Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Update: Googleising the Client.

Falk Bergman, who you might know for winning the NWN Book Expo, wasted no time when he entered Second Life after the update. Eager to test out the new F1 Help using Mozilla.
And quickly he discoverd that the url was saved as plain text in the Secondlife.exe, a bit of hexediting later he opened google from within SL.

He wasn't completly happy with this because you can't just input a url to open. No time wasting he made a simple page where you can do exactly that. And what we have now is a working browser, right inside the Second Life client. Offcourse some sites might not work properly, but we already had sites with shockwave, flash and java running.

This is not something that you should try if you don't have any idea what i'm talking about. And for the others i have probably already told enough to figure out how to do it themselves. But if you are curious you can read Falk's forum post here, about what to do. He also shared the web pages so you can put those on your site and point the browser there.

Good job Falk!

A little Linden birdy told us we where doing it the really hardway. Because it turns out to be real simple to change the homepage of the F1 help browser.
Open: c:\Documents and Settings\WindowsUserName\Application Data\SecondLife\user_settings\settings.ini
and add: HtmlHelpHomePage
Or any other website.
Our mucking in the exe did help us find the proper name of the setting, so not all was pointless. :)

Thanks Chandra Page for the quick thinking. She posted a simple explanation on her blog as well.

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