This blog is intended as a place for collecting random stuff about sims that have my interest.
The idea started with creating one jump point to various different sites, so the only thing I had to do was browse to my site and quickly find all the links I was looking for.
We all collect various mods, links and articles during our sim career and fact of life is that some sites cease to function properly or dissapear completely.
Here I try to keep an ‘archive’ of sorts so I can always find the stuff back that I tend to loose over time.
You’re free to look around and hey; maybe you’ll even discover that you find it handy too. If so, I would love to hear from you one way or the other. Perhaps you have tips or suggestions to share? I am always looking for ways to enhance the page.
I fly Boeing 737NG’s for a living and used to be a MSFS enthousiast. However, since attending flight academy and especially once I got my first commercial job I have steadily moved away from civil flightsims and moved towards combat flight simulation.
I am a member of the 132nd Virtual Wing where I provide ATC/AWACS control and I fly the A-10C. We solely use DCS World as our platform.
The Wing also features an Mi-8 squadron, regular Mirage 2000C flights and active JTAC controllers and generally we try to get as many external Wings involved in our missions.
About my callsign / nickname
I feel I might need to clarify my nickname a bit more as lots of people ask me about it; Yassy came from Yskonyn.
That is my handle on most forums I frequent. It’s a funny way to write ‘Icerabbit’ in Dutch, if you want a direct translation. 😉
Why ‘Icerabbit’ ? That’s a long story. So long, even, that I am not really sure anymore why I chose the name, but I have been using it since the days I was on an ‘internet quota’ enforced by my parents in the 90s.
Whenever I used the internet (via a 28kbit dial-up modem!) the telephone line was busy all the time and my parents were unreachable during the period I was online.
So why Yassy, then?
Once I started to use voice applications like TeamSpeak to communicate with others in various sims, I quickly found out that many people have no clue how to pronounce ‘Yskonyn’. Aparently it’s so alien looking to many foreigners that even if I explained how to pronounce it, most people quickly forgot again.
Needless to say, this poses some severe problems when you’re in-game, trying to run a mission and things heat up, stress levels increase, workload increases and shrapnel starts flying! The last thing you need is to have people stumble trying to address you all the time.
Raven6, an Australian guy from the 1st VFW (Falcon BMS) at the time sat down with me and we tried to come up with something that still resembled the initial nickname somewhat, but at the same time was much easier to remember and pronounce for people.
Yassy it became. Which, incidentally, is just as silly as Yskonyn if you translate it again directly into Dutch (my native language, but you probably got that by now 😉 ); because if you do then it’s literally ‘small jacket’.
Which sprung the relationship in my mind with Stanley Kubrick’s excellent movie ‘Full Metal Jacket’, and now I use an avatar with an edited logo of that movie, instead now calling it: ‘Full Metal Yassy’.
Even if the meaning of ‘jacket’ is not correct in this context, I still found it funny to use it as such. But part of the joke may be lost on you if you don’t speak Dutch. Nevermind. 🙂
About my hardware
My pc is a self-built system housed in a Fractal Design R4 Define Black Pearl case:
Asus Z87-A motherboard
Intel i5 4670K 3.4Ghz processor running at 4.2 Ghz cooled by a Scythe Mugen dual-fan cooler.
Crucial Ballistix 16GB 1600Mhz RAM
Asus GTX1080 8GB videocard
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
Samsung 850 PRO 500GB SSD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA HDD
Creative Labs Soundblaster Zx soundcard with Sennheiser GAME One open cup headset
Philips BDM4350UC 43″ 4K monitor + Asus V220W 22″ second monitor (for Helios, etc)
Windows 10 64bit
My sim peripherals are as follows:
Logtech G910 RGB Keyboard (RGB feature is very nice to colour-code sim functions)
Logtech G13 Gaming Keypad (controls the UFC in A-10C)
Natural Point TrackIR5 with TrackClip Pro
Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS
Thrustmaster Cougar MFD’s
MFG Crosswind Rudder Pedals
Gametrix KW-908 JetSeat