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    That's a pretty common response from those who...

    That's a pretty common response from those who aren't rail fans after any train ride. My dear wife, from Armenia, included. She rode so many trains, as an Izvestia journalist, across the USSR, to her...
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    True words.

    True words.
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    Linux fans got excited when Net Market Share...

    Linux fans got excited when Net Market Share showed 3.37% of the world's desktops running Linux, a record high this past August. But the euphoria was short lived when everyone realized that...
  4. Thread: Indian rails

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    "Separate but equal is not equal" comes to mind.

    "Separate but equal is not equal" comes to mind.
  5. As this commentary so wisely explained, Amtrak...

    As this commentary so wisely explained, Amtrak was never intended to be a for-profit passenger service.

    From railpassengers.org:

    No, Amtrak Does Not Have To Make A Profit...
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    That's certainly not true here in the midwest....

    That's certainly not true here in the midwest. Our local university (my place of work) has baskets full of used DDR2 and DDR3 1GB, 2GB, 4GB RAM sticks for sale at the surplus shop. I believe a...
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    Good news, Vern, is that standard and hybrid hard...

    Good news, Vern, is that standard and hybrid hard drive prices continue to edge downwards, the effect of SSD (and M.2 and NVMe) becoming prominent in desktops.
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    How old was the drive when it failed? Some years...

    How old was the drive when it failed? Some years back, I think it was Gartner Group, did a study that showed failure of desktop-class hard drives went way up after 5 years of use. And, surprisingly,...
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    I think John Jacobi at PCWorld explained it...

    I think John Jacobi at PCWorld explained it clearly:

    "From my limited tests, I’m firmly convinced that the tiny difference that even the best SSD defragger makes is not worth reducing the life...
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    Other recommended Windows settings for SSD - turn...

    Other recommended Windows settings for SSD - turn off file indexing, disable the SuperFetch service, and check that the Task Scheduler isn't running Defrag automatically. Indexing benefits spinning...
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    Comparing 10-year-old Intel graphics with 2018...

    Comparing 10-year-old Intel graphics with 2018 Intel gpu isn't very realistic. At my shop we've found modern Intel on-board video (GPU, not CPU) to be greatly improved, probably equal to mid-range...
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    I think you just illustrated my point exactly -...

    I think you just illustrated my point exactly - for those of us who do want backwards compatibility, who want to run Sea View and other MSTS classic content, Open Rails often can't produce the same...
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    No, Gerry, what is objectionable are the often...

    No, Gerry, what is objectionable are the often misleading claims about OR, that it is somehow completely compatible as an MSTS replacement. It may be a "good alternative" for some, but for others it...
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    Ahh, that explains it. I'm the same when it comes...

    Ahh, that explains it. I'm the same when it comes to huffin' and puffin' steam engines ... great to see them restored and running, simply amazing, but were before my time.

    Turbines fascinate me...
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    Thirty years of Turboliner service at Amtrak...

    Thirty years of Turboliner service at Amtrak (1973 to 2003) is hardly worth a 'lol'! :p

    TRAIL OF THE TURBO by Dale Johnson is a great book about the Turboliner, in all its forms.
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    Let's be honest. Open Rails can use SOME MSTS...

    Let's be honest. Open Rails can use SOME MSTS content and some will not work properly at all, routes and trains. It serves no purpose to exaggerate Open Rails compatibility - there are real limits....
  17. Thread: Ghosts of F7s

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    I remember how exciting it was, as a kid in the...

    I remember how exciting it was, as a kid in the 1960s, to see a rare F7 in a consist, here in south-central Indiana -- instead of the omnipresent IC geeps. Thanks for sharing pics of this old ghost,...
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    Thanks very much for sharing this. The narrator...

    Thanks very much for sharing this. The narrator stayed on topic, didn't sidetrack into weird, unnecessary tangents, spoke clearly with good pronunciation. And he didn't subject us to any unneeded...
  19. I once asked my dear wife, "When I retire, why...

    I once asked my dear wife, "When I retire, why don't we do the ultimate railfan excursion and ride on the TransSiber across Russia, from Moscow to Vladivostok? We could do it on New Year's holiday!"...
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    MSTS isn't going to be available as a direct...

    MSTS isn't going to be available as a direct download. You must find the disks for sale from third parties because, unfortunately, it is out of print.

    Open Rails is impressive, but it still is...
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    I like free stuff as much as the next guy, but...

    I like free stuff as much as the next guy, but there's a lot to be said for paying someone who has done good work, else we'd all be 'gimme pigs'.
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    Look at your calendar, my friend. I ask the same...

    Look at your calendar, my friend. I ask the same about new car prices … cha-ching! The press release didn't fully explain what the "associated services" are, and that must be a big part of the deal.
  23. Symbolic of the sad ITM (Indiana Transportation...

    Symbolic of the sad ITM (Indiana Transportation Museum) saga, ousted from its Noblesville location.
  24. If you problem is in OR and the sounds are fine...

    If you problem is in OR and the sounds are fine in MSTS, why wouldn't you post your question in the OR section?
  25. Thread: Error Message

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    Nice that the steam4me checklist was offered but,...

    Nice that the steam4me checklist was offered but, as a wise person once said, offering a software suggestion really isn't a valid response to a configuration/troubleshooting question, is it? I've...
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