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HippoTech Fallout – Update

I have some good news, and (as always with these things) some bad news.

First the good news.  Since I seem to be incapable of deleting email, I have ever in-world sale confirmation since 2007 sitting in my gmail account.  This includes the purchaser name and the item purchased so I can generate a list of who bought what.  The even better news is that CasperVend can import data and since it also handles the data format from the marketplace, once I get the imports done I think that anyone who bought a firing range in-world since 2007 or in the marketplace from 2010 (or had one gifted to them) will be able to visit the redelivery terminal in store (or go to the CasperVend website) and request an update.

So what’s the bad news?

First, if you bought a range on the marketplace (or its predecessor) before 2010, or on XStreet SL (remember that?) then I don’t have the data to add you to CasperVend.  I have to assume that’s going to be a small number of people though.

Second, there is still a lot of work to do before I can add the data:

  • I need to figure out how to get the data out of gmail.
  • I need to remove the HippoUpdate updater from all the ranges and replace it with something else.
  • I need to replace the gun and bow dispenser built into the ranges since it relies on HippoUpdate

That’s all going to take time, and I don’t have a lot of time in Second Life these days, so please bear with me. 

If you happen to know anything that can help me out (How to get data out of gmail, or a grid-wide system where I can deliver objects to users – I don’t want to tie the weapon dispensers to a third party updater again) then please let me know either in world, in a comment below of via the contact form on this site (which should now be working again).



In World Vendors, Range Updates and Built In Weapon Dispensors

I’m rather slow to the party, but I’ve just found out that HippoTech, the system I used for in-world vendors, in-range weapon dispensers and firing range updates, is no more. And this leaves me with three problems.

In World Vendors

Obviously the old HippoVend vendors no longer work and I’m in the process of replacing them with CasperVend vendors.  If you’ve recently bought a firing range from an in-world vendor and not received it, please let me know.  I’ve sent out some replacement ranges today, but I might have missed some people.

If you want to buy a range before the new vendors are online, please visit my store at the marketplace.

In-Range Gun and Bow Dispensers

The gun and bow dispenser built in to the firing ranges will no longer work as it relies on the HippoUpdate system.  I will update the ranges as soon as I can to use a replacement system, but in the mean time you can use any collision based from a quality weapon.

Firing Range Update System

The firing range update system is by far the biggest problem.  With HippoUpdate offline the built in update scripts will no longer work and with the complete loss of customer data from HippoVend, I have no way of sending out updates to customers.  I’m trying to figure out what to do about this, but I’m pretty short of ideas right now.

Please watch this space for updates.

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