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Okay, colour me a little surprised. Second Life’s “Basic mode” has gone from its first development build to a live beta in just one day, apparently with its basic bugs still intact.

Sure, I  like the basic mode, except (of course) the lack of a snapshot facility, and that it is much more frustrating to try to move around with it (among other things the click-to-move feature gets tangled up with the rest of the UI, causing a lot of unexpected frog-hopping, plus that feature’s tendency to jam the avatar through walls and other intervening obstacles).

Switching between basic and advanced mode is awkward, so you’ll want to keep that to an absolute minimum. For someone getting into Second Life for the very first time, this could be quite good – barring the obvious problems, of course.

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