Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Now the FSX NDA ban has been lifted...

I can finally post a couple pictures of what I've been working on through the summer - the work had started before I left for the honeymoon and continues since I came back.

(Click on each picture for a larger version)

For those of you who'll be quick to say "but nothing seems to be changed!", believe you me: There's SO MUCH that had to be upgraded and/or gutted in order to transition to Flight Simulator X that I've been working almost non-stop since May so that the 747-400 (and Cargo) can be released for FSX. At the same time, I've been reworking our code-base to take full advantage of SimConnect, rather than depend entirely on FSUIPC. Unfortunately, since the good guys at Microsoft are now slowly wrapping up their release, there are some parts of SimConnect still missing before we can safely say that we'll transition completely to it, but I have full faith in Dave and the rest of the team that their post-RTM updates will include all our wishes and expectations.

So... what have I been doing?

Actually, there were a couple very good excuses for the apparent inactivity in my blogging:

I got married! Margarita and I have been living together for quite some time now, so we decided we would make it official! The wedding took place at a very scenic location underneath the Akropolis, among only our kids, closest friends and relatives - it was idyllic! The right season, the right time of day, the right temperature - seems that the world was conspiring to make for the perfect wedding! We couldn't resist making the perfect pictures, so here they are:

After the wedding, it's only natural to go on a honeymoon, right? We travelled to Sri Lanka where we spent eight beautiful days in a fantastic villa resort called the "Saman Villas". The resort is designed especially for people on honeymoon - a private beach, individual pools in front of each villa and romance all around. Highly recommended!
On the way back from Sri Lanka, we had a three-day layover in Dubai, for the requisite shopping and all-around tourist action. Those who think Dubai is "cheap" - think again: It offers exquisite comfort and luxurious accomodation, but it all comes at a price, however it's well worth it, especially if you're on a honeymoon and feel you can spend the extra couple Dirhams.

I've been back now for two months, so further news about what I've been doing, next!