January, 2006

  • How much thrust would a woodchuck generate if a woodchuck would generate thrust?

    The guys at Sim-Outhouse find the best links... Car facing a 747 backwash - Google Video
  • Congratulations...

    To Owen Hewitt. Proud new father. It appears that Blogger is down, but try this link at your leisure... http://owenhewitt.blogspot.com/ Congrats O!
  • Artificial Intelligence in Flight Simulator X

    Caught your attention, didn't I? :) Based off much of the feedback seen from our autoresponded alias: tell_fs@microsoft.com, and at forums like those at Avsim , Mike Gilbert wrote a very nice article: Where Am I? that's worth a look. Even...
  • The mother of storms

    While this is a book I've enjoyed tremendously ( The Mother of Storms) The real mother of storms is to be found at the link below: http://www.extremeinstability.com/storms.htm Found via Sim-Outhouse
  • Flight Simulator X: A request for source material...

    I've posted this in one of the main Flight Sim user forums (Avsim), but haven't seen an answer. Any takers here? Anybody have any images of a ski retraction lever? Preferably from a Maule, but anything from a single prop'd be helpful. Thank you so...
  • Alas poor Yorrick

    ...I knew him, Horatio. As a good deal who follow the ACES team members blogs are aware, team members Steve Lacey and Joe Stacy are off to join the scary world of the start up. Steve's been pretty cagey about exactly *what* they're up to, but both...
  • panoramas

    Although the ACES team members are pretty much stuck here in Redmond (with one or two telecommuting exceptions), we build a product that simulates the whole planet. Team members come from all over, and we've done a lot of world travelling, but we still...
  • I can see clearly now...

    I recently went to the optometrist to get my prescription updated, and if you have glasses or contacts, I'm sure you've gone through the little dance: "Okay... which is better, the first one? or... the second one?" as he or she flips through various lens...
  • For the birds

    There's a bit of a dipsy doodle over at Avsim over the idea of implementing birds as part of The Flight Simulator X worldspace. Steve Lacey has covered that to some degree here. (be sure and read the comments) The upshot is about the tension between...
  • 404 File Not Found

    http://www.lookitsme.co.uk/404_me
  • Google? No! Flight Sim!

    Found at a forum at Avsim dedicated to Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Google Earth vs FS X Nice round up of comparison screenshots, also comparing several 3rd party add-ons in Flight Sim 2004, and how close it does and doesn't come to the press...
  • A strong user base is key.

    A Flight Simulator enthusiast wrote up some notes about the new version (titled "Microsoft Flight Simulator X") as caught by Susan (Engauged) in her post: Some more entertainment The same user is back. This time with a post (from Avsim ) on the...
  • Where's Waldo?

    From Bruce's site... Track your flight http://flightaware.com/
  • Correction

    In an earlier post ( the one with the kittens and puppies ) I bungled a link. I've corrected it in the post, but would be remiss if I didn't post an update: If you eat food, you might enjoy Ellen's site. Disclosure: Ellen is a friend. I eat...
  • Blog round up!

    Yeehaw! Here's a couple of posts I found notable... Hal blesses the world with a couple of posts worth reading (make sure and click the links he put in)... Comparing Apples to Really Expensive Apples Adrian (torgo) our Tecnical Art lead has a...
  • Brouhaha

    Mike Gilbert (also affectionately known as Tdragger) riled a few feathers talking about how nice it is using the x-box controller with Flight Simulator X I've seen some negative reactions at the very idea of using such a controller. Below is a representative...
  • Is Flight Simulator deep?

    Guy Kawasaki's new blog (via Lacey) has great post about getting strong product evangelization: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/01/guys_golden_tou.html Good read. Flight Sim has the potential, I think. Not there yet. (see the entry "elegant...
  • What the...?

    Okay. I took the Flight Simulator X screens seen in the link below: 3 years later ... and here FSX VS Fs2004 Default Terrain But who took the Flight Simulator 2004 screenshots? And how did he or she know this: "Calaveras Reservoir (10 mi E of...
  • Flight Simulator X developer interview...

    There's a couple of interviews available at gamespot . My favorite is Mike Gilbert's little piece available here: http://www.gamespot.com/pages/video_player/popup.php?pid=931252&sid=6141988&tab=related Great job Mike!
  • Yeah, but when's it gonna ship?

    A statement made during our announcement at CES about the team having over a year remaining have generated a few questions in the Flight Simulator communities about when we're gonna ship. So when are we gonna ship? The FSInsider site reports in...
  • The myth of "it needs a brand new engine"

    Does Flight Simulator need a brand new engine?
  • FSInsider update in progress...

    Includes link to the CES FSX demo... http://fsinsider.com/articles/FSX_Press_Release.htm I expect the headline image will change soon...
  • Flight Simulator X announcement part 3

    My favorite response from a Flight Simulator user so far, found at Flightsim.com: "Indeed. If FSX looks like FS9 with $100 worth of add-ons, imagine what FSX will look like with $100 of addons." Link to the whole thread
  • Flight Simulator X announcement at CES part 2

    A user over at Avsim points us to the fact that BillG's CES keynote speech will be available for one and all after 11:00 pm PST here: http://www.microsoft.com/events/executives/billgates.mspx Cheers!
  • Flight Simulator X announcement at CES

    I thought I would be able to get some work done tonight but am so amped from the announcement at CES that I'm likely to spend the rest of my time cruising forums, and monitoring reactions. So far they're mostly good, although there are a fair share...