Second Life login through web browser?

The indented passage below is from an email on the SL-Dev list:

Hey all. I’m Sabin Linden, a developer here at Linden Lab. You may know me as that Linden with the pixel avatar or maybe… Well… Actually I don’t do much external facing work so you probably don’t know me at all. Don’t worry, you’re not missing out on much.
In any case, I wanted to take a moment and send to this list some security changes Linden is going to make in order to further the efforts of anti-fraud and phishing prevention. Pretty soon we’re going to consolidate logins to our website so we can eventually centralize the process. In other words, residents will not have to type their name and password into SL viewers and applications, they’ll type them into our website instead. The process that occurs is as follows: 1: After logging into the website, you’ll be taken to a new page that has the same login location options the current SL viewer has. 2: When you hit the Go button, a form is submitted to a php page, which redirects to a secondlife:/// url that has a web key appended to it. 3: The secondlife:/// url itself will launch Second Life with locational details and the web key will authorize your account for login. Note: You can find more detailed information (the whys and hows) on the public wiki at https://wiki.Secondlife.Com/wiki/Viewer_Authentication

This method works for Windows and Mac machines, but unfortunately due to the nature of how Linux handles secondlife:/// links (it doesn’t), we have been unable to come up with a proper, catch-all solution that would allow this method of login to work for 100% of the Linux using population. We estimate (aka: make an educated guess) that we can catch about 70% of Linux users at first and will be working to get that number as close to 100% as possible. However, because there are so many different distributions and configurations of Linux available, there’s always the possibility of people who cannot launch Second Life from the website. Fortunately, we will be implementing a login screen for each of our viewers (similar to the one you see now) which goes through our website. Although this doesn’t allow as much security as we would like (since you’re still technically typing your password into the viewer) it will, at least, allow all Linux users to log in. Additionally, it will provide a fall-back for those who are used to the current way of logging in.

With this information, I wanted to get your feedback! Do you think there’s a way we could make website viewer authentication work for all Linux users? Do you have any specifications for how this will interact with your third party viewers and applications? Anything I haven’t covered that you’re worried about? Thanks for your time everyone, we’d love to hear what you have to say.
~Sabin

There are threads in the Second Life forums and at Nicolaz Beresford’s blog site http://nicholaz-beresford.blogspot.com/2007/09/secondlife-authentication.html and I assume there are probably many more other places where this is already being discussed.

I think this  will be  a signifcant reduction  in convenience for  SL users  while not being much increase in  security, and possibility  a reduction in real world security  in some cases.

The  Second  Life wiki  section on  this topic is at https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Viewer_Authentication  .

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In praise of Mashable.com

I’m interested in social networking,  online collaboration, and related topics.

I used to read mashable.com at intervals, which led to subscribing to
mashable.com’s email feed.

There’s not many of these daily email news services who’s output I actually
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NovoKing FAQ Google Translation

I have not not been able to download the client, though I did register for
and post in the Novoking forums.

I think I need to get an acceptance message  from the application I sent to  gm@novoking.com
in order to be able to get the client download but I’m not actually sure.

The following is a Google machine translation of the Novoking FAQ found at  novoking.com  .

Novoking FAQ

How to download the client?
Click on community icon, “novoking world” not running how do?
Unable to download for installation?
In a computer has opened a community client, unable to open the second, how do?
Novoking world client configuration?
Novoking world speed is very slow.
In novoking world alert system linking failure?
Why is there to create characters failure?
Not logged novoking world, the system showed that the accounts have been logged?
Not logged novoking world, the system shows the wrong password
I like how screenshots ah?
Screenshots after how I put it to the site?
I how and management of the Forum, contact?
How contact with the customer?
Right novoking complaints proposals world, Where to reflect?
How do I apply for accounts?
What are the limitations of users?
What are the limitations set password?
What are the limitations of characters?
How in the world novoking prevent fraud?
How to amend personal information?

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Hotel gone insane or Turkish Daily News prank war?

This struck me as a pretty silly thing to read:

At the virtual hotel opened by Rixos Hotels in the virtual world of Second Life, everything operates in the same way as in real Rixos Hotels in Turkey. The hotel also plans to choose its future personnel from among the personnel who prove to be successful in the second life ISTANBUL – Anatolia News Agency

I hope the managers have fun ordering the virtual coffee packets and trash bags and finding virtual avatars to run scripted vaccuum cleaners along the virtual carpets.  They’ll have a heck of a time finding gestures for doing all the things one needs to do in a real life hotel.

In a real life hotel one has a bit of privacy in one’s room; in SL every hotel room can be the
start of the neighbors  career in virtual porn.

“I had trouble sleeping in the virtual hotel, my virtual room was right next to the virtual ice dispenser.”

Save Sky Eclipse, crasher of sims: SL Jira VWR-2281

Second Life user Sky Eclipse has a problem: something about their account or their avatar causes the sim they are in to crash.  The sim they are in crashes as soon as they log in to it , if I understand the problem correctly, leaving them no way to do anything like remove attachments or delete the last few items they acquired.

The only solution for this problem lies in the hands of Linden Lab: either fix Sky Eclipse’s account, or fix the sim crash problem such that Sky Eclipse’s account remains just as it is but the sim Sky is in doesn’t crash.

There’s a Second Life Jira issue to vote on related to Sky Eclipse’s problem. The Jira issue is at  https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-2281 ; if you’d like to help Sky Eclipse by convincing Linden Lab to devote resources to solving this problem go to https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-2281 and vote for the issue. (Only members of SL can vote for SL Jira issues, so if you aren’t an SL user, just join SL at secondlife.com, then vote for Sky’s Jira issue. )

There’s a forums.secondlife.com thread on this topic at http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?p=1661915#post1661915 .

The Sky Eclipse Jira issue VWR-2281 reads as follows
:

Second Life Viewer – VWR
Sky Eclipse’s avatar crashes regions EVERYTIME she logs in, regardless of where she logs in
Created: Friday 02:42 AM   Updated: Saturday 04:58 PM

Component/s:    Crashes
Affects Version/s:    1.18.3
Fix Version/s:    None

File Attachments:     1.  debug_info.log (4 kb)
2.  SecondLife.log (161 kb)

Environment:     « Hide
CPU: AMD K7 (Unknown model) (1396 MHz)
Memory: 256 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP (Build 2600)
Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Graphics Card: GeForce 6200/AGP/SSE/3DNOW!
OpenGL Version: 2.0.3

I have posted Sky’s tale of woe, and the url of the Jira issue, at the following blogs:

WordPress.com:
https://suezannecbaskerville.wordpress.com

Blogger
http://suebaskerville.blogspot.com

Windows Spaces Live:
http://http://suezannecbaskerville.spaces.live.com/

Metaversed:
http://metaversed.com/suezannecb-suezannec-baskerville/blog/03-sep-2007/save-sky-eclipse-crasher-sims-sl-jira-vwr-2281

cNet Asia:
http://asia.cnet.com/members/blog/?v=post&id=63000448

and posted in the Second Life facebook group discussion board at

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2233301013&topic=2961

and in another Second Life facebook group at

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2204941545&topic=3151

so after you vote for the jira issue you could drop by one of the spots listed above and suggest that others vote for the jira issue – and if you have blogs or forums or other places to promote the Jira issue at you could make an entry there your self.