AviWorlds reopens as a ‘fun’ grid

The drama-plagued AviWorlds grid is back up under its previous ownership with a new domain name, and a new business model.

“This will not be a commercial grid and you can only enter by invitation or referral,” grid owner and founder Alexsandro Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business. He is also known as Alex Ferraris in-world.

But the grid is hypergrid-enabled, he said, and people can teleport in via hypergrid to aviworlds.us:8002.

(Image courtesy Alexsandro Pomposelli .)

(Image courtesy Alexsandro Pomposelli .)

“I am going to focus now on creating a super freebie area where people from all the grids can come and get stuff for their grids,” he said. “Having fun! Name of the game.”

The grid is hosted on Pomposelli home-based server, an eight-core system with 32 gig and 100 MBPS of upload speed.

Business model roulette

AviWorlds has a history of dramatically changing its business models.

It’s getting a little hard to keep track, but I’m going to say that this is the eighth incarnation of AviWorlds, which has a history of coming back from the dead.

And this is the sixth time, by my count, that the grid has turned on hypergrid connectivity. In the past, AviWorlds’ hypergrid connectivity hasn’t lasted long — even though, according to a recent OpenSim hosting survey, 81 percent of respondents said that the hypergrid was their favorite feature of OpenSim.

At the time, Pomposelli said that the important statistic wasn’t the 81 percent who appreciated the hypergrid — but the 19 percent who didn’t.

“Which is probably composed of shop owners,” he told Hypergrid Business.

AviWorlds timeline

January 18, 2015: Mike Hart gives up on trying to run AviWorlds

January, 10 2015: AviWorlds now owned by Mike Hart, but Pomposelli changes mind about sale

December 2014: AviWorlds turns off hypergrid for fourth time

October 2014: Aviworlds merges with NextReality, also with SkyLife and QuickLife

September 2014: SkyLife’s Josh Boam steps in to help AviWorlds with technology

August, 2014: AviWorlds relaunches, pledges to ‘stay online forever’

July 2014: AviWorlds briefly experiments with Kitely hosting

June 22, 2014: AviWorlds reopens for the fifth time as ‘private community’

June 14, 2014: New business model: free land and hypergrid

May 2014: AviWorlds down after DDOS attack, ends Zetamex hosting

March 2014: AviWorlds shuts off hypergrid for third time

December 2013: AviWorlds closes due to ‘real life complications’

November 2013: AviWorlds closes ‘for the last time’

July 2013: AviWorlds shuts down with no warning

April 2013: AviWorlds leaves Dreamland, tries self-hosting

November 2012: AviWorlds expands with free land campaign

May 2011: AvWorlds abandons high-price strategy

March 2011: AvWorlds launches with a ‘high price’ business model

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  • The best part about running it as a personal grid? It doesn’t have to be up all the time. In fact, personal grids are expected to be down a lot. On my Active Grids list, I count those grids as active if they’ve been up at least once the preceding month.

    … and I see that http://aviworlds.us:8002/wifi is down … — but I’m not marking it closed or suspended until it stays down for a full month.

    • Frank Corsi

      Virtual Vanguards has been offline for a few months now, I think maybe its closed! How do i know, it was on my server and I know its closed. My server is still online but the grid is closed.

      • I’ve been checking its status here: http://71.6.220.67:8002/get_grid_info

        It was up last time I checked but, right now, does show that it’s down.

        I’ll mark is as “closed” in my database.

      • Alex Ferraris

        Hi Frank I am still debating about what I am going to do. I have to balance out the costs and the worthiness of all this. But my server at home is just crashing and shuts down …weird.

        • Frank Corsi

          CloudServe.biz is ready to pick you up off the pavement when you are ready. One big factor is the upload speed of your internet connection, as your visitors will be effecting your upload speed most. We have been testing right at 850 mb upload and download speeds with our servers.

          • Geir Nøklebye

            Upload speeds are important so a balanced connection type that gives you the same up and download speed is the best option. Most home connections are unbalanced giving priority to download speed.

            The viewers are in reality not capable of handling more than 4 Mb/s downloaded to the viewer as the renderer needs to catch up, so setting the speed higher than this may actually degrade viewer performance. In that context, you would in reality have to have many thousand concurrent users to saturate a 850 Mb line.

    • Alex Ferraris

      read my last post Maria please. Something is wrong with my server.

      • My computer does that when it overheats. And ten simultaneous visitors is a lot for a home-based connection.

        But seriously, Alex, given your track record with partners, and how difficult it is to do this on your own, I would look at my wallet, figure out how much I can afford to spend each month, then find a hosting provider who you haven’t burned through yet and stick with them. No matter what. Not even if they don’t give you the features you want, or mess up the support, or raise their prices or anything. Because it’s still better than doing it yourself.

        Then limit growth to what you can afford. So, say, put a 100 percent markup on regions — if you hosting company sells them for $25, you sell them for $50, and each time someone buys a region, you put up a second one for free plots, plazas, stores, parks, whatever.

        So keep your growth slow and steady. Don’t get caught up in chasing the stats and beating everyone else.

        Just provide a solid grid, at a reasonable price, don’t get in over your head, let the hosting company handle all the tech support, and let in-world volunteers handle the in-world residents and community building.

        Don’t go for the quick buck. Go for the slow buck. Put up PayPal tip boxes in your freebies stores and clubs and let people use the Kitely Market for content sales, so that you’re not in the virtual currency business.

        Put up a Cafe Press page and let people buy T-shirts and mugs with your grid’s logo on them and put up ads for them in-world — people will spend more money on physical content than virtual content, and you can put the profits right back into the grid.

        • Alex Ferraris

          Maria just one thing.
          The hosting companies that I employed in the past were FIRED by me. Not the other way around like you seem to present here. They did a sloppy job and I had to fired them. I did not BURN through them. THEY BURN THEMSELVES and to tell you the truth they were very very DUMB!
          Cause if AviWorlds was still online now since 2010 when it started; whoever was hosting it for me would be making ALOT of money.
          Instead these companies decided to OVERSELL and not give one cents about my grid. THATS THE TRUTH!

        • Alex Ferraris

          I never tried to grow very fast. It is my people that comes and builds. All I do is open the grid up. They come. If Alex builds it; they will come!

          • Well, stop. Only build as much as you can afford — both in money and in time. And if you’re finding that you don’t get the performance you need from your hosting providers, either upgrade your service — or scale back your grid.

            And don’t get mad at your hosting providers and quit. They won’t take you back. And when I look back on your history, the long stretches in which you steady performance and growth and stability as a grid, you were with a professional hosting provider.

            CloudServe is willing to take a chance on you. Grab it before they change their mind. Get ONLY as much grid as you can afford. Experiment with REALISTIC income-generating ideas. When money comes in, THEN expand.

          • Alex Ferraris

            Will do.

  • Alex Ferraris

    I need to place this question here for the minds…
    I opened the grid up and immediately I had about 11 people inworld , uploading, chating, teleporting and all…
    My PC just went off just like that…As if there was no electricity. I had to restart it and it did it again and now my data base is bad. Wont turn on…Anyone knows if that is something to do with the windows version I m using? Windows professional 7. I am also using version 8.1. rc1. Is there a limit as to how many people can connect to my pc because of my windows version?
    I have a 32 gig ram, 8 core AMD processors, 4 ghtz, 100 mpbs upload speed. and down too.

    • Geir Nøklebye

      Your spec for the machine and line speed should be fine for 11 persons, but do yourself a favor and don’t run 0.8.1RC – it is still very buggy in some areas. 0.8.0.3 should be fine.

      I would also, as Maria says, find a hosting provider to handle your load.

  • Adam Time

    Blue moon 🙂

  • nextreality

    LMAO

  • Alex Ferraris

    I have publicly asked MIKE HART to transfer the domain aviworlds.com back to me since I freely did that for him . So now if MIKE can do the same for me it would be great.

    THIS IS THE REAL AVIWORLDS GRID! This was filmed before JOSH BOAM purposely deleted the grids entire data base.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SoEFaViqrU

  • Bryce Cannon

    The truth is, nobody touched Alex’s database. He will go on and spout lies about how Josh, or Mike or some alien creature with 5 heads deleted his databases. The fact remains that while Alexis Ferrarris always claims to be “attacked” by people, Alex is not really important enough to warrant the time investment of “attacking” him.
    The facts are that Alex ‘wants’ people to ‘help’ him and run his grid for him, yet, if you check the logs, the one that is in the backend all of the time, messing around with everything they do not understand, is Alex.
    Yes, he claims that he has all of these important people with the technical skills running his grid, yet he continually logs-on with his credentials and un-comments parameters in the ini file, messes around with the Joomla backend, which he has no knowledge of how it works, what it is for, or how to edit, manage or keep it working properly.
    The only one that deleted anything is Alex Ferraris, and that is the facts. Josh Boam had nothing to do with it, as he was trying to continue his help to Alex to keep things going for him, in the background.
    I predict Alex will continue to claim that other people have ‘sabotaged’ him, but really, in the end, to what purpose would Josh, Mike, or really …. any 5 headed alien have at messing with the peon Alex with his insignificant grid and ranting, raving, raging way of doing … not business, but “Official Non-Business”?

  • Han Held

    I’m not the first to notice that there’s so little going on in the opensim space that HGB has to resort to giving time to this farce because there’s not enough other stories to print.

    However, I might be the first to remark that isn’t exactly the sign of a healthy and viable community.

    • Han —

      Actually, I see this as an opportunity to get people thinking about business models. Normally, people would skip a story like that because business models are boring. But the AviWorlds saga can always bring in a chuckle. It’s not particularly huge news but it’s funny.

      Plus, it gets people thinking — how do you go about picking a hosting company? What should you be able to expect from a vendor? How do you deal with partners who turn out not to be on the same page as you? How do you manage growth?

      Normally, all those decisions happen in private, and we don’t know what goes into them. And we certainly don’t hear about it when things go wrong — most people don’t like to make their mistakes public.

      What’s happening with AviWorlds is something that could happen with any grid. Any grid could have a disagreement between partners. Have problems with its hosting company. Hit a dead-end with its business model. Grow too fast for the technology to keep up. Lose databases. Have backup failures.

      Okay, AviWorlds is probably unique in that it has ALL of those problems! But it’s mistakes is something any other grid can learn from.

      For example, the latest is that Alex was trying to run it at home — and he started having problems at 11 visitors. That’s good for any other grid to know with similar bandwidth. Plus, he lost his database. Reminder to everyone — make backups and CHECK your backups. And store your backups in a SEPARATE place.

      We all KNOW we should be making backups — but most of us don’t actually get around doing it until a disaster hits. Ideally, it’s someone else’s disaster, not our own!

      AviWorlds is that disaster. ALL of those disasters. 🙂

      • Bryce Cannon

        Anything that involves Alex Ferraris is a farce and a “disaster waiting to happen”

      • Basically AviWorlds tried to be like SL with too many in house rules that hampered pleasure and got run out of business. Nobody serious about VW will go there.

    • Alex Ferraris

      Han Held when you are able and capable to bring on a community to a virtual world other than SL; then you would have a case on it. My grid was never a FARCE and I can prove to you and world each time I open.
      My people do not see opensim as opensim sim they see it as a virtual reality world where they can come and establish their community. They do not view it the same way many here do.
      So you have no knowledge and no experience to write anything about viable community.

  • Alex Ferraris

    I have made my decision and in two weeks I will open contract with CLOUD SERVE

    • Cinder Biscuits

      FEED IT ALEX FEED IT THE CLOUDS

      • Alex Ferraris

        Yeah…we will feed your imagination! Feed it!