Text in XML gauges, part III

It’s been over a year since I mentioned text in XML gauges (an area where we don’t do a good job of documentation) and a while since I posted anything truly useful on this blog, so I guess it’s about time…  A coworker and I were looking at some XML script and got onto the topic of our string syntax,…

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You learn something new…

What’s that tire-looking thing at the front of this P-12C? It’s called a “speed ring cowling for drag reduction,” says Paul

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Good times

Yesterday about half of the team attended a special showing of One Six Right in Seattle.  The director (Brian Terwilliger) was there and he talked a bit about the movie, answered some of our questions, etc.  We had met him at Oshkosh last year, and I was excited to finally see the movie. Today he’s…

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A little bit about fs9view

There’s a little-known CustomDraw element (you may or may not already be familiar with the fs9gps:map customdraw element) you can add to your XML gauge pretty easily.  Someone asked me about fs9view:view recently, and since I was adding to my knowledge on the topic, I thought I’d share my knowledge on this blog. To back…

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Working from home

Working from home makes a lot of sense sometimes – like when your commute can be an hour of aggravation in each direction.  But the cost (in time and hard drive space) of maintaining a separate build is nearly prohibitive, especially if this working-from-home thing happens less than once a week and the time required…

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How did I miss Spore?

We were runners-up in the category of “Best Simulation” to Spore, which isn’t surprising because there has been a lot of talk about it, and it won best in show overall. But when I was at E3, I didn’t see Spore at all.  If there were any huge banners or video screens promoting it, I completely missed…

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I’ll believe it when I see it…

So often, someone comes up with something that sounds cool, but unless it’s widely adopted, it’s just not very useful or interesting.  For example, the gas pump that can also dispense mp3’s.  But really, that shouldn’t be necessary; I should be able to download mp3’s through my cell phone while I’m driving… and automatically synchronize…

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E3

E3 is crazy.  For those of us who are generally content to live out our lives under “sane” conditions – i.e. not actively seeking out flashing lights, people costumed as PacMan or medeival characters, and very large “booths” (AKA large villages) – it’s a bit overwhelming.  When my friend at Vivendi Studios invited me to…

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