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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:


      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them

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  1. Article is called "We Were a Cheerful Cargo" and is in The Paris Review of Literature. The piece talks about sniper training, male reactions and details a surreal clash, in battle, between the spotter and the sniper--with targets in plain sight! The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature for one of her other works. https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/07/25/we-were-a-cheerful-cargo/ From the book The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich and translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Copyright © 2017 by Svetlana Alexievich; Translation copyright © 2017 by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. All Rights Reserved. Regards, John Kettler
  2. Good analysis of NK dynamic?

    It took a fair amount of backtracking from the link I was given, but here is what I consider to be a most insightful piece by a once highly favored NK financial official who defected when things went sour. In his view, Pyongyang wasn't expecting sanctions in response to its military activities and certainly not as heavy if it was. China has sided with the UN, making for a low opinion of PRC's president. The defector says NK is in dire straits. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/17/north-koreas-economy-may-not-survive-another-year-defector-says.html Andy, That photo of the AK toy armed kids reminds me of the chilling Soviet elementary math book "We Receive New Rifles" in which math problems take the form of "If Yuri has four rifles, and Sasha has three and they put them in one stack, how many rifles in all? It was a big enough deal there was an English version available. Got one for a friend as a gift. Regards, John Kettler
  3. Good analysis of NK dynamic?

    A friend of mine called me up with ideas for dealing with North Korea, and that call caused me to do some digging. Found some eye-openers! What a War with North Korea Would Look Like Article raises some excellent points about limitations on what the US can do in conventional attacks against NK nuclear assets, part of which limitations turns on the goodness of post-strike BDA. https://www.equities.com/news/what-a-war-with-north-korea-would-look-like A former top USAF war planner is quite pessimistic about US capability to remove NK nuclear capability via use of conventional weapons. A sobering read. https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-08-10/only-effective-arms-against-north-koreas-missile-bunkers-are-nuclear-weapons-says NK's AD fangs are much longer and more dangerous than I was aware, for it has an indigenous version (KN-06) of the S-300 with an estimated 150 km range. The CSIS site from which I was taken is a missile info gold mine and has some great graphics, too., but failing to list the KN-06 range in the key info summary was a huge error. https://missilethreat.csis.org/missile/kn-06/ Regards, John Kettler
  4. CAS (mis)representation

    Andy, Excellent point. MikeyD, My profound apologies for wrongly attributing to you what Codename Duchess wrote! Codename Duchess, My question still stands. How can you equate the 1000 pound payload of a Tomahawk with an artillery shell, presumably of the 155 mm sort? Regards, John Kettler
  5. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    If you really like steak, then this is perfect furniture! Found this on CL when looking through the furniture listings. Ad copy below. Horrify a vegan today (if for nothing else than turning "vej" into "veeg"! "9.5' Steak!! Made by the same company responsible for creating play equipment for the Warner Bros. theme parks. This was originally part of a playland for children in Dallas. I do not know the exact material they are made of, but it is very comfortable and squishy yet still firm...(that didn't help much did it?) It's best seen in person. Great décor for a restaurant or a really fun house!$800 EACHIndustrial Swag3357 Halifax St.Dallas, Tx 75247" Regards, John Kettler
  6. RUSSIAN MILITARY POWER 2017 (DIA publication)

    HerrTom, You're most welcome. To someone who read SMP from the get in 1981 clear through the one (I believe) right after the Cold War ended, the current RMP is a truly bizarre and surreal read. Regards, John Kettler
  7. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Guys, With yet another deadly (20+ fatalities already) hurricane headed for the US, I believe a morale boost is in order. http://thelifewize.com/the-elegance-of-female-beauty-captured-from-across-the-globe/?utm_campaign=US_FemaleBeauty_WEB&utm_source=OB&utm_medium=005531106a00746af7d515d354e0b5510d&utm_term=US_FemaleBeauty_WEB_OB Machor, Glad I didn't run into it, let alone have to fight it. Sure hope they kept the skin, for otherwise some high end leatherworking firms that make boots, purses and other pricey apparel will have to don sackcloth and ashes. Wicky, Sigh. Regards, John Kettler
  8. RUSSIAN MILITARY POWER 2017 (DIA publication)

    fireship4, The material you seek is on pages 52-55. There is specific discussion of the Brigades and BTGs. To me, this DIA pub an exceedingly strange document in terms of organization, emphasis and citations. Let me start with the last. I don't recall ever seeing citations in previous pubs of this sort. While more than odd, this is a boon for researchers who read Russian. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine the mighty ground forces which once made NATO tremble reduced to a mere appendix, not to mention most of the other military services as well. My how things have changed! The principal categories are now strategic nuclear and a vast array of information warfare capabilities. Wow! A quick look at the tabular material on the RUAF indicates a painful lack of QC at the DIA. Was fascinated to learn the most capable fighter was a MiG-29! Regards, John Kettler
  9. This was news to me, but the story aired on ABC News in 2010 and turned up when I was trying to find some information on the US ACOG (Advanced combined Optical Gunsight). Strikes me as a bit peculiar--this coming from someone whose friend used to carve smileys in his .357 Magnum bullets until I pointed out to him how bad this would look if he ever had to shoot someone and the police, DA and defense ever got a look at other ones like the one or more fired. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/us-military-weapons-inscribed-secret-jesus-bible-codes/story?id=9575794 Regards, John Kettler
  10. Russian army under equipped?

    IMHO, A most interesting video, but was it Russia's See Who Can Talk the Fastest Week or something? Am simply noit used to Russian (of which can follow very little anyway) delivered at such blistering speed, especially from the field reporter. Good grief? If journalism doesn't work out, I'm sure he'd do very well as an auctioneer or used car salesman! Also, it appears the Russians may have copied the US EOTech holographic sight. Does the video say anything specific about the troops shown concerning their nature? Given the face masks visible in places, I'm wondering whether these men are Spec Ops of the Spetsnaz persuasion, as opposed to MR troops? Regards, John Kettler
  11. CAS (mis)representation

    MikeyD, Please explain how a 1000 pound warhead on a Tomahawk magically becomes the equivalent of a (90 pound or so) presumptive 155 mm artillery shell? Now, if he can get 1000 pound bomb effects from a 155 mm shell, that would be a true ordnance breakthrough. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=2200&tid=1300&ct=2 The Tomahawk Block III Conventional variant (TLAM-C) contains a 1,000-lb class blast/fragmentary unitary warhead while the Submunition variant (TLAM-D) includes a submunitions dispenser with combined effect bomblets. The Tomahawk Block IV (Tactical Tomahawk, TLAM-E), conventional variant, which entered the Fleet in 2004, adds the capability to reprogram the missile while in-flight via two-way satellite communications to strike any of 15 pre-programmed alternate targets or redirect the missile to any Global Positioning System (GPS) target coordinates. Regards, John Kettler
  12. RUSSIAN MILITARY POWER 2017 (DIA publication)

    fireship4, Fair points raised. Doubt what I read before posting was anything even close to your quick skim, so shall have to get back to you on this later. Regards, John Kettler
  13. Funny

    Michael Emrys, Laughed hard (ha!) over your joke. Many thanks! Regards, John Kettler
  14. Russian army under equipped?

    Here's a most informative (though unfortunately only in Russian with no English subtitles) video on 122 mm Tornado-G, the highly automated and vastly more potent replacement for the BM-21 Grad. I find the 40 km range I learned of elsewhere pretty shocking. There are several slo-mo sequences in here which are stunning. Bonus material includes a T-12 ATG firing and a 152 mm Msta-S SPH battery firing as well. Am quite jealous of the reporter! Regards, John Kettler
  15. Putin's War Against Ukraine. Book

    Andy, What basis do you have for characterizing it as you have? The book reviews show no such response. The Jackman Humanities Institute of the University of Toronto, in announcing he would be speaking there about his book said this of him. This is only partial! (Fair Use) Taras Kuzio has analysed crime, corruption, politics, and nationalism in the USSR, Ukraine, Russia and Eurasia for over three decades as a journalist, consultant and academic. Educated in the UK, he received a BA in Economics from the University of Sussex, MA in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from the University of London, and Phd in political science from University of Birmingham, UK. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Currently a Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Previously he has held positions as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Senior Fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Visiting Professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. Taras Kuzio has been a consultant to different branches of the US government, including team leader on a USAID spring 2015 assessment of democracy, governance and human rights in Ukraine. He has prepared expert testimony in political asylum cases and consultancy on oligarchs, corporate raiding and due diligence for legal and business clients. As a public intellectual he has been a frequent guest on television, radio and print media, including during the Euromaidan, Russian invasion of the Crimea and the Donbas conflict. Over a 3-decade journalistic career he has authored 1, 400 articles on post-communist, Ukrainian and Russian politics and international affairs for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, UPI (United Press International), New Eastern Europe, and specialist publications by Jane’s Information Group and Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty...." Doesn't smack of anything remotely akin to what you've just said. Regards, John Kettler