After more than a year of pretty-normal behaviour displaying images, recent updates to the Chromium component in Second Life viewers are, once again, displaying scrollbars where they shouldn't be on the covers of Magic Books. The good news is that they are nowhere near as common as they used to be, and sometimes they just appear as a white area with no scrollbar at all.
The bad news is that Linden Lab is essentially shrugging it off. To be fair, they do not engineer the Google Chromium component SL viewers use to display Web content, and Linden Lab has no control when its behaviour changes for the worse in the context of Second Life.
On the other hand, gosh, this sort of "content just breaks randomly" thing really does put one off developing for the platform.
I'll keep an eye on it for a little while longer, but the "solution" will probably require updates to the Magic Books and require an even-more-complex display method for Web content…which, of course, will evoke even-more-complex problems.
In the meantime, if you get an unwanted scrollbar on a Magic Book, your best bet is to load a different book title, then switch back to the one you originally wanted to display. About four times out of five, that'll get you a version without a scrollbar.
I've been keeping the Bot Survey updated monthly with current figures on the automated avatars that cruise around the Second Life grid, but this month I've updated the text and descriptions to better reflect analysis to date. Short version: many (but not all) roaming bots are basically surveying Second Life land; most are likely concerned with ownership and status information, while a few have more-specialised functions. They are certainly not stalking individuals.
There's also a pretty chart. See? Don't I always treat you right?
Well, guess what? Now instead of speculating about stuff like that, I have actual data. I'm sure it's not going to stop bloggers from having ridiculous unsubstantiated opinions, though.
Did you know over 100 automated avatar accounts (bots) teleport around the Second Life grid on a near continuous basis? Well, they do. Now you can learn a bit more about them.
Did you know the Bee Gees dabbled in hippy-dippy flower-child songs in the 1960s just like everyone else? Me either! It's not quite Ah ah ah ah Aquarius!—and, to their credit, the Bee Gees apparently never intended the material to be released—but I still thought it might be fun to play around with it a little bit. Happy New Year!
Now we know what happens when I let whisky decide what belongs in a holiday tune.