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Today’s bot outages (the techy post)

Some bots went offline today, which led to web account outages. The reason was one of our bot servers which has died because of a hard drive failure. The affected bots were quickly moved to a nearby server… which got crashed under the extra load, too. This was unexpected.

The good news is that while our server team was trying to reanimate these machines, the development team managed to develop the system which allows SmartBots to quickly detach (or, say, temporary forget) any set of broken bots. This will also help during SL rolling restarts, when large random sets of bots fall offline.

We are sorry if your bots were offline today. Everything is running smoothly now!

P.S. We are going to completely replace the second, unreliable server tomorrow. All bots are expected to stay online during the migration.

Cyber Monday Special Discount

The Thanksgiving Sales hit a record this year, both in Amazon.com and SmartBots Bots Store! The Cyber Monday is coming, so we have something special prepared for you again.

The CYBERDAY20OFF coupon grants you 20% discount off all the items that you can purchase in SmartBots Bots Store. Hurry up! It’s going to be active only for 7 days after the Cyber Monday. This in in addition to our previous coupon, which is still alive.

Thank you for choosing SmartBots!

(psst!.. yes, you! we strongly advise to try our new refined Local Chat add-on! The coupon is LETSEEWHATSINCHAT)

Linden Lab Update for International Card Users

Second Life

Today we’ve stumbled on an update from Linden Lab, we think it’s important for you to know as well:

According to Linden Lab, due to several changes within their International Billing system, every Resident outside of United States must update their payment method information via Second Life accounts. Doing so now will prevent disruptions in your L$ transactions such as marketplace purchases, vendors, land payments, recurring transactions, etc.

More details about the following update is available on Second Life official blog

 

Bots Playground updates

Second Life bots programming in JavascriptThis is a repost of a recent DevPortal post. It turned out that lot of SmartBots developers missed that post, so I decided to repeat it here once more.

The Bots Playground has been updated with the following improvements:

  • Scripts now restart automatically
    This is the most important update which relaunches your scripts if Playground server gets restarted.
  • Page controls got refined for 1378×768 screen resolution
    This is the most popular resolution for compact laptops, so we refined page controls: script rename/remove links has been changes; long script names are properly displayed now.
  • Scripts list is now sorted by name
  • Reference links to Playground Commands and Events have been added.

Finally, two new commands are available:

We welcome all developers to try Playgrounds and discuss it in DevPortal forum!