Ragged gets busy at Leguna Seca

iRacing    simracing    star mazda
Week 2 of the Star Mazda is Leguna Seca, home of the infamous "cork-screw". Last season both Andy and I hit the track for a race and came together on the first corner. We ultimately finished 2nd and 3rd in that first race. I had a few more troubles, coming together with Steve Owen, getting reversed into off the grid by Paul Ezerski...

V8Supercars rock Road America in 2012

iRacing    simracing    v8supercars
Round one of season four hit Road America this week. For me, it was to be my first every V8supercar event, after finishing 2nd in division four of the other main C class series, the Star Mazda. Fuel saving made it introduced a new dimension to the race, and I liked it.

The Ford V8supercar is not easy

iRacing    simracing    v8supercars
The Star Mazda is a pretty easy car to drive. The light weight, the massive grip both mechanical and aero, the open wheel nature, all lend itself to a pretty easy car to drive from the get-go. The Ford V8SC is anything but easy. It's a twitching, bucking, yelling, screaming beast. The Star Mazda is a refined, well mannered, upper-middle class car. The V8SC is a beer swilling, loud, obnoxious beast. But that's what makes it interesting...

Mammoth Networks sponsor for Season 4 2012

iRacing    simracing    star mazda    v8supercars
Mammoth Networks now sponsor my racing efforts. How so? They donated a VPS to run this blog. That and I work at Mammoth Media / Ausgamers. I like the colours too. Now if only they kick in some shiny 27" monitors...

Smashing it at Road America season 3 2012

iRacing    simracing
I had the best race of the season at Road America. Battling with the big boys and making a huge iRating and SR gain. Love this track. I started off the week pretty calmly and using my standard race preparation: Run the track with my default setup (32 Front and 31 Rear wings), incidentally the same wing settings I've used all season so far. The tuesday session is meant to be an acclimitisation session to familiarise myself with the track...

I'm ready to race season 3 - lets go

iRacing    simracing
Importantly for me, a B class driver, I was the first the B class drivers and ahead of real life V8 Supercar regular David Besnard. I even think there's plenty more to come there is plenty more to come, after setting an optimal time of 1:21.622 and missing 15 minutes of setup time in the session after an iRacing error denied me access to the Garage with a "Bad setup file" error. I'm also yet to refine setup work and will continue development of a qualifying setup through the week, before focussing on a race setup on Friday/Saturday.

Star Mazda season 3 begins at Brands Hatch

Brands-Hatch    iRacing    simracing
iRacing's Season 3 for 2012 begins today, with the Star Mazdas taking to Brands Hatch in England for round one of the twelve round season. This season I've made up my own paint, with the my work, Charm Health, as primary sponsor. I've also got Microsoft on the engine cover, with my fuel sponsor BP on the nose. The paint scheme is Charm Healths

Selecting WPF DataTemplates at runtime

I explain how to modify the look and feel of a GridView in WPF

Making F1Speed

f1 2010    f1 2011    f1 2012    projects
I wished Codemasters F1 201x had a telemetry application. It didn't, so I made my own.

CROSS JOIN with filter equals INNER JOIN on Sql Server

linq to sql    sql server
Cross join with filter equals inner join with filter. A little experiment to test what Sql Server with it's query optimisation and with how linq does it's magic.

Star Mazda Road America Season 2 2012

iRacing    simracing    star mazda
Decent enough speed but terrible mistakes on the opening lap of both races cost me.

Contesting iRacings Star Mazda series

iRacing    simracing    star mazda
I've got my A class license and I'm moving up from the Skip Barber to the Star Mazda for season 2

Fizzbuzz is useless as an interview question

Don't use FizzBuzz to filter out bad senior developers.

My first month as a developer in the public sector

developers    personal
Some initial observations on life as a public sector software developer, one month in.

Connecting to Codemasters telemetry feed

f1 2010    f1 2011    f1 2012    projects
Codemasters publishes telemetry data packets you can receive to make your own telemetry based applications.