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November 7, 2009

Save the Grid, GO NAKED!

Think of this as being environmentally conscious in regards too the Second Life Grid.

One of the biggest problems I’ve learned with the lag issue are users wearing objects that are loaded with heavy scripts that aren’t really needed anymore; notably resizing scripts.  Prim hair, prim skirts, shoes, body part attachments (like boobs and penises), and so on use scripts that are using initially, and then never used again.

The issue is being tracked on JIRA, SVC-3895 so please VOTE!

Sure, these scripts help users who aren’t really keen on how to build and edit things, and it’s a necessary evil for items you get that are ‘no modify.’  But once you have your item all properly re-sized and set up, you don’t use the re-sizer script anymore, but it’s still sitting there (often the script exists in EVERY PRIM in the object you’re wearing, which compounds the problem) and it’s still running taking up resources from the region you’re hanging out in.

I also find these re-sizing scripts annoying since if you happen to accidentally click that object you’re wearing (especially hair, prim skirts, or your boobs) you have to deal with the stupid menu that appears, and then see a useless time out message about 30 seconds later telling you that your time us up.

So please, be consciously aware of simulator lag issues, and to help save the grid, GO NAKED!  Don’t wear items that have these scripts that bog the sim down. If at all possible, try to REMOVE the offending scripts once you have it altered to how you need it, since you really don’t need the script anymore once you have it properly set up for your avatar. Even if the object is (no modify) it still may be possible to remove the scripts.  So as long as your object is copyable (or you still have the original box you unpacked with the original copy still in it) you should try to lighten the load you cause on the simulator by removing excess scripts you’re not using.

Also STOP WEARING SPAMY OBJECTS.  I swear to gawd this is my biggest pet peeve.  Why is it that 90% of all the items people wear, have to {llSay(@#!$@#$!$#)} some meaningless stupid inept bullshit no matter now mundane and pointless the action is?  I really don’t need to know that someone is touching your boobs (or has touched anything), or has spanked your ass, or even the really mundane bullshit like how someone is sitting on the sofa.

It is extremely asinine to see this crap because so many content creators for some FUCKING reason believe this is needed; when most people on SL already know how to read and write, and they CAN roleplay/emote/cybersex/netsex on their own… you’d THINK. But all this crap really does is ADD TO THE LAG to the simulator you’re hanging out in.  Then we have those ridiculous language translators which fall into the same category.  It’s annoying and it just adds to the lag.

I also recommend using Emerald Viewer to help ligten your lag-footprint on the grid. Emerald has a lot of built-in functions that make many scripted objects people wear obsolete.  Such as radar HUD attachments, Emerald’s Radar if fucking AWSOME!  Also Emerald has recently added an Animation Overrider (AO) so you really no longer NEED to have an AO attachment anymore.

Less scripts running on your avatar, them smaller footprint you load on the simulator you’re in, the less LAG you incur on the simulator, and the grid at large.

One of the things I did recently was to take even my nude avatar lookset, and removed exesses prims and scripts I just don’t need if I’m not really using them, and still preserve my hot avatar’s appearance.  I even took my new penis, removed all the scripts in it, and removed all the extra prims off leaving only the “soft” sculpted shape and the penis head, plus I don’t bother wearing the HUD for my penis if I’m don’t plan on using it, but just show off.  So if I do plan on using my penis, I’ll just wear the full functional one if I’m going to dance on the poles, or if I get hired.  Otherwise there’s no point in me wearing the full functional penis if I don’t plan on doing anything with it, other than to have it hang between my legs all day.  Makes sense dosen’t it?


  1. “To Save the Grid,Go Naked” you can form a Group around this,It would be interesting to see how many join and do it on Second Life.

    Comment by Josie Hyun — November 8, 2009 @ 4:57 am

  2. I meet people who have very complex invisible items on them all the time, such as harnesses. I found my frame rate DOUBLED if I derender these items (something you can do in Emerald). If they aren’t visible, TAKE THEM OFF! You’re hurting everyone nearby. You can put them on if you need them.

    Comment by Mimika Oh — November 8, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    • That’s right, though frame rate is more of a localized form of lag, and doesn’t effect the grid as a whole, but it certainly effects the over all user experience for your self, and whoever you’re interacting with as they wait for your lagged response.

      Though it seems redundant that you’d have to “derender” something that’s already invisible to improve frame rate. The only real problem with Emerald’s derender function is those objects often come back if the user re-wears the object, or goes out of draw distance or teleports/logs out and returns later.

      There are a lot of tweaks in “advanced” menu (and some debug console commands) that can help improve frame rate that you can’t change in preferences. Like disabling attached light sources, attached particle emitters, and so forth.

      Comment by hugsalot — November 9, 2009 @ 9:56 am

      • I said the same about derendering invisible things on the Emerald forum, but they seemed to think it was necessary to “render” them in case they need to be touched.

        Comment by Mimika Oh — November 10, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

  3. Run into any ARC or script nazis lately? You know, the people who know nothing about SL physics, are too lazy to upgrade their machines or wait for SL grid problems to clear but are more than happy to whine and piss and moan at everybody around them, demanding others to remove scripts, hair or advanced skins in the name of lag reduction?

    Well the next time it happens, give them this link and suggest they close their mouth, open their eyes and LEARN something.

    Comment by Allan — February 9, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

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