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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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On March 11, 2018 at 6:28 PM, John Kettler said:

My doctor is a big advocate of vigourous exercise, but I'm not doing this one, for it's so kinetic it's exhausting to watch!

If you find that a touch too strenuous, you might give this a try:

 

Michael

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2 hours ago, General Jack Ripper said:

Talk about awkward!
 

 

I've always hated those key openers. In the first place, even when they work right they're slow as hell. Not nice when you are hungry and it's only a five minute break. And what's worse, usually I get about half way around the can and the strip starts slipping off the roll. Makes you want to find the inventor and make him eat all the keys, strips and all!

Michael

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Posted (edited)

How about CIA games?  Some work required.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/03/cias-in-house-board-games-can-now-be-yours-thanks-to-an-foia-request/

Love this!

https://www.facebook.com/godzillafanatics/videos/10155223452233751/

Here is inspired madness.

 

Michael Emrys,

Kipper snacks used to come that way, as did SPAM and toothpaste. As a little boy I watched with fascination as Dad rolled up the top of the kipper snacks. These days, it's more like pull gradually and gingerly, hope it comes of cleanly and you don't wind up wearing the contents!

Regards,

John Kettler

 

 

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Here's a stunning set of photos which juxtapose strong powerful black women (reimagined in period European gowns) against shocking imagery of the things being done to their people. The other twist is that the gowns are made of paper and were crafted and painted by the photographer herself!

https://mymodernmet.com/fabiola-jean-louis-rewriting-history/

Regards,

John Kettler

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18 hours ago, John Kettler said:

These days, it's more like pull gradually and gingerly, hope it comes of cleanly and you don't wind up wearing the contents!

Antique packaging could be frustrating and even dangerous at times, but a lot of the contemporary stuff is downright infuriating. Consumer Reports used to have a regular feature (they may still do but I no longer have a subscription) that they ran once a year called "The World Is My Oyster" in which subscribers would nominate the worst, frustrating to try to open packaging of the year. It gets really insane at times. Sometimes I wonder if it wasn't designed for the express albeit unannounced purpose of driving the buyer mad.

Michael

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13 hours ago, General Jack Ripper said:

This was pretty cool:

It was cool.  Thanks for sharing.  It was interesting that they said multiple platoons formed a division which then formed a battalion.  I guess they didn't use division to mean multiple regiments (or brigades).  Or maybe they used division more than once in the TOE?   +1

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4 hours ago, MOS:96B2P said:

It was cool.  Thanks for sharing.  It was interesting that they said multiple platoons formed a division which then formed a battalion.  I guess they didn't use division to mean multiple regiments (or brigades).  Or maybe they used division more than once in the TOE?   +1

The definition does seem to get moved around a lot depending on which service is using it. Or maybe, as you suggest, depending on era. In the USN, a division is usually half a squadron and is the smallest tactical unit I've come across. In the Air Force a Division was half a Flight (or sometimes appears to be interchangeable with Flight), but anyway a Division was two or more Elements, which was in turn a pair of Airplanes, a leader and his wingman. Confused yet?

Michael

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7 hours ago, MOS:96B2P said:

A little ............... but that's normal :D

That's worth remembering. "Those who aren't worried are not fully aware of the situation."

Michael

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21 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

The definition does seem to get moved around a lot depending on which service is using it. Or maybe, as you suggest, depending on era. In the USN, a division is usually half a squadron and is the smallest tactical unit I've come across. In the Air Force a Division was half a Flight (or sometimes appears to be interchangeable with Flight), but anyway a Division was two or more Elements, which was in turn a pair of Airplanes, a leader and his wingman. Confused yet?

Michael

If it confuses me, it will confuse the Hun!

 

 

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General Jack Ripper,

Back when I was still doing my Soviet Threat Analyst thing, I got to see a satellite picture we thought was hilarious. Somehow, maybe ice, the An-225 special transport plane, with Buran atop it, skidded off the runway and went axles deep in the mud. Here's some great info on the Buran story.

http://www.astronautix.com/b/buran.html

Regards,

John Kettler

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