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OpenSim Act Two

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It has been about a year since I wrote about my experience with TribalNet, a web application that was based on OpenSim. That experience taught me that my router suffers from the problem known as “NAT Bounce,” which prevents certain data packets from arriving at their proper destination. So after a long period of discouragement, I finally decided to rent a dedicated Windows Server from a web hosting service, and to try to get OpenSim running on that. But while I managed to get OpenSim running on the server, for some reason my avatar was unable to log in to it.

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Spamback

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This blog is currently dormant, for reasons explained on my other blog, in a post called Boom and Bust. That post tells about how my Internet habit evolved into an addiction, prompting me to go cold turkey for a while. But while my activity on this blog has stopped, the attacks by spammers have gotten out of control.

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Promise and Problems of TribalNet

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I first learned about TribalNet by reading a post on UgoTrade’s blog. As UgoTrade explains, TribalNet is a new web application based on OpenSim and which introduces a key innovation: the decentralized grid. The end users bring their own computing power to a grid made up of whoever happens to be connected at the moment, in the spirit of peer-to-peer.

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Running OpenSim in Standalone Mode

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How would you like a whole sim to play around with, all for yourself, and totally free?

Astonishing as it sounds, this is already possible. There are just a few major limitations. You must settle for using the OpenSim software package, which still lacks a great many functions, when compared to all that you can do in Second Life. You must also put on your “do-it-yourself” hat, and be prepared to hack your way through the tough spots. And to start with, you must settle for being all alone on your self-contained little sim, because connecting your sim to a grid on the Internet is a much more complicated affair.

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Purpose of this blog

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I originally installed this blog thinking I would move my Blogger blog over here. But that never happened, and for I while I used this site as a backup of the Blogger blog. Then after I took a tour of the Open Source grids, I decided to use this blog to record my experiences with OpenSim.

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