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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2021
How to make total idiot of yourself...

Hadn't used my 'network render' Box for several weeks, too busy un-wilding garden etc, then could not remember the PIN to wake it...

Yes, yes, I'd written it down, but my notes had been deranged by low-flying cat.

Just about resigned myself to re-installing Windows, Norton's, Chrome, Irfan View and Poser's Q_Manager when I spotted a familiar sheet of paper...

As there are no valuables in that PC, it now bears a big 'posting' label, *not* an ephemeral post-it...
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DuncanBrandson Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2021
is this where the WIRS stories will be from now on?
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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2021
Yes.

'WIRS Halloween' is sorta stand-alone, but on-going series is gathered in the WIRS folder.

Hope you're enjoying the tales...
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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2020
WIRS 08: The Ashton Canal Monster parts 1--4 of 4 now up.
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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2020
That was weird: Saved a post to CAD zone, it landed in fiction area...
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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2020
First news of forthcoming (Q4) Poser_12 includes a long, lonnnng-awaited 'update' to FBX I/O. Stated intent is to make FBX the preferred format for inter-app transfer...

Please: I've a *lot* of FBX models which I'd otherwise have to rip to OBJ+MTL, manually re-rig for Poser...

Sadly, my PoserPro_11.3 is not happy with any FBX version since the 'classic' v6.1. With scant few exceptions, later armatures tend to shatter to multiple sub-rigs. Results range from 'Transporter Accident' to 'SPLAT'. And where did the eyes go ??

As FBX v7.4 is now widespread, and v7.5 'seen in the wild', 
I hope they get it right... 

( If you glimpsed an earlier version of this post, my ISP feed went down in mid-refresh and ate it... )
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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2021
Looks like the FBX upgrade didn't make it to Poser_12.0, so I've held off upgrading my PP_11.3

So, building a Ryzen7 (16 thread !!) 'network render box' as much cheaper than significantly upgrading either of my twin, now-ageing graphics cards...

Thwarted by Win'10 workgroup quirks for several week, discovered that field where you enter name to share folder with has a drop-down with 'Everyone'. {Facepalm...}
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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2021
Can now render BIG scenes remotely, but Box stuck on using single thread instead of 'many'. Poser folk investigating...
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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2021
Solved !! Was an excess of 'buckets' !!

The '64 volumes + 1024 buckets' optimal for my twin graphics cards choked progressive Superfly / Cycles CPU-only renders to single thread so ~10% CPU. Setting '128+128' was break-point, using ~95% CPU. '64+64' gave ~100%, with all available CPU threads. So, this PC now renders 5x faster, Box 10x. Latter did my 'Synchronised Staring Team' test-scene in ~½ hr rather than initial ~5½ hrs...
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Nik-2213 Featured By Owner May 27, 2020
I've just been informed that some budget FBX etc models I'd bought 'in good faith' from CGT were unauthorised rips of *free* YYB MMD figures. Their usage terms were 'MMD Only'.

Now waiting on CGT to advise which purchases I should delete to comply with DRM requirements...
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