Don't trust the Lindens alone to keep your data safe!

Many people, like me, have been suffering an annoying error message since months now - "Missing object from database."

It comes upon you without warning. You login, want to rez your favorite chain, skin, whatever, and you only get instead "Missing object from database." - Bam, you're blasted! You even don't get the name of the object at all, so you have to figure it out on your own what's missing - bummer!

So, what can you do against this? Not much at all. This bug has been bugging residents since months, it's spreading like a virus and still unfixed. The only thing you can hope for is that the Lindens are fixing it sooner or later, sooner would be better, of course.

There's an entry in their famous JIRA system for it called SVC-553, take a look at it. Quite interesting read and for sure tell them what you think about it. This is such a fundamental bug, because it's undermining the trust in the inventory and handiwork of the Lindens at all, that it's a real shame that it's still unfixed since August last year!

Oh, yes, external backup, anyone? No? New CTO, anyone? No? We're all busted! Until this thing is fixed it's unsafe to buy anything at all, because YOU could be the next!

The problem with the mainland

Consider yourself living on a nice, new sim of the mainland. You're happy with your small parcel, nice seaview, perhaps, good neighbors and then happening this: a new club is opening its gates.

Worse, this club has many camping spots, to fake traffic and also quite some visitors with the result that its eating up all possible traffic alone for the whole sim.

The result? You're busted. You cannot use your property anymore, because teleporting and even logging into your home becomes a new kind of adventure. "Is the sim already full or is at least one slot left for me to enter?"

So what can you do about it? Of course, you could tell the club owner to leave. "I am soo sorry, but I want to stay here, I like it and beside, I just own 4096 sqms of land and don't have the money for a private sim." Bummer. So he's eating up the whole traffic of the sim and making it unusable with just his teeny, weeny piece of it.

The next logical thing for you? To abandon or sell your land - don't think you can sell it with profit, by the way, good buyers take a look at the sim before buying it - and move to a private living sim.

So what should Lindenlab do about this kind of behaviour? Simple: they should make the tier traffic based in such a case. Why should I for myself finance the sim when some kind of business maker is only paying also a small share, but makes it unusable for the rest of us?

Sing: land prices are going down, down, down...

The land prices have been going down, down, down over the last few months. Anyone who's got a free parcel, either it is free for rent or sale, has quite some problems to find a new owner for it.

Also big players like Dreamland have lowered their prices to get new tenants or sell it. In addition the in world sales of virtual goods are not as quite good at the moment as they used to be, many people in this field are complaining about the lack of sales.

So how does it come? Well, the big hype over SL is over in most countries at the moment, it's not so unusual anymore, now SL needs to show its value as a tool for whichever need. But end of the hype means also that the stream of newbies flowing into SL has ebbed down great scale.

So what's next? I guess many landlords are forced to either sell their land now under value and/or just give up many islands. That's what I expect at least. Not everyone has enough bucks in the background to overcome this time now.

I don't expect Lindenlab to lower their own prices, though.