With the closure of the Second Life Teen Grid on New Year’s Eve 2010, thousands of residents will be moving to the Main Grid. According to the Linden Lab Transition FAQ, they will be bringing their Teen Grid inventory with them. In almost 14,000 cases, that will include an item called the xChip Multitool. The xChip offers an opportunity for peacekeepers like nothing we’ve ever seen before – the ability to become an administrator and remove objects created by a combat HUD – anyone’s combat HUD.
To get started, go and get a free xChip at Axel <176, 106, 71> (don’t TP into the default 128,128 location in Axel or you’ll be teleported home by someone’s security orb). Click the xChip vendor board and you’ll receive an xChip Helpcard, an xChip 220.127.116.11, and a “thank you” message that explains the help notecard and how to use the device. When you have it in your inventory, right click and wear it. By default, it’s attached to your left upper arm, but you can make it invisible. When attached, it runs 25 scripts and takes 1600 kb of memory. Just as a test, once you’re wearing it, type “x.pose” in local chat and watch a pose stand rez beneath your feet. Then type “x.clean” and watch the pose stand disappear.
When you type “x.clean,” you’ll notice that the xChip’s response is “xChip 18.104.22.168: Cleaning up all objects…” This command works for any object rezzed by your xChip. It deletes all of your xChip objects in the region. Now isn’t that a nice addition to a multitool? Of course you or I would courteously delete anything we rezzed in someone else’s sim, but everyone doesn’t always remember to do that. Also, there are several attacks available in the xChip, and if the attacker rezzes a cage around someone and then crashes, it leaves the victim inside the cage. The thoughtful scripters of xChip have developed a solution – xChip Administrators. Fill in an application at the xChip website and if approved, you can become an Administrator and remove anyone’s xChip-rezzed objects. For those of us in and around the Linden sandboxes on a daily basis, Admin status would be a valuable addition to our toolbox.
I don’t want to give the impression here that xChip is nothing more than a playtoy for kids. It has some interesting and serious scripting in it, like a movelock, a flight assist, a way to chat with other xChip users in the sim, and an avatar scanner. One of the best features from a peacekeeper perspective is notification when another xChip user enters the sim you’re in. xChip also has the potential to litter the sandboxes with objects, to the point that residents may start to resent its users. We can help the owner by becoming system Administrators and keeping our grid free of abandoned xChip artifacts.
You can visit the xChip website here. Thanks very much to Thomas Shikami for pointing out this opportunity.
Here are some objects rezzed by xChip that we may start seeing in the sandboxes.
Objects that aren’t temporary