The Little Wheel Goes in Back

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

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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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    A Weary Traveler

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    Well, I'm now ensconced in the Las Vegas Hilton . So far my big accomplishment (besides recovering from the shock of paying $11/day for Internet access) has been to get an autographed picture of Suzie Plakson who was making a guest appearence dowstairs...
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    Now THAT Was A Nice Rest

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    I had intended to blog, really I did, before getting way, way busy over the last couple of weeks. By hey, you didn't miss much. Most of my time was spent prepping for a big demo but I managed to put that to bed last week. Then it was straight into holiday...
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    Sun Breaks

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    Well, a front moved through over Thanksgiving and managed to sweep out the fog. I can once again see the Cascade mountains from the second floor TV room. We were even greeted Sunday morning by a light dusting of snow. That's something you don't see around...
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    Fogged In

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    For those weather watchers out there the Seattle area has been experiencing an extended temperature inversion . We get inversions all the time but they don't often last this long. My house in the nothern 'burbs has not seen greater than 1/2 mile visibility...
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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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    Making the Flat Not So Much

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    A message from Larry N. on FlightSim.com's Wish List forum pinged a thought about how we handle rivers in FS. Here's what he said: "While on the subject of flattening, it's wonderful that we have improved resolution mesh (38m and better -- even...
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    Aw, Shucks

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    I just found a new forum on FlightSim.com dedicated to wish lists for the next version of Flight Simulator. Gee, you shouldn't have. <blush> One post says we know about it and are reading the posts. Well, it was news to me but, hey, I'll spend some...
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    Being Too Productive?

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    If you are then consider this site , courtesy of my friend Shannon . It's a compilation of toys from the 60's and 70's with (decidedly British) commentary. (I almost wet myself--strangely appropriate--reading their description of Tiny Tears, #32.) It...
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    Are YOU Missing Out?

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    If you're reading this you're probably not. I'm referring to a post on AvSim bemoaning the fact that many, many FS users never install a single add-on (also called a 'mod' in the general gaming world). I agree that having more people engaged in the hobby...
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    We're Bloggerific

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    Mike Z, long time dev, short time PM, now has a blog, too: http://blogs.technet.com/SkyHawk/ . Be sure to ask him what happens when you declare an emergeny and land, engine out, at an Air Force base. <g>
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    Sloped Runways: A Diatribe

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    Ooooo, I was sooo close to going to bed but re-reading the AvSim thread on flat airports got me worked up. Oy! Rather than post in-line I created an article . I hope you loose sleep over it too!
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    New FS Blogger!

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    You'll really 'dig' him: http://blogs.technet.com/habibi/ .
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