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Back form long break
The past few months had been a blur. Sorry that it's actually been this long since the last journal entry! Time really flew without me noticing...

Jumping back to May, I was away for a trip to Italy, where me and Derlaine travelled through Italy, starting with Rome to visit the magnificent ruins, followed by Vatican City and their countless statues. After that we relaxed at the country side of Tuscany, where we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and I proposed to Derlaine. Our next stop was Florance where we got to finally see the statue of David. The last stop was the beautiful city of Venice, where we got to experience the gondola and admire the luxorious Doge Palace.

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Upon returning to California we resumed focus on three main things - server migration and support for Gaia games.

Currently Gaia is powered through hundreds of servers with even more virtual server instances running. The important factor here is that all these servers are getting old, and that is a big problem. Imagine if any machine have a one out of a thousand chance of going down, we would have a broken server every 3 days. On top of that, the cost of renting space to operate hundreds of servers is really expensive. The path for us to take is to migrate all of Gaia's services over to cloud based services. Yes, Gaia is moving up to the clouds.

Gaia has a dazzling amount of services that support every feature on Gaia. A set of servers handle offline tasks such as achievements, some servers would handle notifications, others caches data, enable search, or store data permanently. Gaia Towns use a set of servers whiel zOMG uses another group. Everythign run on their own technologies and different ways to setup. We need to prepare and setup identical services in the cloud based servers, then come another big challange which is to migrate the terrabytes of avatar data from our proprietory storage system to the cloud based drive system. When all the side systems are migrated and complete, then we need to make sure that the actual database which store vital information such as everyone's inventory can be migrated and moved over to the new system seamlessly.

This whole project is huge in scope, and we don't expect to be fully tested and ready until September. Majority of the work is for our IT engineer, with me providing engineering help. But lucky for me this doesn't require my full attention.

The work on the mobile version of inventory and avatar management continues. Codemonkey is close to finishing the avatar dressup portion, then after that we will start working on Towns 3. This will be a sizable project in itself.

With some resources available, we started working on a few mobile games with teams from Gaia members as well as friends who are working on games on their own. Many members in Gaia HQ had been waiting for a chance to play around with new ideas, so the intorduction to new projects were a much welcomed event. The games are in development still, but we should have something in a month or so.

Lastly, there's been a lot of coding beside the main focus. Here are some of the stuff that's been worked on:

You can now favorite Runway avatars from the Runway museum
security upgrade for all payment servers (TLS 1.2 stuff)
Page jump function added for avatar builder
Speed up marketplace search, added caching for search results
Removed mysterious 2 second pause during login
Fixed second offer page
Marketplace and inventory now shows item created date
Fixed new items not showing up in store
Added achievement bonus for conventioneer pin code
Fixed inventory search for new items
Fixed daily treat

User Comments: [31]
Insanity Calls Us
Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 12:41am

Congratulations on your new engagement Lanzer!
I am really happy to see the site progressing forward into a more modern time.
I hope one day we can lure more people back onto the site like back in the good ole days. I nostalgia hard every time I come back online. I don't know if you all advertise the site around much. It would be cool to bring people back.

Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 01:49am

4laugh good work

Anamosa Valentine
Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 04:40am

Ah, Roma! I so much wanted to go there some day and visit those historic landmarks and the Vatican! I'm glad you had a relaxing time there! c:

Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 04:49am

The trip sounded like a total thrill, I hope you feel well rested after that. Also congratz on getting engaged and good luck, I am really happy for you guys ! emotion_kirakira heart heart

Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 06:55am

Congrats!! Many Blessings!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Lanzer many times times over and over again for all that you have done with the site. You brought it back to its glory days from when I first started with my first account then left for a period of time and then came back with this account in 2009.

There is one little bug that is still annoying in the marketplace. In the past, we could see the history of the items that we would put up for bid and the users with their bid amount till it ended. The same with is a item not put up for bid but a sell then it would show who bought and for how much. It would be really great if that was brought back.

There is a super annoying bug with users who are still on the gold currency in the market place. When ever something is put up for bid, auction or both, the system has a habit of rounding up to the next ten of thousands place. It would be really awesome if we/those who are still on the gold currency are able to put the exact amount in that we want.

E.X. (What the User wants) Sell/Bid Price: 1,508,222g
E.X. (What the System Wants) Sell/Bid Price: (User) 1,508,222 ======>>>> (System) 2,201,000

This would be greatly appreciated- the fix that allowed the a small round up to the next 10 or 100 mark in the past has gotten extremely out of hand for a long long time now and it is no longer competitive market when it comes to auctions and selling. And it feels like we can no longer get the best selling/buying price. I have to switch to the platinum currency in order put things up for sell or auction at a reasonable price with out going over board in the gold currency. Its become a hassle and I do it once in a while, I can no longer hold my marathon sells like I could in the past to clear my inventory out. (I used to do it religiously too and hold flash selling events year around. Now they are sporadic and it takes longer to clear my inventory out and its filling up faster than I can shed.)

Please disable the feature in the marketplace with the auto round up for the time being or completely remove it. Its caused a serious headaches and frustrations for many a user like myself.

Thank you again for all you do Lanzer!

Reve Casse
Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 07:01am

Congratulations on your engagement!
All the best to both of you!

yoyo chain
Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 11:45am

Thank you! Congratulations and many blessings for you both. I wish you all the love, health and happiness. emotion_bigheart

Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 04:51pm

You got engaged? Well congratulations to you both!

As always, thank you for your hard work. Hope you are well rested after that great vacation. It sounds wonderful!

By the way, your journal page is squshed. I cant see more than a sliver of your avatar.

Kidium IV
Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 05:06pm

Congratulations to you and Derlaine heart

and thank you for working hard for gaia smile

Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 05:55pm

Congrats to both of you! heart heart heart

Melena Rai
Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 06:08pm

congrats on the travel and proposal! and all of the hard work since blaugh

Lost Tear Dropz
Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 06:47pm

you do know the daily treat tv sets is now only once perday under the gcash its not covering all sections like it use to.....oh and thank u for all ur hard work u are still a gaia God o.-

Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 06:49pm

Looks like a well deserved amazing trip!

Thanks for your hard work as always.

Lady March Hare
Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 09:34pm

Welcome back, and congratulations to you both!!

Thank you on keeping us updated on everything that's happening on the back end... and for the Doge Palace pic, which is just great. rofl

Community Member

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 09:51pm

Congrats Lanzer! I bet it was lovely over seas, I've never gotten to do that, maybe someday.

Thank you for all your hard work to keep Gaia up a running.

A side note, you think it'd be possible to add a link to HoC game back to Gaia? I have it book marked and all but a link on the games tab might encourage more players.

Chocobo Princess
Site Moderator

Fri Jun 22, 2018 @ 10:07pm

Congratulations to you and Derlaine~! I wish you every happiness together. heart

Good luck to you and the team with the server migration. 4laugh

Good luck, too, to those designing mobile-friendly aspects for Gaia. This seems like such a huge project, but I hope Gaia can advertise itself and get many new users once more of the site is mobile-friendly. emotion_yatta

Community Member

Sat Jun 23, 2018 @ 02:33am

Congrats and best of luck to you both! Thanks for the update!

Castiel Lover
Community Member

Sat Jun 23, 2018 @ 02:53am

Congrats on your engagement!
Please add to your list of things to check: the very very old invo doesn't display the icon for newer items.
I look forward to the new games and the new phone app (the old one won't let me log in anymore).

Community Member

Sat Jun 23, 2018 @ 05:52am

I love it when you post trip pictures, tell us the major plans you're working on, and recap what you've done recently. It makes it easy to link confused users to your journal and show both progress, as well as give hope for what's next! Thank you very much for the update. Your continued communication with us is always encouraging and helpful.

Community Member

Sat Jun 23, 2018 @ 09:45am

Congratulations on your engagement! 3nodding

Thanks for the update and new features. It's all so amazing! 4laugh

Community Member

Sun Jun 24, 2018 @ 08:49am

Lovely photos of Italy, and many congratulations to you and Derlaine!

Thank you for giving us such a detailed report on what is happening at Gaia HQ and the servers.

Community Member

Wed Jun 27, 2018 @ 07:19am

Congratulations on getting engaged!

Also, Thank you so much for all your hard work keeping Gaia alive and working. I really love this website and I really appreciate all the work that has gone into keeping things running smoothly.

Also, thank you for the updates in your journal! Also, great pictures!

I look forward to seeing Gaia Online continue to improve. Once again, Thank you Lanzer!

True Karma
Community Member

Wed Jun 27, 2018 @ 06:38pm

Go team go! I hope the big cloud project goes well.

Foxie Loxie
Community Member

Wed Jun 27, 2018 @ 09:39pm

Congrats on your recent engagement! I am envious of your vacation in Italy. It looks amazing!

Community Member

Thu Jun 28, 2018 @ 05:25am

Congrats to both of you! heart

Community Member

Fri Jul 06, 2018 @ 03:16am


Community Member

Mon Jul 09, 2018 @ 03:12am

Congrats on the engagement!

Community Member

Thu Jul 12, 2018 @ 01:10am

Congrats on your engagement and thanks for your hard work!

I'm glad to hear that Gaia is working on a Towns 3(or is planning to). In my opinion; I really fully believe the lack of interactive towns events is what effectively killed Gaia's user-base. It went from being an extremely social site to people not knowing where to talk or being unable to make friends at all. And this would be because events like Trick or treating, zurg event, ect. stopped occuring in towns and was instead moved to the fourms: which feels a lot more disconnected and less engaging then town events.

After all, live avatar chatting is what sites like VRChat, TinierMe and IMVU base all their success on.

It would be amazing to see the community engaged in towns/zomg events again. That used to be what gaia was all about for a lot of us.

Community Member

Fri Jul 13, 2018 @ 10:15am

would you consider some new features for guilds once some of the server upgrades are done. changing the color of the home page or maybe allowing us to have two home pages that the captain and vice could rotate? i know there are alot of other things out there that need far more attention than guilds but im hoping that you will consider doing some upgrades to them soon. it would also be nice to see them accessible on the gaia on the go app even if all we could do is view the guild and not make posts.
lets get towns and other spaces your working on finished so you can consider upgrades to guilds
ty in advance

Community Member

Sat Jul 14, 2018 @ 06:45pm

A bit late but, congratulations on your engagement!

Also glad to see you back at Gaia! heart

Community Member

Mon Jul 16, 2018 @ 05:37am

I See progress. so even with all this upgrading and fixing, how will you get old gaians to come back or bring in new gaians to grow ? i know it takes a lot of recources, fixings and $$$ for gaia to keep going. do you think you can at least go back to getting more sponsers (with sponser items) and more free items as well? im curious how it will go here on gaia

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