The Little Wheel Goes in Back

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

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    Oh! That Reminds Me...

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    Thanks to Jorgie for this question: Way out from left field, let me ask you if you have any ideas how to make FS2004 work with IE7 installed? I have to uninstall IE7 to get FS to run without exiting anytime the main menu tries to load. Yeah,...
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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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    The Last Word on Dual Core

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    Well, my last word, anyway. It seems there's quite a bit of anxiety on the FS boards about whether or not FSX will "take advantage of" multi-core CPUs. I've tried to provide some explanation but it's quickly drowned out by the waves of claims, opinions...
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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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    Viva Las Vegas

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    Today’s post will be off topic compared to the past few. I finally decided to take a real vacation and blocked out two weeks out of the office. Last week my wife and I spent 4 days in Las Vegas (sans toddler—yay!) and despite the tagline that begins ...
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    Backward compatibility

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    I just finished reading a couple pretty extensive threads on AvSim on how important customers think backward compatibility (specifically to accomodate third-party add-ons) should be when designing the next version of Flight Sim. It's actually nice to...
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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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    Guter Tag von Leipzig!

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    Sorry it's been so long since my last post but there's been a lot happening. Nonetheless I thought you'd like to hear about what I'm up to this week. I'm in Leipzig, Germany at the massive Game Conference--the biggest is Europe--meeting with journalists...
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    Plugging Along

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    UPDATE: Bookmark this page and check back regularly: http://support.microsoft.com/ph/11941 . A new week and more information is surfacing about installation and activation problems. Many people are confusing the activation policies for FSX with...
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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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    Kuju Rail Simulator Screenshots

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    Copies of Kuju Rail Simulator has finally started to make it into customers' hands. UKTrainSim.com has created a screenshot forum . Have a look. Some of the shots look really nice. I especially like those showing some of the urban areas. Well done!
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    When will Flight Sim be like...

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    Well, someone is reading the blog. JasonF is apparently a big fan of Google Earth and asked: "The question that is burning on everyone's mind is when will Flight Simulator get true imagery instead of the simulated terrains that are currently shipped?...
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    Demo Notes, Take III

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    Here's a few more hints on the demo that I've come across while purusing the forums. It won't help Abe, who's already given up and moving to X-Plane , but maybe it will help you. Overall performance : AI road traffic and autogen can contribute to...
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    A Brave New World

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    Now that people have had a good couple of days to experience the FSX demo I thought I'd post my reactions to, er, their reactions. At the top of my list a new appreciation of how the changes to the way we're doing business is affecting people--many of...
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    Aha!

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    Wow, talk about obscure. It seems one cause of the activation problems some people have had is a seemingly innocuous registry value placed there by another program prior to installing FSX. So far we've determined that Iomega backup software is one culprit...
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    Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish!

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    They say change is good. So after 6+ years of working in the simulations group I've decided to tackle some new challenges. Today is my last day with Aces. It's been a fantastic experience working on some great products (FS8, CFS3, FS9, FSX and TS2) with...
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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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    Growing Pains

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    With the official US street date now passed we're seeing more and more people trying to install and run FSX. Naturally the first thing we hear about are the problems. It's natural to want to overreact at first but until we know the full extent of any...
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    Well, doctor, I see a...

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    UPDATE : Thanks to Tom Gibson for finding the "lost" trailer video on the MS download site . Enjoy! With E3 in full swing news about the upcoming Flight Simulator X release is starting to filter out of L.A. And by "filter" I do mean it. Like patients...
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    AOPA Commander 112 now available

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    Through a partnership between Microsoft, AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and Flight1 Software, AOPA members can now download a simulated version of the Commander 112 sweepstakes aircraft. Someone already grabbed it and has posted screenshots...
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    Hello Again

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    With the annoucement of Microsoft's new Train Simulator project it seems likely that many more new people will be visiting this site (or am I just hoping? <g>) so it probably makes sense to re-introduce myself to this new group. Here goes: ...
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    Black Helicopters in Train Simulator?

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    Ya know, it's certainly reassuring that despite my move from Flight Sim to Train Sim, some things remain the same. When we first starting talking and blogging about the latest version of Flight Simulator we were met with reactions that, frankly, bordered...
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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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    Fight Finished

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    Yes, I have to admit I was caught up in Halo mania this week. Those of us who work at Microsoft Game Studios got our copies of Halo 3 at a Monday afternoon celebration in advance of the public release and I played through part of the single-player campaign...
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    The &quot;Other&quot; Flight Sim

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    Forgive the takeoff on a pork commercial but I was sent this link to an interview with X-Plane creator Austin Meyer on Macologist . For those that don't know, X-Plane is the primary competitor to Microsoft Flight Simulator in the civilian flight sim market...
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