Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The OpenSim Power Boat Association : A Few Setbacks : And Moving Forward

By Avatar jayR Cela

     Hi there all folks interested in Hydroplane racing in OpenSim, I have had a few set backs with my plans, but nonetheless, I am moving forward, Bill Blight from OpenSimLife Grid has donated some server space for an ubODE Var sim, it is Gigantic, and a complete trip to check out. The ubODE Physics model really stands out here as any physical contact with another object results in a very realistic reaction, in other words you can do irreparable damage to your boat. Haaa ! It is a Blast.

    TheKazGrid, one of our servers is currently down, so I am rebuilding on another one that has 3 of my Sims, for right now we will be using Bullet to connect to various other Sims and everything seems to be working well.



    3rdGrid I have a place there and with the help of resident Eldovar Lamilton have an Auto Delete version of the MadCat 1, this is a huge Var Sim and seems to be rather slow, also you can not rezz your own boats at this location.

    The really kool thing about TheKazGrid and OpenSimLife is that anyone is able to rezz their own boats for testing.

    The OpenSim HyperGrid Jump Address's will be coming soon.

JayR Cela :_)


Monday, July 3, 2017

OpenSim HyperGrid : The SnikSnoodle Factor : Easy OpenSim Sever SetUp Instructions on GitHub

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Wow, this just blew me away the other day, an actual set of instructions that are readable by the average person wishing to set up a home based OpenSim Grid. It was posted by sniksnoodle and she placed it on github.com

     Here is the address for this tremendous resource.

SnickSnoodle's Easy OpenSim Server Setup Ubuntu

    This is a godsend, I had found it on G+ yesterday and bookmarked it, today I do not seem to be able to find it again, so is no big deal, just click on the link above. It deals with a typical Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS based Linux distribution deployment, and puts most of the very complicated jargon into layman's easy to understand step by step instructions.

     Thanks a lot Snicksnoodle

JayR Cela :_)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

OpenSim Power Boat Association : The KazGrid Location under Maintainance

By Avatar JayR Cela

     I am just here briefly for this post letting people know that we are doing some work on the Server that the OSPBA resides on, and plan to be back up and running early this week.

    So if you are trying the HyperGrid Link

thekaz.ddns.net:8002:ChibaSea1

    and it's obviously not working, LOL thats the reason.

JayR Cela :_)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

OpenSim Power Boat Association ( OSPBA ) Our First Test on 3rdRock Grid

By Avatar JayR Cela

     Well the first test's on 3rdRock Grid were not very promising, the 8x8 Var Bullet Physics Sim was disappointingly SLOW !

     Almost a waste of time, and the lack of race track markers resulted in my increasing my viewers draw distance to maximum, further slowing things down. Hopefully I will be able to resolve some of these issues soon.

    I do have an ace up my sleeve with an entirely new ubODE Grid devoted to the OSPBA and will be opening it to the public this coming week.

    Stay Tuned for further announcements. / LOL

JayR Cela :_)

OpenSim Power Boat Association : Trial Run on 3rdRock Grid Today

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Yes I am expanding the OSPBA to other grids that want to participate in this project. Today I will be hosting a trial run on 3rdRock Grid at Hyper Grid address. We will be using the Bullet Physics Engine for this test.

grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002:Southern Ocean









 We will be using a version of the MadCat 1 Hydroplane modified by 3rdRock Grid resident Eldovar Lamilton that will delete itself if you crash or dismount, please feel free to take a copy into your inventory before you leave, it is Full Perm.

This event will be from 12:00 until 2:00pm PST today / July 1 2017

JayR Cela :_)

Friday, June 30, 2017

OSPBA : OpenSim Power Boat Association : Things are happening Fast : And We Need Some Help w/ubODE

By Avatar JayR Cela

     The past week has been a real trip, stuff is starting to take hold, currently on TheKazGrid the new headquarters building and docking area is finished. I am planning a staging area that will allow various parties interested to have a display area to meet with potential customers interested in purchasing a Closed Source solution  Hydroplane.  Now I am a big time Open Source everything type of Linux nut-job, so you know this goes against my grain in every way. But WTF / LOL !
I have seen some really KILLER ! No Mod, No Trans Hydros recently, everyone is welcome.

      Now here's the catch, I am in desperate need of some ubODE Physics Engine guru's expertise help with Standard 256x256 Sim Border Crossing issues on the KazGrid / I give you the HyperGrid jump    

  thekaz.ddns.net:8002:ChibaSea1

     I have the MadCat 1 Hydro with ubODE , and a JetSki and a Modern Hydroplane rezzed that are Full Perm, if you get some extra time, feel free to stop by. Kazuko and I seem to have narrowed a few things down that may be causing the stalling issue at Sim Borders, and we are seeking other opinions and advice.
    

    I am not going to debate the pro's and or cons of using standard sized sims and border crossing's. I have already made arrangements with 2 other grids to open OSPBA Headquarter operations on Grids using Var Sims. The simple fact is that after Kazuko and I have examined several variations of the limited amount of unODE water based vehicle physics scripts. we have both come to the conclusion that the scripts need some Tender Loving Care and a good bit of Fine Tuning. That being said if you are not busy and would like to lend a hand / Thats Kool :_)

     I will be opening a new OSPBA Headquarters Branch 2 next week on another Grid
( undisclosed at this time ) an 8x8 with ubUDE  running the boats with a number of unusual race course layouts. This place you will have to experience on your own, I can not describe it in any terms besides it is like playing a really good video game. The Physics are bizarre yet at the same time realistic.

     Next up on my list is that I am in negotiations with 3rdGrid for an OSPBA sponsored location on their new 8x8 Sim running Bullet Physics. As a mater of fact I will be having an un-official OSPBA test run on 3rdGrid Saturday 7-1-2017 from 12:00pm Pst until 2:00pm here is the HG jump address        

  grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002:Southern Ocean

JayR Cela :_)

Friday, June 23, 2017

OpenSim Power Boat Association : Groundbreaking - Day 2 Progress Report

By Avatar JayR Cela

    I am on Day 2 of building the OSPBA Headquarters, the layout consists of 4 standard sized sims arranged in a T-configuration, 3 across and 1 in the center bottom of the T, as you can see from the picture my MadCat series of Full Perm Hydro's consists of  8 meter  12 meter and  20 meter configurations.  This will allow for a short, medium and long run races using all 3 water sims for the 20 meter class. The association's headquarters is located at the bottom of the T and is mostly empty. The 3 water sims are pretty much barren aside from the still to be installed buoys marking off the oval shaped course's. The race course itself is  set to auto return, just in case you crash your boat, it will be returned to your inventory's Lost and Found folder.


    There is plenty of dock space and an ample spectator area. With the proper draw distance setting in your viewer ( about 360 meters ) there will be no bad viewing seat on the Island.
























    The headquarter's itself is currently being decorated with a number of pictures of various types of Hydroplanes and hopefully some other related materials.













































    Unfortunately we have not settled on a landing point for the Sim yet, so I can not give you a working SLUR to HyperGrid Jump to quite yet, that will be coming very soon, however if you are curious and would like to take a sneak peek and grab yourself some copies of my MadCat free-bee hydro's, it's easy enough to find.

    HyperGrid jump to our Welcome Area at : thekaz.ddns.net:8002:TheKazLand
Upon arrival open your World Map and do a search for ChibaSea1 and set the coordinates to 202,160,24
this will drop you at the entrance to the OSPBA headquarters, go on inside inside and grab your self a Boxed copy of one ar all 3 of the free-bee MatCat hydroplanes, there are two ReadMe files in the box, please read them. We are running OpenSim 0.9 RC2 with Bullet Physics so sim border crossings are pretty much seamless, but I have to stress this 1 point, if you are wearing a Animation Overrider ( AO )  you must detach it ! Simply turning it off, will not work and cause the boat to stall, similarly if you are using your OS Viewers built in AO, you must turn that off before attempting to drive the boat.

    Hope to see ya soon.

JayR Cela :_)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

OpenSim Power Boat Association : The new Headquarters : Is Under Construction

By Avatar JayR Cela

    This morning I broke ground on the OSPBA headquarters location. It will be on
                                                       TheKazLand Grid 



  I have been working together with grid owner Kazuko Yoshida for a number of months to prepare the TheKazLand for its primary purpose as "The Water Sport and Recreation Destination" on the HyperGrid. Our ultimate goal is to have all of the publicly available Sim's reachable via the numerous Lakes and Rivers.
    
   There is not much sense in visiting the OSPBA Sim just yet, this may take a week or so in order to get things set up properly. However if you would just like to drop on by for a general look around the Grid, please feel free to do so, The HyperGrid jump to the main landing area is.      thekaz.ddns.net:8002:TheKazLand

    At this point in time we are recommending FireStorm as the prefered viewer for our residents, however any current OpenSim compatible viewer is perfectly fine for visiting.

    Please be patient, and keep checking back here for ongoing developments.

JayR Cela :_)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

OpenSim Physics : The ubODE and Bullet engine debate is starting to heat up

By Avatar JayR Cela

     The decision on which physics engine to settle upon (ubODE -or-Bullet) as a standard is being openly discussed, and all opinions and use case's are welcome.

JayR Cela :_)

OpenSim Power Boat Racing Association : Locations to Acquire and Test Drive the MadCat Hydroplane Series : Part 1

By Avatar JayR Cela

    The past few days have shown to be very interesting, several people have contacted me about sponsoring race events on their grids. I am currently in the process of Boxing up my MadCat Series of Hydroplanes with proper documentation and credit to Shin Ingen and the person that did the original design of 2 prims I used, for the Motor and exhaust pipes, from avatar Locked.Semaphore@locksgrid.ddns.net:9000 and one of his Full Perm creations.

    This is taking a bit longer than I had anticipated, however everything will be ready by this coming weekend.

  JayR Cela :_)