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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:

      -showui

      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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  1. Michael Emrys, Time for an update. I spoke to Charles. He'd never heard of a bap, but was familiar with the pastry as the basis for a sandwich. His favorite is a slow roast rolled pork belly, which he got in Cardiff at something approximating a deli next door to a posh butcher, and which sells by the pound. A slice of that in a bap is just heaven for my brother, who loves pork. As he so eloquently puts it of his sandwich, "So good!" Here's the dish on that makes me drool on sight pork belly. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/775672/slowroast-rolled-pork-belly- Though he's now I Cambridge, he raved about these. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/welsh-cakes-recipe Regards, John Kettler
  2. SLIM, Completely understand what you're saying. I remember when I was in high school geting to go to Furman University where I first got into a full-blown academic library. Got high on the book aroma and practically levitated in bliss. While I think the pic is some sort of digital fantasy, I was so swept up in it I vaguely noted the chair and missed the female (?) in it altogether. Can't recall the movie, but I saw one in which the library was in one corner, with a polished brass curved guide rail for the ladder to get around it. Oo! Ah! Drool. I find books to be more fun and useful when you retain their contents, an area in which you might say needs further work. Speaking of books, be sure to check out that killer offer in another thread. My library is much richer as a result. Regards, John Kettler
  3. I learned something as I was going to go through checkout with 8 books for the price of 6. Doesn't work that way. The buy 3 get 1 FREE applies once per transaction, and the book discount is taken using the least expensive, but since they're all $3.99, who cares? The books all ship free, so pick 4, but pay for 3. Iterate as needed. Regards, John Kettler
  4. Ts4EVER, Your are absolutely correct about weapons being supplied. A Sherman, per both HSU Loza and The Standard Catalogue of Ordnance, shipped with a Thompson. It was for dismounted recon by the TC. Believe it also had six grenades of various types. That may also have been standard US load out. MikeyD, I'm blown away not just by the Valentines, but by the fact that not only did your research (source, please) turn up a lot of Valentines late in the game, but Matilda IIs still active in August '44. Here's the plot twist. This afternoon I got to talk to brother Charles, formerly in Cardiff fixing airplane production woes, now in Cambridge. He usually works 17-hour days but went to Duxford (spent some 18 pounds to get in), where he saw and photographed lots of planes but also got to go through the newly opened Land Warfare side as well. There, he saw a Valentine of the 2-pdr persuasion! On a separate note, please clarify the below part I've Bolded. 19th Tank Corps April 1944 Total with attachments: 25 T-34, 34 TO-34, 61 Mk IX Valentines, 2 Mk VII Valentines, 1 SU-85, 42 SU-76,10 BA-64, 10 Universal APCs If those are really OT-34s, which I find all but impossible to fathom in such quantity, we are talking about a Tank Corps which has 25% of its tank strength in flamethrower tanks! Regards, John Kettler
  5. Came across this, and since most of the front end is the MTO, I'm putting it here. Visual quality isn't great (murky), but there's some good stuff. Also, at the end there's some eye-popping footage of tanks with infantry, and I do mean with, as they shoot the infantry onto the objective. Yet again, I pine for the ability to screen troops behind a moving AFV! There are only cast hull Shermans in this 1942 film. Regards, John Kettler
  6. Guys, Wanted to let you know there's a splendid promotion underway by betterworldbooks on ebay. Buy 3 clearance books and get 1 free. Staying solely on military matters, here's why you you might find this worthwhile. Clearance books are $3.99 and come with FREE shipping. Some are new, while others are used. Several of mine are ex-library. Examples of what's available, all of which I have. I have more books than these (what I saved getting a deal on a great pair of out of production walking shoes mysteriously got spent buying books!), including John Keegan's book INTELLIGENCE and two books on Spec Ops. Here's the link which is specifically for military books, but the actual choices are legion. Military books alone go for many pages at 48 books/page and cover everything from pretty much now clear back to ancient China, if not more. I don't have the budget, but it would be trivial to buy linear feet of books, in terms of bookcase space. But there's a great bonus other than saving gobs of money. This firm is very socially conscious, has donated scads of books and $14 million to five different literacy programs all over the world! BRASSEY'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MILITARY HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, Franklin Margiotte, Ed. 1994 This was a $45.00 hardcover reference book in 1994. Mine is ex-library in excellent condition, dust jacket intact and in one of those clear heay duty library covers, too. 1197 pages, of which 56 are Index. SECRET WEAPONS: Technology, Science & the Race to Win World War II by Brian Ford 2011 Hardcover Osprey book on enameled stock and replete with photos, drawings, beautiful renderings and more. Covers a lot more ground than his previous works on this theme, with numerous new topics addressed, such as chemical, warfare, Russian A-Bomb work, etc. 286 pages. Mine's in excellent shape, including dust jacket. PANTHER: Germany's Quest for Combat Dominance, by MIchael and Gladys Green Another Osprey book, but this one's got tons of color photos of whole tanks, shot up tanks with all sorts of fascinating damage, interior shots, components, line drawings, etc. All crew stations have clear color photos with separate descriptions, and there's even a photo of what we fondly call the Naverboogie, q.v. This is much more than a book about the Panther as a tank, but as it relates to a much broader array of topics, with a fair coverage of its foes. This thing even covers the ersatz M10s and the scissors periscopic telescopes for which neither the US nor the Russians had an answer. Numerous surviving Panthers from museums appear in full color. Frankly, it's a wonder I haven't drooled on the pages merely while skimming this impressive book, I don't own either Jentz or Spielberger on the Panther, so this is my sole Panther book. 288 pages. Mine is primo, other than that the dust jacket has a tiny tear on the top back and is a bit dinged right across the top. Don't know how long this promotion's going to last, but I'd recommend jumping on it soon, if not now! Regards, John Kettler
  7. Would you believe a car with the horsepower of an Abrams tank? Of course, it's a bit faster with a max speed of 261 mph using a special key! This automotive engineering marvel is the Bugatti Chiron. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/technology/g3125/bugatti-chiron-test-drive/ Regards, John Kettler
  8. Reiter, Don't get here often but just watched your Modern Casualties CMBS. Most impressive. The digital camo on the BT-4Es is very effective at hiding shape from even close range. My, do they put out the firepower! Didn't understand that gaggle of Oplot M so close going up the road the tanks were practically mating, but was unsurprised it didn't turn out well. Why did the UKR have no artillery support? Strange for an attack of that size. The Russians certainly did. Very cool when the APS intercepted a projectile. Video nicely depicted (urk) the confusion and lethality of modern warfare. Still don't know what zapped that Oplot M on the road rom behind (the shot that was replayed). Casualties were flat out horrifying, with very few of either side surviving unscathed. As Wellington famously observed "Next to a battle lost, the greatest tragedy is a battle won." Oh so true here. Great job! Herr Tom, Great image. Looks like the depiction of air power has improved dramatically. Almost missed the addition. Regards, John Kettler
  9. Changing gears and locales drastically, this is a tremendous war bird location and recovery story, of which I knew nothing. The level of preservation in situ, considering the location is one of the most hostile on the planet environmentally speaking, is mind-boggling. B-17E, anyone? http://healthskillet.com/restaurant-tycoon-discovers-history-in-the-jungle/ Regards, John Kettler
  10. Seems to me this re-enactor unit has lax physical appearance standards if such outrageously unmilitary facial hair as the driver is sporting is permissible. I do like the way he's trying to get out the way of the saber stroke, that the horse, ears perked up, is caught in mid gallop with only one hoof down. Like the dust spout from the last hoof strike, too. On a separate note, MajorSurplus has the Ural motorcycle and sidecar copied from the familiar BMW design. Yours for a mere $10K base price. MG not included! Regards, John Kettler
  11. Andy, Maybe they won't ban this. Baby Bottlenose Dolphin--looks like the body needs to catch up with the flippers and tail. Image Credit: lolcuteanimals.tumblr.com Regards, John Kettler
  12. And have money but lack time and/or skills (or simply just want to see some pretty amazing models, with magnifier), you owe it to yourself to check out the shop of a store called dreamworkshobby on eBay. This outfit does stuff for museums, governments, trade shows and collectors, and the photos of the armor are amazing. From what I can see, there's some serious talent at work doing these things, and the costs reflect this. Armor is 1:35 scale, and the prices will hurt your hobby budget, but the models are pretty spectacular. They have already done items and do commissions in plastic, wood, metal, resin, fiberglass and more, at scales going to 1:1! They are hardcore and apparently have a bunch of IPMS medals. If you want a plane or a ship, though, they're completely booked. Came across the store by accident when it came up in the footer of the book page I was on. Regards, John Kettler
  13. Andy, I love pit bulls. We (technically, brother Charles) had a wonderful bruiser of one named Conan, aka Cone Dog from when his ears were taped after they were trimmed, who always was at heart a puppy, ever ready to play. This included racing back and forth in a tiny backyard with a 3" long, 2-3" diameter branch in his mouth ('ware shins!), a branch he chewed down to practically a ball, and playing tug of war with a big thick stick or jeans. Either way, you quickly learned to alway keep tension on it so he wouldn't march his teeth ( chomp, chomp, chomp) up to your hand! And you haven't lived until you've swing a 70 pound pit bull round and round while his teeth were clenched firmly into an old pair of jeans. He was very protective, as annoying door to door salespeople found when Mom opened the door and he trotted up next to her and smiled at them. All it took, not even a growl. Dog was child proof, too. Loved kids, protected them and would never hurt them even if they were doing things many breeds would snap or bite over. If you weren't careful, he'd flatten you when leaping to greet you. He was a brindle and blended in with the carpet we had when it was twilight, making for some exciting encounters. Locked myself out one time, returned after dark and knew he was out back. There I was climbing up onto the wooden gate when I heard the unmistakeable skittering sound of dog nails on the concrete sidewalk, for he was coming my way at speed. Managed to avoid getting chomped with a quick "Conan, it's me!" which allowed me to get up onto the roof and into my open window. Quite the workout not getting dragged around the block, during which he was friendly with all the other dogs, save one which kept going at him through the fence. Was chill for weeks until the other dog made a bad mistake and suck its head out through the rails while barking furiously. Next thing you know, the dog's entire head was in Conan's mouth! He didn't bite, but it took some persuasion to make him let go. Never had a problem with that dog again. Pit bulls have a bad rep because nasty people used to abuse them and use them for fighting and such. Hope the law's been repealed, but in the early 1990s they were outlawed in Los Angeles County. Regards, John Kettler
  14. Andy, Here's a HD long version of the wall-climbing pit bull (obviously didn't jump 14") above. Running up the wall wouldn't save Jackie Chan! Not measures to provide secure footing. Regards, John Kettler
  15. Andy, Dad used to say the best way to kill time was to work it to death. Congratulations on your technological breakthrough which allows you to have available for play what BFC hasn't made yet (that I know of). How I wish I was in the head space to play CM! Regards, John Kettler