My Home Cockpit Project

This, my dear friends, has been on my bucket list for, oh, at least 30 years. Flight Simulation has been the ONE steady thing in my life ever since 1976 when I saw the very first non-mainframe computer….. and a crude flight simulator program on it. I have since owned…

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Saitek HOTAS X-55

Where I am still happy with my old Saitek X52 HOTAS system, the company has released quite a few new models since. One of them, the professional looking X-55, got tested by Angelique van Campen who currently works for Aerosoft. You can read her extensive report here. Looks like a…

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Starting to come together

With the new blog theme my ‘blog’ is now slowly changing into a news and archive site. Here’s the plan: instead of having all of my interests scattered over a wide variety of separate blogs (websites) and Facebook/Twitter links, I am now trying to collect them in my main blog…

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Who’s tracking you !

I know some of you are really paranoid about the Internet and the Big Bad World out there. Well, you’re right 🙂 And to prove it, here’s a great tool for you to install (trust me… oops) in your Firefox browser add-on group. After a while it will show you…

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Yo Simmers ! Come and get MOUNTAINS!

Yup, I FINALLY came up for air after some two weeks of major problems with a variety of things technical. Since the last update in December the webshop would not accept LARGE files for download anymore. Bummer! Took me an entire week of ‘helpdesking’ between the US, Bulgaria and Russia…

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Stop SOPA/PIPA

  There’s a lot of talk about this all over the Internet. Basically the US wants to install laws to prevent the Internet being used by pirates and such. In reality such laws will very likely ONLY hit ‘normal netizens’ , just like many off-line laws do. Criminals of any…

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I was on US TV News today

Now that sounds rather ominous, doesn’t it? Although I didn’t say much, it IS true though. So let me tell you about this Google+ Hangout On-Air thing that is starting to shape yet a new road into Social Media and News Gathering/Sharing. Google has released Google+ some time ago, which…

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Facebook Junkies

I am one, that’s for sure. Running two monitors (and sometimes 5), a notebook on the side and a smart phone on my desk, I am back to the old days when I was a ‘cellphone’ junkie. That was when this stuff was still new and I was an executive…

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I dig graphics

I love these knights and dungeons things like Assassin’s Creed and Stronghold…..  they’re not real intelligent games, but they are very nicely done in terms of graphics…… here’s the latest, upcoming one from Firefly   More Stronghold 3 Videos

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I Joined SupportMyPC

  SupportMyPC is a Dutch company supporting individual PC users and companies with their daily PC problems. And we ALL have them… daily… I am sure. The concept is that you buy some credits (registration is FREE) that you can then in turn swap for help. You type your problem,…

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Stuff gone

Well duh! I knew I shouldn’t have just ‘swapped’ the theme on my blog…… I only now looked closer and notice that a lot of stuff as disappeared, especially in the right column. Oh well, back to the tinkering board. I did manage to put up a new header, finally.…

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Spinning my Internet Wheels

You won’t see any changes to the blog yet…. that’s because my Internet connection has gone belly-up. Or the cable underneath the driveway, to be more precise. At least, that’s what the ISP’s techie says. Hmpf…. now what. They want to dig up the driveway, ‘fix’ the cable, and have…

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Backup With A Twist

If you’re like me you have too much data strewn all over your computer systems, and not nearly enough backups. If you’re like me in terms of (lack of) discipline to backup as well, you have a further problem. I can’t help you with the discipline (or patience), but maybe…

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Snow is good!

Well, at least for the visitors statistics of my EuropeRides website. These past 2 weeks the site gets bombarded by people looking for road conditions in Europe, mainly in France. Looking at the stats it seems that UK residents are very interested in that one page of my website. Presumably…

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Free ‘painting’ programs

Yesterday I was working with Arno of FSDeveloper.com fame, and he showed me Gimp, the free program he uses for painting his FSX models. Since I got another question about painting today, I thought to do a quick search and see what else is there, besides Gimp. The sheer cost…

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Two Major New Projects

I have two projects that will take up most of my time during the coming months, and possibly long after that. That is, if I survive the trip preparations underway now, and the trip itself of course. Rumor has it that I don’t have swimming trunks….. not that I care…

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Back blogging after many problems

Yes, I’m back. And in France again, yippeee…! But what was meant to be the second half of our holidays, became a nightmare because of a tiny and untypical mistake by yours truly. I clicked on a link in a fake email, and attracted a trojan viurs from Russia. Although…

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Quoted on Techflash

Todd Bishop, a reporter writing on Techflash, called me the other day to talk about the cascade Games Foundry and the loss of Flight Simulator. I just found his published article and you can read it here. I still have very mixed feelings about the CGF initiative and from everything…

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Step One

…of the re-invention has been made. In the form of yet a new attempt at setting up my own webshop. And although it proved to be cumbersome (what else is new) it seems to be running and functioning now, ON a new server too. I have put the also new…

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