The Little Wheel Goes in Back

Musings on simulated things, now being of the large and extremely heavy variety.

January, 2006

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    Dr. Who? Exactly.

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    I noticed today on Engadget that BT is using Tom Baker's voice (of Dr. Who fame) for their text-to-speech system. Based on the few stats mentioned it sounds like they use a method similar to what we do for ATC in Flight Sim. I wonder if he's interested...
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    Where Am I?

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    A thread on FlightSim.com’s FSX forum caught my attention recently. In short the person was frustrated that when you drift off the runway while using ATC in FS2004 you get told to “contact ground”. In this user’s case he was doing pattern work and likely...
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    Think You Can Do Better?

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    When cruising the on-line boards (see the left nav pane) looking for feedback on Flight Sim some of the most interersting posts are those by people who consider themselves an authority on the game, game development in general, DirectX, hardware, etc....
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    Talk About the Weather

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    Yeah, lets! I wore my sunglasses this afternoon for the first time in a long time . That's a good thing since my car has a cracked, leaky windshield. When I got back from CES I had an inch of water under the dash. Blah. A lot of other folks, like those...
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    How to Write a Feature Request

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    Phew! I had planned to write this when I got home but saw there was a crisis brewing over the DirectX 9/10 paradox. Now that that's out of the way ... The announcement of Flight Simulator X has spurred a flood of forum posts (like those at FlightSim...
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    DirectX Take...er...Whatever...

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    It seems that the DX9/DX10/Vista issue is still causing much angst and confusion among the FlightSim devotees . I (and others) have attempted to explain the issues but with somewhat limited success. Well, I'll add one last word to all this (for now),...
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    See You in Detroit!

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    'nuf said...
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    Game Time

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    Well, unless Denver gets their butts in gear it looks like whoever wins the late game will be playing Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. Of course, we're ready to root for the 'hawks. I've got my chunky beef chili on the stove and will whip up an order of...
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    More Vista

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    Thanks to eyelleye on simFlight.com for this link to a third-party site with lots of great info on Windows Vista. It includes a feature review , part of which discusses the new parental control features . Good stuff. UPDATE : It keeps getting better...
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    FSX Gets a New Prescription

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    Jason makes a great post on this blog that talks about texture resolution in our terrain engine in a way only an artist can. Check it out .
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    Will FSX "Support" SLI?

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    No. Why? Because there's nothing to "support". Steve explains why . UPDATE : BTW, the benchmark link Steve provides in his post also include a very in-depth discussion of SLI. Defintely worth reading.
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    You Didn't Get It From Me

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    Sometimes some people come with cool ideas, make them happen and then finally wise up and think to themselves, "What were we thinking?" That's probably the case with the Xbox TV ad that never aired .
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    Is Your Cell Phone Tired?

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    Give it a rest break in this .
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    What I Know About Vista

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    Not a lot, actually, but perhaps enough to straighten out some confusion about what it will do for games, including Flight Simulator. In the couple of weeks since we made our new product annoucement there's been much speculation and, having been surrounded...
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    Got a Wired Xbox 360 Controller AND Flight Simulator 2004?

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    How 'bout milk? Got that? Well, as you've heard me say (write?) before, the Xbox 360 controller goes with Flight Simulator like peanut butter sandwiches and milk---mmm, mmm, good! I like mine so much I just had to make it work with Flight Sim 2004, too...
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    CES: Finale

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    Well, CES didn't end for me with the Bill Gates keynote. I still had two days of press meetings ahead of me. It was not a comforting thought as I crawled back into bed Wednesday night but if I was lucky at least I wouldn't infect too many of them. ...
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    CES: The Big Show

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    It was a good thing I didn't get too out of hand on New Year's Eve since I had to be back in the theatre by 10am on New Year's Day. The goal for the day was to accomplish a full technical run-through of all the demos before we shut down the machines for...
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    CES: Downtime

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    Back when we got the originial prep schedule there was supposed to be do activity on New Year's Eve. This was to allow Google to go through their run-through. As it turned out we got them to give upa couple of hours so we could get in continue our tech...
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    CES: Arrival

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    As I mentioned in an earlier post I spent a week or so with my family driving to Nebraska and back for Christmas. We got back just in time for me to do a load of laundry, catch 4 hours of sleep, and then get up for a 6:00am flight to Vegas. I arrived...
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    CES: Prologue

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    Well, I guess I will pen a few words about the CES keynote experperience. I'll divide it up in installments since I don't have the energy at the moment for a huge masterpiece. It is Sunday, after all; the day of rest. Planning started back in November...
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    Time Warp

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    Well, I'm finally home. If you are following the Flight Simulator saga you've probably guessed why I was in Las Vegas . <g> Sorry to have to be so "cloak and dagger" about it but company secrets are company secrets! I had hoped to blog throughout...
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