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Need some computer help? Geeksquad to the rescue!

Geek Squad is in Second Life

If I ever need any help with hardware or software problems I can usually find an answer by a search engine. I can also ask questions at scriptschool from TD Goodliffe. What would I do if I couldn’t find any answer? I have never tried the people from geeksquad but I know my nieces have and was pleased with the service. Now you can find help from the geeksquad in Second life on their own Island. [ Geeksquad Island SLURL ]

When I teleported to the island I was greeted by a geeksquad agent and asked if I had any questions. I was just going to look around and had no questions so I thanked him and went to explore. I must say they did a fantastic job with this build. I was very impressed with every little detail that they put in. When you first go there you will be at the top where you should see some of the geeksquad people sitting around. Someone should be there from 3pm to midnight Second Life time. They will give free advice and counsel according to their article here. Later they probably will have pay services added too.

Second Life has Geek Squad helping peopleGeek Squad is in Second Life with a nice place

You will also find an elevator which will take you to the amphitheater and a unique transit system. Sit in the egg shaped device and get moved to different areas inside a tube. The amphitheater has some videos of what the Geeksquad do when they are helping out customers. Visit the home of the future and see some great devices they made in second life. I like the bed the best because it looks so cool when it moves.

There is also the museum which has plenty of history of computers and important events in the time line. Definitely try the bumper cars on top of the volcano! Looks really cool and would be fun with lot of others driving around bumping into each other. So if you have some technical questions or you just want to have some fun for the day you should check this place out. It made me want to be part of the Geeksquad but trying to explain computers to my family drives me crazy so I’ll pass.

My Introduction and Second Life Experience

You can call me JohnnyRS because that is my name in Second Life. I’ve been a programmer ever since I touched my first computer, Sinclair ZX80. In the 90’s I checked up on some chat programs and some virtual reality places. Most of them were just too slow and confusing.

I’m not a big socializer so I tend to play games that I can play by myself or with my nephew. I’ve always wanted to find some place that had a mixture of chatting, games and creating stuff. When TD Goodliffe introduced Second Life to me I wasn’t that interested. I went there to listen to his radio show and that’s about it. I know I can get addicted to this sort of stuff very fast and didn’t want to affect my real life work. It’s been more than a month since I first signed up and figured I’ll try to figure out how to use it.

I found a group for newbies called “New Citizens Incorporated“, which has a lot of helpful information and free stuff to get. Saw some events from TeaZers, where they have classes for beginners to advanced users. All of this started me off and I wanted to start creating things, but first I want to give myself a makeover! This is where I got confused and found almost no help. I wanted to take a photo picture of myself and make a skin. I downloaded the face template provided from the second life website. Played around with stretching and smearing the photo onto the template. Looked good to me but when I went to upload the image, it was uploaded as a texture. My question is how can I actually make a skin? Looked everywhere for any tutorials and haven’t found an answer. So what I did was use the image I made and used it as a Head Tattoo. It doesn’t look like me at all. Well here is a picture of what I look like now. If anyone has the answer to this I’d be so happy.

My avatar in Second Life with tattoo image

I was looking for some events and found a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, one of my favorite movies to experience. I remembered going to a show with some friends in real life and I had lot of fun! So I made plans to attend this event on Saturday night. A friend was visiting me that day in real life so we both watched it and I took out some audience participation scripts I printed out many years ago so we can have some fun. For the first full movie I seen at second life I was very impressed. The movie was broken up into 3 parts. The movie was played inside a theatre so it really made it feel I was going to see the movie for real! In the middle of the theatre there were props to pick up. For the first two parts I moved the camera close so I can see it clearly on my screen. For the last part I watched what was happening with everyone else. People were throwing their props out and some stage performances were happening in the middle of the stage just like a real RHPS experience. I have to say I really enjoyed myself. Here is a snapshot I took of myself enjoying the movie.

RHPS in Second Life

I did find some other stuff to do in second life which were interesting. Found slots all over the place. Played with them for awhile but I think the most interesting thing were the small games. I tried Tringo out for awhile and found it a very addictive game. I need to check out more games and fun events to attent. I’ll post later about any interesting happenings. I am not ready to do any scripting yet. The only scripting I have done is at the beginner classes where they provide some scripts to try. I learned how to make a bouncing ball. found it interesting. Don’t know when I’ll have free time to try anything new. But I am liking the DJ’s at some of the dancing clubs. I might use that for background music when I am working.