Temporary accounts for students?
border at mail.physics.umn.edu
Wed Mar 8 06:17:59 PST 2006
I am in the midst of my second semester with SL, both with students
registering themselves and haven't had any big problems. Last semester
there was one student who couldn't register by himself, after mucking
about with it for a week I just bought an additional basic membership on
my account and gave him the password. It was only $10 and he was a good
student from a poor family- recent immigrants, first generation in
college, no credit history, etc. Call it charity!. So I'm a sap! Don't
tell my wife! There were also a couple students who registered OK but
couldnt get the client to work on their computers, so I let them use a
spare computer in my office.
This semesters class is online so students are older and have pretty
good computers to begin with. Nobody has had any problems registering or
getting the client to work.
My students biggest complaint is lag. LLLLLLAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGG. Which is
something the Lindens can't do much about, but it does make scripting
painful. These students are used to 50+ fps in their games, and dropping
down below 5 hurts. It seems especially bad in the sandboxes...
It would also be nice to export/import 3d models somehow. I realize the
Lindens do NOT want people making million-triangle hairdos in Maya, but
maybe there's some sort of compromise. About all I can save from SL now
is screenshots and chat transcripts.
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