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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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I have an image which may well forever alter your view of subways. Also made me hungry!

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This was on Tumblr from a site called behindthegrooves. Video information linked to YT. Incredible if you like iconic singers!

 

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John Kettler

 

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17 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

This infomercial brought to you by your local NHS Trust.  ;)

Unfortunately ordinary folks now have the choice of being bankrupted by US medicine, or not getting sufficient timely tests for things like cancer and/or waiting too long for treatment in the NHS.  Have been with my dying father and elderly mother in NHS hospitals where I witnessed the misery of non-emergency care...  non-emergency patients brought in by ambulance and waiting on beds and stretchers in corridors etc.  (Note that emergency NHS care seems mostly pretty good.) 

But, if I did not have great US insurance I'd head to Europe (probably France which is supposed to currently have the best medicine in the world) to get free EU treatment rather than be bankrupted in the US. 

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Today's shocking offering really isn't shocking if you approach it with a clean mind. Didn't realize I'd get the second image with the first, but that's how it panned out.

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If you're stiull rattled, please look lower left of the first image and read the container label, which is admittedly faint.

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John Kettler

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Herewith some actual news and extremely bizarre at that. Would you believe the recent 7.9 off Alaska has triggered early spawning of a super rare desert fish in the California/Nevada Death Valley National Park?!

https://www.fastcompany.com/40523707/earthquake-in-alaska-desert-pupfish-death-valley

There's also this. All sorts of strange things happen in the wild, but this is one for the books. Has vid!

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/01/30/Buffalo-herd-rescues-baby-elephant-from-attacking-lions/4451517329733/

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John Kettler

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'Emotional support peacock' barred from United Airlines plane

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A female traveller was recently banned from taking a large "emotional-support peacock" on board a United Airlines flight, it has emerged.

She had offered to buy the bird its own plane ticket, according to travel blog Live and Let Fly.

Nonetheless the airline refused to let the bird board at Newark airport in New Jersey, saying it did not meet guidelines due to its weight and size.

United says this was explained to the traveller before she arrived at Newark.

Pictures of the striking bird and its owner emerged via The Jet Set, a travel-based talk show.

The images show the animal perched on an airport baggage trolley, as fellow passengers gaze at it in shock.

The peacock is reportedly called Dexter, a rescue pet of Brooklyn-based artist Ventiko who documents the animal's life on social media.

Airlines have allowed some passengers with emotional or psychiatric problems to take therapy animals with them on board.

But the number of emotional support animals has been rising in recent years, sparking suggestions that people are abusing the system. 

In 2014, a woman was escorted off a US Airways flight when her pig, named Hobie, defecated and squealed before the plane took off.

Had it made it onto the plane, the peacock would have joined a flock of jet-set birds.

Traveller Jodie Smalley, from Seattle, made headlines after taking her turkey on a pre-Christmas flight home in 2015. Cynics were surprised to hear that the bird made the return trip back in one piece - and wearing a special bird nappy. 

A year ago, a photo of 80 birds of prey was captured on board an airliner in the Middle East, promptly going viral online. The falcons were being flown from an unknown destination to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, for what was believed to be a hunting trip.

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Regarding Wicky's contribution, the wag in me feels it a must to point out we now have photographic and multiple eyewitness proof of the existence of ESP! 

SLIM.

Don't know how you came across the Magog video, but it's beyond even Monty Python, I believe. Either parts of the audio are muddy, I'm having some audio processing issues today or both, making for some difficulties in understanding him in places. Even so, that video was a trip, and full marks to its creator for one heck of a set, acting and wardrobe. The slide-in signs and PC "spankings" added to his confoundment and our merriment. Did Gog clear this for release?

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John Kettler

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On ‎2‎/‎3‎/‎2018 at 5:04 PM, John Kettler said:

Did Gog clear this for release?

It is a public youtube channel.

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What with all the high drama lately, I figure we could all stand to relax some. Found this great visual set over on FB while trying to find someone to proof and edit my Spec Ops book.

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John Kettler

 

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Michael Emrys,

That one's tough on me, too, the others much less so. That said, I love watching them and hugely appreciate the ingenuity. Now I want someone to build real devices that do all this cool stuff. What a great sight they would be at a science museum or as science fair projects that went viral. Depending on the tolerances selected, some of the devices would need precision speed controlled motors, clever escapements, magnetic repulsors and more. In a word, serious mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering. Were Dad still around, he'd probably be charmed by this video and start figuring out how to do it for real. 

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John Kettler

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