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  • Blog Post: Leaving the ACES/FlightSim Team...

    The time has come for me to move on to another pasture. After 4 years as a graphics developer (and more than 8 as a game developer), I have decided to take the plunge and explore something new and different... Yep, starting Dec 3rd, I will be moving from the ACES team to the Media Center Extender...
  • Blog Post: FSX: What is the Difference Between the Water 2.X Low/Mid/High/Max Settings?

    Remember that my Main Blog has moved to www.SebbyLive.com ( FSX: What is the Difference Between the Water 2.X Low/Mid/High/Max Settings? ) The purpose of this post is to address a question that was sent to me in regards to water reflections in general. The question actually is two questions... The...
  • Blog Post: Flight Simulator X Acceleration/SP2 - Water DX10 vs DX9

    Remember, my complete blog is now at: http://www.SebbyLive.com/ ( http://www.sebbylive.com/post/2007/11/Flight-Simulator-X-AccelerationSP2---Water-DX10-vs-DX9.aspx ) About time hunh? I know, acceleration is already out and I was not even finished with the overview of all the features I worked on...
  • Blog Post: FSX Acceleration/SP2 - DX9 Bloom Versus DX10 HDR...

    Remember, my complete blog is now at: http://www.SebbyLive.com/ ( http://www.sebbylive.com/post/2007/10/FSX-AccelerationSP2---DX9-Bloom-Versus-DX10-HDR.aspx ) Yay! Time for another post about some of the upcoming graphical changes in FSX SP2/Acceleration. This time I take a look at the topic of Bloom...
  • Blog Post: FSX Acceleration Reviews are Comming In!

    The first review is up for Acceleration at IGN: http://pc.ign.com/articles/829/829227p1.html IGN Ratings for Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Acceleration (PC) Rating Description out of 10 8.5 Presentation Excellent aircraft choice...
  • Blog Post: FSX - SP2 and DX10 Performance

    Remember, my complete blog is now at: http://www.SebbyLive.com/ ( http://www.sebbylive.com/post/2007/11/FSX---SP2-and-DX10-Performance.aspx ) The first point that is worth mentioning here is that SP2 (and therefore Acceleration) do introduce a new slew of performance improvements. These improvements...
  • Blog Post: FSX DX10 - Self Shadowing VCs (DX9 vs DX10 Update)

    Apparently, saying "could have been implemented on DX9" in my previous post in regards to VC self-shadowing stired all sorts of drama on some of the user forums. Although the statement is accurate, I did not explain in more details WHY this was not done and why we kept this feature for DX10 only. This...
  • Blog Post: FSX DX10 - Self Shadowing VCs

    Remember, my complete blog is now at: http://www.SebbyLive.com/ One of the DirectX 10 additions to FSX SP2/Acceleration is the use of self shadowing within the aircraft VCs. For the VC, we use shadowmapping, in a similar way that it is used for the external airfraft self shadowing. This could have...
  • Blog Post: FSX Acceleration, FSX SP2, Direct X10 Support... Time to Dispell the Myths...

    Remember, my complete blog is now at: http://www.SebbyLive.com/ Now that the Acceleration expansion pack and FSX SP2 have finally RTM'ed, I can start discussing some of the specifics relating to the changes and improvements made to both of these. I know this has already been covered in other blog...
  • Blog Post: Moving my Main Blog From MSDN to WWW.SebbyLive.Com

    The time has come to finally move away from hosting my blog on MSDN. There are a few reasons for this transition but the two main deciding factors were that posting personal posts on a MSDN blog seemed odd (at least to me) and that I already had my own website to document my various side-projects so...
  • Blog Post: Interesting AvSim post in regards to FSX and hardware upgrades...

    Was forwarded this really interesting post by Mark Greenblatt on the AvSim forums ( http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=121&topic_id=414954&mesg_id=414954&page= ). I've copied the contents below, but what I really liked about the post is that instead of simply ranting...
  • Blog Post: The ACES Team is Moving!!!

    Yes, too many studios in a small building meant that many of us had to double up in our offices even though the offices were barely big enough. Microsoft is building several new sites but this does take time. In the meantime, they are shuffling teams around in order to maximize the space efficiency....
  • Blog Post: Flight Simulator X Acceleration Pack: The Word is Spreading...

    The word has started to spread about the upcoming Acceleration Pack. Seems that peple are areally looking forward to the new missions, aircrafts and scenery offered in the pack. And of course, this explains the usual "What have I been up to" question :) Also, as part of the development process...
  • Blog Post: Really Cool Fan FSX Video.... Check it Out!

    Not related to the upcoming service pack, but really worth watching!!! www.rafale-imagery.com/vectors-640.wmv or on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fej9EWWLSsw
  • Blog Post: Wow, Time Sure Flies By! 08/12 Update...

    It's amazing how time ch some dosage anan fly by some times. It's been one month since my last post. Summer is already comming to an end. I have to admit that this year somehow flew by despite everything that has happened. What's up with Flight Simulator? We are hard at work on the release of Service...
  • Blog Post: DX10 Hardware Review

    Here is a good article on the DX10 parts from NVIDIA and ATI. It is worth reading, especially since we have a DX10 optimized version of FSX in the works! http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2988
  • Blog Post: FSX SP1 Sure is Generating Lots of Positive Feedback!

    The AVSIM Online News: Concensus of Opinion? SP1 Rocks! Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 0:06 Okay... "Rocks" may be somewhat of an over statement, but the chatter in the AVSIM FSX forum seems to be indicating a very positive reception to the Microsoft FSX SP1 that was released last night. The inside...
  • Blog Post: FSX Service Pack 1 is now out!!

    Took a little longer than anticipated but is now live for your enjoyment. Here are direct links: English http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/5/2/8526e721-0a01-4f7b-8529-0ae8286619cb/fsx_sp1_ENU.exe French http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/8/2/682bcb3a-7fb0-4a8c-8681-5404d6d49793...
  • Blog Post: The One-Haned Post... :)

    No, nothing twisted. Just still have my splint on my right hand so I almost have to type using a single hand :) Its been a while since i've posted a general update. So I thought today would be as good a day as any... Health Last week has been pretty bad health wise. If you factor in my finger surgery...
  • Blog Post: Misc Update for 04/16... Well 04/17...

    Near 1 am, getting tired. So it is indeed time to go to bed. But since I havn't posted in a few days, I thought I would post a quick update. House Life Actually started working more on the house with my wife. Not that we hadn't been doing anything before but most of it was planning. We've actually...
  • Blog Post: Intel Delivers Its Fastest Enthusiast Quad-Core Processor

    Yep. It's time for 4 core processors! And yes, the upcoming update to Flight Sim will take even more advantage of multi-core machines. I have to admit that i've had a quad-core prototype box on my desk for a while. And it sure screams when either running multiple applications or (multi-core ready) applications...
  • Blog Post: My First (half) Week Back at Work is Over. How did it go?

    I have to admint that is is somewhat of a dramatic change going back to work after being off for so long. You do get used to living on your own schedule and dealing with every day things at your own pace. Work-wise, there wasn't that much going on this week for me. My week mostly consisted of catching...
  • Blog Post: General Update, a little bit of everything...

    Return to Work First of all, as I've been going through my mailbox, I have recieved several blog related emails that were posted via my blog. Since these emails were sent to my Microsoft email address, I have not been able to read them until this week. So if you did send me an email over the past...
  • Blog Post: First Day Went Well.

    My first bay back at work went well. Like I said in my previous post, it was mostly getting my computers back up and running and clearning out the 5500 unread messages in my mailbox. :) Definetly tired toight, kida not used anymore to work for long continuous periods. Hehe. Can't really take a nap...
  • Blog Post: One Week of Sick Leave Left!!

    Wow. Is it that time already? Yep, I am returning to work on April the 2nd, after almost 10 weeks off. The first few weeks were really slow going but I have to admit the past month just flew by without me realizing it! I have to admit I am still somewhat anxious and aprehensious about going back to...
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