Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving




Wishing our American friends across the great pond, a very happy Thanksgiving, from all of us in London City.

This holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Speed up your Cache with a Ramdisk



For your consideration :  The Ramdisk Experiment


Mechanical drives are slow to access files such as your Second Life Cache, and whilst Solid State drives are much faster, constant 'writing' shortens their lifespan.

Enter the Ramdisk, which is 100x faster than even the fastest Solid State drive, because it resides in your computers RAM, the very fastest memory there is.

Forget the Ramdisk of yesteryear where everything was wiped from memory as soon as your computer was switched off,  they have come a long way.

Modern Ramdisks create an image file automatically when your computer is switched off or rebooted and saves this to the hard disk.  When Windows is started, it copies this image back into the Ramdisk so you can continue seamlessly.

On a 16GB computer, we allocated 1.5GB of memory to Ramdisk, leaving us with 14.5GB for normal running.  This 'loss' of memory is unnoticeable, and what is more, the totally free Ramdisk by ROG/ASUS uses Dynamic memory allocation up to the 1.5GB we stipulated.  This means that if that amount of 'disk space'  is not being used, then the Ramdisk decreases in size, releasing the memory back to the computers main pool.


Extract the x64 files folder and run set-up.  Then tell it how much memory you wish to allocate.  It will ask to reboot your computer.    Once you have done this, load your Second Life viewer, and in preferences, under Network, select the location of your Ramdisk, but be sure to set the size of the cache just slightly below the size of the Ramdisk.   Cache's larger than 1GB seldom offer any benefit, so keep it around that size or only slightly more.

For added streamlining, tell your Antivirus software to exclude the Ramdrive.

You are now set up and ready to go.

A couple of pointers..
You may need to disable 'Fast boot ' in Windows as sometimes this can shut down the system ahead of the Ramdrive being written when dismounted.

You may become a little more aware of your CPU fan at times of high traffic.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Last night in London



Hope you enjoyed the show last night in London City.  Here's some pictures of the event, and a reminder that today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) it's time for Substation Retro and then at 1pm SL time it is Worlds End on the Beach!




Thursday, November 15, 2018

Amy MacDonald on Saturday



In concert on Saturday, Amy MacDonald the Scottish singer, songwriter and composer, who shot to fame in 2008 with her debut album, This Is The Life.  Her hits include, Mr Rock & Roll, Poison Prince, Let's Start a Band and Run.

Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the concert an hour later at 1pm SL.

Join us here http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/109/111/24

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Armistice Day Service



Pictures from todays Remembrance Sunday Service.  Thank you for coming.




Remembrance Sunday





At 11am today,  11.11.2018, it will be 100 years since the end of World War I.

To commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

A service will be held today in world at the Cenotaph in London City at 3am SL  (11am UK)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/72/137/23

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Robbie Williams on Saturday




Robbie Williams is an English Singer and Songwriter.  Originally a member of the Take That band, be split from them in 1995 to have his own solo career.

His first seven albums all reached the number 1 position and he is best known in his solo career for songs, Angels, Let me Entertain You, Rock DJ, Come Undone, Feel, She's The One, Supreme and more recently Love My Life.

Enjoy Robbie Williams tribute concert performed by the London City Players, this Saturday at Party in The Park.   Party from 12pm SLT (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SLT.


Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/101/101/23

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

USA Midterm Elections




You would think from all the hype, that it is a General Election, but it is just the two year juggle, where whoever is in power, traditionally loses control of the senate and congress to the opposing party.

Only twice since the civil war, has an incumbent president won both houses during his first term in office.

Passions are running high as America heads to the polling stations, to cast its first national consensus on life in the USA under the governance of Donald Trump.

With his tough stance on illegal aliens, the lowest unemployment since man first walked on the moon and tax breaks that reward all workers,  will the people remember this and reward him, or is their hatred for him so much, they would rather see the country in the gutter, so that they can say, they were right?

It is your chance to talk about it here in London City from midnight UK time (4am SL time).  Please keep it relatively nice if possible, but tell us all what you really think!



 

Monday, November 05, 2018

Gunpowder, Treason and Plop




Guy Fawkes - Loved to Party
Today is the 5th of November, the anniversary of  old rogue Guido Fawkes' (now rebranded as Guy Fawkes) attempt to blow up the King on England!

Let's have a potted history...

5th November, also known as Bonfire Night

Back in 1605, Guido Fawkes and his croanies wanted to protest on how Catholics were treated.

So they decided that they would try to blow up the Houses of Parliament, in particular the House of Lords, by smuggling in hundreds of gunpowder kegs into the cellar for a firework display of their own and try detonating them on 5th November as the King (James I) was opening Parliament.

Unfortunately for Guy Fawkes, one of his gang was a lag and would blab when he got smashed and word soon spread all over town about this amazing party they were planning. They were caught in the act without so much as a roman candle going off.
Penny for the Guy?

In those days execution was considered as a fitting punishment for minor crimes like stealing a loaf of bread.  So they decided on a more fitting punishment and decided to chop Guy Fawkes into bits, hang him for a couple of minutes, disembowel him and do other unmentionable things to embarrass him whilst he was still alive.

Since petty crime only resulted in the severing of limbs and sometimes being boiled in oil, this gruesome torture of being 'hung drawn and quartered' was reserved exclusively for traitors. 

Whilst Guy Fawkes was a bit of a shit, he is also widely regarded as a person who knew how to Party. 

This is still observed on 5th November every year, when people of Great Britain, literally burn money they don't have and cheer as they see it go up in flames and whoosh into the air and erupt as fireworks.. whilst those who are more sensible collect old logs, burn and effigy called a Guy and create a massive bonfire to roast their chestnuts.

Join us for a firework show today at the Hub at, 1pm SL time (9pm UK)