365 days of SL, day 143:
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We actually headed out again last night and briefly revisited part of Dell's presence in SL — specifically, the "giant computer".
Dell got into Second Life a couple of years ago when SL was the happening thing of the day, with bold visions of a "metaverse" that almost everyone would be part of (at least everyone who's on the Internet in the first place), and with companies, universities and other groups all having their own presences (and Linden Labs making a pretty penny in the process).
It didn't quite work out that way (I cannot comment on whether that's a good thing or not), but you can still find these places in SL. Dell's is an estate comprised of several private islands; there's all sorts of stuff there, and the giant computer is part of it. And yeah, you can enter it, which we did:
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Alas, it's showing its age; the build is from 2006, I think, and both SL and consumer GPUs have advanced quite a bit since then in terms of capability, so these days, it feels weirdly primitive (no pun intended).
What's more, parts of it look like typical paid contractor work, too: meeting the contractual requirements to the letter, but not otherwise paying much attention to important details. The fact that the thing is built across sim borders (!) should be a good indicator; you may well find yourself falling through a platform when crossing a sim border due to nature of lag and all that, and the pod shuttle that goes back to the main part of the estate can't even be entered from one side because you can't sit into a different sim. Painful.
The whole estate also seemed to suffer from more glitches last night, but then SL seemed rather glitchy in general.
In any case, when it's working, Dell's SL presence is actually a neat place to explore: a kind of short-term virtual archaeology, really, a throwback to earlier days, like visiting a town erected during the gold rush and then abandonded again a few years later, with all the buildings etc. still in mostly pristine condition.
Location: Dell Island 2 (250, 223, 81) (Dell Conference Center - Dell Island)