Kahorie's DK Simulator

I was chatting with some people on Vent the other night when it came up with one guy was having a problem: both SimulationCraft and Rawr (fine tools in their own right, don't get me wrong!) seemed to be low-balling his death knight's DPS - by at least 1000 dps in some cases! So when I mentioned Kahorie's DK Simulator, I was a little surprised when I was met with first dead air, then "huh? What's that?"

Well, I smell a post. Let's get started with a quick tour of Kahorie's fine, fine tool!

Caveat: I use Windows. I am not a Mac person anymore, though not by choice. Anyway - these instructions should work fine on a Mac if you use BootCamp or some sort of tool that lets you use Windows apps on OS X - Parallels and VMware Fusion both being popular choices. It's not a terribly complex app, and if you can run .NET apps, you can run this sim.

First things first, you need to download the simulator. On the downloads tab, you'll see a big list of downloads - but the only one you need to worry about is the very first one, Kahorie's DK Simulator.zip, because it always points to the newest version. Unzip it, and place the folder inside somewhere convenient - your desktop, a downloads folder. There's no installer to run - open up this folder, and look for this icon, then double-click it. Kahorie's DK Simulator runs right out of the box. (Yours probably won't have a little green checkmark on it - mine does, because I keep my simulator stored in my Dropbox, which is a whole 'nother story altogether.)


What I do when I'm not playing WoW: an anecdote

You know what's not a good idea? Changing your laptop's OS before leaving on vacation and thinking, "eh, WoW works fine under Wine, I don't have to worry about silly things like testing. And this OS seems to be running fine - I can't think why I'd need to bring my flash drive to install a replacement." So yeah, after posting about how awesome the rep gain bonus for the holiday was, and how I was planning to take advantage of it, and after in my head planning out a series of nice relaxing Dire Maul runs while my turkey digested... well, let's just say none of that happened.

Spoiler alert for anyone thinking about it: Acer Aspire One AOD-150 + Kubuntu + Wine + WoW = a non-working WoW setup.

Wednesday night, after fiddling with it and failing pretty much all day, I gave in and finally bought a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium at the reduced education cost - it had been previously running the Windows 7 RC, it needed a legitimate OS anyhow. By midday Thursday I was reinstalling Windows onto my netbook using my mom's new $700 Pentax camera, plus the 16 GB SDHC card from my DSi, as a cobbled-together USB drive. Oh, and I booted the Win7 DVD using UNetbootin, because my setup wasn't epic enough yet.

So after maybe an hour or so, I had a fully-functioning netbook with its own proper OS again, and it would've been entirely capable of running WoW had I remembered to evacuate my WoW setup from Kubuntu. Whoops.

Oh, hey, no biggie, I'll watch Persona: Trinity Soul instead. ... Wait, you mean I left that on the Kubuntu drive as well? Damn it! Oh well, I can just download them from home.

Wait, what do you mean it's going to take a bajillion hours to download from home? Oh hell, now I have to find new things to do. Good thing I planned for this eventuality and brought Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 home with me. So I spent pretty much the rest of my vacation playing those two, as indicated on my Backloggery.PUNT

Which led to me and Cas discussing Persona 4 on Twitter and concluding that even though she has the best followup in the game, Chie Satonaka cannot Galactic Punt Ameno-sagiri.

No matter what the picture that goes with this post may tell you.

Hope everyone had a good, or at least tolerable, holiday, and it's good to be back. :)

Thermaltake’s Level 10 Chassis

level10 A while ago, Thermaltake announced that they (in conjunction with BMW) would be designing and producing a new, revolutionary computer chassis design, called Level 10. Instead of the standard chassis model - big box, everything in between, the same racks and hardware in the same places we always expect them - the Level 10 would almost invert the build of the standard PC. A central tower with multiple compartments, as you can see to the right, for the power supply, hard drives, optical drives, motherboard, everything. It's the PC you know and love, but easier to access. Stylish, striking, and - as John Gruber puts it - "the first interesting PC design in recent memory that isn't even vaguely an Apple rip. And it's a true design — a rethinking of how things work, not just a layer of decoration."

Of course, with the BMW design comes the BMW price - these babies are expected to retail for $700 in mid-October. Funnily enough, my birthday is in early October, so if anyone is feeling extremely generous... ;)

As for the rest of us, Maximum PC unboxed one and took lots of photos from start to finish. It looks absolutely enormous, which was the most surprising part for me. While I'll probably never get ahold of one, I have to admit it has gotten me thinking about how workable the "central pillar" design is, perhaps for a more custom chassis. Maybe a DIY project?

Windows 7 Home Premium for university students: $29.99

win7box Thought I'd pass along a link for any US college students (or out-of-college students with a university email address that still works): Win741.com (a viral marketing MS-type thing, or something) is offering Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit or 64-bit upgrade version for $29.99 - that's $100 off. Goes through January 2010, and is a digital download (though you can buy a physical disk too, if you like). Downloads will be available after Win7's actual release date.

Comments turned off to avoid inevitable alternate OS user snark. Yes, I like your OS too. This is not the forum for you go to "but Windows sux zomg." Take it elsewhere.