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    Default BEHIND THE SCENES AT DREAMFLEET - REALLY BEHIND!!

    Every so often I like to scare you all, by showing you where I spend most of my time- by far the WORST room in my house, as Tom Main will tell you. In fact, my garage looks better!

    Anyway, for those of you who think that DF is some large corporation, making millions of dollars a year, it's time for a reality check!

    Okay, this is not exactly an "average" computer set up, but you can see what my years of smoking did to this room!

    No, I have not quit yet, but now take the smoke outside the house, and have cut back dramatically, unlike Mr. Main!

    Anyway, let's follow the numbers...

    1. Calculator, with stack of new Post It notes behind it.

    2. Cheap, but good Umax scanner (My Umax Powerlook II, awaits a new SCSI card, and sits in a closet)

    3. My watch.

    4. Photo of my PA-28-235, surrounded by business cards and Post-It notes.

    5. Cordless phone with answering machine (this IS the DF "hot line"). There is also another multi-line phone, just out of site, that serves the rest of the house.

    6. Old Jazz and Zip disks that just sit there and look fancy, but otherwise accomplish nothing!

    7. Compaq Ipaq PDA with GPS and "Anywhere Map" software. This is what I use when flying for real, along with whatever else is in the plane.

    8. Cable Modem. I use Time Warner's "Road Runner", and it can't be beat!

    9. Dell 4100 PII, 1 Ghz, 512mb ram, WinME, dual monitor PC. This was my main machine until just yesterday, and did a great job running FS2000 and 2002.

    10. Dell R450, 450mhz PII, 384mb ram, Win98. This was the predecessor to the machine above, and used to run FS98. I put FS2000 on it, for about 2 minutes!

    11. USB Hub for the Dell 4100.

    12. Card reader for flash memory, etc. Used with my digital camera.

    13. 40 gigabyte USB hard drive. Used to work well with the R450, but can't get it to work with anything else!!! It used to serve for backup.

    14. External HP CDRW drive for the Dell 4100.

    15. Brand new, still installng it, Dell 8250, 2.8,ghz, 512mb ram, WinXP Pro. This is the machine for FS2004, and is networked to the Dell 4100, for both files and internet. Yes, I have a HUGE firewall in place!

    The Dell 4100 is the only machine running both monitors, but that will change in time.

    16. Viewsonic P225F, 21" flat screen CRT.

    17. Same as above. There is a third one sitting in a box elsewhere in the room. One of these days I may hook it up, otherwise it serves as a backup, because once you work with multi-monitor, you will DIE if you lose a monitor and don't have a backup!

    18. Wacom Intuos digital tablet. If you're going to do graphics, you do not play around with a mouse! However, I still have a mouse, which comes in handy for internet, and you can see that on the tablet. The tablet is attached to the the Dell 4100, for now.

    19. Belkin 4-port KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch box. I mean, how does one use three machines with 2 monitors, 1 keyboard and 1 mouse without one of these?

    20. HP Laser Jet 1100 printer. An HP Laser Jet 5000 is out of view.

    21. PFC / AETI AFCSII flight yoke.

    22. One of two JBL L112 studio monitors, attached to a Yamaha 500 watt amp. For those who talk about "unrealistic" FS sounds, trust me, I can tell better. ;-)

    23. PFC throttle quadrant, shown with the twin-prop throttles attached.

    24. PFC Cirrus rudder pedals.

    25. A pair of plastic Eastern Airlines wings, that I got when I purchased an EAL 727 manual.

    What's not shown? A lot! Like CD storage, an old Compaq 266, an Alienware Athlon 700, a Jazz Drive, a portabhle Zip drive, an HP tape backup drive, a pair of CH Pro Pedals, Thrustmaster joystick and throttle, and Epson 800 injet printer (all this hardware is not currently used), plus tons of aircraft operating manuals, plus just about all of my photo gear, including 2 studio flash units, whose "modeling lamps" are currently used to light the room!

    Oh, there's even more too, even after I just threw out a bunch of stuff last night, and that stuff filled 12 garbage bags! :-lol

    This room was intended to be a "maids room", but since we do not have a live in maid, it has become my "office". It features its own full bathroom (another mess, but very handy to have), and an ironing board that folds down from the wall!

    https://www.flightsim.com/images/noimage.png

    Well, Tom Main, at least now you can get to the computers without having to climb over stuff! :-lol

    One of these days I will get around to fixing it up.

    Make no mistake though, while this setup may serve rather well for FS flying, it is primarily for development. When I need a "cockpit", I go out to the airport. ;-)

    Regards,
    [link:www.dreamfleet2000.com|http://www.dreamfleet2000.com/gfx/im...ORUM_LOUF.jpg]


    Regards,
    Lou Betti

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    Default RE: BEHIND THE SCENES AT DREAMFLEET - REALLY BEHIND!!

    Well, I'm a Dreamfleet customer, so my setup is behind the scenes as well. :-)

    https://www.flightsim.com/images/noimage.png
    Not as messy as Lou's, but then again, I've only got one computer. :-lol

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    J.C. Howell
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    Commercial Pilot ASEL - Instrument Rated
    Air Traffic Controller - Anchorage

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    [font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Feb-13-03 AT 03:43AM (EST)[/font][p]Hey thats a really good idea with the 2 monitors lou.. im gonna do that eventually with my 19 inch sony monitor once my new alienware computer arrives with a 22" NEC tomarrow

    Im using my new system for 3d design and FSflying

    Id be a little worried with getting clobbered with the huge monitor hangin up like that ...


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    Alienware
    3.06Ghz w/HT 533mhzbus;
    1GB RDRAM;
    ATI RADEON 9700 PRO 8XAGP 128mb (im going to write a review of it one of these days)
    Windows XP pro;
    22" flat CRT Display;
    120GB 7200rpm HD



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    That's indeed a good idea.
    Any chance of posting some drawings or plans for us to work from?
    I have a 2nd screen (though no card to plug it into at this time).

    [a href="http://www.tradewind.org"]http://www.hornet.demon.nl/sigfile.jpg[/a]

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    >Okay, this is not exactly an
    >"average" computer set up, but
    >you can see what my
    >years of smoking did to
    >this room!
    >
    >No, I have not quit yet,
    >but now take the smoke
    >outside the house, and have
    >cut back dramatically, unlike Mr.
    >Main!


    https://www.flightsim.com/mmniemi/shots/dangerous.jpg

    Mikko https://www.flightsim.com/mmniemi/shots/banger.gif

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    Mikko Maliniemi
    [email protected]

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    Here is a behind the scenes look at my setup and from where I've developed my DF737 Checklist (now in Version 8).
    http://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/desktopdesc.jpg
    1-My scratch built CPU: CoolerMaster ATCS-201 case, Enermax Whisper 350W power supply, AMD Athlon XP2100+ processor, Soyo Dragon KT333 Ultra Platinum motherboard, 512MB Samsung PC2100 DDR ram, Visiontek GeForce TI4600 video card, Soundblaster Audigy sound card, twin internal HDs, and a Plexwriter CDRW running XP Pro.
    2-17" AOC Spectrum 7Vlr
    3-15" Compaq v50
    4-RoadRunner cable modem
    5-Netgear RP614 gateway router
    6-Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 speakers on a Creative surround station
    7-CH Flightsim Yoke USB
    8-Logitech Cordless Optical MX700 mouse
    9-Coconut Monkey wearing my Logitech headset
    10-Binders of SIDS, STARS, airport diagrams, etc.
    11-real 737 flight manual
    12-notepad
    13-my DF737 Checklist Version 8
    note: the CH Flightstick Pro is for Battlefield 1942
    out of view: CH Pro Pedals USB, Logitech cordless keyboard, printer, scanner, wife, etc.

    Boyd Barker
    Senior Command Captain
    KBOS Hub Manager
    WestWind Airlines

    http://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/DFexperience.jpg
    http://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/checklist.html

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    Default RE: BEHIND THE SCENES AT DREAMFLEET - REALLY BEHIND!!

    Hi Lou:

    That was a great post. Thanks for letting us into your "private" space. It brings all this forum/simulation/computers stuff to very human terms and helps us "see" the people that work hard for our entertainment.

    I share my PC with my wife, therefore that space is a bit "cleaner" and "tiddier" than yours.

    But....you should see the room in the basement where I build my radio controlled model airplanes!! :-eek :-)

    All the best. Keep developing them!!

    Roberto

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    Looking good, gentlemen. Let's see some more setup photos!

    J.C.- That looks like a college dorm room, eh? I remember those!

    Boyd- Like that speaker arrangement, but you really should spring for a PFC "Jetliner" yoke, now that's a yoke!

    Mikko- Where's a shot of yours??? Afraid to show us your Win98 setup? :-lol

    As to my monitor arrangement, I have no design drawings of it. I just took measurements of the monitors, and built it. I'm sort of adept at doing that sort of stuff. However, I will give you one design hint: If you are building from wood, as I did, use Oak, as you will want the strength for those heavier monitors. The frame on top is where you really need it. My local lumber store had pre-cut strips of Oak 1.5" wide x .75" thick, and they had various lengths available. The unit is also screwed together, not nailed.

    When using Oak, you will need to pre-drill the screw holes, right into the piece you are attaching, as otherwise you'll never get those screws into that dense wood.

    Gosh, I sound like Norm on "This Old House"!

    Regards,
    [link:www.dreamfleet2000.com|http://www.dreamfleet2000.com/gfx/im...ORUM_LOUE.jpg]
    Regards,
    Lou Betti

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    Boy, you must have pretty good a/c for the summer in that room. The bright side is that you don't need much heat, even this winter.

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    Ok, I can't stand it. Here's my setup. Think your setup is a mess Lou? Check this out...No, that's not me in the picture (Lou will know who it is however) it's my most important PIC767 accessory.. Anybody care to guess who it is??

    <VBG>

    MIke B.

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