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  • “Server Classes” in Second Life

    Often we get asked what Server Class a region is. In the past there have been different designations for server types, from class 4 (the very early stage of Second Life) to class 8 (the latest, fastest server type). Customers often think they have to ask smart questions to get the best and fastest land on the fastest server.

    Linden Lab has moved away from that sort of server designation years ago but the rumor that there are slower and faster server types in Second Life does still exist. Server class no longer matters because Linden Lab has created a system where each region is allocated the same amount of resources as others of its type ( Full Prim Sim, Homestead, Openspace ) .

    There is a blog post on it here: https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Land-and-Sea-General/Moving-away-from-server-Class/ba-p/650813

    So, in short words: Since 2009 already, there are NO server classes anymore. Often landlords claim to have all their regions hosted on the latest server class but there is simply no such thing anymore and they are just trying to impress their customers by giving false statement. ALL regions in Second Life are allocated the same amount of resources as others of its type.

    Vanity Bonetto
    CEO LUXORY


  • NEW: LUXORY THEMED REGIONS “NEW ENGLAND”

    Today we have exciting news for our residents:

    We started a new project by adding the first 2 regions belonging to our new residential complex “NEW ENGLAND”.

    While New England – located in the United States of America – was originally inhabited by Indigenous peoples, English Pilgrims and especially Puritans, fleeing religious persecution in England, arrived in the 1620-1660 era. They dominated the region; their religion was later called Congregationalism. Farming, fishing and lumbering prospered, as did whaling, sea trading, and merchandising. The region was the scene of the first Industrial Revolution in the United States, with many textile mills and machine shops operating by 1830. New England is most famous also for it’s many pretty colonial homes and resorts, a theme we want to integrate into our openwater area now.

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    A beautiful terraformed and decorated grasland area offering a home to those in love with New England themed houses. Even more exciting as both regions are directly attached to our openwater continent with sailable waters. Greer West – a homestead – comes with 4 larger islands ( between 688 and 1159 prim ), while Greer is a full prim region with 14 carefully designed parcels for small and medium sized houses. You can find land here from 524 up to 1358 Prim).

    Both regions are now open for visitors. Bring your boat and try them out. You can rez a boat anywhere in our openwater areas as long as you wear our group tag. Sailing here is for LUXORY members only.

    If you are not sure how your home should look like – sample pictures can be found at our land store in the NEW ENGLAND sector ( outside, in front of the reception desk, there is a small monitor attached to one of the info boards.

    PLEASE READ THE COVENANT BEFORE YOU PURCHASE YOUR LAND

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  • GRANDFATHERED TIER (20 % OFF!) FOR ALL LUXORY FULL PRIM REGIONS IN 2017

    On April 4 Linden Lab announced that they now allow estates to “buy down” tier for full prim regions and homesteads to the lower grandfathered price. I would like to provide all our residents and future customers with information what this means for you and your land in the future:

    1. Our full prim regions will become grandfathered within 8 months. It is a huge investment ( 600 USD for each full prim region to “buy down” tier ) and we expect we will be done with it in December 2016. Most estates already stated that they won’t go that way but we are willing to make this investment to offer you not only the best quality and support but also the best prices now and in the future. Please be patient though, this can be done only in small steps.

    2. On JANUARY 01, 2017 tier for all land in our FULL PRIM REGIONS will be reduced by 20 %. For existing land owners as well as for new residents. Residential land as well as commercial land.

    3. All our homesteads already have grandfathered status and all our homestead tenants pay grandfathered tier . For our homestead regions there will be no change at all. LUXORY homestead residents enjoy grandfathered tier since 2009 already.

    If you have any further questions, feel free to IM me inworld or use the support form here on our website.

    Vanity Bonetto
    CEO LUXORY ESTATES


  • How To Speed Up Windows 10 !

    Here are some easy steps for you how to really speed up your computer if you are using Windows 10!

    Before you make any changes you should always create a restore point so that – IF for any reason one of the following modifications is not working out for you – you can always easily undo all steps and go back to where we started.

    A

    CREATE A RESTORE POINT
    – Click on your WINDOWS start button (lower left corner), and type “Create a restore point” in search
    – a SYSTEM PROPERTIES window will open up and you should directly have the SYSTEM PROTECTION tab open

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    – Create a restore point now by clicking the last button (“Create”)
    – Type a description to help you identify the restore point later. Current date and time are added automatically.
    – now you can undo system changes by reverting your computer to a previous restore point.

    B

    SPEED UP YOUR COMPUTER
    1. Turn off UAC
    User Account Control, or just UAC is a part of the Windows security system which prevents apps from making unwanted changes on your PC. When some software tries to change system-related
    parts of the Registry or the file system, Windows 10 shows an UAC confirmation dialog, where the user should confirm if he really wants to make those changes. Thus, UAC provides a
    special security environment for your user account with limited access rights and can elevate a particular process to full access rights when necessary. However, many users are not happy
    to see these UAC prompts and prefer to use Windows 10 with the classic security model, i.e. by creating limited and administrator accounts like in Windows XP and earlier. If you are one
    of those users, here is how to disable UAC and get rid of its popups in Windows 10.
    – Type in your start “UAC” and set it to “Never notify”

    2. Speed Up Start Up
    – Type in your start “MSCONFIG” , open up the BOOT tab and set timeout to “3 SEC”
    – click on ADVANCED and set NUMBER OF PROCESSORS to MAX.

    3. Adjust PC for BEST PERFORMANCE
    – Open CONTROL PANEL – SYSTEM & SECURITY – SYSTEM – ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS – PERFORMANCE SETTINGS – Mark only the 7 options shown in the following graphic , keep all others unchecked:

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    4. Clean Windows Temporary Files with one click
    – Open up your notepad and create a new text document. Copy & paste the following to your new text document and save it as speedup.bat on your desktop:

    @echo off
    del /s /f /q c:\windows\temp\*.*
    rd /s /q c:\windows\temp
    md c:\windows\temp
    del /s /f /q c:\WINDOWS\Prefetch
    del /s /f /q %temp%\*.*
    rd /s /q %temp%
    md %temp%
    deltree /y c:\windows\tempor~1
    deltree /y c:\windows\temp
    deltree /y c:\windows\tmp
    deltree /y c:\windows\ff*.tmp
    deltree /y c:\windows\history
    deltree /y c:\windows\cookies
    deltree /y c:\windows\recent
    deltree /y c:\windows\spool\printers
    del c:\WIN386.SWP
    cls

    Doubleclick on it to run the script and it will clean up all your temporary files within moments. You can do this daily or weekly or whenever you want.

    5. Disable Updates from more than one place
    When this is turned on, your PC may also send parts of previously downloaded Windows updates and apps to PCs on the internet which will significantly slow down your PC.
    – click on WINDOWS – SETTINGS – UPDATE & SECURITY – WINDOWS UPDATE – ADVANCED OPTIONS – CHOOSE HOW UPDATES ARE DELIVERED – turn off this option

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    6. Defrag

    Click on your Windows button and type


  • How to REALLY speed up your computer if you are on WIN 8.0 / 8.1

    Often residents report lag in their regions but when we go there and check it out we cannot detect any lag at all and in most cases it is their PC instead causing issues. There is a lot you can do to speed up your PC, to avoid lag and to be much faster if you are on WIN 8.0 / 8.1. Following I have listed up the most important things to do – there is no risk to damage your PC, all these steps are safe and should be performed weekly – you will feel the difference instantly!

    How to speed up WIN 8.0 / 8.1

    1. Ajust Power Savings Setting
    SEARCH – > SETTINGS – type POWER and choose CHANGE POWER-SAVING SETTINGS – switch from “BALANCED” to “HIGH PERFORMANCE”

    2. Defragment and Optimize Drives
    SEARCH – > SETTINGS – type DEFRAG – choose DRIVE C: – > OPTIMIZE

    3. Disable Unwanted Startup Programs
    SEARCH – > SETTINGS – type TASK MANAGER – go to STARTUP tab – disable unwanted programs

    4. Cleanup Memory and Unnecessary Temporary Files
    a) Hold down Windows Button + R – type %temp% and press ENTER – mark all files (CTRL + A) and delete all files
    b) Hold down Windows Button + R – type temp and press ENTER – click on CONTINUE – mark all files (CTRL + A) and delete all files
    c) Hold down Windows Button + R – type prefetch – click on CONTINUE – mark all files (CTRL + A) and delete all files
    d) move your mouse to the lower left corner of your screen – right click and choose FILE EXPLORER – right click on WINDOWS C: – Click on PROPERTIES –
    click on DISK CLEAN-UP – click on CLEAN UP SYSTEM FILES – press OK – mark all positions (checkmarks) – Confirm DELETE FILES

    5. Reduce Runtime Services
    Hold down Windows Button + R – type msconfig and press ENTER – hit SERVICES tab – make SURE to click on HIDE ALL MICROSOFT SERVICES – click on OK

    6. Registry Tweaks
    Hold down Windows Button + R – type regedit – click on YES . go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER (left side, on top) – go to CONTROL PANEL (bit down below) –
    doubleclick the MOUSE folder – doubleclick MOUSEHOVER TIME – set the VALUE DATA to 10
    In same folder (CONTROL PANEL) go to DESKTOP – scroll down to MENUSHOWDELAY – doubleclick on MENUSHOWDELAY – set the VALUE DATA to 10

    7. Apply Registry Tweaks
    The following registry script will tweak some settings in windows 8 registry to make windows much faster. It will reduce timeout values, set windows to
    automatically end not responding tasks, make menus to show faster upon clicking and tweak various other settings.

    STEP 1:

    Copy the following code and paste in Notepad. Save the file with the name “Tweaks.reg” (including quotes) and then run the file. It will ask for confirmation,
    accept it (start copying in line 1 , Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 and stop copying after “2000” last line)

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    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ;Created by Vishal Gupta for AskVG.com

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]
    @=”{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]
    @=”{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}”

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    “AutoEndTasks”=”1”
    “HungAppTimeout”=”1000”
    “MenuShowDelay”=”8”
    “WaitToKillAppTimeout”=”2000”
    “LowLevelHooksTimeout”=”1000”

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
    “MouseHoverTime”=”8”

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
    “NoLowDiskSpaceChecks”=dword:00000001
    “LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo”=dword:00000001
    “NoResolveSearch”=dword:00000001
    “NoResolveTrack”=dword:00000001
    “NoInternetOpenWith”=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control]
    “WaitToKillServiceTimeout”=”2000”

    ————————————————-

    STEP 2: Restart your system to take effect and get ready to experience super fast Windows

    Your internet should be much faster already by now 🙂

    8. Customize System Properties to disable Shadows and Animations

    By default Windows shows many eye candy effects such as animations, shadow effects, etc to enhance user interface. You can turn off these kind of effects to speed up system performance.
    a) Press “Win+R” keys together to open RUN dialog box. Now type sysdm.cpl and press Enter. It’ll open System Properties window.
    Now go to “Advanced” tab and click on “Settings” button present in “Performance” section.
    b) It’ll open a new window. Now uncheck following options:

    Animate controls and elements inside windows
    Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
    Animations in the taskbar
    Fade or slide menus into view
    Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    Fade out menu items after clicking
    Save taskbar thumbnail previews
    Show shadows under mouse pointer
    Show shadows under windows
    Show translucent selection rectangle
    Slide open combo boxes
    Smooth-scroll list boxes

    Apply changes and close the window

    9. Change Folder Options to Disable Unnecessary Features
    You can disable a few features of Windows Explorer such as tooltips, etc to improve Explorer functionality:
    a) Open My Computer and click on “View” tab present in the Ribbon. Now click on “Options” button present at the end to open Folder Options window.
    b) Go to “View” tab and uncheck following options:

    Display file size information in folder tips
    Hide empty drives in the Computer folder
    Hide extensions for known file types
    Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
    Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items

    10. Disable Unnecessay Programs from Windows Startup
    Many 3rd party software add their entries in Windows startup list so that they can automatically run as soon as Windows starts.
    Many of those startup items are unnecessary and can be removed from startup list to speedup Windows.

    Follow these simple steps to disable unwanted startup items in Windows 8:

    a) In previous Windows versions the startup items list was present in system configuration manager which can be accessed using msconfig command.
    But Microsoft has moved the startup items list in Windows 8. Now it can be accessed using Task Manager.

    Right-click on Taskbar and select “Task Manager” option. Alternatively, you can directly open Task Manager by pressing “Ctrl+Shift+Esc” keys together.
    b) Now go to “Startup” tab and here you can click on the unwanted item and click on “Disable” button to remove it from startup.
    Now the disabled program will no longer run whenever you start Windows. It’ll only run if you launch it manually.

    11. After following all above mentioned steps, you should be able to notice big improvement in your system performance.
    Apart from these steps, you should also do following things regularly:

    Download and install latest updates using Windows Updates
    Use latest drivers for your computer hardware
    Install only necessary software
    Stay away from transformation packs!
    Use a good antivirus and keep it updated

    12. Boot straight to desktop (WIN 8.1 only)
    If you spend most of your time on the desktop in Windows 8 the following tweak will take you straight to the desktop when you start up your
    PC. Right-click the Taskbar, select PROPERTIES from the menu, then click the NAVIGATION tab. Now tick the checkbox next to “When I sign in or
    close all applications … go to desktop” and click OK.

    13. Check your viewer preferences … go to graphic settings and try out different draw distances and other settings … reduce them if you still feel lag … go from HIGH to MEDIUM or from MEDIUM to LOW if you have to … Often the graphic card is not 100% compatible or simply to slow (not enough cache). Contact Linden Lab’s technical support if you are unsure.

    I hope this will help to improve your Second Life experience !

    Vanity Bonetto
    CEO LUXORY


  • HOW TO BUY / SELL LINDEN DOLLARS

    On AUG 1, 2015 all third party L$ exchange services will no longer be allowed selling/buying L$. – The easiest, cheapest, fastest and safest way to buy/sell your L$ is and always has been Linden Lab’s LINDEX exchange service ( http://www.secondlife.com ). Even without a credit card. Sign up for a free paypal or skrill account and connect it with your bank account. It is safe. – After that, transfer funds from your bank account to your paypal / skrill account. Connect your paypal / skrill account with LINDEX and transfer funds in USD to LINDEX. Now you can buy L$ at the cheapest rate and in realtime. – Feel free to contact me by using our contact form here (not in IM please) if you have any further questions or if you need help getting it done.

    Vanity Bonetto
    CEO LUXORY ESTATES


  • LUXORY GRACE PERIOD – HOW IT WORKS !

    We think it is about time to explain how our grace period works and where the limits are:

    We basically grant a 2-day-grace-period to all Luxory Residents regardless the size of land they own or the time they have spent with us. In the past we often granted additional time whenever a resident had credit card issues, expected a pay check to arrive etc. – Unfortunately, in many cases our kindness has been abused and at the end we had to find their land abandoned and the owner left without a word (and without paying the missing amount). This happened several times now even with long term residents living in our regions not only for months but even for years.

    Therefor, from JULY 01, 2015, it will no longer be possible to extend our grace period – it will be 2 days now for all. As soon as tier is missing for more than 48 hours, land can and will be reclaimed and all remaining items returned to their owners.

    Please always remember to pay in time – you can rez our tier meter somewhere on your land and it will tell the remaining time if you touch it. Furthermore there are several ways to keep your next payday in mind:

    – all modern cellphones, iphones, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops come with a calendar where you can schedule
       automatic reminders
    – our system will send tier reminders in IM beginning 3 days before your next tier is due

    – our staff will send personal reminders as soon as you are in arrears

    Please understand that it cannot be our responsibility to remind residents to pay in time – our job it is to guarantee lag free, well managed and accessible land and 24/7 support while our residents are kindly asked to pay in time and before paid time runs out.

    Please help us saving lots of time and money so we can invest both in providing you with beautiful land and first class support now and in the future.

    Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation

    Vanity Bonetto
    CEO LUXORY ESTATES