[ and they gave me a blog - what were they thinking :-> ]
Hey Everyone, Welcome to my blog.
First things, who the heck is this guy :->
Name: Tim Gregson
Position: Software Developer - Microsoft Flight Simulator
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
And now on with the blog
Let me start by saying, things are a lot different at MS these days compared to 10 years ago.
When MS acquired BAO in '95, I had been hanging around the FSFORUM on Compuserve (you all remember CIS & FSFORUM don't ya :->) for over a year and would get the occasional "worried looks" from management when they found out I had been posting on various on-line sites (CIS, MSN Forum, AVSIM.COM, SIMFLIGHT.COM, etc ) - of course, these worried looks led to some of the management types starting to frequent the same on-line sites (the paranoid in me thinks they were checking up on me, but for whatever reason, at least they showed up :->).
Fast Forward 10 years (man, I'm getting old :->), and now the management types actually send us email encouraging us to visit the various FS-related web sites, start our own Blogs (like this one), go to the trade shows where FS has a booth, etc.
A very nice change in attitude. Now I see phrases like "How will this effect our customers", "How will the customer expect this to work", etc in emails and "hallway meetings". Even the template we use for design/change proposals for new versions has a field to list direct customer benefits of this new design/change. Not that we didn't care about the user 10 years ago, we did :->, it just wasn't as universally applied to the decision making process as it is these days. This is good for ya'll (the users) and its good for us (the developers/testers/designers/artists/etc).
What is this blog going to be about
I honestly don't know :->. Probably some musings on being a telecommuter (which I love being, by the way, and more groups at MicroSoft need to consider this option :->), the Joys of Long Distance Driving Trips (OK, most folks would probably consider these to be mind numbingly boring - my Mom included - but I enjoy them; I've been averaging between 2 and 3 driving trips a year from Fredericksburg, VA to Redmond, WA since I moved here in '01), maybe some fun things I've found you can do with C#/.Net (if you were wondering, this is what I spent those 2 years I was "semi-retired" (sounds better than unemployed :->) playing with), anything techy/geeky/nerdy is probably fair game at some point :->, oh, and yeah, I might talk about things Flight Sim from time to time :->.
Eventually I may even figure out how to use the tools available to make this blog page look nicer (a little paint on that wall, some nice curtains, maybe a throw rug :->).
Before I wrap this up for today and get back to writing code :->, just wanted to say a quick Hi to all my old friends in the FS OnLine Community (you know who you are :->) and sorry I sorta dissappeared off the face of the web for 5 years, and also a quick Hello to any new friends out there :->.
Tim "Beatle" Gregson
Glad you have joined the FS "blogosphere" that is suddenly booming. :-) And you're telecommuting .... VERY interesting :-)
Allow me to also welcome you to the 21st century... ;)
I LOVED Tower.. played it for days and days when it came out. It'd be awesome if someone updated it with shiny new graphics.
Great to see your name again. Your mentioning the old FSFORUM really opened up memories. I do miss all the old gang...
Are ya going to be working with the FS10 group?
i have the old version of tower from bao , great game, but it doesnt run under my Pentium IV with win XP PRO. hOW I CAN UPGRADE IT... IS THERE A PATCH, A WEBSITE...SOMETHING?
I like very much the sim TOWER! I'm playing it now for ages, but i would like to start my own airport now (European airport).
I have already a panoramic view of that airport(360°) but i can't make it work. i'm a little bit stuck with the HEX part (ref url http://hangar.simradar.com/2970)
Can you please put me on the correct way, so tht i can continue making this airport work?
I'm not very familiar with those HEX programs :-|
Thanks so much and don't hesitate to contact me on my mail.
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