by Pixeleen Mistral on 24/05/07 at 11:20 pm
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by Pixeleen Mistral, National Affairs desk
The mojo wire had certainly been working overtime – unlike the Herald staff — so I sat in the office sorting through the incoming rumors, press releases, and expense reports. Normally this thrilling yet vital task falls to the interns, but they left early, heading in the direction of Danbi sim, stifling laughter and whispering about four hour passes to the Swingin Seniors. Maybe we should pay more so they can’t spend a week’s wages in one place. Maybe. I could only sigh and shake my head — they would learn the hard truth soon enough – L$1 doesn’t buy much anymore.
Jimbo Quality said he was on “special assignment” this week and Prokofy had laryngitis from working his new traffic report podcasting career, so there was no one else around to help. At least it was peaceful as I began arranging the stacks of rumors and tips looking for patterns, and perhaps even news.
Curious had sent a screen shot showing nobody was online – but surely the Lindens would fix this immediately – besides, the mojo wire transmission was from 12 hours ago, so that couldn’t still be news, could it?
In the next message, Wrestling Hulka had scribbled a note that said, “i love looking at the source code of www.secondlife.com’s pages, from the my account page, it says “Jeff Linden eats crayons”. I was puzzled then looked at the next page in the mojo wire’s out tray:
Do the Lindens give out extra love for that sort of thing? Maybe they should work on the residents online count gizmo for their web site instead?
Another mojo wire message was also from Mr. Hulka – it said the accounts page used to have the last four digits of your credit card number (even though that info wasn’t displayed on screen), but they took that down. Now is says something about GLOBAL COLLECT:
GLOBAL COLLECT really sounds like more globalization of the metaverse. Where is the Second Life Liberation Army when you need them?
I had almost cleared the in-tray of messages when another arrived. Paulie Femto says that the number of residents online is still zero. This does not bode well for our friends Eloise Pasteur and Tateru Nino who are holding down jobs as statisticians at the Blingsider. Maybe it is newsworthy when the counter starts working again? Note to self: check into getting a random number generator for the Herald so we can publish “economic statistics” just like Reuters and the Blingsider. Will Eloise will give us a break on the robot writer scripts?
The next page in the tray had been badly mangled by the mojo wire – but it pointed out that Linden Lab is now flogging headsets to go with the voice chat that might start working in SL at some point soon. I have my doubts that people are really going to want to wear these headsets on their avatars – but if they do, we can have camp chairs that look like real life call centers and cube farms, and our avatars can earn L$1 every 10 minutes for appearing to do phone tech support. The SLAB prison camp chair people may want to look into this.
Underneath that page was a press release from There.com pointing our that they have had voice chat for 4 years. I hope SL can catch up with There.com’s in-world call centers – our avatars and headsets should look better than their’s.
Just then the Herald research labs called asking if I had noticed that the LL web account signup page now expects an e-mail address that actually works? Weird – last time I made an alt you only needed to have an @ in the middle of your made up e-mail address. I hope people will not blame europe for this.