March 30, 2008

That Sale, Went Well

Posted in buckaroo tagged , at 2:28 pm by buckybarkley

Wow, a week later and I have not gotten around to commenting on the Buckaroo sale…

It went well!

Just to recap, it was a sale where people came in, bought whatever, and sent me notecards for reimbursements for up to 2000L. It ran for 4 days — ending on Easter.

I took in 54,000L, and reimbursed most of that. But… the important thing to me were the contacts I made. They are so much more important to me than the money. (ok, well the money is nice too, and I did get to keep enough to make me smile :-)

So … I am going to do it again — although in a revised format. That comes up in the next blog post.

Some thoughts:

  • this was wonderfully audacious. It gets the products out there, and it gives me a ton of feedback. I wont sit still — you know I will step up and iterate on the products and the docs…
  • OMG, some people dont frikken read! I got a “New Note” notecard. I got a notecard basically saying “may I have my reimbursement?” with absolutely no other info. It was very tempting to just toss these. Sure I can wade through all of the transactions and piece together what someone bought — but hey people — you are getting it for FREE! Accounting 101 is appreciated :)
  • One person came in, maxed out the 2000L, and then came in as his alt and almost maxed that. How can I tell? Almost the exact same AV profile pic with a multigadget earpiece! No, I didn’t ban him, though it was tempting ;) People, if you need the discount that badly, come and talk to me. I am a really accommodating person.
  • I made a huge mistake! I didn’t have any means of getting people to sign up for my product updates group (slaps forehead). Blown opportunity there. I could have had 75 people sign up…
  • … but of course, I learn from my mistakes. I have a group with Subscribe-O-Matic and will do promotion to get the list going. That will be in a post I do pretty soon. The gist of it will be: join the group – which will give you a notecard with instructions, buy stuff, send me the notecard, and get up to 500L reimbursement.
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March 20, 2008

Free Buckaroo Till Sunday!

Posted in buckaroo, Slider, VidMon, webmon at 1:12 pm by buckybarkley

[The Sale is over! Thanks everyone!]
 
 
Although I wont say my store is officially sorted out and “open”, it’s certainly running to the point where people can go in and buy things …
 
So let’s make it interesting!
 
Everything is free until Sunday Night.  You buy, you ask for a reimbursement, I check for the sale, I send it.
 
What can you buy?
  • SimpleSlider – 100L
  • Slider – 300L
  • VideoPoster – 100L
  • VidMon – 300L
  • WebMon – 300L
Go to my store: Buckaroo 

Why am I doing this?  Simple – to get the word of my store out there! 

Details:
Go into my store between now and 11:59 pm SL time Sunday Night (March 23rd, 2008).   Buy whatever at the usual price, and then send me a notecard (name it please!  I’m likely to delete anything called “New Note”) … or an email asking for a reimbursement.  You have until noon Friday (March 28th) to ask for a reimbursement.
 
I have to be able to confirm purchases on the transaction log from the SecondLife.com web site before I will send reimbursements. Please break things out by name of item and purchase price.
 
There is a 2000L limit to the reimbursement, per person.  I dont want anyone stocking up for free and reselling — that’s not the point of this … 
 
If things get crazy I reserve the right to pull the plug on this :)
 
NOTE: I will not respond to IMs asking for reimbursement!  Send a notecard.  My IMs get capped, and it is too easy to miss one.
 

March 19, 2008

Ready, Set, Go Slider!

Posted in buckaroo, Slider tagged at 10:16 am by buckybarkley

Slider 3.0 is available at my store.

It displays textures, and allows a lot of flexibility for what you can do and offer for each one:

  • display textures – slideshow mode + manually advance / go back
  • resize foreground and background per texture, as well as control over alpha, color, repeats, offsets, rotation, etc
  • give out items per texture (Landmark, Notecard, Object, Texture)
  • go to web addresses per texture
  • Amazon web site shortcut per texture

Documentation: Slider 3.0 Documentation

Go to my store: Buckaroo

Giddyup :)

p.s. I know I gave out some samples where the background textures weren’t copiable — whoops, my bad. It’s not an error in the script, just a silly permissions issue. Contact me and I will give you one with the corrected permissions (and yes, this only applies to the people I already gave this to :)

March 16, 2008

Ready, Set…

Posted in buckaroo, projects, Slider, VidMon tagged at 2:39 pm by buckybarkley

… Am getting set to release web docs for two products: VidMon, then Slider..

Listening to David Bowie’s “Alladin Sane” when I am not groovin to the Dub beats from my store.

Trying to behave and stay holed up in my lab :)

Ping me in-world or send an email if you want sample objects.

Ciao for now.

February 23, 2008

Three Video Products On The Way…

Posted in buckaroo, projects, VidMon at 12:44 pm by buckybarkley

I will have 3 video products for sale soon.  The museum-specific VidMon has been running for over a week now, and people seem to like it.

  •  VideoPoster is the very simple product.  Set the description to the quicktime url, drag the poster texture into inventory and name it “screen-texture”. Deed the object if you need to.  Done!
  • VidMon will present a simple menu of available videos to pick from.
  • VidMon Pro will add the ability to search, change the aspect ratio of the frame, give out notes, and more
I will initially make VideoPoster free at my store!  I want to get it out there, and the script is fine now.  But I’ll get it out for free while I tweak the look of the controller and get detailed documentation together.
 
 

January 17, 2008

ShowGive

Posted in buckaroo, bucky, SecondLife at 12:01 pm by buckybarkley

[Update March 17, 2008 – ShowGive became “Slider” a week after this post – and the terms of purchase are a bit different — to be reflected in the docs]

Now that WebMon is situated and for sale, it’s time to announce the next product.

Some of you are familiar with LibShow; either from seeing or using it in the Info Island collections, or seeing the more arty variant in the Art Gallery or the MuMu.

LibShow has a new name: ShowGive

This reflects the idea that each texture can give out items (a Notecard, LM, Object, and/or a Texture), as well as lead to a web address. Show textures, and optionally Give out items.

The current LibShow 3.x will get a few minor sprucing up touches, and will be renamed to ShowGive. You can get a preview version from me today. ShowGive goes on sale for 300L late this month. As usual, Info Island, non-profit, and personal use will be free.

January 15, 2008

WebMon Docs Now Available …

Posted in buckaroo, projects, SecondLife, webmon at 11:59 pm by buckybarkley

You may find the WebMon 2.5 Documentation of use.

Let me know of any comments, feedback, etc.

January 11, 2008

Posted in buckaroo, bucky, SecondLife tagged , , , at 1:21 pm by buckybarkley

Whee – It’s out there!
(more after the cheesy pretty picture)

WebMon 2.5 Ad


I released WebMon 2.5 today.  Those who make their way to the Info International Reference Desk can get it for free for a limited time.  WebMon will always be free for non-commercial use on the Info Island Archipelago (can send me a notecard in-world requesting copies for project or personal use).
 
This is also a commercial product — the first one available from Buckaroo.  More on that bit soon.
 
To do much more with WebMon, I could go in three directions:
 
  1. use a second script in the object to handle more sophisticated item giveaway, larger bookmark list, more customization options
  2. make use of an external web site, in order to integrate RSS feeds from multiple sources
  3. make use of my Protean client/server scripts, in order to do swaps of WebMon objects from one topic to another


The goal will always be to keep things simple — throw URLs into a notecard and use it.   The README file details the options which can be added to the “urls” notecard, but they certainly are not required to get going.