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      URGENT: Please help us cover February expenses!   02/21/2017

      Looking for your help! We have a real and urgent need for your donations for this month as of this writing we're almost half way to our monthly target!  Please help us with any donation you can make! Lately, we've been feeling a big pinch with a slump in donations, and we're hoping to drive that up so we can continue to keep the site running. In return for your donation, we're offering several STEX Collection Discs which you can learn more about here, if you wish to receive one. We would really appreciate your support by way of a donation of any amount in order to keep the site up and running. Of course, as always, we'll send you a gift with a minimum donation as a Thank You. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to PM me!  Donate Any Amount Here To Receive a STEX Disc(s) Donate a Specific Amount Here Sincerely; Dirktator & The Admins PS. Thank you to those who have stepped up and donated -- we really appreciate it!

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  1. Today
  2. My friends, the unthinkable has happened.

    It now appears that I am more popular than my posts. My likes exceed my post/content count. Although I suspected this day would come due to the like-prone members that frequent the forum, it has come sooner than expected.

    Thank you all for liking my stuff. Just be careful not to like everything lest the tag lose its meaning.

    A sad day, I'm sorry to say. I may have to spend it binging in the off-topic forum games section (which I frequent once in a blue moon) to bring the internet universe back into balance.

    Now I only didn't have to contend with the 2-post rule there....

    1. Cyclone Boom

      Cyclone Boom

      You had me worried there for a moment with that first line (which just showed in the sidebar)... *:P


  3. Yesterday
  4. arms... almost falling from its joints :dead: Tip for life: if you need to add structural support to a house, do that before building the second floor over it, not months after...

  5. Last week
  6. 7 Earth-like planets orbiting around one star (TRAPPIST-1), 3 of them in the star's Goldilocks Zone.

    So many wonders:)

    So many worlds to explore:D

    So vast the distances between us and those worlds :(

    1. Fantozzi


      And so much time to see. Imagine them looking at us. They would see me as a little child. As I rase my hand and wave to them. Now they would wave back. But I will be gone before I can see, they waved back to me.

  7. Just started a new region.....Edgewater Bay.

    Have 4 cities up and running.

    Will post when ive got some good pics.

  8. Never fear,  Trixie is here! :)

    Visit the Trixies buildup forums and join in the party today :party:


  9. Despite these many years, the old machines still operate. After so many events in our daily lives which make us question reality, the old machines operate. Long live simulators. Long live Simtropolis. Cheer towards one more happy decade.

  10. Everyone here owes you much. 

    You have all my respect and my gratitude.

  11. Congrats! I've just inducted you into the 1k rep club! :thumb:

    1. Cyclone Boom

      Cyclone Boom

      (Still "Epic", for now). ;)

    2. Fantozzi


      Epic? Who? Me?

      Like this guy?


      Thank you, @Cyclone Boom.

  12. Earlier
  13. After almost a full year.... in a few weeks I can play Simcity4 again.

  14. Almost there... I can surely feel it! 

  15. I'm having problems laying KOSC Superparking parking pieces,..only in my built city,... Clean tiles are fine. Some sort of overriding parking or sidewalk plugin in my folder im suspecting, or its not set up correctly. Not sure where to post this but i need some help with it, cant for the life of me work out what it is causing a CTD when trying to place the pieces. Could i please ask if anyone could link me a support page for this =) 

    Have a good day all 

  16. It's been a long time since I've been gone, but I'm finally back. And I just now found out about A Nonny Moose. I may not have known him that well but I am sorta hit hard. I think he responded to some of my messages a while back.

  17. Brushing some major dust off of projects after an extended Diablo 3 binge. Oh where to begin.... >.<

    1. CorinaMarie


      Welcome back. :)

      (I did a 13 year binge with D2 myself before I joined here.)

  18. In case anyone is looking for Ks_Jpn's creations - check SC4Devotion ;)

  19. I think I'm at 95% done with the city tile and now the 5% leftover is just polish and putting the entry together.

  20. Woot! My antique Photoshop Elements 2.0 installed fine and runs on my new comp. :D I was worried that it would be too old to play nice with a later OS. (Its requirement is 98se or XP.)

    So, since this is the first time I've initiated a status here's what I've been up to:

    • Bought a new (to me) business class HP 6000 Pro comp.
      • 3.06ghz
      • 4gb RAM
      • 250gb HD
      • Dual video ports on the MB
      • Win 7 Pro 64 bit
    • Bought three 1tb external USB drives (for redundant backups)
    • Installed Firefox (it had Chrome pre-installed)
      • Added Bluhell firewall
      • Added uBlock Origin
      • Added Mozilla Archive Format
      • Added Tab styles for better definition of them
      • Imported my bookmarks and personal dictionary from my old comp (so no re-training to be able to say borked and confuzzled and other weird things without the red underlining)
    • Transferred My Documents (separating My Pictures to 7's folder arrangement)
    • Installed Macrium Reflect
      • Made image file backup and unpacked to separate HD and tested
    • Installed PSE 2.0 (just now)
    • Installed PDF Redirect 2.5.2 (just now)

    I still need to go thru my 174 pages of update and tweaks notes from my old comp. There was some setting change (or registry tweak) I had to make a long time ago to avoid a popup in PSE when whatever online check it does would get an error. I'll want to get GIMP as well since I use that if I'm writing tutorials in which image editing is needed.

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    2. Handyman



      I am seriously considering a dual boot tho with Linux so I can follow along with @Handyman's guide to get SC4 running. (And then I can pester him with tons of questions.)

      Dual boot is a great way to get started. If you give yourself a chance to get used to it, I think you'll eventually find it the preferred choice at boot time.

      If you decide to go that route, let me know and I can try to help it go smoothly for you. And I will, be happy to help you get SC4 running. It will be a small repayment for the help you have give me.

    3. rsc204



      One thing you'll probably be contending with is the barrage of Windows Updates. There were hundreds the last time I did a clean install, so this can only have grown.

      Actually that's no longer necessary, things have changed... So Windows now has a system of cumulative updates released once a month. You don't get to pick and choose individual updates any more.

      From a fresh install, make sure you've SP1 installed, then find these two updates (updates your system to Mar 2016 in just two patches).

      After that one or two update rounds brings you to the monthly patch system, in use since Sep/Oct 2016. But you don't need all of them either, the patch for Feb 2017 for example, includes all the previous monthly patches if you need them. The process is much more simplified, but removes all control from the end user.

    4. Cyclone Boom

      Cyclone Boom


      Actually that's no longer necessary, things have changed... So Windows now has a system of cumulative updates released once a month. You don't get to pick and choose individual updates any more.

      Ah yes, how could I forget...

      When I mentioned being "very judicious" about installing updates, in truth, "very foolish" is probably a more accurate synopsis. Initially, after hearing the changed policy and the big push towards Windows 10, I thought to give things a while to settle down. As it turns out, as you may have figured, I haven't installed a single update since the middle of last year. :P

      It didn't help with the indefinite checking for updates bug, which caused slowdowns on many systems, mine included. After much trial and error, I got lazy and hit the master OFF switch. Hopefully this is fixed now? Otherwise, it might be worth reverting to the manual Update Catalogue, which still at least allows the rollups to be downloaded at your leisure.

      This blog has some info on the wonderful world of patches, which I will be catching up on. Some good summaries in there for a general perspective.

      So it seems like Microsoft's plan is to slowly bundle older updates in future monthly rollups. This could potentially mean unwanted patches are eventually included. After which, the only prudent way to avoid them would be to disable updates, and then abandon Windows if connecting to the internet.

  21. Stuck on Amtrak Cascades. 2 hour delay. #FML

    1. OcramsRzr


      Ended up getting to the station at 4AM when I should have been there before 10pm.

    2. Tarkus


      Ouch.  I've been there--used to ride Amtrak between Portland and Eugene a fair bit.  Had one train break down three times on that trip, including once while crossing a minor arterial road in Salem.

    3. OcramsRzr


      Landslides and snow delayed the train back home (to Seattle) from Vancouver. I conveniently missed the Tacoma stop in order to be picked up by my dad. I feel sorry for him. He had 3 hours of sleep before he had to get up for work.

  22. Thanks for following me :)

    1. Yarahi


      Don't mention it. Was surprised I wasn't already:)

  23. Now I'm just about the final streach of finishing the city tile for my next entry. Just need to fill in some industrial zones. Does anyone know some good I-M ploppable lots? That would help a lot, thanks! 

  24. I might have posted a little teaser image (although unfinished) in one of the forums. :}

  25. Where can I download these buildings ?

    - NY Plaza Hotel
    - Trump Tower and other's near buildings ? 

    Thank's :) 


    1. Mr Saturn64

      Mr Saturn64

      1. I don't see Trump Tower.

      2. The Plaza Hotel has not been released yet.  It is by user Parisian.

    2. ESP15


      Thank's ! :D

  26. I can't wait to get my laptop back from service, I have many unfinished projects, and all kinds of stuff to show here!



    owns a license plate. Do you always keep the same over at West Virginia?

          Actually yes , here you can transfer a license plate to any vehicle you own . As long as the vehicle is covered by insurance , it is totally legal . Except for a motorcycle , they have a much smaller plate . The only thing that the plate identifies is an expiration date and who owns the vehicle , crazy isn't it . In Maryland you have to obtain a new plate for every vehicle owned , as it identifies expiration , year , make , model and owner .

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