Transportable Media is Passé

August 8, 2013

I’m a student pilot and thought I would try out a flight simulator for the Mac. X-Plane has a downloadable demo but to purchase it requires DVDs. They even state that the DVD must be in your computer to run the full version.

I’ve been saying to people for a long time that transportable media is passé. Apple agrees with that having removed optical drives from their computers. My building has Webpass so I could download 200 GB in less than 5 hours according to a recent speed test. Coincidently James from an earlier post works at Webpass now. Thanks for the speediness.

X-Plane seems pretty good. I did some landings at SQL (San Carlos airport) with the demo version which didn’t include scenery for that area. I’d like to see better support for multiple monitors. My MBP with no optical drive has 2 thunderbolts and an HDMI dying to power my cockpit.

So I wait for a downloadable version. Either that or maybe the old powerbook hanging on my wall as a digital picture frame has a drive that still works.

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2 Responses to “Transportable Media is Passé”

  1. james Says:

    This is an excellent post…best in a while. I was a little thrown off by the ‘landing at SQL’ comment, but then I realized that SQL is an airport code (probably assigned to San Carlos by a Silicon Valley geek).

  2. Chris Hobbs Says:

    A tech blog should know better than to use ‘SQL’ as an airport designation without clarifying. Let me clarify. Thanks for pointing that out.


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