The Little Wheel Goes in Back

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

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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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    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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    DVD Issues

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    Briefly (I need to bug out early today) there are a couple of install issues emerging related to the DVDs. I thought this info might help: First, some people are complaining that the 2nd DVD isn't recognized (or that they can't eject it). One trend...
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    Revolt!

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    If you're reading this blog you're no doubt up to speed on the release of Flight Simulator X. Today's the "official" release date for the US, though some parts of the world released earlier. (And some US retailers jumped the gun, too.) So far the initial...
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    Just a Reminder...

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    Many folks have followed my suggestion and sent their experiences to the tell_fs@microsoft.com alias. However, many seem to expecting a reply. Don't hold your breath bceause it's a one-way account. If you need help getting something to work, call Product...
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    Insight...

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    ...It's one of the hardest thing to gain when dealing with customers from afar. Still, it is possible. I suggested to the folks on AvSim to capture some objective data to back up their experience when running the new sim. Specifically what I suggested...
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    Yes, We're Here

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    Well, Flight Simulator X is starting to trickle out. Despite restrictions in the street date a few rogue Best Buy's and Wal-Mart's have been slipping boxes on to shelves. US stores aren't supposed to have the product on sale until October 17 but it's...
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    Pinch-Hitting Across the Pond

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    Just when I thought I was done with Flight Sim it turns out I need to jet to Europe next week to present to some journalists. Everyone else who could go is otherwise occupied with the AvSim convention or just getting FSX wrapped up. It should be fun....
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    And So It Begins (FilePlanet Beta)

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    Well, people obviously have it now since forum threads are starting to pop up. AvSim has a nice extended thread with screenshots and lots of "can you post a shot of _____" appeals. Heck, if I'd known there was so much demand for screenshots of airports...
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    FilePlanet Update

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    ...and the saga continues. From what I can gather it appears that FilePlanet has a beta build they can distribute--they've tested it themselves. At this point it looks like the only thing holding up the beta is a way to provide the necessary information...
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    Demo Lesson Learned: Seagulls Must Work!

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    Ya know it's funny. Before we released the FSX demo the online forums where flooded with posts decrying our decision to include "wildlife" in the game. Posts like, "why are they including elephants when they won't improve the flight model's dual-gizmo...
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    It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

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    One of the last planning discussions I was involved with as I was making my transition to a new set of responbilities involved releasing a beta version of FSX on fileplanet.com . Not being a PC game "enthusiast" myself I admit I hadn't heard of them but...
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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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    Stupid Flight Sim Tricks

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    Any Letterman fans out there? Well, here's one to try if you have the FSX demo: Launch any flight and turn on Mouse-as-Yoke (from the right-click menu or by pressing CTRL+Y). Fly around for a bit and then press the middle mouse button (or mouse...
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    Many Thanks, Intrepid Demo Users!

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    A quick update on the Flight Simulator X demo: Thanks to all of you who've been clicking "Send to Microsoft" whenever the demo has produced the unfortunate "Program Error" dialog. It appears a number of you are encountering a crash in the same tricky...
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    Keep It Coming!

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    With the FSX demo not even a week old I want to give a "shout out" to all the folks that have tried it and provided feedback on the various forums and to tell_fs@microsoft.com . Keep it up! Most of the problems reported are known but I've discovered a...
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    Real World Weather Back Up

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    Looks like the upgrades went as planned as the weather servers are back online. Thanks for your patience!
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    Here's a Tip

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    So much of the buzz surrounding the demo seems to be about performance with a hailstorm of varying reports. The problem is that it's hard to know *exactly* how people have configured the sim. Or is it? Here's a tip you "slider obsessed" might find helpful...
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    FS Real-World Weather...

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    UPDATE: The server facility is undergoing power system upgrades and is likely to be offline until sometime on Sunday. Sorry about that...
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    More...

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    Reports from the field: Strange shading on aircraft that blinks with the lights : this is a bug with the aircraft self-shadowing code. It will be fixed in the final but in the meantime you can either turn off your lights or disable self-shadowing...
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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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    Just Like Election Night

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    I went home after work last night and monitored the forums to see who had a chance to download and try the demo--lot's of folks, it turns out. As expected reviews varied but I think they were mostly positive. What's been facinating to me reading all the...
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    Phew!

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    Well, the demo version is out the door and getting ready for it's debut on GameSpot later today. It's the first time we've ever done a demo and we made it even harder on ourselves by trying to do it while we were working on the full product . Not many...
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    Fast Forward

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    ...and then I woke up and it was August! How did that happen? Actually I think it has to do with being very busy. It's definitely put the blogging on the back burner but decided to kill some time waiting for the Flight Simulato X demo to finish downloading...
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