Saturday, December 24, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: Christmas Day at Costa Blanco



Golden Sunshine contrasts with snow drifts and twinkling lights at European Costa Blanco on Christmas Day. I particularly like the way the rocky mountain outposts and stone building textures compliment each other in an organic design. I highly recommend a visit.

Your taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Costa%20Blanco/45/196/29




I photographed Costa Blanco in July 2016:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/07/great-second-life-destinations-costa.html


See more blog coverage and photography at Scoop It! Destination:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=costa+blanco




Photography:

All photography was taken using Windlight Sky Setting Strawberry Singh Silver.

You can download all of Strawberry Singh's Windlight setting here if your viewer does not already contain them. They are quite good, and I use many of them on a regular basis.

http://strawberrysingh.com/tutorials/windlight-settings/

You can find the Silver Sky Setting as one of a group by downloading this XML file:
https://app.box.com/shared/vgorvtz0qt




Looking for more places to visit?

To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to visit:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations















Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: A Silvery Winter At The New Fris'land



Fris' Land, by the same people who designed the wonderful Frisland sim which closed earlier in 2016, is a new destination that is open in glorious winter snows. It is evocative of the original Frisland but with a different design and highly recommended for a visit.

Your taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liebe/192/152/22

For more blogs and photography about Fris' Land see
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=Fris%27+land



Photography:

All photography was taken using Windlight Sky Setting Strawberry Singh Silver.

You can download all of Strawberry Singh's Windlight setting here if your viewer does not already contain them. They are quite good, and I use many of them on a regular basis.

http://strawberrysingh.com/tutorials/windlight-settings/

You can find the Silver Sky Setting as one of a group by downloading this XML file:
https://app.box.com/shared/vgorvtz0qt




Looking for more places to visit?

To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to visit:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations
















Friday, December 16, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations:Paris Winter Nights at Pont Mirabeau



There is no better way to appreciate the incomparable beauty of Paris than by a walk alongside the quays, over the many bridges, and over the islands of the city's main waterway, the River Seine. Pont Mirabeau, a stunning retail destination allows the visitor to do this virtually.  Masses of buildings constructed in the Second Empire architectural style (1865 - 1880), which the popular imagination most associates with Paris, line the central waterway -  the effect is powerful and very convincing. As soon as I arrived at this destination, I immediately knew what effect the builder was trying to create here -- fashionable and chic Paris immortalized as the City of Light.  Anyone who is interested in great Second Life architecture and sim design would appreciate a visit.

Your taxi to this highly recommended destination:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pont%20Mirabeau/170/94/27




See more blog coverage and photography:

http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=Pont+Mirabeau




Photographic Information:

The silverplate photography effect was achieved using Google's free Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro software which you can can find out more about in an article I ran in Eddi Haskell's blog on June 24:

Looking for more places to visit?

To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to visit:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations






Sunday, December 11, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: Winter Turns a Glorious Shade of Blue at Pandora Resort



Blue Winter
by Robert Francis

Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-
Both different blues. And hills row after row
Are colored blue according to how far.
You know the bluejay's double-blur device
Shows best when there are no green leaves to show.
And Sirius is a winter bluegreen star.




To visit this highly recommended destination:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hurricane/52/135/21


See more blog coverage and photography at Scoop It! Destination:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=pandora




Pandora Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pandoraboxofdreams/


Pandora Flickr Pool:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/pandora_box_of_dreams/pool/




To see more of my recommendations and destination photography in Second Life:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It! Second Life Destinations for more great places to visit:











Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: Winter Snows Arrive At Rosemoor




Dust of Snow
  by Robert Frost

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.



Your taxi to Rosemore:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jadeite/117/39/24




I used Windlight Sky Setting Verdigris in these images. I like the overcast sky effect with the coastline subject matter here.




See my photography from this destination in May 2016 in a summer seaside setting:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/05/great-second-life-destinations-two.html




See more blog coverage and photography from Rosemoor over at Scoop It! Destinations!
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=rosemoor




Rosemoor has a Flickr group:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2948548@N24/




To see more of my recommendations and destination photography in Second Life:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations





Check out Scoop It! Second Life Destinations for more great places to visit:









Monday, December 5, 2016

Eddi's Hot Computing Tip: Where Did Microsoft Put Systems Restore on Windows 10?



I just spent 15 straight hours getting my Windows 10 anniversary edition computer (originally Windows 7) to function property due to installing a malware program called Bitdefender that turned out to take over my computer and refused to leave on its own. I want to share what happened -- just in case you run into similar problems with your own device.

Windows 10 remains a much more complicated operated system than Windows 7.  There are procedures such as System Restore, reverting to an earlier state, that are very different in 10 than 7.

Yesterday turned out to be a time consuming Windows 10 near disaster.  I found some annoying virus dinging me with coupons in popups at noon, and by the time I straightened everything out, it was 3:00 am in the morning the next day.

It turns out I had quite a few malware infections. These are to be expected, especially since I like to download photographs from all over the place. I generally run three or four different programs to make sure they all removed. I ran Windows Defender, Trend Micro Housecall, and Malwarebytes.

I decided to run one more. he problem came when I installed "free" malware software from a company called  Bitdefender. This turned out to be a big mistake. This is not really a free program. It is a pay trial program that likes to "stay around" with reminders to be purchased when you are finished with a trial.

Bitdefender made it impossible to be removed this after usage --- even by using their "100% effective" removal tool. I checked on the web, and Windows 10 users were reporting the same thing. The workarounds are incredibly complex, head, and I am a fairly advanced user. Not only that, ugly red icons appear on your taskbar that cannot be removed, and the program is a memory hog. There was literally nothing I could do to remove it- since Bitdefender cleverly hijacks administration mode-- it has to be the most pesky program I have ever come across.


Warning!  Windows 10 Users May Not Be Able To Remove This Easily 

The only way to remove Bitdefender was to revert my drive back to an earlier state -- before I installed the program (note - I actually have a solid state memory now which is a great investment).

Here is when things became tricky. None of the information I found on Microsoft and other web sites was correct. You cannot revert back to an earlier state of your driver though settings and your control panel.

I do not know if things have been like this all along, or if they have changed for the recent Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.

Through trial and error, I did discover the procedure however.

Assuming you are making weekly (or other) back-ups of your drive, here is revert back to an earlier state and get rid of bad mess ups to your computer-- such as had when I picked up pesky Bitdefender.

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How to Go Back To An Earlier Version of Your Computer--

1. Go into safe mode

Hold down shift and restart your computer

You should reboot into this screen.



Select "Troubleshoot"

Then select "Advanced Options"




Select "System Restore"

Be patient. System Restore will give you dates to revert back to with programs lists that will be affected by modifications. This will take some time.




Your System Restore window should look something like this.




Note, this procedure takes time. You will have files to clean up afterwards --- I noticed several "freezes" that required a clean uninstall. Note once again, all the other methods for system restore that Microsoft had published online would not work.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: It All Starts With A Smile Prepares for the 2016 Holiday Season



The classic Second Life destination It All Starts With a Smile changes character as it is covered with the first fresh snowfall of the season. A wide variety of winter sports including sleigh rides, skis, ice skating, and snowmobiles greet the visitor, as do many romantic couple pose locations for special holiday photos.  This is a particularly beautiful destination and one that I highly recommend you visit.

Your Taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heavenly%20Groove/40/215/22




All photography was taken with the Windlight settings already programmed at the destination.

See more blog coverage and photography at Scoop It! Destinations:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=starts+with+a+smile




See my 2016 blog coverage and photography from It All Starts With A Smile:

Autumn - October 2016
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/10/great-second-life-destinations-it-all.html

Spring - March 2016
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/03/great-second-life-destinations-grey.html




To see more of my recommendations and destination photography in Second Life:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It! Second Life Destinations for more great places to visit: