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Incoming changes to the MechanizedLife Store relatively to Linden Lab’s new XstreetSL policies

Dear customers,

Many of our customers probably already read about the roadmap of incoming changes to the XstreetSL marketplace as described on Linden Lab’s blog. Tho we will refrain from commenting this change in policy, we believe our customers can understand our concerns regarding the impact of such policy on the burgeoning and vast ecosystem of content creators. As we believe those policies affects XstreetSL as a free market, we also believe MechanizedLife must opt in for alternative web commerce solutions that will be beneficial to our customers.

This is why MechanizedLife will take the following measures in the incoming days:

  • We will downsize our presence on XstreetSL to a strict minimum, only keeping our most successful products on there.
  • After selecting what we consider to be the best alternative out there, we will redirect all of our current web product links to this new commerce portal.
  • We will register and list our products on a couple of selected alternative commerce portals after we are done evaluating them.
  • We will provide an alternative web mechanism for our customers to be able to get special freebies like our CalendarCog Password Resetter. We will also make such key items available inworld.
  • We will retire all our other freebies from XstreetSL, including the popular SLURL HUD, which will only be available inworld at the MechanizedLife store. We may re-list it on alternative commerce portals.
  • We will encourage our customers to visit us inworld as we appreciate both your business and your traffic, or shop from our alternative web store.

We apologize for any temporary inconveniences during this transitional phase, but we hope our customers will gain an improved shopping experience as a result of it. Thanks and kudos to all of our customers for their continuous feedback and support, and making MechanizedLife what it is today.

Codie <3

ML Spotlight: Crap Cogs

Hi, I’m Paypabak Writer and I will be highlighting the people and places using MechanizedLIFE products on what I hope to be a weekly or at least three-times-a-month basis. The first person I thought of (and whom Codie also suggested) was Crap Mariner! Crap wrote about Calendar Cogs back in September 2008 and has been a great advocate of our products for even longer! Up until the most recent release of Cog Kiosks in a set of ten different types of prim displays, Crap had a habit of stripping the script out of the old kiosks and inserting them in shapes she thought best expressed her whimsical place in the SLuniverse. But the new configuration includes an invisible prim version that now suits her best. She’s placed them in bells, bridge signs, and large clocks among other things, displaying the events that occur on various sims in her community.

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As she told me during our tour: “Things have quieted down a bit around here since the heyday of the Clocktower, but there’s a few events a week at the Yak, Louis’ weekly improvs [reference to the Louis Volare Peace Center], storytelling on the beach, and so on. So if folks are wandering around or coming in, they can see at a glance that things do happen [and when]. And since everybody in the neighborhood has access to the Google calendar, they … use the same core calendar, and I deploy the kiosks for them if they want them. Cogs allow for people to cross-promote, etc. without being annoying during event and shouting or wasting group slots.”

They suck at math, which explains why they call themselves Five Islands when there are really ten sims involved. Craps describes their community as “half free-range loony-bin, half bunker from the real world.” Crap really appreciates how the Cog Kiosks are such a low-prim investment for alerting visitors to the events of Edloe Island, Nowhereville, and Blakslee World, relieving the community of building signs for events. For evil kicks, Crap readily admits placing sit-ball pillows under the main landing points in her sim: “yes, i intentionally put these pillows here so if people rest here, folks teleporting in land on them. I’m a total shit ;)” So underneath that lovely metal exterior is a rusty metal interior! Thanks, Crap for taking the time to show me around your wonderful sims and for using our products. Some of the best live music performers play Crap’s venue, so keep an eye out of those kiosks!!

FilterCam Halloween Edition!

Preview - FilterCam 1.05 Halloween Edition

We just released this new Halloween Edition of FilterCam, including 5 new masks by the amazing Ryker Beck, and 6 very nice presets. FilterCam users, just wear your HUD to get the new update. Or else, get FilterCam in our inworld store at Rouge or from SLX. For an undetermined time, FilterCam is 50% off. Get it now!

Beware of VirtualGet.Net and other scam sites

Word has come to us that MechanizedLife products were listed on what seems to be a credit card phishing scam website called http://virtualget.net. All our valued customers must be aware that we DO NOT sell our products on ANY other website than http://xstreetsl.com. Any other website claiming to re-sell our products are doing so illicitly. Beware that if you buy a product on such unauthorized website, we cannot help you or deliver our products in any way, as we have no links with them. If you got scammed by such website, we suggest you open a support ticket at Linden Labs to report the fraudulent website. We are already aware of VirtualGet but if you discover any other website claiming to resell our products, please report them to us directly.

CalendarCogs Business 2.0 launched: 50% off Labour Day special

As we just launch CalendarCog Business 2.0, a complete CalendarCog package for your business, we are discounting it 50% for today only! See the SLX listing here.

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CalendarCog Business Pack
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Are you a club owner? Event manager? Show organizer? Fashion agent? Store owner?

Whatever the type of schedule you’re managing, MechanizedLife’s CalendarCogs fulfills all of the business calendaring needs of your organization.

CalendarCogs is a complete system for managing and displaying Google Calendar events to your customers and staff inside SecondLife.

It can display your calendar events as:
- a large, attention getting display great for the wall (CalendarCog SuperBoard)
- a smaller more discrete display for doorways or remote locations (CalendarCog Kiosk)
- a display and reminder HUD for individual use by your customers and staff (CalendarCog HUD)

The CalendarCog Business Pack is a bundle of all of these components designed to get your business up and running immediately while saving you 1399$L (versus buying the components separately.)

Things you should know about the CalendarCog Business Pack:
- CalendarCog is the ultimate event promotion tool to keep your schedule in front of your visitors and bring in traffic.
- the HUD provides a benefit to your customers and staff, as they can manage their own calendar as well.
- HUD users can sync events from your kiosks or boards, and be reminded to participate!
- the pack includes a HUD vendor, so it provides you the opportunity to earn as a reseller.
- the configuration of the system is primarily web based
(using the CalendarCogs website and Google Calendars to maintain your schedule)
- the system is both sophisticated yet simple to deploy.

CalendarCog Customer Service
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At MechanizedLife, we pride ourselves on our customer service. We have dedicated support staff, and support requests are addressed quickly and thoroughly.

Our motto is:
“No customer left unsatisfied with our products. We will go the extra mile to satisfy our customers.”

Contents of the CalendarCog Business Pack
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The CalendarCog Business Pack includes:
- 1 x CalendarCog SuperBoard (copy/no trans) - Large displays for clubs and venues 1,699 L$
- 1 x CalendarCog Kiosk (copy/no trans) - Low footprint calendar displays 499 L$
- 10 x CalendarCog HUD (no copy/trans) - Personal wearable calendar HUDs for your staff or customers 2,500 L$
- 1 x CalendarCog HUD Vendor with 15% commission. Revenue opportunity!
Reselling the low cost HUD to your crowd means more event attendance. They get reminded!
You can also buy additional HUDs for your staff, with a rebate. Additional savings!
- Special quick setup guide for your business

Value: 6,398 L$ (sold separately)
Price: 4,999 L$ (as a pack)
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Save: 1,399 L$

We hope that CalendarCog Business will suit your needs as a business owner, as we put much effort to make it easy to deploy for the smallest to largest organizations. Stay tuned for more!

Codie is on vacation: 50% off everything at MechanizedLife!

Codie will take a vacation until the 23th of august 2009. Until then, everything is 50% off at MechanizedLife. This offer is valid inworld only, both at the Rouge mainstore and on Starlust’s Harold store.

Please take note that Codie will be unavailable to answer your requests, please direct them to Paypabak Writer for tech support, or Gabby Panacek for other inquiries.

UPGRADE: CalendarCog Board/SuperBoard 2.0 RELEASED!

Yes, finally, it’s here! We at MechanizedLife are very thrilled and proud to anounce that the new generation of CalendarCog Board and SuperBoard are now available for purchase on SLX or inworld at MechanizedLife Store, on Rouge.

Here are a few highlights of what’s new:

  • CogServer no longer required; greatly improved and simplified setup!
  • Adaptive 4/5 lines display with optional board label
  • Kiosk interface, click to list events in chat, and HUD users can synchronize events
  • New hovertext Verbose mode to help diagnostics
  • New uniform modular architecture, complete rewrite of the Controller and Display components
  • Owners can add events using: /15 add

Automated upgrades should do their job in the next 24h. If you don’t get your upgrade, please contact CodeBastard Redgrave directly for a manual delivery.

UPGRADE: CalendarCog Board 2.0 in beta testing

We are really thrilled to anounce that the new CalendarCog 2.0 is ongoing beta testing as we speak. CalendarCog is a Google Calendar driven event board for SecondLife. And the best event board in SL will become even better.

MechanizedLife CalendarCogs Board and new SuperBoard

So, what is the big deal with 2.0? So many things! Here is a list of the biggest changes in the upcoming version:

  • No need for the CogServer anymore; CalendarCog Board will now be a standalone, independent device that will only need to be rezzed and configured like the Kiosks. That means much easier configuration. They still can be “grouped” together through the CalendarCog website.
  • Kiosk capabilities; the CalendarCog Board will now become an over-inflated Kiosk. Users will be able to click on the Board to get a list of upcoming events in IM, and also synchronize events with their CalendarCog HUD.
  • This is yet to be tested, but the CalendarCog Board owners should also be able to add events to their calendars in the same way it’s done with the HUD
  • Automated 5 vs. 4 line display, adjusting itself if you add a board label or not
  • Hover text diagnostic dialog, so you always know what’s going on while operating the board

The new version of the CalendarCog Board is currently in testing phase, but we are working on a few enhancements and additions too, and it should be released in the upcoming week. All current Board users will be upgraded automatically.

UPGRADE: CalendarCog Kiosk 1.8 released!

Finally, we released the 1.8 version of the amazing CalendarCog Kiosk.

It needed a complete overhaul, some basic, like AM/PM time. It needed a few bug fixes, namely for synchroning events from the Kiosks to CalendarCog HUDs. It needed a new look. We opted for several new looks, created from scratch. And we think we delivered.

MechanizedLife CalendarCog Kiosks - ALL Models

What is that CalendarCog thing, I hear you ask? CalendarCog is Google Calendars for SecondLife. And the CalendarCog Kiosk is a low lag, low prim, small footprint, lightweigth display for your Google Calendars in SecondLife. Kiosks displays events by cycling them as hover text, and will list all events when touched.

New in this release:
- AM/PM time and military time both supported!
- Synchronization bug fix
- Reset bug fix
- GET HUD option for your visitors
- CONFIG menu option to reach the website
- No more blind loading, progress bars and counters always tells you what is going on
- Removed superfluous ( ) when event has no location
- And a few more goodies…

CalendarCog Square has also been discontinued and is replaced by the CalendarCog Kiosk package, containing a square version. All customers who have not recieved updates are not in my database, please contact CodeBastard Redgrave inworld for a replacement.

Purchase CalendarCog Kiosk

Independence and Canada day promo: 2 for 1 on everything!

Until the 4th of July 2009, buy anything at the MechanizedLife or Rouge Boutique and get the same item for free, delivered to any friend or alt.

How does it work?

Buy any item(s) and send a notecard to CodeBastard Redgrave containing the following details:

Your avatar name:

Item(s) bought:

Place of purchase: (Inworld or SLX)

Date of purchase:

Avatar to recieve the free item(s):

Your free items will be delivered within 24h by CodeBastard Redgrave. Only applicable to items bought between the 28th of June 2009 and the 4th of July 2009.

Enjoy!

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