Gwyneth Llewelyn has an outstanding explanation today of the difficulties of upgrading the SL grid and the amazing complexities of this system/world that we take for granted.

While IANAP (I am not a programmer), it’s clear we should be grateful that each update only takes 5 hours every two weeks. In particular, I like how she takes out the typical Linden blog whiners in a very good comment at New World Notes:

The SL developers are magicians โ€” they provide us the illusion that SL “is almost like a game” (ie. it has 3D graphics… and the avatars look cute ๐Ÿ™‚ ) when in fact it’s a hugely complex environment. But all this is “hidden under the hood” so to speak โ€” you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to *use* SL, just one to understand how it works ๐Ÿ™‚

Some things are not done by the developers (no matter how loudly people yell at them!) not because they’re lazy, uncaring, ignorant, or incompetent. They are not done because they might very well be *impossible*. This is something very very hard to understand for most people. When one is used to have “magic” that works, one tends to expect that the wizards can do whatever they want โ€” and if they don’t do whatever *we* want, it’s because they’re mean or lazy. Well. The sad truth is that SL borders on the miraculous โ€” pushing the edge of technology beyond anything people thought it would be possible to do.

Maybe I won’t be so concerned this Wednesday.

OK, strike that.

I’m *vewwwy* nervous about this Wednesday, but for so many more reasons than the update. ๐Ÿ™‚