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Good morning,

a year has passed since the first release of PSX, and still no easter egg report. It's time to reveal some of them ...

OK ... some devices on the flight deck are equipped with brightness sensors.

PSX users who work with touchscreen monitors can cover such a sensor with a finger and watch the effect when the sensor stops receiving ambient light.

Well, actually, you need no touchscreen; a mouse cursor can cover it as well :-)

The brightness of a display depends on the respective brightness knob setting and on the ambient light; therefore the display brightness may vary by moving that knob, as well as by changing the surrounding flight deck flood lights or the sunlight.

(These flood light and sunlight effects are networked as the related conditions are identical on each PSX instance. Those easter egg effects, however, -- those with the finger hiding a sensor -- are not synchronized over the network; this wouldn't make sense in a cockpit mockup or Internet session as the human finger, I mean the real flesh, can be seen on just one PSX instance.)

For a quick demo setup you may try this:

Load the situation Basic 014 - Cruising at final cruise altitude.situ

Load the model Qantas Airways VH-OEJ.model

(That aircraft model has all sensors.)

When you cover a sensor, the display darkens to a certain minimum. When you uncover it, the brightness increases to a certain maximum. The time until the minimum or maximum is reached is device specific. The brightness variation depends on the reserves in relation to the brightness knob setting. The sensor provides the greatest flexibility when the knob is in a middle position. (Some devices are also interconnected with sensors at the windshield behind the glareshield.)

So here are the times until minimum or maximum brightness is reached (by covering or uncovering the sensor):

IDU (be sure the PFD/ND/EICAS is set to a medium brightness)
Circa 5 seconds to minimum, quickly to maximum.

ISFD (be sure the ISFD is set to a medium brightness)
Circa 5 seconds to minimum, quickly to maximum.

CDU (set the CDU brightness knob to 12 o'clock)
Quickly to minimum, quickly to maximum.

LCD type MCP
Circa 5 seconds to minimum, quickly to maximum.

Non-freighter call panel (press the NXT key to show something on the display)
Circa 10 seconds to minimum, circa 10 seconds to maximum.


You may also try time acceleration x 4 or so.


:-)

|-|ardy




Where exactly are the eggs?

Here:

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Registered: Sep 2009
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Location: South Bavaria
It seems nobody is flying with Qantas in PSX ;-)
Interesting that nobody has ever detected these easter eggs.
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Location: Germany (near EDCB)
I need my entire brain capacity to survive the PSX. I have no time for Easter eggs. ;)
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falconeye wrote
It seems nobody is flying with Qantas in PSX ;-)

I selected this Qantas model only because it has an LCD type MCP, an ISFD, and a pax model call panel.

It's just an example. The other models have sensors too :-)

Every CDU has a sensor (two sensors, actually).
Every IDU has a sensor.

Only the LCD type MCP has a sensor.
Only the LCD type standby instrument has a sensor.
Only the non-freighter call panel has a sensor.


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Registered: Jan 2012
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... time to reveal some of them ...!

You mean there's more?!

I can't wait to find the one that reveals a mini-map to show you all the taxi-ways so you can taxi on them to your runway!! :D

That would be my type of easter egg!!

Not that I'm ungracious :D
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That would be a very expensive easter egg :-)
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Awesome, Hardy! :D
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Only you! ( Like in the Platters song... )
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Jose Monteiro
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Registered: May 2010
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I had noticed the functional light sensors...
Problem is that I simply considered it to be yet another example of the amazing amount of detail you put into the sim and never considered that 'discovery' to be an easter egg!!! :D

Sylvain
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OK, Sylvain, you win :-)


Cheerio, gentlemen!

|-|ardy
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Registered: Dec 2011
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And to think it all started with an enhanced B737 panel for fs5 :-)

By that time there was some developer starting to work seriously in an in depth ( PS-like ) 727 simulator, for Macintosh. His project was ambitious, and he tried to implemet it, but gave up a year or so after starting :-/
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Jose Monteiro
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falconeye wrote
It seems nobody is flying with Qantas in PSX ;-)
Interesting that nobody has ever detected these easter eggs.


Actually, I only fly Qantas VH-OEJ in PSX because it has the closest airline options to a particular company not included.

But with that being said, I will admit - I have never noticed this easter egg, even after a year of constant flying...

The only time I've noticed the ambient light sensors was when I load a daytime location from a nighttime origin, but never have I noticed the part where I just put my mouse on top of the sensors and it changes brightness.

Hardy - any more easter eggs? ;)
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Henry D. C.
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Hardy you're amazing! I'm just shaking my head when you reveal even more detail in this sim. All I can say is I'm glad I stumbled on the PS1 website years ago and waited for PSX. Flying the 744 is distracting me from all the other good stuff! Thank you! :D
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Joe
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bugger now I have to get LCD MCP was looking for excuse :mrgreen:

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