I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been sucked into the world of Second Life. Its nearly endless growth in size and the possibilities that lie in the future for such a rich 3d world. But there is one rather painful downside of having a world completely created by its users. The fact that users while creative are rarely good at producing optomized content. Texture sizes of all different dimensions, runaway scripts which can grind a simulator ( the term for a single space of 256×256 sqm of land on a server) to a halt. My recent run in with a new user and his car really hammered this point home. 7 scripts in his car, compared to over 700 total in the simulator. Only problem being his 7 scripts were using 35% of the resources avalible. Needless to say when I inquired if he was aware of the problem, I was told he paid 2,800 $L (inworld currency), which is about 10 USD. That price for a laggy car will have to be saved for another rant.

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Jungledisk is a front end to Amazon S3 storage service that provides the ability to share files between computers AND backup your data on the cheap (0.15 cents per GB)… What I like about this best is it has software for all 3 operating systems (Windows, OSX, Linux) and surprisingly works quiet well on Ubuntu but its not as integrated as I’d like. Mainly, I can’t mount and unmount the Jungledisk without considerable headache. So a simple how to on how to get it working (Hardy 8.04)

Step one, edit /etc/fstab

sudo nano /etc/fstab
add line:
http://localhost:2667 /home/yournamehere/jungledisk davfs nolocks,user,noaskauth 0 0

step two:davfs2

sudo aptitude install davfs2

step three: fix the davfs2 install

sudo chmod ug+s /sbin/mount.davfs

step four: fix the davfs2 config so that admin (instead of staff) can use it.

sudo nano /etc/davfs2/davfs2.conf
# General Options
# ---------------

# dav_user        davfs2            # system wide config file only
dav_user nobody
# dav_group       davfs2            # system wide config file only
dav_group admin
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I have seen a few TED presentations via YouTube and other links and for the most part they are all very interesting, but I have not seen an argument laid out on copyright and the problems we currently face in the United States as well as this one has. Watch and learn?