Welcome to the Bright Corporation. We trade in the virtual world Second Life. Here you'll find everything you want to know about us and our services, plus a great deal more you probably don't, but we just don't seem able to avoid writing. Click here to contact us, here to visit us in-world at the , or just scroll down.
Chief Executive Officer
See below, and you'll see we recently announced improvements to our Bright Apartment rentals.
The design of the new buildings created considerable interest, and we have decided to offer them for sale to those who already own land (and so do not wish to rent), but want to live in similar style.
The Bright Moderna is now available for only L$175: approximately 0.00003% of what a similar home might cost you in London or New York.
The building requires a 48m x 16m plot, and can be rezzed on the ground, or up in the clouds to form the perfect sky box. (Just try that in Manhattan.)
Or if you wish to create an distinctive and striking tower block, simply rez Modernas one above the other, 8m apart, for as many floors as you need. They are designed to fit together into a distinctive sculptural form.
The Moderna has a single, open plan living space, with a wide bay window to the front, and a flat one to the rear. Click this, and it will slide up into the roof, opening your apartment onto the long, railed balcony. Click the centre panel in the middle of the bay window, and you can even change the decor instantly, from cool pale-wood surfaces, to lush carpets and opaque glass, or colourful tiles and fabrics.
And each apartment is built from only 8 prims. Save your parcel's land impact capacity for rezzing furniture, art, and a helicopter on your roof.
If only real life could be this way.
(For more information about this slice of style, click here: or visit the and click the teleporter in the corner to be taken to the Moderna show home.)
Frank Badboy: My Spankathon 2000 won't let go - I've been trapped in this thing for three hours!
As the proud creator of the Spankathon, you're naturally concerned that your automated playmate seems to be having issues with consent. You do marvel inwardly that it took Frank three hours to complain, but that's not important right now. He's no longer having fun, and this is an emergency.
"Have you tried the default safeword? It's 'ELLEN DEGENERES'".
"Yes! It won't listen!"
You could teleport to the site, but even if you did, you have no edit access to Frank's Spankathon, as he owns it. Besides, it might be rather intrusive. There's probably a problem in the settings, but Frank sounds a little frantic - it would be difficult to guide him through the menus to find the settings you need.
Instead, you drop your Bright Object Reporter script into his IM window.
"Drop this in the machine. When it asks you for an email address, enter 'email@example.com'."
A few seconds later, your inbox receives a "Bright Object Report - Spankathon 2000".
It provides a detailed analysis of the whole machine. It's name, description, and location. The names and descriptions of all the prims it contains, and their colour, textures, and floating text. And the names and contents of any notecards.
Ok... the "status light" is red - it's running. The floating text says "You deserve this, Frank, don't you?". That's normal. And the settings notecard says: "SAFEWORD=TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS". Ah. Frank is suffering for his fiscal conservativism.
"Frank? Say 'TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS'."
"What? Oh god, now I remember. I changed the safeword."
"Have you said it? Did it stop?"
"I'll say it later. I'm going to give it another hour."
The "Bright Object Reporter" will provide a detailed analysis of any object it is dropped into. Settings stored in prim descriptions and notecards, colours, textures, and floating text which may indicate status, and much else. You can use it to analyse builds while you work on them, and hear reports in chat or by email. Or you can give the script to other people, so that they can drop it into an object and send a detailed report to you. Once complete, it simply deletes itself.
Keep this script in your inventory, to collect information about your own builds, or to better help customers, who may be too frustrated, or... otherwise distracted, to give you long, detailed, accurate diagnostic information.
It's free. It's copy/trans. And Frank will thank you.
(For a description of the Bright Object Reporter which is both more detailed and less spanky, click here.)
Kenna discovering that virtual coal
can sometimes be just too warm.Congratulations to Kenna Graves, who has just won our $1000 prize draw!
Kenna writes "Love meeting new people from around the world, and trying new things." So are you from around the world? And do you have a new thing? Then Kenna wants to meet you. And try it.
Join Bright Corporation Investors too! We regularly choose a member who has our Megashop in their picks to receive L$1,000 store credit. Just visit and click the investors sign. Even if you don't win the L$1,000 prize, we send out 'dividends' in the form of quality freebies to all our members.
Some have argued that the Bright Corporation is merely a vehicle by which CEO Shan Bright can indulge her dark personal obsessions while wielding corporate power and frenziedly amassing money.
And they say it like it's a bad thing? Why? (And how has Disney got away with it for so long?)
One of these obsessions is The Prisoner, a cult sixties television series devised by and starring Patrick McGoohan, and set in a beautiful but mysterious and dystopian place known only as The Village. Eleven years ago, this village was wonderfully recreated in Second Life by sister Prisoner fan Catty Erde, and BrightCorp were delighted to be commissioned to develop her Second Village website - archived online here - and open a shop there.
We also created the Bright Chica, inspired by the jeep-like British Mini-Moke which served as the Village taxi. While the Second Village site is sadly no longer in Second Life, we wanted to celebrate its memory by rereleasing the Chica as a freebie. If you're a member of the Bright Corporation Investors usergroup, you'll receive your copy automatically - but if not, do visit the and pick up yours there. They drive, they fly, and they can even be worn as an attachment to allow you to motor through no-rez areas. Then join the group! There's no charge, and you'll receive all future freebies automatically, and be entered for our regular prize draw.
(And if this obsession shouldn't strike you as particularly dark, be assured that the rest are, though unlike this one, they aren't available to you for free. For more information, chain yourself into a ball, IM
Goddess@brightcorporation.net, and wait.)
We have rebuilt our Bright Apartments block in Drax. The new apartments are larger, with gorgeous bow windows overlooking the region, and long open balconies. We have also introduced a menu system to allow residents to change the apartment's surface textures, and increased their prim allowance from 50 to 60.
Prim allowances in our Sky Chalets will also be increasing to 80.
Existing Apartment or Sky Chalet residents need do nothing: their rent boxes have been updated to allow the new prim allowances.
But if you are not currently renting a Bright home, and would like more information, click here.
SL Resident IJustWannaDance, dreaming
of a world in which people can read.Congratulations to IJustWannaDance, who won June's $1000 prize draw!
In case you were puzzled by this resident's name, she explains it in her profile. "As my SL name suggests, I Just Wanna Dance." It seems some have still failed to understand, as she continues "Meaning not looking for a relationship, nor am I lookilng for 'intimate' encounters." So her focus? "I love to dance so I searched Google for a word I could as a name that means dance. I found Mai in the search resutls. It's Japanese for 'Dance'."
The existence of profiles like these suggests that, sadly, some Second Life residents are still struggling with consent, respect, privacy, and basic literacy. I you want to dance, ask Mai. If you want to to shower someone with money in gratitude for a chance to serve, naked and chained, as a coffee table, foot-rest and ash-tray for her and her friends, contact Shan Bright, BrightCorp CEO and Freelance Goddess. But whatever you want from someone, do read their profile first.
Join Bright Corporation Investors too! We regularly choose a member who has our Megashop in their picks to receive L$1,000 store credit. Just visit and click the investors sign. Even if you don't win the L$1,000 prize, we send out 'dividends' in the form of quality freebies to all our members.
"Bouncy", "kerfuffle", "delphinestrian", "schadenfreude", and, of course, "cheese".
We, at the Bright Corporation, are in favour of words.
And yet, though Second Life allows you to build anything from a ziggurat to a gyrocopter, you can't write the words "ziggurat" or "gyrocopter" on a prim to put a simple sign in front of your build.
The best you can do is open an off-world graphics editor, create an image containing the word, upload this as a texture (paying L$10 for the privilege), and apply it to a prim.
If you wish to put up notices for your visitors, billboards showing news, advertisements of forthcoming events, or anything showing frequently changing text, this quickly becomes onerous and expensive.
We are proud to offer a solution: the Bright Text Screen.
Rez a screen, use chat to say the text you'd like to display, and your words will appear instantly.
The Bright Text Screen is unique. A simple menu allows you to set not only the size of the characters, but the number of rows, and characters per row. Display two rows of 10 characters, or 25 rows of 50, or 30 rows of 40... any layout up to a total of 1275 characters.
The screen allows you to embed "tokens" to change the colour of text, change between seven font styles, apply bold or inverted colour attributes, and generally create attractive, eye-catching displays.
And it comes with four free add-ons: a presenter to run slide-show style, interactive presentations, an ereader to allow notecards to be read like ebooks in a Kindle, a chat viewer to each local chat on-screen, and an email sign, which you can update just by sending an email, even when you aren't in Second Life!
If you are a scripter, you can also update the screen from your own scripts using a simple API, simply by sending chat messages - and be notified of users who click the text you display, and where they clicked.
The Bright Text Screen is a live, updatable page in Second Life. When you've finished Googling to find out what "delphinestrian" means, go to the and see one for yourself!
(For a detailed description of the Bright Text Screen, click here.)
The formula determining the capacity of a piece of land in Second Life is
p is the number of prims available,
n is the number you need, and
x is about seven.
This creates a problem, which top mathematicians at the Bright Corporation have now solved through the discovery of what they called "very small numbers", before begging to be unchained from their motivational electro-shock abaci and allowed to return to service pulling Mistress Bright's carriage.
The first very small number is 2: the number of prims making up the Bright Two-Prim Flat, a modern, menu-controlled home, with selectable sizing (from 4x4m to 64mx32m), textures and decorating schemes, and a built-in teleporter between floors (using temporary prims).
The second, and even smaller number, is 0: the price. The flat is free, and copyable. So get one. It's very cool.
And if you should see Mistress Bright's carriage being pulled across the regions of Second Life, do spare a sugar lump for the mathematicians.
(For a full description this marvellously minimalist home, click here.)
The recent fire damaging Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was a tragedy, though we can at least be thankful that there was no loss of life.
Like many, it prompted us learn more about this historic building, and see if it had ever been recreated in Second Life. It has - beautifully - and a brief video about it has been posted. See it on YouTube, and in-world.
While skilled, hard-working people repair the original, some good may yet come from this reminder of humanity's historic achievements, if it spurs a renewed effort to preserve them, and our world, for the future.
"Tell Suzy I'm on my way"
Don't you just hate it when you pop out to buy some groceries, only to find that everything goes black, and you find yourself floating in a featureless void for what seems an age, until suddenly the universe simply winks out of existence?
Unless you indulge in the recreational use of LSD, or have recently died, you probably haven't encountered this problem.
But an existential terror which was once the preserve of the dedicated acidhead has now been skilfully recreated by Linden Lab engineers for all Second Life residents. Dare to teleport since the latest server updates, and you are as likely to disappear from virtual reality altogether as you are to reach Big Suzy's Jelly Emporium, and Big Suzy's not the only one who's annoyed.
This blog post is to advise our (gorgeous) readers that (a) no, it's not just you, it is happening to everyone, (b) there doesn't seem to be anything you can do to avoid it until the Lindens fix the problem except, perhaps, walk, and (c) should you finally get there, for heaven's sake, don't eat the jelly.
Imprisoned by Disney for 20 years.
Getting out this week.
Sleep with one eye open, Mickey.
2019 is a special year for the Public Domain.
Under US law, works from 1923 were due to enter the Public Domain after 75 years, in 1999. But a number of corporations, led by Disney, lobbied Congress, and a 20 year "pause" on public domain was passed. As a result, no new work has entered the Public Domain in the US for two decades.
The pause ended on the first of January, and new films are entering the Public Domain once again.
And any film buff will find some gems. This year's batch include The Pilgrim by Charlie Chapline, The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. DeMille, Scaramouche by Rex Ingram, and Our Hospitality by Buster Keaton.
If you'd like to watch one of these films on your Bright TV, you'll need to find it online: but there are any number of sites which specialise in uploading Public Domain films, and a number of YouTube channels specialising in them.
One you have the URL you need, simply add it to the
BOOKMARKS notecard inside your Bright TV. For instance, for the Charlie Chaplin classic, add:
And now that Congress's twenty year moratorium is over, every year will see new Public Domain films. A Google search will quickly lead you to the many sites listing each January's batch, or previewing films to expect in future years.
It's true that both on YouTube, and in Second Life, pirate copies of more modern films are available: but be warned, both the links to the films themselves, and the groups that provide them, are constantly disappearing as the corporations' well-oiled cease-and-desist and DMCA machines churn.
But more to the point: the films finally becoming the property of humanity are part of our history, a window into the past, and include superb works of art. A little effort to find out what we are gifted each year is an excellent way to discover things which are not being marketed, and disrupt the carefully managed version of culture being pressed on us.
Treat yourself. Gain some perspective. You've just become the owner of some great old films. Watch one!
(Don't have a Bright TV? See it for yourself at the . And buy one. Old PD films look better on a Bright TV. That's science, that is.)
We are proud to celebrate the true meaning of Xmas by publishing the Twelfth Annual Bright Corporation Xmas Greeting Thingy.
Presents, chocolate, alcohol, and drunken uninhibition: all represented in the traditional form of two dozen images of gorgeous Santas and elves, dressed rather inadequately for the season, and festively bound in fairy lights, tinsel, and red and gold ribbons. It's all positively Dickensian, or at least would have been if Dickens had been a happy and liberated fetishist, which we choose to believe he was.
But if you prefer a more vanilla season, we have an alternative, also rather lovely: a collection of 24 works of art exhibited by the Metropolitan Museum of New York and made available via their "Open Access" programme, and all on the theme of "Winter".
Whether your celebrations are all about snowy scenes or restrained bounciness, we hope you enjoy the general version of the Xmas Greeting Thingy available from the , or the adult version from the .
Here's wishing a Merry Xmas to you all, and a Bright New Year!
Secret Rose Greeter LinianaYuki:
Sweet, subby, and dressed
for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
Sun, sea, and slaves.
"Secret Rose Slave Auction House and BDSM Playland" is an idyllic venue offering an exotic mix of natural beauty and human depravity. On visiting, Bright CEO Shan Bright felt immediately at home, being herself an exotic mix of natural beauty and human depravity.
All that was missing was a Bright Corporation Minishop: so we built one.
The adorable creature at Mistress Bright's feet in this picture is "Kitty" (sarasven), whom we met at Secret Rose, and who communicates only with "meow", but meowed consent to being included in our publicity shots. Her favourite kink is "meow", her limits are "meow" and "meow", and her safeword is "counterfactualization".
Visit Secret Rose. Relax and listen to the ocean. Buy slaves, and recreate memories of happy childhood holidays by burying them up to their neck in sand at low tide. Or sell yourself, having carefully added "drowning" to your limits. And remember to bring some milk for Kitty.
(For a list of all Bright Corporation shops, click here.)
It is shocking to think that beneath our clothes, we are all naked.
Despite never seeing the bare jiggly bits of most people we meet, we know they are there, as we are confronted with the stark and ever-changing reality of our own jiggly bits every day. And, if we're not heart-breakingly unlucky, we've unwrapped those of at least a few others.
For some reason, though, we seldom apply the same logic to our feelings. We know that passions almost never expressed in public nevertheless are alive in our own souls, but we are still inclined to worry that they aren't alive in others. That they are... odd. Of course, they aren't.
Anyone wanting proof need only log in to Second Life. Freed from social hypocrisy, protected by anonymity, half the people in Pixeltown are leading the other half around on leashes. It is a world in which BDSM (among a thousand other innocent and utterly human pleasures irrationally censured in everyday life) is accepted. Be happy for all those hearts beating a little faster with excitement. Weep for the nonsensical shame they are made to feel for the same joys in analog reality.
The Bright Collar and Bright Cuffs were amongst the Corporation's earliest products, and are symbolic of our support of SL's BDSM community, and of free lives - first and second - in general. They have always been free, copyable, and transferable. Wear them, have others wear them, and have fun.
The Bright Collar incorporates a set of scripts known as "Open Collar", developed back in 2008 by Nandana Singh, and released free and open source. This was a huge and generous gift to power exchange lovers, and now sits around many, many necks.
But recently, a split divided those distributing Open Collar. The project's founders felt that some developers were commercialising the project, and allowing some private businesses privileged influence over its direction. The story is complicated, and told differently by different people with different views, but the result was that the project "forked", and two different Open Collar script sets now exist.
At first glance, this seems a shame. But it is natural, and even healthy. Open source exists to be reused and modified. The new project, using the somewhat whimsical brand "Peanut No. 9", is now free to move in a direction of its own. If this is towards more controlled permissions, chargeable development tools, and links to proprietary products, there are some who will prefer this: a measure of commercialisation can sometimes tidy up an inherently chaotic community development approach. Hell, we sell a few proprietary development tools ourselves :)
But we are glad a team has formed around the original developers to keep Open Collar available on the basis first envisaged, and are proud to support them as an official distributor and developer. Their latest release, Open Collar 7.1, has been incorporated into the new Bright Collar, and both the Bright Collar itself, and the Open Collar system, are available from the and the . Thank you Nandana for your gift to all the secretly naked people, and a Happy Tenth Birthday to the Open Collar.
You can find out more about Open Collar at opencollar.cc.
If you've spent the day hanging from a dance pole, jiggling sweatily like a hot, sentient blancmange, the least visitors can do is show their appreciation in forms more convertible (and frankly longer lasting) than an erection.
Rez a free Bright Tip-Jar and it will collect donations, thank donors, give out gifts, show lists of givers, and even let you set targets.
Pasties aren't free, you know. (This product will also work for non sex workers, in non adult venues, but we don't care.)
There is a wonderful, Inception-like surreality to peering into your screen to see your avatar sitting peering into a screen, and if we at Bright are committed to anything except power, money, and sexually toying with human playthings, which we aren't, we're committed to supporting wonderful, Inception-like surreality.
So we're retiring our old Bright TV, and releasing in its place our new Bright TV and Radio.
It's a new, better TV. It works anywhere you can rez it: no need to own the land. It offers built-in help and an online media guide to take you to everything from live news to classic films. And even with a 2m screen, it can be dropped into your handbag in a way Samsung's flexiscreen smartphone developers can only dream of.
And, as the name "Bright TV and Radio" cunningly suggests, it now comes with radio. Use this to set your land's "parcel music". And if you're a landlord, and would like to let tenants on your land choose music without having to deed their own radios, the new Bright Radio has a system allowing that too.
No, your avatars aren't watching Third Life within Second Life: with the Bright TV, they can gaze from Second Life back into First Life. And who is to say which is the real First Life? (Discuss.)
(For a description of the Bright TV and Radio which neither takes gratuitous pokes at Samsung nor invites you to consider the metaphysics of digital consciousness like the latest installment of Black Mirror, click here.)
It is terribly shallow to assume you can't sincerely love someone, and also want their money.
You shouldn't actually mug your friends, of course. (At least, not without consent and a clearly agreed safeword.) Knocking someone out and removing cash from their unconscious body will put a strain on any relationship.
But crafting things of wonder and beauty is undoubtedly act of love: indeed, of universal love, extended not only to those who grant you access to their bodies, but to all humanity.
So don't be ashamed to charge for what you make. If it good? Did you agonise over its design, lavishing hours of close attention on its execution? Then sell with pride.
Most importantly, sell using the new Bright Multivendor.
Because it is wonderful. Everything is controlled through a single menu. It will add and remove prims its own prims: each extra prim showing five extra product panels! Configure it to periodically shuffle its product display, provide product notecards to browsing customers, report sales, split revenues between you and your partner, and so much more.
So use the Bright Multivendor to sell to them. Because you love them. And we love you.
(For more information about our business products which doesn't read like a Ayn Rand after a joint, click here.)
There are some products which, if they leave you wondering why they would be of any use to you, won't be.
Not all. Some things, like The Clangers, or recreational drugs, you need to try first to truly appreciate. But when you see an ad for the 'CopperTail' Feline Electro-grounder you will either be bemused, or grab your phone to order one immediately as you recall a thousand painful shocks you've received from the weirdly static-prone cat who is watching you as you read, crackling faintly. (Watch out for our upcoming 'CopperTail' KickStarter campaign.)
Our new, free, Bright Loader is one of these products. It is a script. Drop it on object A, then object B, it will will offer to copy all the items in A - animations, notecards, objects, scripts, the works - to B. Or wear it in a HUD, and you can copy from objects to the HUD, or vice versa. It has settings to control what should be copied, whether scripts should be reset or run, and much else.
You either have to do such copying already, or you don't. If you do - to stock product vendors, or replicate the contents of one build in another, or for any reason - you'll know it is a pain to do manually, and will not be reading this as you will already have clicked the link above.
If you don't, sorry. But do try The Clangers. Cheaper than drugs, legal, and more mind-broadening.
(For a list of all our freebies, click here.)
You're cruising the grid in Second Life: laughing maniacally as you build an anti-Linden death ray in your favourite sandbox, or dancing as if being electrocuted in a sweaty BDSM themed night club, as you watch several other club goers who are actually being electrocuted.
(Note to non-Second Lifers: it's all true, this is exactly what Second Life is like.)
And then you discover you urgently need a scripted, vibrating strap-on, a collection of art by Gauguin, and a small toy bear. Oh, and perhaps above all, a personal inventory management system. But where might you find these items?
At a Bright Minishop, that's where. To meet the needs of evil genius supervillains, depraved hedonists, and you if you happen to be neither (though do try them), the Bright Corporation is proud to offer outlets at all Second Life's best (and very, very worst) venues.
We're proud to announce four new Bright Minishops:
One of Second Life's best known and best loved sandboxes, run by an old friend: the ridiculously nice Gillian Carthage.
A venue for women, and people who love women, especially other women. Much love to owner Susan Mowadeng for her wonderful support.
A live, 24 hour public orgy. (Dress appropriately: you will get wet.) Sweetheart owner JaneHappy also uses Bright Advertising Boards to display some of the largest and most breathtakingly graphic ads in Second Life. (No, not shown: you'll have to visit.)
A FemDom venue where boys sit quietly on the floor, gazing up at you like rabbits peering into headlights, desperately hoping to be run over. Impossibly elegant T-girl Mynx (MisPixl) runs things with style.
Visit them. And visit us when you visit them. And, you know, buy things. Hell, a girl's got to eat.
(For a list of all our shops, click here.)
Go and do something fun.
Visit . Rez a free scooter from the Bright Scooter Rezzer, and ride it down their curvy, atmospheric mountain roads as fast as you can, in pursuit of a place on their best times board. The wind in your prims, and the authentic sound of a classic Italian two-stroke in your ears... what could be better?
Many thanks to the lovely Elic Epsilon, who created this site, and introduced us to it when she contacted us for support. Ride free.
Due to a weird teleport glitch, Bright Corporation founder and CEO Shan Bright recently found herself in front of Trey Gowdy and the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
We release the following transcript as a matter of public duty.
[14:12] Trey Gowdy: You are well-known typing error and agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Peter Strzok, are you not?
[14:12] Shan Bright: No.
[14:14] Trey Gowdy: Oh. Sorry.
[14:14] Shan Bright: Don't look lke that. I'll be anyone you want for 20,000 Lindens an hour.
[14:14] Trey Gowdy pauses.
[14:15] Trey Gowdy: Will you admit to being a pinko-communist Trump-hater and depraved pervert while I rage at you dressed in a Captain America costume?
[14:15] Shan Bright: Of course, darling.
Trey Gowdy paid you L$100,000.
Trey Gowdy's Patriotic Prim Attachment is twitching.
[14:15] Shan Bright: Naughty boy.
Shan Bright's display name is now Peter Strzok.
[14:16] Peter Strzok shouts: We all hate Trump! For his rugged orangey good looks, huge Obama-beating inauguration crowd, and powerful if tiny hands!
[14:17] Trey Gowdy: You're just a Godless, leftist, oddly large-breasted FBI traitor slut, aren't you Strzok?
[14:17] Peter Strzok touches her tongue to her upper lip.
[14:17] Peter Strzok: What are you going to do about it, MAGA-man?
Anderson Cooper has logged out.
Oceanside was a classic, traditional Second Life sandbox: popular with both builders, and the companies who supported it by renting commercial space round its perimeter.
Such venues are the lifeblood of Second Life, and the most lawlessly virtual places in a virtual world. Second Life is, ultimately, a life sandbox: and in sandboxes within that sandbox residents enjoy the purest freedom to create, experiment, and interact without predetermined purpose, and without cost.
We ran a Bright Minishop at Oceanside for years, and were sorry to see it close. Show some love to your local sandbox. Even if you are a 'premium' user, with access to Linden Lab's soulless 'premium sandboxes', slum it: at least from time to time. Most non-Linden sandboxes are run purely for love. Love them back.
(If you were a visitor to the Bright Minishop at Oceanside, click here for a list of all our shops.)
We're sorry to see that HippoTech, personified in the form of its iconic blue friendly hippo, has ceased trading.
Hippo were best known for their HippoRent and HippoVend systems, and their rent boxes and vendors both relied on continued support from off-world servers to work. Hippovend employed another company to run these servers for them, and when the servers hit trouble, all existing Hippo vendors and rent boxes across the grid suddenly failed.
It seems Hippo decided that, as new sales of their products had slowed, the substantial and complex rescue effort required to migrate support for existing systems to new servers was simply not justified.
This is awkward to comment on. On the one hand, many existing Hippo customers were simply abandoned. It's not merely they had no future support: their systems, which they might have paid for just last week, were suddenly, and irretrievably, dead.
On the other hand, there was always a problem with this business model. Buying a Hippo system for a one-off payment meant relying on the company to provide support continously and indefinitely, but without any additional revenue. It was always an unsustainable business model, and given that, survived a surprisingly long time.
This has happened before, of course. Apez - a Second Life company also selling systems with off-world dependencies - collapsed in 2011. They too left thousands of rent boxes, suddenly transformed into inert, meaningless black cubes.
This is why no Bright product has off-world dependencies. As long as Second Life itself works, our products will work, even if the Bright Corporation itself is wiped out in a nuclear strike. We know many Bright customers - intelligent and rather gorgeous individuals every one - appreciate this, though we still hope they'd miss us.
Ultimately, Hippo supported their users for well over a decade, and for business systems which cost perhaps as much as a cup of real world coffee, that is a remarkable record. It seems very likely that - for all except the newest customers - they real provided real value.
Farewell Hippo, and Wallow in Peace.
(If you relied on HippoRent, and would like a feature-rich alternative which cannot fail in this way, click here.)
The 'Adult Hub' was originally formed by collaboration between Linden Lab and a number of SL creators, aiming to offer a starting point from which to explore adult content (and the adult continent of 'Zindra') in Second Life.
Though rather reduced in size from its original five regions, two remain: Adult Hub SEX and Adult Hub BDSM. The Bright Corporation has been part of both since they opened.
During recent redevelopment, a new Adult Sandbox was created in Adult Hub SEX, and we were invited to open a freebie shop for sandox users. Visit it. It's wonderful. The sandbox is nice too.
(For a list of all our shops and outlets, click here.)
We'd like to thank those who contacted the Corporation over Xmas, and indeed throughout the years we've been making things, renting out homes, and occassionally chaining people up and torturing them.
Every email and IM is valued, as is the occassional bit of artwork. We thought we'd start the year by sharing a couple with you.
This first is a drawing of our Bright Rapida sports car, beautifully hand-drawn by a happy owner. Thank you!
This, the sender confesses, is not original, but an image he found 'while browsing' (we feel the word browsing is being used rather broadly here), and which he felt must surely be of Bright founder and CEO Shan Bright.
Thanks to you too. We think.
(Note: A reverse image search of this imaginative portrait will take you to sites you may not want in your browser history.)