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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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      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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The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

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Wicky   

Kettlerian conspiracy theory thinking exemplified...

False Positive - child’s drawing of a cucumber caused concern

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Staff at a nursery school threatened to refer a four-year-old boy to a de-
radicalisation programme after he drew pictures which they thought 
showed his father making a “cooker bomb”, according to the child’s 
mother.

The child’s drawing actually depicted his father cutting a cucumber with 
a knife, his mother says, but staff misheard his explanation and thought it 
referred to a type of improvised explosive device.

On Friday the boy’s mother showed the Guardian video footage of her 
son in which he is playing happily on the floor of his home, and is shown 
a cucumber and asked what it is. “A cuker-bum,” he says, before going 
back to his toys.

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On 6/30/2017 at 4:59 PM, John Kettler said:

and the participant is fine.

The absolutelute best part of the this is the "LOL Guys I survived!" dialogue bubble at the end of the video.  Priceless.

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Machor   

"Giant python: Indonesians eat huge snake after man defeats reptile"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41507967

"A giant python in Indonesia met an unfortunate end when it was eaten after it lost a battle with a local man.
Security guard Robert Nababan encountered the snake on a palm oil plantation road in Sumatra's Batang Gansal district on Saturday.
Mr Nababan tried to catch the python, reports say, which was nearly 8m (26ft) long.
It attacked him, and man and reptile fought until Mr Nababan killed it with the help of some villagers.
The guard survived with serious injuries.
It is unclear why he tried to catch the python. Varying reports say he was either trying to keep scared villagers safe or that he was trying to clear the road.
Local police told AFP news agency that the python had sunk its fangs into the guard's left arm and nearly severed it.
He was rushed to a hospital where he is still recovering.
The python was not so lucky - its body was strung up for display at a village, before it was chopped up, fried and eaten.
In March another encounter with a giant snake turned out differently, when an Indonesian villager was found dead in the belly of a python."

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SLIM   
13 hours ago, Machor said:

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Well, that's a picture to haunt my nightmares.

Anyway, check this out, this MRE is almost as old as I am.

 

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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

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Machor   

More news from everyone's favourite country:

"Saudi king's gold escalator gets stuck"

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-41520562/saudi-king-s-gold-escalator-gets-stuck

"When King Salman landed in Russia, it marked the first official visit to the country by a Saudi monarch.
However, the trip didn't get off to the smoothest start, when the escalator set up to help him disembark the plane got stuck."

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Machor   

"Quantity has a quality of its own." [NOT a quote from Stalin]:

"Butterfly swarm shows up on Denver radar system"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41528521

"A colourful, shimmering spectacle detected by satellites over the US state of Colorado has been identified as swarms of migrating butterflies.
Scientists at the National Weather Service (NWS) first mistook the orange radar blob for birds and had asked the public to help identifying the species.
They later established that the 70-mile wide (110km) mass was a kaleidoscope of Painted Lady butterflies.
Forecasters say it is uncommon for flying insects to be detected by radar."

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SLIM   
18 hours ago, Machor said:

"Saudi king's gold escalator gets stuck"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Here's a sneak preview of a Christmas present I put together for my YouTube audience.

(SNIP)

Well, somehow that audio in that got very messed up. Weird.

Edited by SLIM

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6 hours ago, Machor said:

"A colourful, shimmering spectacle detected by satellites over the US state of Colorado has been identified as swarms of migrating butterflies.

Many years go a friend of mine told of something she encountered once while traveling in Nepal. She and a companion had just come over a ridge and saw what looked like a shimmering lake down in the bottom of the valley. It being a warm day and a long hike, they thought they would pop down and have a little dip. Halfway down the side of the ridge, they began to notice that there was something funny about this lake. When they got close it became clear that what it was was a swarm of thousands of brightly iridescent blue butterflies. My friend said it was the most magical sight she saw on the whole trip.

Michael

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6 hours ago, SLIM said:

Well, somehow that audio in that got very messed up. Weird.

It's the ghost of Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper getting his revenge.

Michael

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SLIM   
13 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

It's the ghost of Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper getting his revenge.

Michael

Nah, I had to remove an audio track to avoid getting flagged, and YouTube overwrote the removed section with garbage.
I'll have to fix it up.

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YT really plunged in quality of service when Google took it over. It has recovered somewhat in recent months, but nowhere up to its previous level IMO.

Michael

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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"!

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"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 EACH

Industrial Swag
3357 Halifax St.
Dallas, Tx 75247"

Regards,

John Kettler

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Machor   

While we're on Islam:

"Why did Vikings have 'Allah' embroidered into funeral clothes?"

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41567391

"Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, writes journalist Tharik Hussain."

I couldn't help but remember The 13th WarriorB)

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Machor   

And arguably the best scene from the movie [no spoilers]. The funny thing is - when the movie came out this scene was the butt of so many language teachers' jokes, and yet it represents the cutting edge of language learning theory today: :)

 

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