I can run all the turnouts ( switch ) and signals or my layout from my dispatcher console. I have trains detectors everywhere and I can set the signal on auto or by the dispatcher.
In the 3 monitors a left, it's the schematic of my layout, I just click to change a turnout or a signal, the position of the train is also indicate on the schema, each locomotive send a signal true the track, so it indicate where it is and witch one it is. So it'S really tech savvy toy. The 2 monitors at left are for the train orders, we have to know witch cars to pick up or deliver to witch industries. It's a serious job, lol
It tops my Lionel set-up. The 1999 CD was part of an unsuccessful attempt by Lionel to get into computer games. They made a CD movie that also failed.
I originally kept it last year when I had XP, Vista & Win7 on the main hard drive for the following reasons:Originally Posted by whs
- Vista & Win7 would not allow installation of the native drivers for my HP printer, which was too expensive to ditch and worked well. This meant the printer tool box was missing, which was essential for aligning the printer heads when a new ink cartridge was installed. The alignment settings were loaded to the memory of the printer so once completed were universal to any OS, which covered Vista & Win7 on same HD.
- I also used it for a few card games that I'm addicted to, like Reversi online, which has world wide coverage. The same game online with Vista & Win7 can only be played with people on your contact list ... so no challenge. Do agree games are a time waster, but not a bad switch off, even though probably just changing addictions ... swapping the witch for the bitch!
Oooops! Did I say that!
- Accounts exported from Outlook Express are saved with your password included, so when they are imported to WinLiveMail they're straight into action. Not good from a security point of view but covered by encrypting the saved account file; and handy if you lose your password.
That was last year. Now I have XP Virtual on Win7 so no boot problems, but printer carked it so only use for games and exporting/storing OE accounts.
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I've stopped using Win8 as there's nowhere further to go with it until MS indicate thier willingness to restore direct boot to desktop and legacy start menu. If not I'll stick with Win7 until a more viable option becomes available. I'm not going to waste time on a system I won't use.
DVDs killed VCRs in the home entertainment industry, and no doubt SSD will eventually do the same with conventional hard drives, as soon as prices become reasonable for large capacity. But an iPhone set-up for a desktop will never happen.
If Win8 had major watershed improvements, maybe the hacks would be justified .... but the improvements are marginal at best, and the negative changes major ... so that's a very big maybe for this little black duck!
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Wait, wtheck? You mean you run model trains from your PC? That is awesome!
Btw, cool setup there.[/QUOTE]
Been doing it since 1999 with Lionel Traintown.
Thanks guys, back on topic, I backup and restore my Windows SBS 2011 Server this morning to put the OS on a SSD, was too slow to reboot ( after install an update) Symantec End Point don't help. Before it take a big 15-20 minutes to finish to load, now after 1 minute I can open thing on the server and it's responsive even if everything is not finished to load. SSD don't make only the OS boot faster on any PC, it make the OS available faster to do other thing right after the boot.