A couple of months ago I started my participation
in the Microsoft Flight beta program, the details and the NDA meant that
I couldn't speak about the beta, but now Microsoft Flight is available.
Now i've been using Microsoft Flight
Simulator since the early days, when it booted of it's own 5.25" disk
so I've watched this program evolve over the years. A couple of years
Microsoft disbanded the Flight Simulator development team, and to be honest
never really explained why, I believe the group very easily funded it's
own development. After they laid off that team, they created a new
one which would build what became Microsoft Flight.
Now Microsoft Flight and Microsoft Flight
Simulator have a number of things in common, they both have Microsoft Flight
in their name, they both involve flying aircraft and they're both from
Microsoft, and that's about it.
Microsoft Flight does not have simulator
in it's name and that's for good reason, Microsoft Flight is not a simulator,
it's a game. Microsoft is really aiming Microsoft Flight at an online
audience that wants to fly against others and do challenges. The
program is free, with users having options to buy additional planes and
locations etc. in the future. Similar to the model being used by
simraceway with an online racing community.
Microsoft Flight will take a new user through a tutorial on how to
fly the included planes, and will take them through a number of challenges,
progressively getting harder.
So what's my take on it? Well
I like that it's free, and you get to fly around part of Hawaii for free,
but it's a game, it's no simulator. I like that it doesn't use GameSpy
which is the biggest POS for connecting to and was the major downside to
online connections with Flight Simulator (why oh why Microsoft can't you
replace that online engine with an update?) I had no trouble connecting
to the new online service during the Beta, but my brother (also on the
beta) did have some problems, but we think they were Beta related. Flight
does require an internet connection to function. If you're looking
for an update to Microsoft Flight Simulator, this isn't it, but if you
want to get your feet wet just flying a plane with simple physics etc.
then at the price it can't be beat. For online play that's interesting
they better add guns pretty sharpish, this working together lark is lots
of fun, but after a while you just want to become the Red Baron or Biggles
and shoot people down. Oh and a PS for Glen, they have Stearman.
F*@king Bruce and his attention seeking ways...
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:19a Carl Tyler I'm kidding, but someone needs to bring
him back down to earth. I've known Bruce for a number of years now
as a friend, a customer, partner, advisor, and general good guy. Honestly,
what can I say that hasn't already been said in all the other blogs? I'll
just say this, without Bruce and the commitment he had to keeping NTF going,
the Domino/Notes market could be very different today, it could have been
much worse, NTF filled a hole that IBM chose not to fill, and it took IBM
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He walked on his bloody stumps...
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 11:07a Carl Tyler Back in FebruaryI blogged
about The Domino Danderers
and a planned walk across Scotland in aid of the Children's Hospice Association
Scotland. Originally I was to be performing that walk in May with
the others, but due to some health issues I was unable to take part, except
in a supporting role. I had raised quite a bit of money back them,
so I couldn't even bale, so I scheduled my attempt for weekend, as I would
already be in the UK for ICON UK and a friends wedding.
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Another one speaking at IamLUG
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 8:50a Carl Tyler Like many others I will be in St. Louis
next week, speaking at IamLUG, and Epilio
are sponsoring the Monday night drinks. I decided not to do any really
tough presentations on Sametime, but am instead doing an updated version
of a presentation I first did at UKLUG "25 Years of Lotus and Still
Going Strong" which contains lots of demos of old Lotus products.
As usual, I'll probably have some old freebies to give away.
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Fat man walking...all for a good cause.
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 1:40p Carl Tyler It's time for you to reach into your pockets
and sponsor me. Perhaps you've used our free plug-ins, perhaps you've
used our free Sametime admin tools, it's time to pay up. Now it's
not like that crazy sponsorship thing where all I had to do was shave my
head and paint my face blue, this one actually involves some serious preparation
and training. We managed to raise close to $3,000 dollars for the head
shave, so really hoping people will delve deep for this effort to smash
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