Inventory and Voice

As I said last week, we’d expected to expand the GP3D pool this week after we got a couple of more clients cut and out.

That’s taken a little longer than expected because:

  • The GP3Ds found some problems with voice – again related to the whole “Private IP address versus Public IP address” issue. While I’m disappointed these are coming up, I’m actually very happy we’ve been forced to do this, since having all of our servers have “private” addresses (or NAT’d for you Geeks) is more secure than the old way.
  • SamSyn’s also been working on various inventory bugs, and fixing a few, uh, travesties, in how inventory was accessed. I’m not even going to tell you how many times we went back to the servers to do something incredibly simple like, oh, GET THE FREAKING ICON FOR THE ITEM EVEN THOUGH IT NEVER FREAKING CHANGES.
  • The gentleman in the picture above sometimes has better inventory management than we do.

I expect we’ll have a new client for the GP3Ds today and be moving right along.

There! There’s an update!

P.S. Today’s photo was taken many, many, many years ago when I worked for Oracle Corporation, and was sent to China to help sell Oracle to the Chinese. This was actually before Tienamen, so that tells you how long ago it was. It was a very different place then.

P.S.S. That photo was actually taken on “film” and I had the resulting slide digitized.

  1. #1 by DodgeBoy101 on 2011.09.28 - 7:54 am

    I downloaded There IM, tryed logging on and it did not work, so I un-installed it, restarted computer, installed There IM again. Tryed, it did not work, so I changed my password, and used my new password There had given me. It also did not work, so I looked at my email, realized I had not “re-verified” my account, so I did so. Then I tryed to log-in There IM again (using my password There gave me), it still did not work. So I got mad and changed my password again, and just tryed using the new password I was just given, and it still isnt working. I am getting very mad and frustrated with this. So I’m only gonna ask… is this a problem with, There IM (ect.), or is this a problem with something I am doing wrong? PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I’m about to take the freakin’ computer and throw it in the street! lol.


  2. #2 by DodgeBoy101 on 2011.09.26 - 5:39 am

    Ok, so i haven’t checked this form thing in like, forever…but i looked at the page yesterday and tryed to do the “reclaim your old avie” thing, and it worked, so i thought that was finially opened… Well, i got the email, did the re-claiming, and what I dont understand is…how am I suppose to pay the $10.00 fee? why isnt it letting me into the game? Isnt the game back online now? and if not, why does the homepage say “The world is Open”? Like I said, I havent checked this form in monthes, so if I messed up on it, I am sorry… Please let me know if I did something wrong, because I’m kinda confused if There is really opened now, or not.

    • #3 by ant1977 on 2011.09.26 - 9:36 am

      Right now, the world is open for a select few Guinea Pigs for testing. Reclaiming your avatar now, only allows for the general public to operate ThereIM currently, this is also a way for your inventory to migrate into the new world when it opens.

      • #4 by DodgeBoy101 on 2011.09.28 - 4:23 am

        ok, thanks. I did download There IM and tryed to open it but it will not let me in. It keeps telling me that it failed to sign in, and I used the new password that There told me to use when I did the “forgot old password”. I dont understand why it isnt working. Can anyone help me?

  3. #5 by ketchup2k3 on 2011.09.22 - 7:17 am

    I’ve never put so much effort into digging through a spam folder than the times I heard more GP invites are coming…

  4. #6 by zandarkei on 2011.09.22 - 5:21 am

    how rude of me..Awesome pic and ty for the update..I am wanting to in There soon I hope. I am more than willing to wait my turn in line without whineing… besides going in without my RL friends and wife wouldn’t be as fun for me…..

  5. #7 by zandarkei on 2011.09.22 - 5:12 am

    MW completely off the There subject…What would be a good Camera for someone who has very little money but wants to take good pictures, also what lens would they need at a min. ?

    • #8 by Will on 2011.09.22 - 4:59 pm

      it’s not about the camera – it’s about the photographer – a good and practiced photographer can take a well constructed photograph with a cardboard box – i was a commercial photographer for a time, studied it for two years at college and take most of my photos with my phone

  6. #9 by JasonMK on 2011.09.22 - 5:12 am

    3D virtual world, with real time voice…so looking forward to being free from the keyboard and forums. Thanks for the update!

  7. #10 by calliekitty on 2011.09.22 - 5:01 am

    Thank you for the latest update. I’m so excited that we are almost There!!

  8. #11 by calliekitty on 2011.09.22 - 5:00 am

    Thank you so much for the latest update. I’m so excited how we are getting closer and closer to really being THERE!!

  9. #12 by Duzer on 2011.09.22 - 4:52 am

    Gees this is taking a long time. Wish they could just find a easy button

  10. #13 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.22 - 12:33 am

    There no place like home, There no place like home, There no place, as I click mine ruby red shoes together, poof I am back home on There. MW thank you for keeping us updated πŸ™‚

  11. #14 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.22 - 12:32 am

    Its me again, early in the morning, I just couldnt sleep hoping that There opens soon. There is no place like home, There is no place like home, There is no place like home, poof I am back on There πŸ™‚

  12. #15 by McKensy on 2011.09.21 - 10:27 pm

    Very good news indeed. Feels like having an “internal” (virtual?) clock counting down for the big event.

    I really like that photo – it is very well lit, has just about the right amount of Depth of Field and is almost perfectly composed. Despite it being a scan from the film I find that it really shows the strenght of the “old” analog camera.

  13. #16 by kingseth on 2011.09.21 - 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the update as always MW. I still dont see the update junkies getting enough juice out of this update though haha

  14. #17 by Tinirty on 2011.09.21 - 6:21 pm

    Yes, I do notice that even in IM, when I click on an inventory item, sometimes it doesnt show up. Right now, it is a couple of the lip colors. I do like the pics you post. Always interesting, and sometimes thought provoking. πŸ™‚

  15. #18 by S_S_B_P_D on 2011.09.21 - 6:01 pm

    Hey Michael, I know you probably see this, and say oh its just another one of those people. I would greatly appreciate you to contact me,(email) in regards to GP’s and messages myself and others keep getting.

    I would appreciate it very much, sir.

    Thank you.


  16. #19 by maverickfred on 2011.09.21 - 5:36 pm

    thanks for the update mw great job your guys are doing . geting closer guys woooohoooooo

  17. #20 by kelayna on 2011.09.21 - 5:12 pm

    thank you for the update

  18. #21 by Robert McPhalen on 2011.09.21 - 4:25 pm

    That’s a great picture!

  19. #22 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.21 - 4:18 pm

    First I want to say thanks for the update,
    It sounds like MW is torchering all the great GP3D’s that are helping. SamSyn name comes up in every update, poor fella I bet all the skin is wore off his fingers from typing so much!
    I bet he can’t sleep at night thinking about how to fix There and how to fix that and why won’t it work. Then we all think we want to be GP’s, then I think what some are going threw with every one asking them “when will There open?”. I bet some of these GP’s are working so hard and have a lot of pressure on them trying to get things done even if they don’t show it. I hope this gives some people a idea of what these people must be going threw just so we all can play There. For all this I want to say “THANK YOU” to all the GP3D’s working so hard!! And thank you MW for the updates and the great pictures!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  20. #23 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.21 - 4:17 pm

    So here I am again, waiting patiently for There to open, good job MW and samsyn

  21. #24 by 12mandy on 2011.09.21 - 3:13 pm

    thanks for update michael
    and your pictures are EXQUISITE

  22. #25 by Kattwomann on 2011.09.21 - 2:58 pm

    Yep…that’s all I got.

  23. #26 by Alease on 2011.09.21 - 2:28 pm

    Thumbs Up!! : )

  24. #27 by NathanAvis on 2011.09.21 - 2:12 pm

    Mysterious and exciting news as always. Thank you πŸ™‚

  25. #28 by AKAUK on 2011.09.21 - 2:00 pm

    Great news its allways great t read a update should now class it as Nearly There instead of There lol keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  26. #29 by dx on 2011.09.21 - 1:53 pm

    (Wu-sau up)…
    No pictures! ‘shake finger…
    Fuc-Sau! Pak-sau! Bung-sau… tan-sau… jut-sau… tan……. Po-Pi!

    (helps you up)


  27. #30 by Craig Hartley on 2011.09.21 - 1:35 pm

    Every time something bad in mentioned I smile… It’s progress πŸ™‚

    Each time a step closer πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the Update MW

  28. #31 by Seg_Vio on 2011.09.21 - 1:18 pm

    I love the photo! I, just this week watched a great Documentry on the Tienamen square incident called “Tank Man” on youtube:
    For those who might be intrested. It really is a tragedy what happened there!

    You can tell you have too much time on your hands as well when you put in time to try and de-code the Voynich Manuscript! lol

    Thanks for the update! I wish all the luck and haste in this epic quest for our key to getting back home! πŸ™‚

  29. #32 by Abacus on 2011.09.21 - 1:10 pm

    Looks like someone stole the old guys fruit… and then took his picture.

    Great news on the update.

  30. #33 by jimony on 2011.09.21 - 1:03 pm

    So did you successfully sell the old guy Oracle or were you sent packing?

  31. #34 by Okalnix on 2011.09.21 - 12:29 pm

    Thank you for the update.
    Great team work there.

  32. #35 by satarell on 2011.09.21 - 12:28 pm

    h-boats in this basket paz stuff in that basket well folder thats how i did it πŸ˜€

  33. #36 by Ethan on 2011.09.21 - 12:25 pm

    Nice to hear Michael. Thank you for keeping us updated.

  34. #37 by toufovou on 2011.09.21 - 12:06 pm

    Better that all these problems show up now than later.Patience everybody! getting there!!!

  35. #38 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.09.21 - 12:05 pm

    Excellent photograph! Keep ’em coming πŸ™‚

  36. #39 by 3cMaldito on 2011.09.21 - 12:04 pm

    @ MW

    Thanks for the update.

  37. #40 by Raymond Scheffer on 2011.09.21 - 12:03 pm

    Heeey MW! *knock knock* πŸ™‚

  38. #41 by OldSchoolPro on 2011.09.21 - 11:53 am

    If I saw that guy I would buy fruit from him. Not because I want fruit, just so I would have an excuse to go up to him. He looks like a very wise old man and I have a feeling he would tell some good stories.

  39. #42 by jonathan5k2006 on 2011.09.21 - 11:51 am

    Thanks for the recent update πŸ™‚ appreciated πŸ˜€ “hands out meat & patato pies and jam doughnuts* from my bakery! πŸ˜›

  40. #43 by Xcal Urradio on 2011.09.21 - 11:20 am

    Has anyone that have been picked for a GP find the invite in there spam? I get so afraid I might miss it lol. Anyways Thanks Mike for the update! ‘TU!

    • #44 by BABS on 2011.09.21 - 3:41 pm

      Yes! Check it too!

    • #45 by jakejackson on 2011.09.22 - 3:57 am

      Yes, I did, had so many messages, didn’t think I would get picked, checked through all of them to find it a month ago dated aug 9, 2011. I am so upset and feel faint. Out of all the things going on this made me feel the worst so don’t let it happen to you. There is a great place to get away too and I am so sorry I missed my opportunity. The train left and I got left at the station. I am just sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ps. Mr Wilson warned us if we didn’t respond he would move on to the next person. I don’t fault him or There I was just looking forward to it like everyone else. Bad day at Black Rock! ( for you youngsters its and old western!) LOL…Did I just tell my age?

  41. #46 by qweasdzxc979 on 2011.09.21 - 11:12 am

    Its p.p.s not p.s.s

    Sorry i couldn’t help myself.

  42. #47 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.09.21 - 10:53 am

    Thanks for the update Commander! I still haven’t seen you in world when I have been on, I’m going to be taking you on a nice buggy ride * evil grin*
    GP3D wikkedbliss

    • #48 by MrScrooge on 2011.09.21 - 1:38 pm

      Whatever you do, DON’T let him drive!

  43. #49 by Cyndi Yonkers on 2011.09.21 - 10:27 am

    Thank you for the update, we always appreciate you keeping us all up to date. Thank you for all of your hard work everyone.

  44. #50 by Linda Keen on 2011.09.21 - 10:17 am

    I am sure the gentleman above uses an abacus to keep track of his inventory, or the simple stick line in the sand method. I have tried many times to impliment these in software but it never seems to work.

  45. #51 by Jon Brohaugh (puter_head) on 2011.09.21 - 10:16 am

    Very cool… thanks so much for the update, putting up with all of the head games, and all of the incredibly hard work you are all doing!

    Please know this if you don’t already – You are all so very much appreciated by us all!!

    Please keep chugging along… we will all be here ready and waiting no matter how long this takes! Just as you… we want it to work right also!!

    Thank you ALL so very much!!

  46. #52 by Mercuria on 2011.09.21 - 9:49 am

    Film? Wow, you are old. JUST KIDDING!

    Thanks for the update πŸ™‚

    • #53 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.21 - 3:57 pm

      I’ll have you know that I have a lot of film around — some not yet exposed, some waiting for processing (and I process my own, even mix my own chemicals for both black & white and color negatives). Several of my favorite cameras are from before WWII, and three are from before 1930 (two of those were originally made for glass plates, but those were actually well on their way out by the time those 1926 and 1927 cameras were made). BTW, I can scan 100 megapixels from my 4×5 sheet film even with a scanner that’s well over ten years old — what’s a 100 megapixel digital back cost?

  47. #54 by ForTehLulz on 2011.09.21 - 9:42 am

    Thanks for the update Michael! Much appreciated from us all. Oh and, don’t worry about the impatient ones demanding updates-do what you got to do Sir! πŸ™‚

  48. #55 by Brandyn_1 on 2011.09.21 - 9:41 am

    Awesome! Its great to see things are still getting fixed, and you guys are taking your time on certain things to get them fixed even the stuff that needed to be fixed years ago lol.

    Thank you Michael! πŸ™‚

  49. #56 by shanghei on 2011.09.21 - 9:38 am

    i know the FREAKIN feeling… lol… it will get there, and i am glad too that you are taking the time to correct these issues, at the same time chomping at the bit to get back home… ‘wave

  50. #57 by softNdark on 2011.09.21 - 9:23 am

    Great pic’s… the eye’s… look right at me, and I want to reach out and touch them… so real.

    • #58 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.22 - 12:13 am

      you wanna poke some poor old guy in the eye?


  51. #59 by coolnet on 2011.09.21 - 9:19 am

    Thank you for the update.

  52. #60 by dandaroo77 on 2011.09.21 - 9:14 am

    Thank you again for all the hard work and update ‘tu :).

  53. #61 by Lionsheart on 2011.09.21 - 9:09 am

    All bugs squished and flatterned before the inhabitants arrive
    Reminds me of starship troopers you think you caught them all and wham another one poppa it’s rear ugly backside out.

    • #62 by Mark B. (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.09.22 - 5:54 am

      I really hope the There 2.0 doesn’t involve Jake Busey.

      I mean… just keeping with your Starship Troopers theme.

  54. #63 by Dollbaby07 on 2011.09.21 - 9:01 am

    New Client?I’m ready lol.nice picture to.

  55. #64 by Asifchris on 2011.09.21 - 8:59 am

    Thanks for the update. Glad to see things are moving along…

  56. #65 by Dusky Rose on 2011.09.21 - 8:55 am

    Thanks for the picture, much better than the bloody polar bear kill.

    • #66 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.22 - 12:26 am

      Heres something nicer and a lilbit amazing about polar bears to see:

  57. #68 by martin71a on 2011.09.21 - 8:54 am

    thx for the update πŸ™‚

  58. #69 by suziequeen on 2011.09.21 - 8:53 am

    Thanks for the update always enjoy seeing them.

  59. #70 by 0ne1 on 2011.09.21 - 8:53 am

    Oh man, I can only imagine SamSyn and others reading line after line of code and asking, “why the heck was it done this way?”. I do that with some of my own older apps, I will revisit them months later and see several facepalm worthy functions, and I wouldn’t always comment my code so I don’t know exactly why I did it a certain way. Sometimes I would redesign the functions only later to find out exactly why I did it the other way… Moral of the story, “comment your code excessively, it helps”. -Geek talk over

  60. #71 by spaz0ut on 2011.09.21 - 8:28 am


  61. #72 by Geoschroy on 2011.09.21 - 8:23 am

    I hope Samsyn can finally fix the longstanding issue of when trying to scroll to a item to take out and in the process the list dissapears and have to start all over again.Usually happened if someone nearby was dropping a paz or items in a paz.Nice update keep up the great work. ‘tu ‘rtr πŸ™‚

    • #73 by Escape on 2011.09.21 - 1:24 pm

      Unknown Paper Objects … ugh!!

  62. #74 by NateTheStar on 2011.09.21 - 8:19 am

    Good to see the continued progress. Are you taking submissions for a new There drink to commemorate the reopening? Like a volcano cup or something? And any chance of buying a There hoodie or t-shirt?

  63. #75 by Dustin4040 on 2011.09.21 - 8:18 am

    Another great update!!! thanks mw!!!

  64. #76 by lolababy33 on 2011.09.21 - 8:15 am

    Thank you so much for your hard work. I am so grateful that you are including everyone in the process as re-opens. With all the craziness that is out there in the real world today, I can’t wait until I can get lost in the ThereWorld and enjoy some play time with old and new friends. Thanks again for keeping us up to date!

  65. #77 by Bumpin42 on 2011.09.21 - 8:12 am

    Thanks again for keeping us updated Mw. : )

  66. #78 by BIGNOIZE on 2011.09.21 - 8:11 am


  67. #79 by Sniperbait on 2011.09.21 - 8:10 am

    It always seems to be the small stuff that gives the most trouble lol. Even if THERE was not reopening, love photography and has been interesting viewing the photos you have posted. Looking foward to being back home in THERE and also at same time as my wife. Last time we opened up two screen and had to take turns, now we have networked the house and so will be alot more fun. thanks to Edward2143 for helping figure through THERE IM how to get network to work correctly, Orielle Thereian and a few others for helping find the pieces to THERE IM for my wife to download, and any others that were also contributing if I didn’t mention your names. Thanks again, Sniperbait and xxDragonflyxx

    Love is missing your lover even when they are right next to you…

  68. #80 by ant1977 on 2011.09.21 - 8:09 am

    Good Luck Team Phoenix….

  69. #81 by INSPiRE on 2011.09.21 - 7:52 am


    • #82 by ForTehLulz on 2011.09.21 - 9:40 am

      Really? How intriguing.

      • #83 by Charlene Durbin on 2011.09.21 - 12:05 pm

        Intriging indeed…now I want to know the rest of the story. Don’t keep us in suspence…lol πŸ˜‰ –Yupimagrl

    • #84 by jimony on 2011.09.21 - 1:09 pm

      Less is more? Person of few words? “o”westruck? Thanks, that was INSPiREing, LoL.

      • #85 by spaz0ut on 2011.09.21 - 3:19 pm


  70. #86 by Jordy26 on 2011.09.21 - 7:52 am

    Will you be inviting a bunch more GPs eventually to test out the final Client when ready. Similar to the ThereIM release method.

  71. #87 by Jonathan on 2011.09.21 - 7:50 am

    Just out of interest, do you take these without them knowing, or do you say the good old fashioned ‘SMILE’ or the chinese equivalent?

    • #88 by Craig Hartley on 2011.09.21 - 1:36 pm

      I think it’s safe to say the fella knows, he’s looking at the camera lol

      • #89 by jimony on 2011.09.22 - 1:13 am

        Yes, he’s looking at the camara, but his expression says “What is that guy doing to his face with that black box?”

    • #90 by EternalQuasarβ„’ on 2011.09.21 - 7:36 pm

      This pic is a ‘slide’ from an old ‘film’ which was digital-ized, I do believe…

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