In 2019, XRadio began broadcasting its stream throughout the Second Life virtual world grid. Since then, we have grown from a fledgling community radio station serving a small community of listeners into a huge powerhouse of a SuperStation, broadcasting throughout many affiliate SIMs, commercial and private, all across the grid. You can see the progress of that in XRadio 2020: A Year In Review.
XRadio started off the year as a small community radio station and has transformed itself in The SL SuperStation, heard on multiple commercial SIMs and the choice of music on countless private SIMs. Outside Second Life, XRadio has continued to grow in southeast Asia, especially in the nation that houses our server, Singapore. We thank all of you that tune in, whether in Second Life or in your First Life. We will continue to grow and strive to be your station of choice for online music and entertainment.XRadio 2020: A Year In Review
Today, we are pleased to say that we have expanded into yet another virtual world grid, with land and a spot in the Alife Virtual grid. Alife is another three-dimensional, fully-interactive virtual world. According to OpenSimulator, the grid has more than 10,000 registered users over 500+ regions. As in Second Life, you can dance to DJ-driven music, Shop for fashion, roleplay, and more.
The most important aspect of the XRadio InfoHub: Alife Virtual is that it connects us to the Hypergrid.
Well, to get the best explanation for the Hypergrid, let’s turn to someone that was one of the core developers of OpenSimulator, justincc;
Essentially, a Hypergrid is a confederation of OpenSim systems that have enabled the Hypergrid facility. Each user has a home grid or standalone where their user profile, avatar appearance and inventory is stored. Possible homes range from a standalone on the user’s own machine up to a large OpenSim grid hosted by a third party. Users can travel from their home to a different grid or standalone via a hyperlink (set up via some funky map and region handle manipulation). When they arrive at the foreign grid, they carry with them the url of their home asset and inventory services. This mean that in the Hypergrid;
1. If a user rezzes an object from their inventory, the assets for that object are fetched from the home asset service and permanently inserted into the foreign asset service. So when that user goes away or logs off, the assets are still available to be seen by everybody else.
2. If a user copies/takes an object from a foreign grid, then the relevant inventory and asset data gets sent to their home inventory and asset services.
In other words, the necessary information to rez inventory and avatar appearance is transparently passed between linked grids as necessary. This allows a user to hop around different Hypergrid enabled grids and standalones as if they were travelling around a single system.What is the Hypergrid? – December 19, 2008 – justincc
Basically, the Hypergrid is hundreds of virtual worlds that allow avatars to travel between them. Any OpenSimulator-based world that is connected to the Internet can be on the hypergrid and to travel from one world to another, you must first start out with an avatar on one such world. Learn How to Use the Hypergrid here.
OpenSimulator is an open-source server platform for hosting virtual worlds and the Metaverse. It is largely compatible with Second Life and uses a modified Second Life protocol for client to server communication. Its use is so very similar to Second Life and it even uses many of the same viewers used for Second Life.
OpenSim, as it is commonly called, has a number of features not available in Second Life. These include extensions to the scripting language that enable saving and retrieval of text data to avatar inventory in notecard format and the creation and management of non-player characters (NPCs).
OpenSim also uses an architecture known as “Hypergrid”, which allows users to teleport between multiple OpenSim-based virtual worlds by providing a hyperlinked map which indexes public grids. This allows for public grids to retain teleportation links to each other without having to be on the same grid. The number of hypergrid enabled opensimulator grids fluctuates. A list of active hypergrid enabled opensimulator grids is maintained by Hypergrid Business-Active Hypergrids. As of January 2020, there were just over 300 active hypergrid-enabled services.
How to Visit the XRadio InfoHub: Alife Virtual
Wanna come check out the first of many XRadio InfoHubs? It’s got all the information you can need about the station, its affiliates and how to affiliate with XRadio. XRadio InfoHUb: ALife is – if I do say so myself – pretty gorgeous and a great place to relax. Or maybe you want to party at Club DaVinci – XRadio’s very own club on the hypergrid!?! All you have to do after you create an avatar on any of the hypergrid-enabled virtual worlds is click this link. Then click “HG“.
We’ll see you there.