Logging Into Second Life From a Plane -- Metaverse at 30,000 Feet!
My friend Dave Zeeman was flying home from the East Coast recently, and since he was on a Virgin Air flight which has wireless Internet, and since he's been in Second Life longer than me, I challenged him to log into SL from 30,000 feet. Above you see what the metaverse is like, as seen from high above West Virginia. But while it is possible to log into Second Life from a jetliner (and presumably World of Warcraft and other MMOs), as you might imagine, it's not exactly an optimal connection:
"You can log in, see immediate surroundings, then nothing will load past that," Dave told me in mid-air. (We were communicating via Facebook instant message, so at least we know that works.) "It's some weird QoS throttle on their airplane router."
Dave then tried logging into Second Life using the new cloud deployment system, but no go there:
"I got a page from the Internet provider on the plane saying it refuses to load that," Dave reported, laughing, possibly with a touch of pride. He thinks Virgin's net connection may not generally play nice with streaming: "[O]ther streaming services also kinda spurt and crap out, including YouTube, Ventrilo, and Skype." He tried downloading the Pocket Metaverse iPhone app, but that proved impossible, so tentatively, we know you can't access SL that way on Virgin, or for that matter, download iPhone apps.
All in all, however, a pretty excellent first attempt. Dave tells me Virgin is giving away free wireless for December, so if you're flying during the remainder of this month, maybe you can try this out yourself. If you succeed more surely than Dave, please send pics!