[SLED] Is WindLight Hurting Second Life Educators?

Mark Viquesney mark.viquesney at domail.maricopa.edu
Tue Apr 15 11:53:21 PDT 2008


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Mark Viquesney
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  -----Original Message-----
  From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
[mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com]On Behalf Of Marrapodi,
Elisabeth
  Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 11:39 AM
  To: SL Educators
  Subject: RE: [SLED] Is WindLight Hurting Second Life Educators?


  Ok then something is wrong. I have it set to medium (tried low and that
didn't work). I've taken off all the bells and whistles like shading, except
put in  high terrain otherwise its all grey all the time. Draw distance is
set midpoint. Also, no matter how many times I put apply and ok it
constantly resets to whatever it wants! Now, something peculiar is
happening----huge slits of graphic gobbledygook are appearing across the
screen~!

  Elisabeth Marrapodi
  Director, Library Services
  Trinitas Hospital
  225 Williamson St.
  Elizabeth NJ 07207
  voice 908-994-5488
  fax 908-994-5099

   "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart."
                                            -Colossians 3:23




    -----Original Message-----
    From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
[mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com]On Behalf Of Jim Daugherty
    Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 2:34 PM
    To: 'SL Educators'
    Subject: RE: [SLED] Is WindLight Hurting Second Life Educators?


    Elilsabeth

    I can run it on an several year old Athlon XP 2800 single core, 1gb ram
with a  Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card on XP, and by it I mean not only the
latest standard client, but the latest release client as well.  The computer
is  by no means state of the art.  The initial rez is a little slow but
movement is fine.  The graphics setting in SL is set to “medium”

    Jim





    From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
[mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf Of Marrapodi,
Elisabeth
    Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 11:03 AM
    To: SL Educators
    Subject: RE: [SLED] Is WindLight Hurting Second Life Educators?



    Gavin

    I work in a not-for-profit, Catholic, urban hospital. We got our
computers from grants several years back. To bring new ideas into our
teaching programs and outreach to the community, it's vital we stay in the
loop. Many of our customers do not own their own computers and come into our
library to use them. I understand that many people do not have what the
users of SL do but as a worker in SL who was wooed into SL with ideas of
furthering education and training on a web 2.0 platform, I fear I will be
squeezed out of the arena soon.  Spending $1500 on a new PC is a big deal so
I want to do it wisely and with care.



    Elisabeth Marrapodi
    Director, Library Services
    Trinitas Hospital
    225 Williamson St.
    Elizabeth NJ 07207
    voice 908-994-5488
    fax 908-994-5099

     "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart."
                                              -Colossians 3:23



      -----Original Message-----
      From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
[mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com]On Behalf Of Gavin Dudeney
      Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 1:55 PM
      To: 'SL Educators'
      Subject: RE: [SLED] Is WindLight Hurting Second Life Educators?

      Elisabeth,



      Cutting edge has often meant that only those with money can fully use
something in its early incarnations. When I first connected to the Net in
1995 here in Spain it cost me US$24 per hour! Now I pay US$47 per month for
a 20MBit connection. Times change, and so does what we can afford. The thing
is, I reckon, that we’re all having this discussion that SL is running a bit
slowly on our US$1400 machines, whilst the great majority of the world has
no access to the basic Web 1.0 technologies and is unlikely to even use
email for quite some time, if ever.



      SL is demanding – you ask if it’s for elitists and who ‘their’ market
is – well, I wouldn’t use the word ‘elitist’ myself, but I guess their
market is all those millions of people who can afford to upgrade their
hardware once a year, do spend a fair percentage of their disposable income
on technology, etc. Clearly there’s little chance of this ever being
compatible with, say, the OLPC initiative (or similar).



      Am I in the elite? Hmm
 my company affords me a hardware upgrade once
per year, and I pay my own connection charges. I’m not (by any stretch of
the imagination) over-paid. I run a second-hand car, pay a mortgage, have no
kids. My disposable income goes on technology, books, travel, food, cinema
and the boring stuff like pensions, etc. I’m not sure anyone I know would
use the word ‘elite’ in connection to me : - )



      Gavin





      From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
[mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf Of Marrapodi,
Elisabeth
      Subject: RE: [SLED] Is WindLight Hurting Second Life Educators?



      So at the risk of sounding naive,  is SL only for the elitists who
have high end machines? Who is their market now?


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