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      Please help us for June & July   06/20/2017

      This month we're hoping for a little bit of a boost this month or next, in addition to covering the regular bills, we could benefit from some hardware upgrades. STEX Collector's Set gifts can now be sent to you via digital download as well as regular mail if you wish! Every donation dollar goes toward keeping Simtropolis online and humming along. Your contribution counts! Hardware Upgrades As our website community software improves with more and more features, and as we bolt on additional features such as chat, the increased load to handle all these new toys is taking the server a bit to task. You may have noticed that we'd been forced to temporarily disable the chat as we worked out allocating resources for more optimal performance. Following this, we've applied a number of 'soft' changes such as caching options and experimented with server configurations (nginx as proxy, for example), so the hardware aspect is also an area we'd like to focus on. The last time we upgraded hardware was back in 2012, prior to the release of SC13. Your contribution means a lot! Your donation will go toward helping us to 1.) migrate to a newer server or 2.) at least get some ram/cpu/storage updates and any other infrastructure hardware or services. Donate and Get a Gift or Donate Any Amount Thanks so much! - Dirktator & The Admins

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  2. For my  upcoming entry, I had to redo some areas in order to meet my standards of qaulity. Glad I took the last two days to do just that! 

  3. It is evident from what time I have took off from playing SC4 told me that some of my cities are in need of an overhaul on some developed areas. But I believe this amount of effort will only pay off in implementing more realism and practical ideas in expanding my region. One practical idea that I can do is laying down a railway network. This is something entirely new to me but I think will add to my realistic approach to SC4.

  4. Everything is solved with the Dell Latitude! It now runs (Albeit vanilla SC4) very smoothly and this silly "thermal" throttling at 59°C is gone! Man this machine is a beast once its potential energy is converted into HEAT :bunny:

    1. airman15


      Congrats on your upgrade! Which OS do you have?

    2. simmytu


      It's running good ol' Windows 7.

  5. You know what, I took a too long break from updating my CJ. I need to look at what I want to achieve for the next few entries. At frist, I was burnt out of ideas and inspiration for my CJ, but finally I feel that I have the time to implement some ideas... 

    1. korver


      I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with! I really enjoyed your previous entries *:)

  6. You may experience some slow page loads. We're still working to fine-tune things. Thanks for your patience.

  7. How do I make use of the download on the STEX disk I just purchased with my donation?   Thanks!

    1. Show previous comments  1 more
    2. Lelisia1961


      Thanks for your speedy reply.  That's just it, I've not received the e-mail yet, other than those from Paypal saying they'd done my transaction.  Maybe I missed seeing the link on the Paypal message.  

    3. Lelisia1961


      I received the confirmation e-mail and did as you said.  I love the STEX disk 5!  Lots of wonderful things on it!  

    4. Dirktator


      That's great!!

  8. Many thanks to @Dirktator and @Cyclone Boom and all other admins for their hard work today to restore not only the Template issue but also Login Session bug. 

    Many rounds of applause and gratitude to you all!

  9. The crisis has been averted. Praise the Great Dirktator and his loyal allies!

  10. Purchased a second hand Latitude E6540 with the Radeon HD 8790M, now I have to figure out how to run the game on dedicated graphics instead of the Intel Graphics thingy. So far I'm not having much luck.

  11. Investigating the new issues with templates, which are causing posts to not display in threads, as well as other loss of functionality. This is believed to be an unrelated to the session bug. Thanks everyone for your patience.

    1. _Michael


      It's a very interesting issue affecting all devices and browsers for me. Is it affecting you @Cyclone Boom or anyone else?

    2. Cyclone Boom

      Cyclone Boom

      Yes, the issue is sitewide affecting all users. As well as threads not viewable, the hovercards on profiles aren't popping up either (e.g. on usernames / avatars). The only place posts seem viewable is in the Activity Stream.

      We'll provide further details as and when they come to light.

    3. Cyclone Boom

      Cyclone Boom

      Dirk is working on it right now.

  12. There is a problem with the forum posts, but don't worry.

    "Investigating the new issues with templates. This is believed to be an unrelated to the session bug. Thanks everyone for your patience."

    Cyclone Boom 

    1. Cyclone Boom

      Cyclone Boom

      Yeah, might as well post this in a status. Probably the next best thing to the thread title with nothing else currently working.

  13. I just logged on just now and when I try to read any post I get many lines (equaling the size of the post,  whether the post is 1 line or many lines) the following screen capture bellow instead of the post it self.  I tried many different posts. They are all the same. Can you please fix this or have someone fix it. 



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    2. reble1


      I tried to read a post in Simtropolis  using Google Chrome and I got same message about the "template forums/font/topics/postContainer is throwing an error".



    3. reble1


      I Normlly use Firefox.


    4. MushyMushy


      Looks like it's been fixed based on Dirkator's message. Also, my apologies for not replying to this sooner, I was super busy today.

  14. Just had the weirdest thing happen to me. When I just opened the site, where it usually has your username and pic in the right upper corner, it said Korver and had his pic there.

    I have no idea how this can be explained but it might be something with the login system? Maybe some people who know stuff about this stuff might want to have a look at it?

    1. Dazzyls


      Never mind I just found this: 

      It still is very weird, though.

    2. Cyclone Boom

      Cyclone Boom


      It sure is a strange bug...

      Our webmaster (Dirk) has implemented a fix for this which we're hoping has now resolved the issue. Especially since you're one who noticed it before, please let us know here or in that thread if you notice it again.

      Thanks. *:)

  15. Earlier
  16. Simtropolis in the spotlight! Check out our GOG.com community feature, starring no other than the NAM! *:8)

    View the article

    1. JP Schriefer

      JP Schriefer

      That's really nice! I think it deserves a featured slide :P

    2. RandyE


      Without the NAM developers/programmers I don't think SC4 would continue to float, the NAMsters are effective to being the ones maintaining the game in constant development and expansion, as if they've taken over from the original Maxis release continuing to support and expand the game and sustaining its place as a relevant gaming experience.   On this foundation of the NAM continuing user created content is enabled.   Thanks NAM Team. 

    3. airman15


      NAM seriously changed the way SC4 is played and cities are built. By now it would be even more of a question for not using it.

  17. I ordered something off the internet today, and although it'll probably be almost a week before I get it, I can't stop checking up on the delivery status.

    1. airman15


      I feel ya! Short periods of time just feel like they're taking the longest. Just like waiting for a non-bricked new phone until Thursday..

  18. From now on, I'm going to paste another quote from a song I love in my signature every week. Every week that I'm active, that is :P

  19. ...aaaand the first of many new IRM uploads is finally on the STEX! *:party:

    This one marks my 96th upload if I counted correctly. I already have a nice surprise planned for my 100th upload... it won't be IRM, but I think it'll be a nice one. :]

  20. Finally I graduated from middle school.I have a lot more free time to develop Arden County.Face reveal coming today.

  21. SimCity4 > SimCity BuildIt


  22. Yes, Tarkusian Cities is indeed back after 3 1/2 years. #BringingTarkyBack http://community.simtropolis.com/journals/entry/28098-chemeketa-red-line-part-4/

  23. 1500+ more SimCity 4 images now on my Flickr account! https://www.flickr.com/photos/haljackey/page1

  24. OK, we all know RippleJet did some tremendous work with his Immortality Killer to demolish lots that can't be bulldozed regularly.

    However, I also think he left some potential unused. Instead of the excavator as the overhanging building, he could have used a tank model and called his creation the "Lot Gun".

    Erm... I'll show myself out... *:ninja:

    1. Fantozzi


      Isn't that a question of cultural imprint? I mean germans perhaps would prefer some kind of bio label or recycling symbol instead of a tank. French or spanish would prefer a gender related symbol (better not to go into details here). Those who play sc4 in Vatican City may prefer to see a christian cross (or maybe they deny the existance of an 'immortally killer' at all).  Well and communists maybe they prefer a fist? And so on.

      Which makes me think if a beckoning cat wouldn't have been the best prop instead.



      As when cats seems only to beckoning you never can be shure if they aren't catching (you, the mouse). And the immortallity killer basically is the cat that catches a mouse (lot). Isn't it?


    2. SimCoug


      Why stop with the tank?  Add in the nuke effect and you could really take things it to the next level!

    3. Terring


      Why not Rainbow Dash? Her nuclear rainbooms can help a lot *:D


  25. Yeah! Passed my exams with flying colours! Bitterballen for everybody! bitterballen-va-dobb.jpg

    1. _Michael


      Congratulations! :D 

    2. airman15


      Nice work! I remember what mine were like!

  26. New Cover Art: Future Energy

    I superimposed a photograph of the main geometric feature of the 2017 World Expo currently running in Astana (themed "Future Energy") onto a photograph of some of the highest glaciated mountains to reflect a future that is both bright and cool, advanced from chemical and atomic combustion to more intimate knowledge of the structure of the universe.

  27. For the past hour Simtropolis has been slow and rather unresponsive. Sometimes even giving a 524 time out error in Firefox and 520 in Chrome. This has also caused some unintentional double posts, one of which I was able to successfully hide.

    1. Cyclone Boom

      Cyclone Boom

      Yeah, I've been noticing this also and both those errors have been intermittent, accompanied by consistent slow performance. For a good while the site was also completely unresponsive for me. Nothing would load at all in any browser. Then when it returned I only saw around 15 members online, which was unusually low for this time of day.

      Slowly but surely, the slowness seems to have improved, and I'm hopeful the issue has now resolved itself. Otherwise I'll notify Dirk immediately to further investigate the issue.

    2. SimCoug


      internet happens...

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