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  1. the "shanty Irish" were the poor, who were presumed to live in shanties, or roughly-built cabins. The "lace curtain Irish" were those who were well off. Who knew?
  2. Amazing the difference between areas. The thing is if you're in an area like Vonrd's, you can relocate to an area like ours and be WAY ahead. The reverse is impossible. So if wages allow in those expensive areas, eventually you're better off, just when you need to be. @Klaiber, you really do absolutely live in that lanai and pool area. The entire lanai and pool deck will be screen enclosed....they all are here. No insects or debris falling into the pool! šŸ˜„
  3. Thought I could attach our latest (and hopefully final) floor plan. This has to be approved by the county and the HOA. This takes up to 3 months šŸ˜¬
  4. At one time I was hoping for a separate office area (i.e. "man cave"?) but honestly the extra cost for a plan like that was just too much for us both in terms of money and in terms of space on our lot. So we're going with a standard 3 bedroom 2 bath, nothing extra, of somewhat over 1,700 sq ft. (living space) that also includes the important stuff (lanai and pool!) and forget the extra room. I'll use one of the guest bedrooms for that instead, and what we'll end up with is the "master suite" and one of the guest bedrooms will open onto the pool / lanai area, and hope we don't have need for more than that. I don't know what most of you guys are used to, but for that here is $350,000.00 if you don't go over budget, and honestly that's more than $100,000.00 more than we got for our old place which had a full finished basement besides. That's just the way it is, and you can't do much about it, and I get that it's far worse in other parts of the country. I'll be very happy if we can actually get through it all without any tremendous economic road blocks that could take place within the next year. A year is a long time to keep one's fingers crossed!! S!
  5. šŸ‘ As far as being "moved", welI, we're down here, we have Florida driver's licenses, car license plate, and we're voting as Florida residents!! However, our "residence" is my sister's address, and we travel back-and-forth between there in Sarasota and Englewood to spend most of our time taking care of our 91/92 year-old parents (my in-laws). Teresa cooks and I do the dishes and try to keep things clean and organized šŸ˜„ Mom-in-law just got back from a month's worth of hospital/rehab facility stay. As far as our own permanent home, we have a lot in a great residential area already bought (Rotonda West) and we've contracted with a builder, but the market is so active down here they all take a year or more to get it done. It takes approximately 3 months just to get all the permits and approvals in Charlotte county, alone! Then of course you have the actual building. We have found out that things like appliances and furniture take 6 months or more to be delivered! My motorcycle, tools and stuff are in storage still in Michigan, for a monthly fee ($$) šŸ™ƒ In the mean time I am forgetting how to fly and using a laptop and phone. We are really liking this area, what with the beaches and the great places to eat and drink. I'm a big reviewer online šŸ˜„ who would have thunk it. We know all the good places! We are dodging virus' too, so far successfully. Also, as of today, Oct 21, it is still 88-90 degrees every day!!! šŸ¤Ŗ No end in sight! Crazy, man! I don't mind it a bit. Obviously I still look in on you guys now and then, and hope you are doing well and are staying healthy. S!!
  6. šŸ‘ Good fix, it does sound like your problem was caused by factors different than the old garden-variety Windows Update thing. With regard to keeping track of the files, you keep them all in the same folder as the config file, and you'll see them all together when you list files by file type (extension). If you follow the naming convention I described above, you can tell exactly how the controllers are configured in each file just by the name of the file. Of course the fewer controllers you have, the easier it works. I used it quite easily with 3 separate controllers, but it probably wouldn't be nearly as valuable with 4 or more. In the end, just being able to edit the file as described is the most useful thing, being faster and more error-free than the game interface, if you have any familiarity with simple text editing and file explorer locations. S!
  7. There was a thread on this somewhere a long time ago; Me, Emerlist DavJack and possibly others were involved as I recall. There is no simple easy fix (re: software) that worked for everybody all of the time. However, you could edit your controls file as needed each time it changes, and the fastest way was to figure out which controls had changed to what in terms of ID numbers, and then adjust them using a text editor such as Notepad. In other words if originally your joystick was "joy1", your throttle was "joy2" and your pedals were "joy3", and then it changed such that your joystick was "joy2" and your throttle was "joy3" and your pedals were now "joy1", what you would do first would be to rename your original controls file to "J1T2P3.txt" to indicate the configuration of your controllers that does not now work anymore. THEN, you would edit that file in Notepad, changing only the numbers in the controller ID's to what is now needed: in this example case, you would change all 1's to 2's, all 2's to 3's, and all 3's to 1's. This is not as difficult as it may sound since you can just place your cursor after the first ID number, hit backspace once, enter the now correct number, hit enter, your cursor moves down to the next line in the correct place, do the same thing over and over again until you go through all of the entries. This is faster than doing it in the game where you have to re-enter every controller by moving it or pushing a button in every single field of every section that has anything to do with a controller, and odds are you always forget something. Working from top to bottom in the text editor makes it so you don't forget anything, and it's all in one place. When you've corrected all of the ID numbers, you then "save as" that file so that it has the correct file name required by the game (the file name that your original file had). Can't remember it exactly right now since I don't have my gaming machine at this time. Notepad will try to append a ".txt" on the end, so that you end up with something like "controls.cfg.txt". So after the file is saved, then rename it to get rid of the extra ".txt" on the end. It will ask you if you're sure and say it might render the file useless, but just say yes, since that file with the extra .txt on the end will not be recognized by the game and so be useless. In any case, you now have a working current file, and also another file that, if Windows happens to change the ID's back to that configuration, all you have to do is rename that particular file with the correct required game controller name, and then rename the other, now inoperable file indicating it's configuration (such as "J2T3P1.txt). Eventually, if this happens enough times, and you create new configs each time as required, you have enough files that it covers all possible changes that can occur, and you'll never need to actually edit the file again, only rename an existing one that you created previously. So for a while it's either a semi-quick fix to edit, or a really quick fix to rename an already existing file. The idea is that it beats manually changing all the controls mapping within the game each time they change over and over forever. Another note is that Windows doesn't normally change the controller ID's unless it's a larger update such as a "feature update", so the need for this is usually pretty infrequent. But I stand to be corrected on that. Good luck!
  8. Seems like being wheels up in a tank might not be that great of an idea. šŸ˜…
  9. All my best wishes to you both, old friend!!! May all the times ahead be great ones! It makes me very happy to know you're doing so well. S!! šŸ‘
  10. I told 'em you were the best in WWII I've ever seen. Don't see anything here that contradicts that! Sweet moves and awesome shooting. S!
  11. Well now, that would never have happened. The question is, what did you all do with your TrackIR's?
  12. I'm happy to be the first to congratulate our own Hotlead on completing all of the requirements for his college degree. This being an extremely unusual year, he will more than likely be deprived of the standard graduation ceremony that normally would take place at any American university. Regardless of this, he has his family who are undoubtedly and deservedly very proud of him. I want to add my own congratulations for a person who I am sure will be able to overcome any challenges ahead. S! and Well Done, Hotlead!! šŸ‘
  13. When you said you were in it I was expecting to see a 109 or 190 come down like an eagle and blow those Thunderbolts out of the sky....šŸ˜
  14. As stated elsewhere I'm up for it, but I'm pretty sure filling a server is a fantasy. All that's needed is the server and simple mission(s), and especially an advertised time and place. Doesn't have to be JG1 either, J5 obviously has some great resources too.
  15. I'll probably catch flak for this but I like this kind of stuff. Heard it on a movie and liked it. Video is stupid though, just listen to the music if you can....it's not hard rock like most everything here seems to be.
  16. Since folks may find a new need to use JoyToKey considering the 3dmygoto mod, figured I'd update info from an old thread here. I recently reinstalled JoyToKey and had a LOT of problems getting it working on my rig. Ashamed to say it took hours, all due to a lot of unknown things that I found out the hard way. Here's some easier ways I found that may help others. Problem 1: Can't figure out which joystick shown in JoyToKey is the one that I want to work with. Related: The one I want to work with may not even be one that is shown. Solutions: Starting with the second issue, make sure all joysticks are shown. The default shown will be two, but if you have more, they also can be shown (up to 50). Go to the options tab and note how many "joysticks" are shown (devices may not actually be a joystick). If you have more than 2, change the number accordingly and refresh the screen. That insures that one of those is the one you need to deal with. First issue, which one do I configure without a ton of trial and error? (I did the trial and error šŸ™„ ) Before I got anything working, I figured this out: Go to your JoyToKey installation folder and find the file "JoyToKey.ini". Open it with Notepad and look at the bottom section to find your devices as seen by JoyToKey. (As you can see, one or more of the "Joysticks" can be a device with no buttons that you could edit at all...in my case, rudder pedals): In my case, the buttons I wanted to configure were on device number 1, or "Joystick 1" in JoyToKey. However, it could have been any of the 3 detected. I needed to set the keyboard emulation that I wanted on the "Joystick 1" tab. Problem 2: I don't know which joystick buttons to edit. The ones shown in the game button mapping utility for the controller I want to use do not seem to work. Solution: Do not go by the button numbers that you see in the game for the buttons you want to use. What matters to JoyToKey is what Windows uses for your button numbers. This is often one number different, since the game probably counts "0" as a button number, and Windows doesn't. Go to the Start menu and find "Game Controllers" in the list of programs under "G", and run that. Then select the controller you want to use, and go to "Properties". There you can actuate the buttons you wish to use and see the button numbers that Windows assigns them. These are the button numbers you'll need to edit in JoyToKey: Edit those joystick buttons to emulate the keys you want, on the correct joystick tab: With JoyToKey running, start the game and go to the Key mapping utility. Pick an empty field and push the appropriate buttons. (Instead of doing this, I stupidly started a SP mission each time and checked to see if the zoom was working...šŸ™„ ) If working, it should now show the keyboard emulated key(s) instead of the original joystick button number(s) that it originally did (in this case, it originally was "joy1_b23"): Problem 3: It still doesn't work Solution: Associate the game with the profile you've created. In JoyToKey, go to Settings > Associate profiles with applications...(A). Then enter the path to the IL-2 game executable as shown below (assuming your game installation locations and folder names are the same as mine....they can differ so use what is correct for you). The auto-detect feature is buggy and locked up my mouse and the game, although I still was able to finish the process using the keyboard only. I advise CAREFULLY entering the path manually as shown below. REMEMBER that the "Il-2.exe" file is a CAPITAL "I" and a LOWER CASE "L". It won't work if you get that wrong. Also do not neglect to put spaces exactly as shown: Problem 4: IT STILL DOESN'T WORK! Solution: Set the JoyToKey.exe to run as administrator every time. Browse to the file in it's location, then select the file, Properties > Compatibility tab, and check "Run this program as an administrator": Other considerations: You may want to set JoyToKey to automatically run minimized to the system tray. In that case, when you start it, if you need or want to make any changes, you'll need to click on it in the system tray. Otherwise it can work without the window being up or any indication in the taskbar. Personally I prefer it that way. Go to Settings(S) > Preferences...(P): Other other considerations: You may also want to set JoyToKey to start automatically at startup. This is done by placing a shortcut to the executable in the Windows "Startup" folder. Path...C:\Users\(Your Account Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. However, although I tried this and could see the program listed under the Startup section of the Apps menu, and it was enabled, it still would not start. Reason: I found out that if you set a program to run as administrator, it does not have permissions to run automatically, so it won't run that way if you do that. So don't bother trying it unless the program somehow works for you without being set to run as administrator. This may have something to do with whether or not you have UAC (User Accounts Control) enabled or disabled. Obviously this was all a lot more complicated than it should be. I almost gave up. If you can't get it working feel free to knock on my door, maybe I can help. S!
  17. @ScorchedBeans Link to official templates: Templates
  18. This is the discussions thread, not the submissions thread. He's just making them available to view for approval.
  19. Care to elaborate? Isn't that plane supposed to be subject to high speed compressibility stall?
  20. With 23 dated 2013, you must have originally got it before then....is that the case? Anyway he'll know soon enough....there's no reason he can't check it right now, why wait? It's not like the old unit would quit working if updating to 23 turns out to be necessary.
  21. Not sure how old the required firmware is....but I did install the latest that was available at the time I replaced the mainboard. So it may already be good. EDIT: I see in the video that the date of the required ver. 23 firmware is 09/10/2013. So you're almost certainly already good to go. Looks like you would just need the firmware updater from the website, and that will tell you what you currently have (see the above video). Apparently you don't need T.A.R.G.E.T. for that aspect. I would say that if the original slew worked in-game without T.A.R.G.E.T., the new device should work too. Probably safest to only have the throttle plugged in when you do it (unplug the joystick). And if updating, use a USB 2.0 port, like Lipfert said. But there is little chance that any of that is necessary.
  22. Which gate did you end up liking better?
  23. I've hated it since the beginning....not going to pretend I know what's realistic or not, just hated it. It's bad enough it comes on at what seems so early, but then after you reach that point, it gets even easier to black out after that....and on and on. In terms of the WWII side, I feel like I'm flying a flippin' F-4 Phantom at full throttle all of the time, just trying to dive in on an enemy from above. Of course most if not all of that is my fault....but it was that kind of change, from before. I just gave up. I think in certain areas, there is a real need to do things a little differently when making a flight sim. We simply lack sensory input that would have been SO obvious in real life. Therefore we need a little forgiveness and a good bit of forewarning for a lot of things. For example something tells me that in real life somebody would have some inkling before hand when their wings were about to snap off strictly through their own maneuvering (not bullet damage effects). It would also, I think, be very clear through some means, that you were taking damage from enemy weapons hits (applies to WWI more than WWII). Since we lack so much of the sensory input, we need compensation in those areas that we do have sensory input for (like hearing!). In terms of blacking out, how about we see some "stars" at the onset, before your flippin' vision immediately begins to seriously be impaired? Have any of you seen stars before something worse happens? I have, plenty of times. If they don't do some serious revision on that aspect, I doubt I'll ever waste time again trying to dogfight the WWII planes, even more so now that I've seen an absolute expert like Barton comes near to losing in a situation he would normally have ruled in.
  24. I guessed wrong....was looking at the tach. Strange how one moves clockwise, and the other moves counter-clockwise. Anyway just wanted to see what speed you were at when you started evasive maneuvers.
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