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.
Cable cutting and access to foreign TV stations.
Mon, May 12th 2014 3:10p Carl Tyler Those of you with really good memories,
may remember way back in April 2009 I cancelled
my cable TV subscription. My savings have been used to buy various
media players and subscriptions to online service. Honestly never
had any regrets. A few months ago I purchased a Google Chromecast
as it had such favourable reviews in the press. All I can say is
these folks haven't tried the Roku or iPlayer for them to consider it such
a great device. Personally I think it's terrible. I also d [read] Keywords: google
Does Notes call home?
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 11:10a Carl Tyler Has anyone seen this? I recently
updated my installation of Malwarebytes, and it is now throwing up this
warning every few hours:
Anyone else ever seen this? I'm
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The Domino Designer documentation team screwed us all
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 6:30p Carl Tyler They did us all a disservice by not preparing
us for the future. They gave us too much useful information in the
documentation. Pretty much every function in the old Domino Designer
Documentation gave an example for every function or method, so if you weren't
sure exactly how to use it, you'd look at the example and try it
out and learn from it, you know, monkey see, monkey do, monkey learn. Those
days appear to be gone in the new IBM products. I've been messing
a great deal latel [read] Keywords: connections
IBM SmartCloud Meetings aren't really that Smart.
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 11:50a Carl Tyler Went to an IBM SmartCloud Sametime meeting
today, via a URL that goes direct to the meeting, decided check my plugins
etc. before going into the meeting. I got presented with this dialog:
The thing about this dialog is it is
totally uneeded, the meeting ID was passed as part of the URL, read the
End users shouldn't be expected to figure this out, there's nothing
"Smart" about this.
Also don [read] Keywords: ibm
Since when has the OGS been about Press?
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 3:23p Carl Tyler I've seen this comment in a few blog posts
recently, and I have to ask, since when has the OGS been about Press? People
do realise that the press get 1 on 1 briefings at Connect, and they can
be briefed throughout the year if they want to by making a simple phone
call to IBM. How about the customers that paid money to be at the
event, shouldn't the whole show be about them? Without customers,
believe me, the press won't give you 2 minutes. Personally I think
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What you should really do and see at lotusph...oops IBM Connect
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 9:29a Carl Tyler So you've all looked at the calendar, you've
picked out some sessions, but lets face it, you want to do some fun stuff.
So here's the things I suggest:
Great Geek Challenge,
this is one of the most fun events, think pub quiz, organized by the wonderful
nerd girls and emceed by myself and Paul Mooney. It
fills up quickly and there is often a line as it's so much fun, so get
there early, either with a team or without one if there's a seat you can
take it. This year I also have [read] Keywords: ibm
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.
Members of [read] Keywords: domino