Monthly Archives: November 2008

How to install WotLK in wine/cxgames

I play WoW in linux using Crossover Games. When I finally got Wrath, it wouldn’t install. The disk had hidden files that weren’t being seen by the OS. Once I finally figured out how to fix that, I was unable to accept the EULA (the ‘accept’ button would not become enabled). Eventually, I fixed that too.

From what I’ve seen, these seem to be pretty common problems, both for users running cxgames, and ones running older versions of wine. I’m posting the steps I took, from beginning to end, for a successful install, in the hopes that the hours I spent doing this can be saved by others, and that less technical users can maybe get a shot at it, too:

  1. To mount the DVD in a usable way:
    $ sudo mount /cdrom -o ro,unhide,uid=<your user id>
  2. To accept the EULA, I needed to install the newest development version of wine (at the time of this writing, that’s wine 1.1.8).
    1. Since I run Debian unstable, I did that this way:
      $ sudo aptitude install libasound-dev xorg-dev libcups2-dev bison flex wine git git-core checkinstall
      $ git clone git://source.winehq.org/git/wine.git wine
      $ cd wine
      $ ./configure
      $ make depend && make
      $ sudo checkinstall
    2. If you run some other distro, you’ll probably need to do it some other way. It very well may be easier.
  3. Then I had to prepare my wine install:
    $ winecfg Make sure the OS version is set to Windows XP.
  4. (cxgames only) And then I had to make sure wine could find my existing WoW install:
    $ cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/
    $ ln -s ~/.cxgames/wow/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/ .
    Obviously, if you are running directly in wine you should already have your WoW folder there, and should skip this step
  5. Then, the actual install:
    $ wine /cdrom/Installer.exe
  6. Play, and enjoy!
    $ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe or
    $ /opt/cxgames/bin/wine ~/.cxgames/wow/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe

As always, YMMV. I hope this helps you, at least.

Intentional Action and Asperger’s…

…or “Pity me, for I am a geek and have this cool form of autism that explains why I’m so very very unpopular!”. Anyway…

Saw this article on Boing Boing today…

How do we think about the intentional nature of actions? And how do people with an impaired mindreading capacity think about it?

Consider the following probes:

The Free-Cup Case
Joe was feeling quite dehydrated, so he stopped by the local smoothie shop to buy the largest sized drink available. Before ordering, the cashier told him that if he bought a Mega-Sized Smoothie he would get it in a special commemorative cup. Joe replied, ‘I don’t care about a commemorative cup, I just want the biggest smoothie you have.’ Sure enough, Joe received the Mega-Sized Smoothie in a commemorative cup. Did Joe intentionally obtain the commemorative cup?

The Extra-Dollar Case
Joe was feeling quite dehydrated, so he stopped by the local smoothie shop to buy the largest sized drink available. Before ordering, the cashier told him that the Mega-Sized Smoothies were now one dollar more than they used to be. Joe replied, ‘I don’t care if I have to pay one dollar more, I just want the biggest smoothie you have.’ Sure enough, Joe received the Mega-Sized Smoothie and paid one dollar more for it. Did Joe intentionally pay one dollar more?

You surely think that paying an extra dollar was intentional, while getting the commemorative cup was not. So do most people (Machery, 2008).

But Tiziana Zalla and I have found that if you had Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism, your judgments would be very different: You would judge that paying an extra-dollar was not intentional, just like getting the commemorative cup (Zalla and Machery ms).

Why is that? Why do people with Asperger Syndrome understand intentional actions differently from people without this syndrome?

Skipping past the “impaired mindreading capacity” at the top (I wasn’t aware I had ANY mindreading capacity) my judgments of those situations imply that I have Asperger’s.

Let the record show that I do not believe that I have Asperger Syndrome. I have thought about it in the past, but as others have said, it seems that most geeks use it as a convenient excuse for their social awkwardness, when really, they are just socially awkward. Unless a medical professional diagnoses me with something, I am not going to claim I have it.

I just think I’m rather socially awkward because sometimes I’d rather play WoW than go to a party, and that I’m pretty frivolous with money. And I’d prefer to think of it as a personal choice rather than some sort of condition. Personal accountability, and all, y’know.

Of course, y’know that test I blogged years ago? I took it again:

Your Aspie score: 124 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 88 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

Aspie results graph

So, who knows? Maybe I do have Asperger’s! But even if I do, so what?

Yes, we could.

I’m glad that most of my friends weren’t McCain supporters (with the exception of one, who only preferred him because of the gun thing). One, it would be hard to remain friends with someone like that (“The last eight years have been GREAT! Let’s keep it up!! No muslins!!1! Women deserve it!!!11!1 Up with whitey!!!1!1!11!!!”); and two, it would be really feckin’ hard not to gloat right now.

I hope this feeling lasts.

Remember to vote tomorrow.

USA been moving backwards. USA things don’t look so good. USA looks on her ass. Would we change it, if we could? I wish there was some place to go, to change around the way things go. Get up, stand up.

Eight years ago, things were better. Why continue moving in the same direction?

Remember, voting is the only legal way to cancel out your neighbors.

(Via Videosift [with nods to Daft Hands, Daft Bodies, and a kick-ass Daft Punk song], Boing Boing, and Paul)