me and my partner hit below poverty level every year), and because of this. I decided to do something about my life, I stayed in school, never could afford college though, but I made sure to educate myself. My school was partnered with a community college, so I took several business and computer classes I could. I do hold several certifications, but they don’t mean anything really. But I made it a point to learn how to manage an online business in my classes.

I used my skills and did tons of volunteer work, improved my accounting, my secretary skills, and more. I made connections, while doing this I got introduced to Second Life, and fell in love right away, and being the poor kid who can’t stand asking for money or working an sl job because they real money turn over was so low, I found opensim, and became deeply in love with it. I sat down for 3 years and watched it evolve before my eyes, studying and visiting all these grids, watching the blogs, forums, and people in world. I took notes, I did my research, I even tried it once, and I failed because I didn’t have the tech behind me I needed too but I learned so much. So I started SoftPaw Estates, which has several very happy clients.

I started all this with 20 bucks in my pocket after being wrongly fired by Target. Now I have even more and more connections, I host several standalones, manage a couple grids servers, and I do all this as my job. I do Grid-Press because I have been successful, and I mean I don’t make a whole lot, but I am making steady income, enough to skid past the bills with my partner’s help. But I firmly thought that closed grids and open grids alike needed a place to come together and advertise themselves, as well as get good things said about them and bad things pointed out. It helps grids see what the rest of the metaverse is doing and what they can do to compensate or include themselves.

Grid-Press is ran entirely out of pocket and ads that people rent out yearly. Those who write for grid-press regularly, have a place on the staff page with donation links, because all this writing is volunteered. Our site statisics show us that we get about 2,000 readers a day as it stands right now. That is pretty impressive. I hope to see it grow and get bigger, make things even better.

Now I know I have rambled on for way too long now so I am going to hop off now, I just felt I should write this article after reading the one on Hypergrid Business.

Link Back: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2012/11/no-business-plan-survives-first-contact-with-customers/

 

Timothy Rogers

Contributor of opensimulator events, news, and resources. Folf in the furry fandom, and loves to have fun with other opensim residents. Fun loving, laid back, and not affraid to say what is on his mind to the public.

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Trip to Lost Paradise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My 3rd Rock Welcome Center Review!

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Stepping Back

To My Faithful Readers,

First off I would like to thank all of you for hanging in there with me, and contributing content to this wonderful project. I have been doing a lot of thinking of how I should announce this, but I have decided I am going to step back rather than down from Grid-Press. Now only a very few people know why I am doing this, well the truth is that I am starting my own grid. I don’t want to be put on the spot for being told that I favor my own grid over other grids, that simply is not so at all. Heck I still log onto SecondLife to see my friends every so often. I am doing this because I don’t want people to think this thoughts about me.

So what does this mean for Grid-Press? Well not much really, all operations shall continue as normal and I shall continue to contribute articles on viewers, community, and my visits to other grids. This does mean Grid-Press TV is being canceled, unless I can find some volunteers who want to take up the project. I simply do not have the time with how things are going on my grid, we are in heavy development and that project needs my attention. So as far as Grid-Press is concerned, you have absolutely nothing to be concerned about. I give you my that I will not allow the blog to go offline, and that I will keep up with all the maintenance and keep your articles you guys submit flowing.

Now for those who rent Simulator Hosting from SoftPaw Estates, have absolutely no fear about your hosting it is going absolutely no where, and you still have my priority. In fact we have been growing and gaining more clients, so why on earth would we want to end such a great product. However be expecting a name change, as I have entered business with amazing guy who will be show when we make our first news release once the new company is setup. Do look for my first Black Friday sale coming soon, as it will be a 1 day thing, but EVERYTHING will be 50% OFF! I know I must be a mad man when I say it will remain the 50% OFF for a whole YEAR after you order!

Anyways, thank you all for sticking with me for so long, and I will still be around. I just thought I would let you all know I am not going to try and step on anyone’s toes and my grid doesn’t even use the same software as any other grid we have spoken about on this blog. So I look forward to letting you all know more when we are ready to let the public know about things.

Timothy Rogers

Contributor of opensimulator events, news, and resources. Folf in the furry fandom, and loves to have fun with other opensim residents. Fun loving, laid back, and not affraid to say what is on his mind to the public.

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Grid-Press TV

“This week on Grid-Press TV, we have a line up stories and special guest appearances!” Is what you could be hearing really soon, well in fact you most likely will be!

I sat back and said, well there really isn’t anything out there that brings grids together, that is a show you can watch online. Now sadly we will not be doing these shows live, simply due to real life constraints. However, we want everyone who wants to, get involved. We will be coming to OSgrid for all grids that are on the HyperGrid to do shows, and for closed grids, will will come to you! However you might need to donate the space for us to setup.

Now we need you guys desperately to come volunteer to do the shows with us! We would love to get some content creators donating creations to our stages, which we are currently in Island Oasis and OSgrid. We also we need residents who are willing to come guest star on voice with us, so we can get everyone’s view on virtual worlds. Please don’t discouraged if we don’t accept you the first time, we will be grabbing different people for every show, who most fits our current news line up.

So where will these shows be going? Well we will be posting them on both YouTube and our site. You will be able to subscribe to us on YouTube, or just watch us straight from our site! We plan on also placing download links for you as well to download our shows.

In case you guys are wondering who we are looking for to guest star in our first show, please contact us if you are any of these:

  • A content creator in more than one virtual world

  • Grid owner/operators

  • Can star in Island Oasis

If you are content creator, or just an ordinary resident of other grids. Please also feel free to contact us. My email is timothy@cyberwrld.net and I look forward to hearing from you!

Timothy Rogers

Contributor of opensimulator events, news, and resources. Folf in the furry fandom, and loves to have fun with other opensim residents. Fun loving, laid back, and not affraid to say what is on his mind to the public.

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My Top 3 Recommended Viewers

Alright guys I have been hearing so much about which viewer you should use debate, and well I am here to tell you about the top viewers I recommend for you to use. The reason I am going to list my top 3 is because, well everyone has a preference for viewers and comfort level with viewers. So I hope my article here will help you feel comfortable choosing the proper viewer for you.

First up is well you might have guessed it Imprudence Viewer, well I know a bunch of you guys might jump me for saying this is a viable choice. Well honestly, when it comes to our current status of opensimulator, most people are still not ready to move to a newer style viewer. Also lets face it, Imprudence can take the hit, one of the absolutely most stable viewers out there! Now if you are still on hippo you really need to update to this viewer, you are denying yourself the ability to have textures load SOOO much faster by staying on hippo. We have this lovely feature called HTTP Texture Fetching that makes textures load SOOO much faster for us! Also if your using Imprudence please make sure you running the last known release! 1.4.0 Beta 2 to find out if your using this version go HELP > ABOUT and it should tell you at the top, if not please update to that release.

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Contributor of opensimulator events, news, and resources. Folf in the furry fandom, and loves to have fun with other opensim residents. Fun loving, laid back, and not affraid to say what is on his mind to the public.

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Adding Grids – Tips n Tricks

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Zen Viewer

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Love, Lust, and Virtual Worlds

It isn’t news that virtual worlds are the place to go and have some fun, if you know what I am talking about. I am not going to lie, I have dabbled into some night clubs in Second Life and early days of OSgrid as well. But, I think it is important to recognize the importance of both the Lust and the Love you can find in virtual worlds. It is absolutely something all grids need to take a minute and think about, whether you’re an open to connect, or closed proprietary grid.

Going back into the history of virtual worlds as well as MMORPGs, virtual love and lust have been around. Now many MMO’s and grids like InWorldz, IslandOasis, and SecondLife allow you to partner someone. Now honestly, these are things that are important for you to focus on as well. Many people are looking for a place where they can be with their lover.  This gives people the feeling that the grid encourages relationships and a place to meet and be with your partner.

Why am I writing about this, well it is due to the fact I don’t see a whole lot of grids focusing on this. To be honest, I am a success story of virtual worlds. I met my Real Life husband in SecondLife, so honestly I think that people should keep in mind that this is highly possible. I see that SecondLife is moving away from the community thing, and they are moving in the direction of gaming. Well this means someone needs to come in and pick up the slack. We are all talking about moving into a place that is less like SecondLife, and more like what people want to call “home” or at least their virtual one.

Now on the other hand, I am going to say that for grids to get this way. Some of these grids are going to want to get those special pose balls. I know you guys know what I am talking about, and well it is true they are going to need to. Now we want to make sure we keep these things locked up properly, such as keeping content locked down depending on what type of grid you’re on. Because if you run a grid that is all about choice and living the way you want, you don’t want that stuff everywhere, that just looks bad.

Going online just opens up more doors for people to explore themselves better, I know that virtual worlds let me feel like I can be more than what I am. Does this mean I am hiding who I am or pretending to be someone I am not, no, but then again it is alright to do that as well. Virtual worlds give us the freedom to explore and be someone we are not, to live an alternative life outside the one we have to deal with every day. Allowing you to be with someone and be recognized by the grid as well just adds to the feeling of making you feel more accepted. So think about this grid owners, when you have your next meeting.

Timothy Rogers

Contributor of opensimulator events, news, and resources. Folf in the furry fandom, and loves to have fun with other opensim residents. Fun loving, laid back, and not affraid to say what is on his mind to the public.

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