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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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There used to be a blog by an East Indian fellow, I can't remember his last name, the first was Ravi.  He was pretty knowledgeable and open to corrections.  Anything like that now?  I am not looking for a political blog.  Something that objectively evaluates and comments on the situations in the world from a technological and realistic sense.



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I'm guessing you are referring to Ravi Rikhye and this site:


I wouldn't bother going there now - most of the site pages are dead or out of date.

Not all of these are blogs but here are some links:






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Indian Defence Review

Just found it.


Air Power Australia


Don't let the title fool you, This is one of the meatiest defense sites on the internet and goes into hordes of important military technical matters.

China Policy Institute 

This is a project of the University of Nottingham, UK. Example is an analysis of military moves China's making in the Indian Ocean. This one also turned up when I tried to find a different blog on the region.


Russian Defense Policy


If you have any interest at all in the Russian military, then this is a must.

Russian Military Analysis


Brand new find. Has scads of ZAPAD 2017 coverage.

In Moscow's Shadows


Found this one by following a link from the one immediately above. Though not primarily about defense, what it does have is very good. Also, it covers lots of other matters of interest, including active measures, interior troops, regime stability and more. The blogger, Mark Galeotti, is a former academic  and now heavy hitter think tank type who's written a bunch of books on Russian matters, including Russian security and organized crime, not to mention several Osprey books on the Russian military and a book on Russian hybrid warfare.


There will be more, but right now, I've got to post about a blockbuster discovery I just made!


John Kettler





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Here are some more.

Russian Defence Forum (covers many countries as well)


India's IDSA (Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis)


India Defence Analysis


Pakistani Defence Forum



John Kettler

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