The Little Wheel Goes in Back

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

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    New FS Feature

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    Given the complexity of our application I feel pretty confident we could get a lot of value out of this new technology recently explained at an internal meeting. (Courtesy of Dean Andrews.)
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    My Favorite Settings: Part I

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    For those that missed it we just posted an article on the new FSInsider site that explains a few of the more obscure settings in the Flight Simulator configuration file. (It also includes instructions on how to find the little guy.) I thought I'd post...
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    Betas and Bedmates

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    (Yawn) It's Saturday morning and I'm sitting in the TV room watching my 2-year-old play with her puzzles while a cartoon show drones in the background. It seems like a perfect time to blog a bit about a recent thread on AvSim that starts off speculating...
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    Daylight Savings Time

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    It's that time of year again when we get an extra hour of sleep and Flight Simulator 2004 decides to spontaneously rebuild its scenery indices the next time you launch it after the time change!!! Yes, we know about this. Yes, it annoys us too...
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    Sorry!

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    It seems like there's been a bit of confusion about a recent addition to our new FSInsider site explaining a contest of sorts involving Boeing's new 777-200LR. (Confusion? In a company of 60,000 employees? I'm SHOCKED! <g>) I'd like to sincerely...
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    Gulp!

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    It's been a little bit since my last post. Things have just been WAY busy for the past couple of weeks. We're getting ready for a big set of presentations and I've been spending a lot of my time on that. Bue I did manage to find time to tick off...
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    Docuholics Unite!

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    I'm a big fan of documentaries and Nova on PBS is one of my favorite series. This past week they had an absolutely fantastic 2-hour program called " Einstein's Big Idea " that provides the story behind his theory of general relativity. It literally takes...
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    I'm So Old

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    At least I feel that way, working in this business. As much as I love technology I'm actually pretty slow to adopt it into my own life. My 'top-end' TV is still a 27" CRT, I don't own an MP3 player and my cell phone is bare bones. In fact, it wasn't until...
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    Moving Lights on Roads

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    I just noticed a comment from 'Raphotograhper' concerning the old FS2000 feature of moving lights on roads. Jason just spilled the beans on that over at PixelPoke . Check it out!
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    Workin' for a Living

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    I have to admit I have a great job and I feel quite fortunate to do what I do. Much of the credit goes to my wife who, back before we were married, suggested I contact the FS team about a job. At the time I was a PM on a project called NetDocs that was...
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    The Blogroll is Growing!

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    More folks from the FlightSim team have caught the blogging bug. Check out the links in the left pane!
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    Getting #$@! Done

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    Wow, what a couple of weeks! Even with missing a few days in between from my jaunt to Florida it's been a pretty productive 10 (oh, okay 8) working days. To get cliche, I love it when a plan comes together. As a program manager few things are more satisfying...
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    No Place Like Home

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    I'm just back from a weekend in the Fort Lauderdale area. We were there to visit my sister-in-law who was having a lavish party to celebrate a milestone birthday. I'd tell you which one but if you're a woman (or know one) you can guess why I won't. In...
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    Beers and Squawks

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    I met Joel DeYoung , creator of the popular SquawkBox add-on for FlightSim, last night at Redhook in Woodinville and talked with him and a couple other folks from the team over a few beers. (Note: Joel's website seemed to be down when I tried this morning...
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    Excellent JetBlue audio

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    Unless you were living under a rock you probably heard about the JetBlue flight from Burbank that ran into landing gear trouble and landed safely at LAX a week or so back. Steve Lacey forwarded a podcast of some excellent audio between the captain and...
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    Looking forward to a new version

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    Yawn. There are some things I definitely look forward to when we release a new version and one of them is the online buzz and curiosity. I make it a point to read several of the more popular online forums on a regular basis. I particularly like to find...
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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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    Back to the Salt Mines

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    After two weeks of vacation it's time to get back to work. I've just about caught up on email. All I need to do now is go through about 200 check-in mails to see what the team's been up to while I've been gone. I'm looking forward to doing a build and...
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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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    Alright already

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    The fact that I failed to begin my blog without first clearly identifying myself seems to be fueling the conspiracy theorists in the Flight Sim community so I thought I'd take just a minute to fill in the blanks. I didn't think who I was or what title...
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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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    Sorting it all out

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    Well, everyone's back from Oshkosh and things are a bit busier desite the great weather outside. Reports from the 'big show' were all positive. Apparently everyone had a great time meeting customers and showing them the product. It's always interesting...
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    It's the little things...

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    ...like the proposed change in Daylight Savings Time that makes this job fun and interesting. For those who haven't heard part of the Energy Bill making it's way through the US Congress mandates a change to the current system of time shifting with the...
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    Is Flight Sim US-centric?

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    That's a criticism we hear quite often. It's unfortunate, because we do go to great effort to ensure adequate global coverage for many features of our product. Of course the last version, A Century of Flight, provided many opportunities *not* to appear...
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    Off and running at Oshkosk

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    Well the team arrived safely and got the booth in order. Early reports are that this year's show is every busier than last. One of our guys reported that the aircraft parking areas seemed to fill up on the first day--something pretty unusual. One thing...
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