What’s taking so long? Why can’t you open NOW? Why do I have to p…

Good evening.

Soo, this is what’s up.

As you all know, the reason we can “re-open” There is because we moved from our own, dedicated servers, to servers “in the Cloud”, courtesy of Amazon AWS.

Thanks to the hard work of Bruce and SamSyn, that’s been relatively seamless.

However (and this is a bit geeky) one big difference is that the servers “inside addresses” (the ones we see) are different from their “outside addresses” (the ones you see). This is different from the “old There”, where these addresses were all the same. This is not something we can change.

This is good, because it’s a touch more security, but it’s bad because the There software maintains lots of network connections with the client, and it’s “used” to everything being the same.

So that’s what we’re fixing, and why the GPs can’t see their buddy lists, or assets – we can’t get the wiring completed yet.

This isn’t a big deal, and we’re fixing the places where’s it broken bit by bit. Hopefully the next fix will be the “last one” and we can move forward.

P.S. This didn’t show up in our testing because we test over a VPN.

  1. #1 by Barbie Doll on 2011.07.21 - 10:53 am

    Its soooo grawesome not to see “There is closed” when you go to the website! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. #2 by Kendra (LilGrayFuzz) on 2011.07.19 - 10:09 pm

    When can we download StyleMaker and Previewer again?

  3. #3 by mmeodiles on 2011.07.18 - 4:45 pm

    OK MW ………. There seems to be a riot started over on FB … ‘ The Thereian Community’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThereianCommunity?id=186908661368212

    You see…people on FaceBook are talking about the fact it looks like you can sign up to THERE…so maybe something in your updates should be clarified so the people don’t keep trying to sign up… or endlessly ask..Does that mean THERE is now open for signup?

    • #4 by Seg_Vio on 2011.07.18 - 7:50 pm

      “The bigger the lie…The more likely people will believe it.”
      This quote came from a horrible person. (Adolph Hitler)
      But it is very true.

  4. #5 by Scott Balk on 2011.07.18 - 3:35 pm

  5. #6 by Amxscott on 2011.07.18 - 3:30 pm

    WOW lots of changes to the web site and the video is cool. Looks like we are getting closer and closer to being back in world.
    Thanks MW and Staff for all your hard work.

  6. #7 by Brido on 2011.07.18 - 3:27 pm

    Loved the advertisement video on the home page Michael Wilson but where were you in the video bro! ๐Ÿ˜›

    One asks…Is Michael Wilson camera shy :O

  7. #8 by Justin Dion on 2011.07.18 - 3:13 pm

    when will be able to retrieve our old accounts. My avatar’s name was Justincase90

  8. #9 by mmeodiles on 2011.07.18 - 3:11 pm

    OK MW ………. There seems to be a riot started over on FB … ‘ The Thereian Community’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThereianCommunity?id=186908661368212

  9. #10 by Justin Dion on 2011.07.18 - 2:58 pm

    I cant wait for There to be finally open. I will enjoy hanging out with my friends.

  10. #11 by Zandarkei on 2011.07.18 - 2:57 pm

    I know the free basic membership is going away, but I would hope there will be a short time trial membership to get more people to join. more people = more revenue = more stuff later…I hope.

  11. #12 by satarell on 2011.07.18 - 2:54 pm

    :O page has log in so hard not to try hand moving towards mouse lol ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. #13 by spike on 2011.07.18 - 2:13 pm

    There.com has the login button now.. wow this is really coming together! i’m ready! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • #14 by Jordan on 2011.07.18 - 3:19 pm

      With you on that Spike!

  13. #15 by ForTehLulz. on 2011.07.18 - 1:22 pm

    http://Www.there.com has been down because it’s obvious now; Makena have been updating!
    Everybody go to http://www.there.com , it’s all updated!!

  14. #16 by andy3003 on 2011.07.18 - 12:59 pm

    not just you …..i had the same page as that for a very short time too

  15. #17 by James White on 2011.07.18 - 12:44 pm

    still waiting…

  16. #18 by Diatribe on 2011.07.18 - 12:35 pm

    Is it just me or did the There.com site change and now has the option to create an avatar?

    • #19 by Jordy26 on 2011.07.18 - 12:46 pm

      I see it too! However as much as im tempted i’ll restrain from attempting to register or anything incase it messes something up while they work.


    • #20 by Zandarkei on 2011.07.18 - 1:06 pm

      it’s just you…but yes

    • #21 by GaryBob on 2011.07.18 - 1:25 pm

      Definitely not just you! It seems as though “www.there.com” was up again (as opposed to “there.com” which has been open but is little more than a splash screen). There was indeed an avatar creation feature and if you typed in a name it would say: “We are currently only accepting members by invitation, sorry.” Interestingly, if you typed in one of the guinea pig names it would inform you that the name was already taken…

      I’m going to take that as a good omen ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #22 by oosnowangeloo69 on 2011.07.18 - 1:25 pm

      Ohhhh yes Diatribe, I had the same thing! Lol I will get into trouble now because I tried to log in he he. Woohoo not long now, Michael must be working around the clock to get it re-opened ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #23 by Kattwomann on 2011.07.18 - 1:31 pm

      It sure did but it tells you it’s by invite only. Of course I tried logging in and creating an avy. Did I lose out on winning my 100tb? lol

    • #24 by NoBioN on 2011.07.18 - 1:33 pm

      It is not you ;).

      But its not how its gonna look i bet, It says “free basic membership” and tells you its only on a invitation basis currently, besides no links in the bottom currently works :D. but sure does looks like we are getting close lol :D.

      Im waiting to hear the news on the issue with no terrain and stuff, if it has been resolved, from there it might go fast ๐Ÿ˜€

    • #25 by mushh on 2011.07.18 - 1:45 pm

      Not only create an av, but log in with your old av. I’m afraid to try it. Don’t wana get banned for trying before invited.

    • #26 by jimony on 2011.07.18 - 2:00 pm

      It does appear that way, at least for the time being. I imagine they are working on getting it ready. I would suggest waiting for the “All Clear” signal before messing with it. Trying to be first to get in may get you in last at best.

    • #27 by Mark B. on 2011.07.18 - 2:03 pm

      Must be for the GP’s… I don’t think you’ll have the option to actually login or anything like that just yet. It doesn’t actually let you create an avatar or anything.

    • #28 by Sassybeme There on 2011.07.18 - 2:08 pm

      How cute huh? Can log into developer site or There Central. I’m so tempted to try LOL. What could happen? Either I have password wrong and get myself locked out for a bit. Or banned for life for trying LOL.
      Wilson you are such a tease!

      Can I log in?!?!

    • #29 by Beta2003 on 2011.07.18 - 2:21 pm

      I see it too! Now, the real question.. It still shows ‘basic membership is free’ which means the page is at least out of date.

      I’ll wait for something slightly more of a ‘tu then what could just be “fixing the DNS issue affecting the GP’s”.

      I can’t wait for a long moment of Zen in Enoki Hollow before Jumping to Avie Sacrifices!

      I wonder if vehicles will be a necessity until we can get a jump platform out and Sacrifices may be a great test of the could hosts! ๐Ÿ™‚

      May Clucky bestow many golden orbs to the Makena Team! Are those redeemable for Big Gulps?

      • #30 by xSnoopy on 2011.07.18 - 3:04 pm

        Hey you guys,
        Looks like Michael and company have been busy getting ready to open!
        I will prolly go to the back of the line. I tried to log xSnoopy on but got a message that it is “by invitation only”.
        Love what you did to the place Michael! Nice touches all around!
        Now I’m REALLY ready ๐Ÿ™‚ Open the damn doors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. #31 by Zandarkei on 2011.07.18 - 11:33 am

    Hey MW…an hour ago I checked something that was not working. Does this mean we are close to coming back home? I mean like maybe this weekend?

  18. #32 by Barbie Doll on 2011.07.18 - 11:33 am

    That little video is 2 cute. But you know its gonna show up somewhere else on the internet with about 5 pages of comments of people complaining about There2’s graphics LOL

  19. #33 by Zandarkei on 2011.07.18 - 9:12 am

    #141 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.18 – 8:08 am

    No, those invites are coming from our office in Nigeria, and are usually couched in offers to help people get money out of accounts belonging to corrupt government officials. Just send all of your information to them, and youโ€™lll qualify for the next step.

    Oh Great! I reported those links as spam….:(

  20. #34 by JosephPaul on 2011.07.18 - 8:01 am

    Wow! We are getting closer and closer to going home! It is sure an emotional roller coaster ride, but one well worth it in the end. Thank you MW for allowing us to take part in the adventure via your blog. I know that I for one appreciate There, and everything going on behind the scenes more than ever after this.



  21. #35 by Dusky Rose on 2011.07.18 - 4:08 am

    Getting an invite to beta test There.com is like a homely teenager waiting by the phone for that invite to the prom. I know there is no chance yet I check my email several time a day with great hope. ……she sinks deaper in her overstuffed chair, crosses her arms and sighs….

    • #36 by jimony on 2011.07.18 - 7:56 am

      I’ve even been checking my junk mail folder for the e-vite.

      Hey MW! Is there any chance your invitation to be one of the next set of GPs might be under the subject Cruise_/Deals or Lower Car Insurance Offers?

      • #37 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.18 - 8:08 am

        No, those invites are coming from our office in Nigeria, and are usually couched in offers to help people get money out of accounts belonging to corrupt government officials. Just send all of your information to them, and you’lll qualify for the next step.

      • #38 by puddlefish on 2011.07.18 - 9:15 am


      • #39 by mimi06 on 2011.07.18 - 10:12 am

        rofl.. again coffee and this blog don’t go well together for me.. coffee and keyboard rofl………what a hoot.

        Back to my CORNER……….

      • #40 by jimony on 2011.07.18 - 11:09 am

        Darn it! I actually got one of those and threw it away!

      • #41 by Lady Tigrane on 2011.07.18 - 3:24 pm

        *pictures coffee commin outa Mimi’s nose*


  22. #42 by martin71 on 2011.07.18 - 3:13 am

    great news for the update but i still can not get on there.com website

    • #43 by Jordan on 2011.07.18 - 7:47 am

      Try just “There.com” no WWW. in front of it.

  23. #44 by Nancy Russell on 2011.07.17 - 4:32 pm

    A real story of life imitating art ala Oscar Wilde…..I missed my virtual dog so much that I adopted a real dog a few months ago. Now I’ll have two dogs! Lucky me.

    Can’t wait. Thank you for returning our world.

  24. #45 by Will Scherber on 2011.07.17 - 3:46 pm

    Hey Michael,

    I was wondering…. Since VLB is closed is there any chance that we can get the accessories from that game ie. ear rings for the girls brought over to there.com? some of the things that vlb had were really nice and they are already created for the game just not there.com…

    Just wondering.


    P.S. i’m not saying these need to be in game right now but maybe something we can think about?

  25. #47 by Robert Porter on 2011.07.17 - 10:15 am

    Dear MW,

    I have a question about rent.

    Will there be an option for direct bank drafts (via debit, credit, etc) for rental property if the amount of therebucks are not present?
    This would be a great feature for those wishing to keep paz’s etc up for others while they are away for longer periods of time. It could be a separate contractual agreement, optional or not for rental properties.

  26. #48 by Keiki Hula Stacy Weigle on 2011.07.17 - 8:23 am

    Thanks for all your hard work! I have no doubt that THERE will rock it better than ever ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. #49 by MattDillon2005 on 2011.07.17 - 7:54 am

    I like There because the cars and buggies act like real ones and the world is a continuous globe,hop in a buggy start driving and a week later be back where you started or build a ramp 200 meters long and go for a fly,YEEHAW.Always wanted to do the impossible,build a road long enough to hit 600 kph with a coop then hit a ramp long enough to get enough air to clear avie sacrifice or build a ramp tall enough to clear avie sacrifice from the ocean and have francis7 film it for posterity,I think of ludicrous things when exhausted.

  28. #50 by Deleight on 2011.07.17 - 7:01 am

    Someone who says he is Vash is posting in a facebook group: looks highly suspicious to me… I don’t think it’s the real vash… here’s what he’s saying… giving a web archive link to the old There installer ‘sigh:

    hi every one mw ok me to do this…i was the 4th gp..a secret gp!!! well here the scoop we have decided to give in to the demands and post the download links for the client..it wont work for some of you yet but here the ‘http://web.archive.org/web/200โ€‹60207014534/http://downloads.pโ€‹rod.there.com//download/instalโ€‹l_there.exe?app=install_there.โ€‹exe’;..enjoy the download..it wont work fully as yet

    also if u have and enquires or thoughts we have open a email support you can contact us at….register-confirm@there.iโ€‹nc..

    thank you for your time hope to see you in there!!!!! vash…


    • #51 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.17 - 8:44 am

      I’s not Vash. Vash doesn’t even work for Makena any more. I heard a rumor the folks at YowNow were begging him to come on board as their new CEO, but I’m sure that’s just a rumor.

      • #52 by Karmapup on 2011.07.17 - 11:32 am

        Yeah, well, I reported him to Facebook for pretending to be someone else. Probably, nothing will come of it, but it made me feel better! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • #53 by Deleight on 2011.07.17 - 11:36 am

        I was pretty sure it wasn’t Vash… my suspicions were even more cemented after they posted a screenshot of their avatar… which showed the name tag (wrong color) and the C in Community was lowercase… and the avatar was female lol… the group owner removed the posting and the imposter

      • #54 by HighFlier on 2011.07.17 - 12:00 pm

        O, I thought this was his new project โžก http://youtu.be/GGhExssWyE0

        ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Never hurts to have a little Smilie Support – http://en.support.wordpress.com/smilies/

      • #55 by Deleight on 2011.07.17 - 2:11 pm

        rofl @HighFlier

      • #56 by studlythere on 2011.07.17 - 4:16 pm

        Two things wrong with that post, email address is incorrect and also i

      • #57 by JasonMK on 2011.07.18 - 10:16 am

        That is an awful lot of work for someone to go through for such a targeted group of people. Which other virtual world stands to lose out the most by There2 opening? I’m not accusing anyone, just curious. Seems odd…

    • #58 by jerzeesweetheart on 2011.07.17 - 8:46 am

      Thats weird. I don’t think i’d download anything until MW tells us to. With my luck it’d be a horrible virus and would destroy my whole computer and I wouldn’t be able to ever play there…oh no ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Hope MW addresses this.

      • #59 by jerzeesweetheart on 2011.07.17 - 8:47 am

        wow…i didn’t see MW’s post before ๐Ÿ™‚ lol…….

  29. #60 by Skydraggon on 2011.07.17 - 5:23 am


    When will There Stylemaker and Previewer be coming out again? I Would like to start Designing again.

    • #61 by Vexity on 2011.07.17 - 8:25 am

      would like to know this too please ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #62 by Karmapup on 2011.07.17 - 11:38 am

      I too was curious about the developer tools. Should we expect those to be released when the 3d world is opened or is that a whole other beast that must be tackled after the 3d world is up and running. I apologize if this topic has already been covered, I try to keep up on the blog but I am certain to miss things from time to time. -Thanks

    • #63 by Seg_Vio on 2011.07.18 - 3:06 pm

      Somehow I doubt it will be implemented instantly after the world opens, after reading the Q&A on the There site it states:

      “Yes, Thereโ€™s brand security management system protects companiesโ€™ brands by managing every aspect of distribution in-world. Any content submissions that infringe on an organizationโ€™s or individualโ€™s intellectual property or brand are rejected outright by our Submissions Team. And once pre-approved branded items are in-world, no one can make digital copies, which gives companies complete control over the sale and distribution of their content.”

      Which means that they will need a decent team to research each submission. I could be wrong, I would think if they did allow it once the world is re-opened that at the very least the submissions would take longer to pass inspection.

  30. #64 by Taelos Katran on 2011.07.17 - 5:20 am

    OMG! I got bit by the VPN “bug” doing client work. Yea even after pushing the VW out to the production server we were all testing on a VPN for security purposes. ‘doh And that my friends is what GP’s are for! Think of it as “alpha” testing. What a pain for you guys however. Hope you don’t have to re-write much stuff to work around the IP addy assumptions in existing code. Good luck.

  31. #65 by Shelley on 2011.07.17 - 12:32 am

    It’s edging closer and closer, and so is the anticipation!
    If you’re interested, there’s a great forum up and running by Jordy26. I will post the url below. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. #66 by Emimixchoco on 2011.07.16 - 10:29 pm

    Hehe , i’m so happy =D can’t wait for it ^.^ .. and there’s some people said that they want more graphics .. for me i just want there.com the way it was before , because a lot of other 3D games that i’ve played before when they changed the graphics it becames so silly … and there.com graphics is unique ^__^ .. AJA AJA FIGHTIING !

  33. #67 by TreGhost on 2011.07.16 - 6:13 pm

    We’re all on some mediocre 3d site, or maybe even 2-3 of them. Why don’t we all show MW support and bring at least 5 people with us? I got about 20-30 coming with me already. All it takes to sell them is telling them how you can move around in the world, the vehicles, games, and paintball. I think I got a few new people more excited about it than me and I’ve been lol.

    • #68 by MrScrooge on 2011.07.17 - 5:18 am

      Good idea

    • #69 by Charles Davis on 2011.07.17 - 8:32 am

      Don’t for get voice chat, pets, and card games. oh and user choice in world music. i am with you. I have 3 new ppl i am bringing with me. Even thinking about getting a 2nd account so my friends can try it risk free. think of naming him Bipolar…lol

    • #70 by JosephPaul on 2011.07.18 - 8:19 am

      That shouldn’t be hard considering we all know the frustration of alternate worlds with their inferiority to There when it comes to the variety and quality of entertainment. Just telling people there is more to virtual life than rearranging furniture or changing outfits will get many to give There a try. Let’s face it, I’m playing one heavily right now that limits you to diving a car around and nothing else, geez I really need a good dose of There.



  34. #71 by DivaAZ on 2011.07.16 - 5:59 pm

    Sooooo close! Can you use an intermediary like ezproxy? Good luck!!

  35. #72 by JasonMK on 2011.07.16 - 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the update, and I’m sure other “issues” will arise and we are confident you’ll be able to tackle them all. You know we are all behind you and the team and enjoy the updates.

  36. #73 by Seg_Vio on 2011.07.16 - 5:05 pm

    If the theory of relativity is correct, I’m going to fly with the earths rotation fast enough and enough times so I can get a head start on everyone else! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Also if Michael Wilson, SamSyn and Bruce did the same, they woulden’t have to hear me ask the annoying question once again…Are we There yet!?! ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. Ya the guy in the video is slightly annoying…I could not find the video I watched months ago that I wanted to use.

    • #74 by HighFlier on 2011.07.17 - 5:26 am

      ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Yea another project theory could be to see how many pizza’s and McDonald’s sandwiches or big Slurpee Gulps we all have consumed while waiting. My guilty pleasure has been White Castles (gut burgers) http://www.whitecastle.com/food/menu in the past few months. I’v chalked down a Subway or two too. This might be a great market for someone to pitch snickers bars or slices of pizza. I’v eaten a few Haagen-Dazs ice cream bars while reading this blog. Shame on me. Maybe imvu could photochop some big baked pretzels or pizza slices into the hands of their barbie street walkers which Iv noticed this week are even laying down sideways on top of my youtube screen ๐Ÿ™„ . Even the guinea’s are snacking while they wait to invade. ๐Ÿ™„

      โžก http://youtu.be/tjuLb7CRADk

  37. #75 by Brett Peake on 2011.07.16 - 4:48 pm

    I dont know how to express my feelings about THERE. It was a big part of my life & so many other people that i know from different backgrounds from all over the world. I always rember having Bad days at work ready to explode & thinking calm down you will be home soon playing there, with nice avies that are always up for a nice chat ready to make you relax.To Michael, SamSyn, and Bruce what top job you are all doing, i know it must be very sressful work. SO THANK YOU ALL ๐Ÿ™‚ PS.. i HAVE NEVER LOOKED SO FAWARD TO GETTING HIT IN THE BACK OF HEAD BY A PAINTBALL!!

  38. #76 by softNdark on 2011.07.16 - 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the Wonderful UPDATE….. Thanks for your hard work Michael, Samsyn and Bruce. I know it’s a labor of Love.

    “Can’t wait to be in There, chillin’ with my dogs.”
    (under the deck, listening to the ocean)

  39. #77 by Raymond on 2011.07.16 - 3:52 pm

    The time is narrowing down i cant wait!!!!! Good luck with all of your work MW!

  40. #78 by Lindsay on 2011.07.16 - 3:29 pm

    MW, will we still have patches available for us to use such as the hair patch? Would they be compatible with the new client…or is it too soon to tell? Thanks.

  41. #82 by Buddy on 2011.07.16 - 2:50 pm

    Geeky but easy to understand. Xxoo to all

  42. #83 by Jennifer Rickenbacker on 2011.07.16 - 2:41 pm

    Very good news.

  43. #84 by Koala Thereian on 2011.07.16 - 2:28 pm

    The wait can drive you nut’s waiting to get back on there.com, But the best things come to the ones who what even if waiting is hard to do.

  44. #85 by markala on 2011.07.16 - 1:51 pm

    were getting better and good news all the time TY MW, SAMSYN AND BRUCE

  45. #86 by Glenda Rathbone on 2011.07.16 - 1:34 pm

    Thank you for giving us updates!

  46. #87 by Jordy26 on 2011.07.16 - 1:22 pm

    I look forward to it being weekdays now because then I know its likely that, Michael, Bruce and SamSyn are working away getting closer to re-opening There! ๐Ÿ™‚

    However they very much deserve a great weekend each week after all their work. Thanks guys!

    Forum for old & new There members – http://www.here4there.com

  47. #88 by hugsalot on 2011.07.16 - 11:33 am

    That makes sense. It’s like being behind a NAT router, so you need to forward connections where needed, and if you’re load-balancing that’s another issue too. I guess this means we will need an updated there-client to work with the new network topology?

  48. #89 by karenannafromthere on 2011.07.16 - 10:55 am

    I’m bringing friends with me from another virtual world! Can’t wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #90 by Jordan on 2011.07.16 - 1:28 pm

      That’s great news Karen! ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. #91 by coolnet on 2011.07.16 - 10:51 am

    Thank you for the update. The old saying goes “slow and steady will win the race”. Taking one day at a time in order to make sure that things are going smoothly.

  50. #92 by Jordan on 2011.07.16 - 10:50 am

    Well. I wiped my computer last night for There. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gotta wait now. ๐Ÿ˜€

  51. #93 by Stephen Donaghey (Stevo127) on 2011.07.16 - 10:37 am

    Nice to see that it’s getting close. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thank you so much for opening up again, and if you need any voluntary work done in the moderation areas, i would be happy to help, i am sure many people would do the same.

  52. #94 by leofwen on 2011.07.16 - 10:33 am

    Thanks for the update!!

  53. #95 by GreenAngel on 2011.07.16 - 10:18 am

    Thank you for the daily update MW, I feel that we are getting closer to getting back home and to celebrate my home coming, I am going to jump off Avie Sacrafice. Yeah ๐Ÿ™‚ Always a Thereian because SL sucks ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  54. #96 by Andy on 2011.07.16 - 10:17 am

    you guys are doing an awesome job!!! …..cant wait to be back “home” again

  55. #97 by DrChisel on 2011.07.16 - 10:08 am

    Yes. Keep moving forward.

  56. #98 by Reo on 2011.07.16 - 8:57 am

    If you are able to eliminate the nightly downtime, that would be awesome. People in my timezone always got the worst of that.

    • #99 by hugsalot on 2011.07.16 - 11:35 am

      Yeah that early morning downtime needed to away years ago. Hopefully with it’s streamlined database this will be a thing of the past. Back in the beta days, the “down time” would last some where around 12 hours.

  57. #100 by Drew on 2011.07.16 - 8:50 am

    Sounds like good news! Excited to be a part of There2’s community. Thanks, MW and the rest of the team.

  58. #101 by Carol G on 2011.07.16 - 8:34 am

    Sounds like when it is done we will all be in Cloud nine and have our head in the clouds!! and…

    • #102 by Charles Davis on 2011.07.16 - 9:09 am

      Can’t wait to get my head in the clouds. This is the most thrilling update so far. Can’t wait. Thanks MW!

      • #103 by hugsalot on 2011.07.16 - 11:36 am

        Ow! where are the pun police?

  59. #104 by PITT on 2011.07.16 - 8:32 am

    I wonder wat happened to cownow

  60. #106 by Evelyn Ross on 2011.07.16 - 8:28 am

    Thank you for update. ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. #107 by migman on 2011.07.16 - 8:06 am

    This all sounds so good,cant wait to get back.

  62. #108 by kendrick on 2011.07.16 - 7:57 am

    That cool…. so i take it that you might be ready to reopen next mouth.

  63. #109 by Stephanie on 2011.07.16 - 7:32 am

    So only one GP has come forward? Anymore that iv’e missed?

    • #110 by Chagall on 2011.07.16 - 3:19 pm

      Studly and Orielle are the only two to come forward, so far.

      • #111 by SaltySilver on 2011.07.17 - 8:20 am

        Studly GP1, Shivaki GP2 and Orielle GP3

  64. #112 by SunnyMusic on 2011.07.16 - 7:27 am

    So appreciate all your efforts. I cannot get over such dedication and determination to see our Beloved There opened again. Ty Ty Ty!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  65. #113 by jamt on 2011.07.16 - 6:44 am

    LoL! We love our GPs! Thanks guys! Ohhh and ty MW! Another step closer! Hugs jamt :))))

  66. #114 by qweasdzxc979 on 2011.07.16 - 6:41 am

    TAGAS TO…. wow i forgot every car brand except taga
    and zach c cause he came to my sale and bought stuff and gave me a free car cause i was so easy to work with

    • #115 by softNdark on 2011.07.16 - 4:12 pm

      Hey I remember having a car on order with you when “there” closed!!!! I will be getting that New Car…!!! Just not sure when, but it will be from you. I’ll make sure to find you, OK

  67. #116 by jakejackson on 2011.07.16 - 6:35 am

    Nothing can stop this excitement train, full steam ahead!

  68. #117 by Robert on 2011.07.16 - 6:31 am

    Mr.Wilson. I know you can do it. So good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. #118 by Innie on 2011.07.16 - 6:16 am

    Shoot, and now Glitch is closed, too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Oh well, going Geocaching tonight. Mike, do you ever geocache?

  70. #119 by Aristoteles on 2011.07.16 - 6:12 am

    Keep up ze good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. #120 by NoBioN on 2011.07.16 - 5:38 am

    It might be geeky. But you explained it pretty well :-).

    You know the issue and how to fix it. Thats great! Only waiting time left :-).

    Not sure this will be answered. But what work is required extra compared to there IM in order to open the world itself? I assume also the reason to open there IM first is to keep things low in order for more ressources to deal with account restoration ? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #121 by madhattermemphis on 2011.07.16 - 1:46 pm

      the biggest things i could see needing to be done before the 3d client can be opened is getting all the textures remapped correctly.and making sure all the islands are where they are supposed to be so bookmarks work properly.i remember i took a year or so long break once.came back went to teleport to a favorite place saved in my bookmarks that was on land when i was last in world.and i ended up out in the ocean.seems there was a little bit continental drift lol.i could be wrong though.but i do believe those would be couple of the big issues.if anybody knows better feel free to correct me.

  72. #122 by VM on 2011.07.16 - 5:32 am

    Thanks for the update and the effort put into re-opening There! I’m very excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. #123 by Winged on 2011.07.16 - 5:04 am

    i prefer late then never, as long as we get THERE with a ribbon and shiny i am not complainning ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. #124 by Mimi06 on 2011.07.16 - 4:55 am

    geeky and mimi don’t mix, but happy that the makena crew knows the fix ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for update, as usual you made my day a bit brighter ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. #125 by shanghei on 2011.07.16 - 4:47 am

    thanks for keeping us informed… it’s very exciting !!

  76. #126 by Mike Thomas on 2011.07.16 - 4:47 am

    The Cloud of course will bring some challenges however this also should very well bring more capabilities. The possibility for not having to have daily server down time for one thing and I wish I knew what some of the other possibilities were as well.

  77. #127 by Sn3Aky on 2011.07.16 - 4:37 am

    Need any help with the networking side let me know, no issues volunteering my time. I am a network engineer for the largest provider in the us.

  78. #128 by Chagall on 2011.07.16 - 4:33 am

    Oh is that all? Pffft… CTRL+H a few times and we’re good to go!


    (I’m kidding! I’m kidding! Sheesh)

    Thanks you Michael, SamSyn, and Bruce ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #129 by Innie on 2011.07.16 - 11:55 am


    • #130 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.07.16 - 1:45 pm

      Oh thank goodness! We need Chagall’s commercials! (bunny slippers??)

  79. #131 by Malingo on 2011.07.16 - 4:24 am

    Thanks for the update. Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. #132 by INSPiiRE on 2011.07.16 - 4:18 am

    you can sign onto thereIM? confused?

  81. #133 by Okalnix on 2011.07.16 - 4:08 am

    Thanks for the update
    Still a lott to do by your team.
    Great new to hear that is going forwards instead of backwards in building up the software.

  82. #134 by Sugarlipps on 2011.07.16 - 4:06 am

    Thank you mr. MW for opening up There again, not much to do around here but live in rl ..
    lol what a feelin…
    I would like to give a rip roaring round of applause to Bruse and SamSyn
    who has made this dream a reality.. n a very big THANKYOU…
    (look out mountains I’m on my way).. soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • #135 by Sugarlipps on 2011.07.16 - 4:07 am

      Bruce.. sorry 4 misspell fingers faster than brain .. i guess

      • #136 by PITT on 2011.07.16 - 8:34 am

        Still Bruce must be Bruce. Never heard of a Bruse

      • #137 by sugarlipps on 2011.07.17 - 5:22 am

        ok see correction… wow
        but there are bruises … anywhoooo.. ty Bruce ans Samsyn

  83. #138 by yankeeinthesouth on 2011.07.16 - 3:53 am

    Good news!

  84. #139 by Cleo on 2011.07.16 - 3:52 am

    OMG OMG OMG I Can’t waiiiit !!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • #140 by Cellophane Thereian on 2011.07.16 - 8:47 am

      I’m wit choo on this Cleo! I don’t share it much but I am over the top excited about this re-open too! x 6 zillion OMGs! ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. #141 by Fallax on 2011.07.16 - 3:33 am

    I cant even pretend to have a complete grasp on the process but it sounds like everyone is working very hard for us…and a big thank you to all of you

  86. #142 by Zandarkei on 2011.07.16 - 3:28 am

    Wonderful! I’m excited…one more hill …maybe some bumps and we’re There:)

  87. #143 by Susan Van Brundt Redlin on 2011.07.16 - 3:16 am

    Thanks again for the timely update. I’m looking forward to seeing my yellow lab Daisy again. She’ll be fat and happy, she’s had all those weiner dogs to snack on. It’s a dog eat dog world, you know.

    I certainly understand why you don’t want to set a “due” date, there’s plenty of snafus lurking; I’m hopeful there are no fubars. Is it possible for you to let us know whether it will be days, weeks or (gasp) months?

    Thanks again for all your hard work. You ‘rock.

    Peace, Jane_Austen

  88. #144 by Lisa on 2011.07.16 - 2:46 am

    Thankyou For the News It feal Like Waiting for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. #145 by Jordy26 on 2011.07.16 - 1:44 am

    Sounds like some great news seeing as you mentioned the next internal/external ip address re-wiring should be “the last one”. So congrats to that Michael, Bruce and SamSyn!

    Would be great to sometime see a ‘To Do’ list if possible, then you can help those that are asking to be first in There to calm down, seeing as they can then see how much is left and to be ticked off. Anyway, great work again guys hope all goes well.


  90. #146 by hdo0oi on 2011.07.16 - 1:37 am

    That’s great news .. We really are so close .. Ty MW for the update

  91. #147 by Dean Caballero ( Bumpin42 ) on 2011.07.16 - 1:13 am

    Thx for the update, We all know you guys are working hard and you guys know we`ll be here waiting. Thx again guys and ladys too if theres any on your team for the hard work.

  92. #148 by HighFlier on 2011.07.16 - 1:02 am

    So A There God Spoke unto the day and said “LET THERE BE GUINEA PIGS ON THERE!!!” and There will never be the same. For those inquiring minds please read on…

    Born unto this day were GP’s GP1-Orielle, GP2-Studly, GP3-Shivakii, GP0-Unexpected

    Ok, so we have GP1-Orielle admitting to being picked on and forced through the “tRoTh gUlP”. It tried to get in without the trof-gulp-washing phase but as you can see the There Gods (3 men holding soapy sponges and bags of pellet food) had it trapped but they forced volunteers to do all the dirty work and they still didn’t let the poor thing in. We should contact the ASPCA http://www.aspca.org or ^^^ them up there about this but ‘hmmm, then There would never get opened and all the minions would be flaming mad.

    Meanwhile more shine and newness preparedness on GP2-Studly as it’s taken off to sing-snap training for voice testing (-18 teen finder disguise)…

    โžก http://youtu.be/OdqIFoxFuJY

    note: don’t you hate that when tubes end before they end. Gets NO votes from me. gurrr

    ๐Ÿ™„ GP3-Shivakii waits patiently In a long TOS signing line while being forced to learn such moves like….

    โžก http://youtu.be/G4jtOdXqrMw

    One mean little GP0-Unexpected is captured and brute forced into cuddly fluffy lovey dovyness stuff by the captures but no fear they’ve removed all it’s ability to reproduce through love cuddle therapy…

    โžก http://youtu.be/Pe0xt4_Mwoo

    Then after all this insane troth gulp washing, voice training, dance canoodling and love cuddle therapy they all finally make their way to the “Three Little Guinea Pigs” a.k.a. (testing for -18 Teen Nerds) Event…Well, after all it’s “FRIDAY” so they deserve the weekend off after all the GPG (guinea pig gulp) testing…

    โžก http://youtu.be/tbZqE1RdC4Y

    PS. Watch out for the luvcuddled guinea pig. Something tells me it likes all the luvcuddling it gets on this blog. Sort of like how an arsonist watches a house burn down. It probably gets excitement from seeing comments being made about their not so cool efforts they think are so cool.

    ๐Ÿ™„ O, and this lady says there’s no way you’ll everrrrr trofgulp her…and she ain’t needin no sing-snap voice training she sayin…

    โžก http://youtu.be/zA32ikd9B34

    ๐Ÿ’ก WP Smilies support – http://en.support.wordpress.com/smilies/

    PS. Tired of hunting hidden posts within a blog rolled page made by some secret posters or slow poke posters โ“ Here’s a ๐Ÿ’ก – look below the main topic of any page for this link in a line of text> (RSS 2.0.). Click it to see the last 10 posts made to a topic. NOMO hunting down secret posters or slow poke posters. I know most of the posters here know this but there are many who don’t. Hope that helps. I would give examples but the posters doing this would come out of hiding and some of them are better off kept hidden actually. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    So…that pretty much sums it all up. As you can see peeps luv them little guinea pigs. What’s next! Did I leave out something?
    my bad … ahh no don’t be putin me at da end of da line now. I gota pee so baddd … :mrgreen:

    • #149 by Andrew Harris on 2011.07.16 - 7:06 am

      I opened a can of worms with the “Friday” comment last time I posted. Maybe I should wait until there actually opens? ๐Ÿ˜›

      • #150 by HighFlier on 2011.07.16 - 7:46 am

        HA! actually one follows a goddess and if GAGA likesit everyone likesit. ๐Ÿ˜†

        โžก http://youtu.be/bWCEIjBdZIY

    • #151 by Lady Tigrane on 2011.07.17 - 3:30 am

      Then we have the Zephyr crew comparing their rides against that horrible cardboard scion build in the next area over. (God I hope that lagmonster is gone)

      • #152 by mmeodiles on 2011.07.18 - 9:46 am

        >>>>>>>>>>> You can go with ‘Them’ or..You can go with THERE..
        You can go with ‘Those’ or….You can go with THERE…..
        ‘Handstand ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • #153 by Lady Tigrane on 2011.07.18 - 3:18 pm

        Do Da Dipity!!!

  93. #154 by Basya on 2011.07.15 - 11:55 pm

    Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress! To think — in just a little while, I’ll be able to fly my plane all over the world once again and enjoy the sights of there! (Oh yes, those sunsets are great!!)

    Cya soon in There!

  94. #155 by ForTehLulz. on 2011.07.15 - 11:04 pm

    Does this mean that the actual world itself should be fixed and released within the next 2 or 3 weeks? Or are there more fixes needed?

  95. #156 by Kendra (LilGrayFuzz) on 2011.07.15 - 10:34 pm

    Does your ETA still stand at “before September?”

  96. #157 by MrScrooge on 2011.07.15 - 10:18 pm

    Thanks Skippy, SamSyn, Bruce, GPs, and all envolved.It’s nice getting updates! ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. #158 by Myhay12 on 2011.07.15 - 10:15 pm

    I cant wait for there to reopen.They should give Samsyn and Bruce an Oscar award for theyr work.Keep on updating fixin and rests we wante our there back!

  98. #159 by satarell on 2011.07.15 - 10:14 pm

    there in the cloud makes me think of a bunch of servers on hoverboats ๐Ÿ˜€

    • #160 by Susan Van Brundt Redlin on 2011.07.16 - 7:13 am

      the Cloud makes me think of Saja, the lighting there was so peaceful. I have so many places I want to visit first!

      MW, will our saved bookmarks work in the cloud? Not a big deal if they don’t, will rebookmark as I’m exploring.

      you ‘rock

      — Jane Austen

  99. #161 by Latha on 2011.07.15 - 10:04 pm

    Great,we don’t have long now,Thank you, Micheal Wilson for the news.Latha

    • #162 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.07.16 - 4:36 am

      sounds like a pain in the neck. Thanks for doing all this Michael, Bruce, SamSyn!

  100. #163 by dakotaman on 2011.07.15 - 10:01 pm

    I’m sure if you leave the GP’s some of those crunchy pellets and keep their water bottles full…..they’ll be fine!! (oh and be sure and change the newspaper at the bottoms of ThereIM every day or so)

    Thanks for keeping us up on the process, MW. I’m confident that before we realize it, There will be ready to go!!


  101. #164 by mushh on 2011.07.15 - 9:46 pm

    Better change that testing method to include some user log in style access, at least as a final check before blessing changes. I suppose you resist that because you don’t want to have the user access live, yet. But eventually, when it is live, seems like the user log in path is a logical way to test, either you guys or beta testers.

  102. #165 by toufovou on 2011.07.15 - 9:32 pm

    Things will work out for sure!!!!!
    I just feel a little sorry for them poor guinea pigs. They must be a lill frustrated and hungry!!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

  103. #166 by JonmiChel on 2011.07.15 - 9:22 pm

    Cool Update MW. The most waited update is SO close… !!! Thanks you *.*

  104. #167 by Karenga Anderson on 2011.07.15 - 9:20 pm

    Hopefully everything goes back to being the same, and much more graphics!!

  105. #168 by adam247 on 2011.07.15 - 9:15 pm

    cant wait !!!!! miss driving as long as i want unlike on sl driving sucks and so does flying

  106. #169 by Justine on 2011.07.15 - 9:11 pm

    That is cool. Cant wait!

  107. #170 by Santacroce on 2011.07.15 - 9:02 pm

    soo close!!!

    • #171 by Elizabeth Daniel on 2011.07.16 - 5:20 am

      All of that is way to geeky for me, I’m just a wannabe geek! However, like I said, I am so excited and grateful for the long and tedious work you guys are doing!

      • #172 by Elizabeth Daniel on 2011.07.18 - 4:25 pm

        Wow, I say as I pout I went to there.com and found out it was only up for GP’s! Haha. Can’t wait to see you THERE!!!

    • #173 by SaltySilver on 2011.07.16 - 5:22 am

      • #174 by MrScrooge on 2011.07.16 - 10:37 am

        I love these

      • #175 by hugsalot on 2011.07.16 - 2:10 pm

        i can’t see my ass..ests..

      • #176 by Winged on 2011.07.17 - 12:16 am

        Bruce is finger dancing! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • #177 by Charles Davis on 2011.07.17 - 8:32 pm

        how do you do this. it is really kool

      • #178 by darkrounge on 2011.07.18 - 4:42 am

        The new there.com trailer….

      • #179 by qweasdzxc979 on 2011.07.18 - 6:39 am

        why was there no update for 3 days now?? ? :(((((((((

      • #180 by Michael Wilson on 2011.07.18 - 7:44 am

        Because it was “The Weekend”.

      • #181 by qweasdzxc979 on 2011.07.18 - 8:29 am

        i feel stupid now lol

      • #182 by SaltySilver on 2011.07.18 - 12:21 pm

      • #183 by Basya on 2011.07.18 - 1:21 pm

        Hi everybody! Am anxiously awaiting for the re-opining of There.com! But I do have a question (may be off topic):
        Are we allowed to use the There.com icon or symbols in our designs (for a t-shirt, for example)? Seems to me we weren’t allowed to before because of copyright issues, but I’m not certain. Just thinking ahead…


      • #184 by HighFlier on 2011.07.19 - 12:57 am

        <laughs. OMG, I need to catch up.

    • #185 by Alan Kc on 2011.07.16 - 7:59 am

      does any1 know where to get to the new there im?

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