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The new Star Control is moving swiftly!  We expect to release Fleet Battles Beta 2 within the next several weeks as most of our work is focused on the adventure game.

We have been listening to feedback from the fans and incorporated that feedback into the project.

For example, below is a screenshot which shows the updated home solar system:

Our home solar systemSimilarly, the ships themselves have gotten the material system in early.  Originally, this was going to be added lat...
Every few months I write something that incites a twitter mob.  There are people out there are compelled to right the smallest of wrongs by hurling days of abuse at the villain.

As the said villain, I’ve developed many different strategies for dealing with these mobs.

This week’s outrage: A pronoun joke (someone demanding to be referred to as "they" instead of "he" or "she" while referring to the other person as "honey" and siccing her (sorry their) followers on him in whi...
February 20, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
For many of us who work with computers all day, it can get a bit boring to look at the same bland desktop all day long. While Windows has made some improvements to the user interface over the years, it's still the same as everyone else's in your home or office. I like to customize things, especially items I use often, and my PC is no exception. 

You can customize your desktop as much or as little as you would like with a variety of custom themes and skins found at WinCustomize.com. I wan...
How will we feed our billions?

In Galactic Civilizations III, we presume that by the time we are colonizing planets, our home world has reached an equilibrium between food production and population.  But let's face it: when we colonize other planets, it'll take many years for those planets to build up sufficient farming infrastructure to produce for the kinds of populations you have on your home world.

 

Surplus Food

Galactic Civilizations III will be treating food a bit di...
Hi,

I can not upload important updates into Desktop Gadget gallery!

My actions: Login -->  Go to the gadget page --> Edit Skin --> "Click here to chose file" --> Browse to folder with the .zip file and select it as always...

The result: message box: "You can't upload files of this type"  and nothing more...

I've used the different browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome and even Tor) and tried to upload updates many times during the last two days. But ...
February 16, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Friday, WinCustomize! Rogue II by don5318 is our featured pick this week. This is a new Master skin this week, and I really am liking the design on the Start menu and taskbar. The skin overall is fantastic and it seems other members have been enjoying it as well.

Remember, if you are a WinCustomize subscriber you get 20% off Master skins. If you're not a subscriber already, head over here and get started.

Get it here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8847/


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February 16, 2018 by Iben on Iben's blog site
Here's the skinny.

I turned a computer into a guinea pig.

For 20 months I used only a firewall, opera and firefox.

The browsers were stock and kept up to date.

The computer OS was not updated.

After the 20 months I scanned the whole computer with

updated windows defender and found nothing.

The computer works great, don't try this at home.

 

 

Services

Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Delivery Optimization

Update Orchestrator Service

Wind...
February 15, 2018 by Iben on Iben's blog site
FNC's Shep Smith: "We Are "Failing Our Children" Because We 

Can't Figure Out Why They Are Killing Each Other"

 

Here is a hint.

I am 54 this is how it was when I was in school.

They set the trash can on fire two classes a day.

Spit wads the size of baseballs made out of news paper.

Punched in the back getting on the bus for no reason.

Gum in the hair.

Eggs on the chalk board when the teacher turned her back.

Kids tee shirt said "flunk now beat the rush". ...
February 15, 2018 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
Guys, it is with a heavy heart that I pass on to you that I just received a call with bad news.

Our friend, and long time helpful soul in the forums here has died at 2 AM, EST, Thursday, Feb. 15th, 2018.

Wizard1956 has gone to be with his wife in heaven.

 

Wiz was a lot of help here, and a long time special friend to me. He tested all my DesktopX stuff, and that is how we met.  He and his wife, Theda have visited us here in Tennessee and we spent time with them in I...
One of the biggest challenges we have faced in developing Galactic Civilizations III has been map sizes and the memory they require.

On a number of occasions, we have tried to reduce the the largest map sizes down to improve performance and shrink memory requirements.  And each time we have attempted to do that, we have ended up with a very vocal outcry of anger.

But large map sizes come with a significant memory cost to be aware of.



Galactic Civilizations, like its inspiration...
February 13, 2018 by Tatiora on tatiora
Our core marketing team here at Stardock consists of a small group of very dedicated, very busy people. Because of how many products on both the software and game side we handle on a daily basis, an organizational system is absolutely integral to our success.

Katie, our marketing operations manager, is the glue that holds our team together. Because of her diverse skill set, she tackles a lot of different tasks for our team, including keeping all of us and our individual assignments on track! ...
Farming I'm not liking the farming mechanic.  It seemed like a good idea on paper but in practice, it's just tedious and exploitive.  Here's how I'd like to see it work: Some planets would have a Arable land tile including all starting planets.  Building on these tiles produces food. The tech tree would have a path for players who want to get the most out of those resources to get a lot of food.  The arable land resource be destructable -- you can destroy it (like you ca...
February 12, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
CEO Brad Wardell is trying every strategy he can think of to repel the attacks of the Centauri Republic in Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade!

Check out Episode 6 in "Humans vs. Multiverse" today. 
February 9, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Friday! Today we have the Alfa WindowBlinds skin from retiredmaster as our featured skin. This is a very clean and modern looking skin and is perfect for everyday use. 

Download here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8841/
February 8, 2018 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Hey folks...saw this and am now sitting opposite the TV armed to the teeth, and stationed a sentry on the washer-dryer.

Google and Nest are now reuniting and pushing for AI on all your gadgets. Good luck with that...soon we'll all be "The Truman Show".

Anyway, I've moved to Israel and have developed an arthritis so, soon I'll be starting a biologic treatment for it...hope it works.

Thanks for the note, Daiwa...it was much appreciated.

 

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