We’re Back!

I’m back… again! I had to block out some time in order to update a lot of my products to a new system since HippoTech had server issues and basically the entire back end of Union Micro disappeared.

I’ve spent the last weekend updating mainly my gen2 elevators and a couple other of my recent products to work with CasperUpdate. This also means I’ve started using CasperVend.

What does this mean for you? Not much unless you’re looking for product updates. All SL Marketplace purchases have been imported into CasperVend, so you can use any CasperVend vendor to get your products redelivered (touch a vendor and choose redeliver from the menu). I’ve also updated the Union Micro Affiliate Kit with the new vendors so feel free to use those for purchases and re-deliveries as well.

Your current products will no longer update as there’s no longer a server to request updates from (see HippoTech blog linked above). You MUST acquire a newer version either via automated re-delivery or by contacting me for a new version. This is a pain, but these are the cards we were dealt!

If you’ve purchased your items in-world before March 25th, 2018, your updates will need to be manually delivered as records of these sales are gone. Just contact me (Stylez Gomez) in-world and I’ll try and help you out. You may be requested to rez a copy of your product as proof. After receiving the new version, they will auto-update via CasperUpdate.

These are the products that currently support CasperUpdate :

  • All gen2 elevator products
  • Affiliate Kit
  • Escalator Kit
  • SpeakTech

One of my next steps may be to re-establish a store in-world but I’m still not sure about that yet, so stay tuned.

 

Elevator Update 2.6.2 Available

March 24, 2018

Replaced update system in shipping crates with CasperUpdate due to the closure of HippoTech. This also means that if you’ve purchased your elevator (or many other Union Micro products) in-world before March 24, 2018, you will not be able to automatically check for and receive updates as your current crates are trying to check HippoUpdate for updates which is now offline. You’ll have to contact Stylez Gomez to arrange for a manual update. I’ll post more info on Twitter (@UnionMicro) or UnionMicro.net when I have an update path for manual updates.

No elevator functionality was changed. I don’t foresee any more gen2 updates coming but I want to be ready in-case a change in SL breaks something and I have to push out an update.


February 2, 2014

  • Updated script package to 2.6.2:
    • Added a new disk to the package that contains a set of experimental scripts (2.6.2e).
      • These scripts should be considered EXPERIMENTAL and although they have been tested it’s impossible for us to test under all possible scenarios. It’s suggested that you rez a fresh elevator system and test it yourself before using it on a production system.
      • Our mesh testing was limited but successful. If you’d like to create a mesh elevator you will have to use the panel and buttons from an existing non-mesh default elevator. Gen2 is designed for use with buttons being separate prims (although you can make each button a mesh if you want). Gen3 will be more efficient with the call panel.
      • Converted the movement engine of elevator car to the engine that will be used in our Gen3 elevators.
        • Movement is now animation based and not physics based.
        • Allows for the usage of mesh objects.
        • No gaps required around the elevator car anymore.
        • Smoother and more reliable movement.
      • Removed much code from _car_main used for keeping the physics engine in check.
      • Added notecard options to allow the end-user to control the physics shape of the root and child prims (see below). Most users should not need to use these options.
  • “Vanilla” scripts updated to facilitate going back and forth from experimental to vanilla scripts.
    • Vanilla scripts are considered to be the normal scripts which use the older physics based movement (the engine which all of our elevators used up until this point).
    • Scripts will set all prims in the object to PRIM_PHYSICS_SHAPE_PRIM. If you somehow have a mesh working with 2.6.1 then don’t update to vanilla 2.6.2 (use experimental scripts instead).

Main Store Closed

Due to lack of time, interest, and motivation I’ve decided to close the main store. Union Micro has existed in Second Life in some form or another since 2004 but over the last couple years has become stagnant.

Union Micro itself has not closed, just the main store (basically the only in-world presence). I’ve moved my vendor servers to another location as well us all product update servers so they will continue to function. Products will be able to be purchased via the SL Marketplace and in-world affiliate vendors run by third-parties. Affiliate vendors can be purchased for L$1 on the SL Marketplace.

Any builders that have affiliate vendors for Elevator Unlockers should continue to function, but if you’re sending your clients to our shop to buy an Unlocker you’ll have to either put up an affiliate or direct them to the SL Marketplace. I believe there is an affiliate vendor included with the Builder’s Script Pack.

I will continue to provide critical updates to the gen 2 elevators for the foreseeable future but they’re in general very stable as long as Linden Lab doesn’t do anything drastic to the simulators.

Technical support is now only provided via the in-world “Union Micro Support” group and the GetSatisfaction website (choose Customer Service under the Support menu at the top of this website).

Union Micro may return some day with an official in-world store but at this moment I’m holding out hope for Second Life 2.0 for our return.

I’ll create a section on this site or update this post with links to in-world affiliates where you can purchase products in-world and see product demos. If there’s nothing on this page, there’s likely no affiliates to list.

Thank you all for making Union Micro what it is for the past ten years.

Sliding Doors Update and Website Tweaks

I’ve done a few tweaks to the Automatic Sliding Door product. The chat commands in the sensor now use the doorChannel variable as was originally intended, channels are now negative by default, and doors will only listen to sensors owned by the same owner. Since there’s no auto update feature in this product and it’s basically a freebie I’ve included it with the group notice sent earlier today! If you’re not in the group you can request an update from the delivery terminal at Union Micro or join the group at open the past notices and get the update there. Please don’t IM me asking for updates as that would be overwhelming.

I’ve also added a Get Satisfaction widget to our customer support section of the website. This allows you to post and view support requests without leaving this site via your free Get Satisfaction account. Apologies to anyone who posted questions there recently that went unanswered – I think the email notifications were getting filtered into my spam so I just figured no one was posting any questions.

Our comments are now powered by Disqus so you can comment on posts here as long as you have a Disqus account (you should get one because a lot of sites now use this system).

Renovations

Union Micro is currently undergoing some changes at our main store. We’re trimming the fat and downsizing to a more manageable and cost-effective shop. While we renovate there will be temporary vendors set up by the landing point that you may use to purchase our products.

Our poster vendors will be replaced with multi-item vendors to save some space and our physical demos will mostly be removed.

If you have an affiliate location with demos of our products feel free to submit a landmark and brief description to Stylez Gomez as we’ll probably put up a list of affiliates somewhere at the shop and here on our website.

We’d like to thank Lionheart Virtual Estate for accommodating our changes and to Timothy Harlow for working on a new building for us!

Direct Delivery & Pruning

Over the last couple of days I’ve migrated all of my products on the Second Life Marketplace from using magic boxes to direct delivery. What does this mean for you? Well, hopefully faster and more reliable purchase deliveries.

Also, I’m planning on pruning a lot of my products. Basically I have a lot of very old products that do not sell anymore because, well, they’re old. So I’m considering just removing them and perhaps dumping them in an unsupported freebie box. Things like my old dance floor, club lighting, animation director, etc will be cut to clear room for some fresh products. Also, when the gen3 elevator gets released I will likely be demoting gen1 to a freebie and gen2 to the current gen1 pricing point.

November SITREP

It’s been a good while since I posted on here so I think it’s time for a little SITREP (situation report).

As you’re all aware it’s been a LONG time since Union Micro has seen any sort of activity and I’m hoping to slowly change that. Where have I been? Well, I basically took a long break from Second Life. I lost interest in it for a while but lately I’ve been feeling more and more like I want to script something.

First of all, I’m still considering (strongly considering) starting on a Gen 3 elevator. Gen 2 are great elevators but as Second Life has evolved lately they’re starting to show their age. The biggest problem is that (from what I hear) Gen 2 elevators do not like anything to do with mesh. I’m assuming it’s an issue with bounding boxes and the car’s physics engine really likes a neat and tidy travel path. So with that, I’m looking to redo the physics on Gen 3 to be better. This does leave Gen 2 in an awkward spot where they’re possibly somewhat broken with mesh, but I’m not sure as I don’t have the means of testing this (so please IM me in world with any insight). Unfortunately gutting the physics engine is not feasible on the current Gen 2 as it requires a large rewrite so that’s why this will be a Gen 3 project.

If you’re a current Gen 2 owner and just got your undies in a bunch at the thought of having to buy a new elevator, there will be introductory discounts for upgrades as usual. How much of a discount remains to be seen.

IN B4 “OMG UR MAKING ME BUY ANOTHER ELEVATOR?! WTF OMG?!” I get this complaint a lot so I’m going to nip it in the bud right here. I like to use Microsoft Windows as an example when I explain this. When (theoretically) you updated from Windows XP to Windows Vista or Windows 7, did you expect to get that upgrade for free? What about from Office 2007 to Office 2010? What about if you upgrade from OS X Snow Leopard to Lion? These are all considered separate products that require you to buy the new product or a discounted upgrade.

Basically, each generation of elevator is a new product. If I was still updating generation one elevators for free I would’ve went out of business a long time ago and you’d have nothing anymore.

I’d also like to do something other than elevators and I’ve had another skunkworks project on the back burner for a long, long time that I’m hoping to continue work on. I can’t say anything about it here but anyone who’s followed Union Micro for a long time may have an idea of what it is. This is one of those projects that I consider a massive undertaking and may never see the light of day unfortunately.

Anyway, that’s all for now! Don’t expect to see anything in the immediate future as I have a lot of work to do and not a single line of code has been written on any generation 3 elevators. Also, if you have any specific feature requests make sure to get them to me as soon as possible so they can be integrated from the start.