I have a confession to make. I, Fideaux Boucher, cause lag.
I suppose that I had heard that attaching lots of prims to your avatar caused lag, but it wasn’t until I saw the following video from Torley Linden that I really understood how it worked:
At the very end, Torley comments about how the effort involved by the grid in drawing prims attached to avatars (called Avatar Rendering Count, or ARC in Linden-speak) is a major source of lag. So just to be curious, I thought I would check my own number. How bad could it be, right?
OOOOOOOHHHHHHH NNNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!! 2402???
How could this be!! I’m a good SL citizen. I pay my fees, I clean up my prims from sandboxes, I update my profile . . . occasionally. How could I be a drag on the net?
So I immediately decided to jettison some things. First my necklace, my mala beads that were a group gift from a Buddhist group I’m part of. Still over 2100. Oh my, I’m going to have to cut a little deeper. So off with my new leather braclets. I love these things. Color change scripts . . . sigh.
Still over 2000? Damn. Am I much more complicated than I thought?
So now, I detach my beloved AKEYO chucks. And my prim hair. Well, now that makes a difference. But still over a 1300 prims, well in the orange range. What else could it be? Am I doomed to be a bald, unadorned, shoeless weirdo for the rest of my Second Life? And then it hits me . . .
Arcadia Asylum makes great freebies and sells a lot of them on SLExchange.com. I was so tickled to find this typewriter typing override. Detach it though, and just like that, I go from 1376 to a paltry 25.
So as much as I love it, I’m putting the Ol’ Smith & Corona in an inventory box. Maybe I’ll drag it out when I go to a writer’s group meeting or something. And I can wear my shoes and other things and keep below 1000. And after this, I have only one question . . .
Torely, am I a good SL citizen now? 😀