January 2008 - Posts
I read this yesterday and meant to point readers to Joshes interesting post on his “Digi Downtime”.
I have to say, I agree with everything that Josh points out in his blogpost. I too hope that Netstreams change their stance on third party developers and start embracing clever people like Josh!
I also note that Josh mentions that he is going to post something in the near future about Netstreams DigiLinX and IR. I do not know if his post will be anything to do with my thoughts on that subject, but suffice to say I have been having awful times getting IR Passthough working with any devices. Laggy response, no response, delayed response…. that kind of thing.
Now, in fairness to our friends in Netstreams, they are telling me that they are working hard to isolate the specific IR passthrough issues I am seeing, and as soon as I get an update I will be sure to post it here!
How about that for the geekiest title ever.
For about 6 months, since my move of home and office and as I have already said, I have not done much Flight Simulator stuff. But there is another core reason for my lack of “hands on” time with FS.
Lack of power.
Yes, that’s right… my Dell Precision P650 has served me well, but I have finally realised that it is actually quite a lump of crap when it comes to current gaming requirements. That is why I have today ordered a nice new shiny Dell XPS H2C machine with all the top options. Granted, I had to sell my twin sisters to the highest bidder to be able to afford it, but who cares… this PC is worth it!
Not only does it have fancy flashing LED lights which every gaming geek loves, but it has some serious horsepower as well.
What this means in real terms is that not only will I be able to enjoy and play FSX again, but I will be able to get back into designing scenery add-ons and working on more animation techniques again. Maybe I will even be able to finish off the Shannon Airport scenery! (That is if I can find more texture designers to take the pressure of Graham).
I also intend on performing a swift rugby tackle on Adrian Woods at this years MVP summit in Seattle to help me get some IK animation tutorials out to the public domain so that more people can design moving gates that automatically move to the aircraft and other cool stuff like that.
Along the same lines of this post, I also notice that Phil Taylor from the ACES team has also posted some excellent information on the importance of decent hardware specification!
I love some people's sense of humor :)
Thanks to Sinead O’Grada
from Microsoft Ireland, we all now know that Microsoft have released a new guide
for deploying Windows Mobile 6 on your SBS network.
Now, I detest having to do Microsoft exams… for that matter, any exams… I am really a “hands on” type of guy! (hellooooo ladies).
That all said, this is a semi-cool exam that I must do.
Well, it has been a while since I posted anything FS related. Frankly that is because unlike the
good old days where there was just Jason Waskey and I (I exaggerate of course) blogging there are now hundreds of Flight Simulator bloggers from ACES, MVP’s and other enthusiast groups.
Not a bad thing IMHO. It has become better again since my friend Adrian Woods has just blown the cobwebs off his blog. Oh Adrian…. where are those videos you promised me for the gate animation?
Phil Taylor has been blogging like crazy for the last year or so, recently hitting his 100th post, giving the community some fantastic insights into the ACES team. Nice one!
I am not going to list out all the others here, but the usual suspects are all providing great ACES inside news which is great to see!
So, I get this from Vlad a few minutes ago.
What Vlad does not realise is that I always want to kill him, it’s just that he lives to far away and hired assassins are not cheap in America.
I do love ExchangeDefender… beats GFI Mailessentials hands down for our customers.
I just noticed that Vlad posted one of my support tickets on his blog. Yes, to use ExchangeDefender you must move time-zone. If that is the case, I am off to Australia or New Zealand right now….. ‘cause it sure beats living here in Ireland, in the pissing rain!
It’s great to see that Netstreams Inc have gained further investment. I am loving this product more and more each day!
At NTES, we are seeing more and more interest not only in the home market, but in the commercial sector. Hotels, Bars, conference centres! I simply love the fact that we can integrate both the audio and control system to the business networks!
With rumors of a fresh Graphical Interface on the horizon, I am so excited about the further development of this product over the coming year! Stay tuned!
That is all I have to say to this. About time that Political Correctness got a kick in the balls. I am surprised that Amy is taking it so personally.
Tags: Windows+Home+Server, CES
As a follow up to this post…
If Paramount do this, that will be the nail in the coffin so to speak.
It seems to be “send cool links to Nick” day.
First, I want to implement this on all cars:
Next, I want one of these for my flight simulator setup…. which reminds me, I need to buy a new PC for flight simulator X!
I wish I were at CES :(
Microsoft announced today that Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 is due for release in the first half of 2008. For me, the most important part of this update is the x64 support!
The WHS Blog has more information!
Man, I really wish this crap was over. To me, it looks like this may be the major turning point in the whole HD DVD / Blu-Ray mess.
I presume that Microsoft will simply release a Blu-Ray player for the Xbox 360 ;)
I will not repeat what Arno has already said…. but now it is your opportunity, as a Flight Simulator Developer, to give feedback on the Flight Simulator SDK and interact directly with the team on fsdeveloper.com
Update 30th Jan 2008 - Just realised I posed a link to the old version of FFDShow! Fixed
Man, this is REALLY easy to get working.
First, turn on the Media Sharing via the Windows Home Server Console.
Then, download ffdshow from here and install it on your server.
Then, simply connect to WHS from your Xbox and play your files!