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Update: Where have I been?

Posted in Uncategorized on 4 Sep 2008 by Lykofos

Yes, I know (if anyone actually reads this), I have not been around. I am not exactly the most prolific blogger. I have this tendency to forget to actually post. Its not likely going to change anytime soon. I would think ScribeFire (which I am using to post this) might help, however it has not. I guess I had better get off my lazy ass and actually get some content up. I do have lots of ideas, its just a matter of actually posting them.


And so it begins… WoW AddOn Sites

Posted in AddOns & Macros, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft on 5 May 2008 by Lykofos

Now after stealing a line from the intro of an old WoW Radio show called [Epic], its time to begin.

The post’s topic: AddOns for World of Warcraft.   Or to be more precise where to find em.

THE BIG THREE (The major release sites)

First of all, the Big Three:

Curse (direct link to Curse’s WoW Addons section)


These can be considered the “release” sites as when an author feels the AddOn is ready for the masses, he/she unleashes it via one of those sites.   Mods downloaded from the Big Three can be usually considered to be stable.


Next up, are the development sites.   These sites are where AddOns in development hang out as they mature.   Many mods downloaded from these sites work just fine however they could break when you least expect it, contain strange bugs, lack documentation or have other flaws.

– The beta categories of WoWUI (click the beta tab on the WoWUI front page) and WoWInterface

WoWAce files This a snapshot of the WoWAce SVN “trunk” with all mods packaged as .zip files.   Mods can be usually be considered to be beta quality.

WoWAce SVN (note mods are best downloaded using an SVN client due to the nature of an Subversion repo)  The WoWAce SVN “branches”.   Mods here can be considered to be early beta, alpha or just plain not working.   The “Bleeding Edge” and only rec commended for advanced users.

Google Code You will have to search.  Some projects may have a download page, others you will have click the “Source” button to access their SVN


Now comes lessor known AddOn sites or sites that host specific AddOns or AddOn families.

Cosmos UI – This site hosts the Cosmos UI compilation (one of the very first WoW AddOns).  Some of the mods on this site are Cosmos originals while others are mods that are also hosted elsewhere

Auctioneer – The official site for Auctioneer, Enchrantix and related mods.

CTMod – Another of the pioneer addons for WoW.  Home for all CT Mod AddOns including CT_RaidAssist

Gazmik Fizzwidget – Home of the popular Fizzwidget AddOns (such as Hunter’s Helper, Adspace, etc)

Tekkub – Tekkub’s site houses many small mods plus links to beta versions of those mods.   Plus documentation for the popular mod, Tour Guide, can be found here

Discord Mods – home of the Discord family of AddOns.   All of the latest versions (as maintained and updated by Discord users) are located here as well as forums, documentation and custom UIs.


Finally come the site were users can chat about AddOns and other WoW UI topics, plus obtain help for their UIs.

WoWInterface, Curse, WoWUI, and WoWAce forums (direct links to site forums)

– the Offical WoW forums:  UI & Macros Forum (US) / Interface Customisation (EU)


Another popular way to get mods is via an updater.   An updater will download AddOns and help keep them updated.   Most modern updaters will auto download any needed dependencies and keep the updated as needed.

– WoWAceUpdater:

  • ClickOnce installer (IE, Firefox with the Click Once AddOn), Zip, Forums
  • WoWAce
  • Windows Only, requires the .Net 2.0 Runtime or later.
  • The best known of the the updaters.

– Netherpanel:

  • Java WebStart To start the program without having to open a browser; right click the link and select “Save as…”.  Then save the file (it’s tiny, a few kilobytes) on your desktop or move it into your Start Menu/Dock.  Clicking this file will start Netherpanel.  Forum and info @ WoWAce, Website
  • WoWAce, uploads to WoWRoster and other sites that support UniAdmin/UniUploader.  Other AddOn site support is in the works
  • Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.   Requires Java 5 or 6
  • An up and coming Updater.   Netherpanel has a different UI than the other Updaters that is actually quite nice, the author is improving Netherpanel with feedback from the community.   A Python based plug-in system is in the works.
  • Currently Netherpanel has a bit of trouble with mods that are split up for Load on Demand features.  Such mods include BigWigs and PitBull.  Netherpanel will keep them in one folder rather than splitting them up.

– jWoWUpdater

  • Zip (from Google Code), Forum @ WoWAce, Website
  • WoWAce, WoWInteface, WoWUI, Curse (non WoWAce sites require some user setup)
  • Java based; Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • A small, lightweight updater, can auto update itself so you can be sure of having the latest version.

– WoW UI Updater

  • Windows Zip, Mac OS X Disk Image, Source/Linux (needs to be compiled for your distro), Forum, Website
  • WoWAce, WoWInterface, Curse, AuctioneerAddon, GathererAddon, CosmosUI, CTMod, CapnBry, GoogleCode (plus SVN) and AceSVN
  • Python based, numerous downloads are available.
  • Fairly broad based updater.   The author is working with the Netherpanel author to develop a Python based plug-in system for Netherpanel

– WoWInterface UI Manager

  • Zip (Windows), Zip (“Generic”), more information at WoWInterface (follow one of the two provided links)
  • Java based. Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (Mac and Linux should use the generic version), Java 1.5 or later required
  • WoWInterface
  • Simple manager for mods hosted on WoWInterface.   Easy updating from your WoWInterface “Favorites”.  WUM will install any missing “Favorites” (with confirmation).  Other mods require a bit more work to set up initially, however once setup, its one touch updating.
  • It won’t actually overwrite your mods until you give your blessing.  Designed to be fast and secure.   It will compare MD5 hashes to help prevent spoofing or fake AddOns.  WUM will auto backup your AddOns prior to updating.

– There are numerous command line updaters scripted in Python, Perl and other languages.  Check out the Updaters forums on WoWAce

You may want to bookmark this post as I will update in the future as additional AddOn sites come online and old ones die.

-2 [07 Aug 2006] My look at the rust

Posted in Ancient posts, Site stuff on 7 Aug 2006 by Lykofos

Oh boy! It has been a very long time since I have posted. Months. However things have been both busy and chaotic. Finally the heatwave that had settled over nothern Italy has lifted for the moment. It was to friggin hot to do anything but lie in on the stone floor and sweat. However it was not as bad as the one in the US. Maybe there is something to this Global Warming idea. At the very least, Georgie Bush should at least wake and smell the air pollution. However all Bush Inc. cares about is that he and his cronies get rich. At the very least he should turn to Lebanon and crack both Israel’s and Hezabollah’s heads together. Sure those those morons in the Middle East hate each other but why should the people of Lebanon have to caught the middle and die for it? Beruit in the 1980’s was bad enough. Unforunately I doubt the US will do much since Georgie and Co. do not seem to care about anything except money. Note these are my views on that mess.

Continuing on with the chaos that seems to afflict this blog, I have had the “pleasure” of trying to find work in Italy. The biggest problem I have is language. I have been trying to locate an Italian course however what I have found seems to be flakey. The local Scientologist (shudder) had a course but the instuctor spoke no English and her Italian had a heavy French accent which is not good for an English speaker trying to learn the language. Another course I located was more promiseing but when I go the scheduled class at the appointed date/time/place, no one is there! WTF?! And now that August is here I can forget about locating anymore classes since most of Italy (and Europe) shuts down for holiday. The city is beginning to resemble a ghost town with all the shops that are closed for holiday. All well, at least I get continue playing World of Warcraft.

-3 [15 Mar 2005] The weeds are taking over

Posted in Ancient posts on 14 Mar 2006 by Lykofos

Man, it has been a long while since I have made a post.  The weeds are beginning to peak through the chassis.   Seriously it has been a very busy month and half, thus finding time to make a post has been difficult at best.   “What was taking up your time?”, the reader may ask.  One word: Olympics.  Yes I have been the middle of the 2006 Winter Olympics which were just concluded a couple of weeks ago in the city I currently live in, Torino (Turin to non Italians).  All things considered things went OK.  The terrorist stayed away, the local radicals kept their trap shut and did not disrupt things, and the weather cooperated most of the time.   Sure the US team bombed out this time, howeve the locals did well and we have witness the rise of the Chinese.   Look foward to a lot of red flags at the next Games in Bejiing.  The city seemed to have alot of fun.   On the weekends it seemed that half the population of Torino tried to jam downtown near Piazza Castello were the Medals plaza was.  Buses were packed like sardine cans with locals and out of towners alike.  I spotted lots of people wearing Russian, Canadian and Italian team attire, not suprising since the respective countries set up stores selling their swag.  The city of Vancouver, hosts of the 2010 Winter Olympics, set up an impressive exhibit, made of a log house brought over from British Columbia.  I walked in there and felt I like I was somewhere back home.   Northwest Montana shares a lot with British Columbia.   And of course the place was packed.   I generally had fun these games although not as much as Athens and Salt Lake City.  However Torino managed to pull it off and hopefully have left themselves a nice legacy.    Xinhkero out

-4 [24 JAN 2006] Go Seahawks!!!

Posted in Ancient posts, Sports on 24 Jan 2006 by Lykofos

Well by the time I write this post, this is old news. However as a long suffering fan, it is nice to toot the horn (Toot the horn? Hell sound it out using Qwest Field’s PA system!) for once. The news? The Seattle Seahawks are finally going to the Superbowl!

I have been a Seahawk fan since I was 6 or 7 years old. My dad and I used to watch them every Sunday on Q6 TV out of Spokane, WA. And like all Seahawk fans we rode the rollercoaster of highs and lows. I remember them loseing playoff games and my dad loudly cussing everytime they did.

Since leaving home in the mid 90s, I kind of lost track of what the Seahawks where up to, until I get internet access. I could still catch a game if one of the networks was showing a Seahawk game. But since I lived in a area which was Broncos turf, I did not get to see many Seahawk games. Which is just as well since they really stank during that time.  I kept faithful through the previous owner’s midnight attempt to move the team to Anahiem.  I cheered when the ex Microsoftie and all around rich guy, Paul Allen bought the team and promise to keep it in Seattle.   I watched via the Net as the Seahawk’s old home, the Kingdome was imploded.  Thanks to the Net I was able to watch the progress of the Seahawk’s new stomping grounds, Qwest Field, as it rose out of the rubble of the Kingdome.

However since moving to Europe a few years ago, I have to keep track long distance via the Internet. I had been watching the slow but steady rebuilding of the team. I would check the results page on My Yahoo! to see how the ‘hawks were doing any given Sunday. And I noticed the number of games won began to outnumber the games lost. So you can imagine my delight waking up Monday morning, turning on BBC World on the TV and catching the Beeb’s casual mention of the line-up for Super Bowl XXL. After picking my jaw up off the floor, I had to dance a quick little jig not far removed from the kind performed in end zones. Good thing the neighbors downstairs are not home.  A quick check of ESPN’s website confirmed the news.   So come Super Bowl Sunday I will be haunting the Net to see how my team fares.  With luck the Pittsburgh Steelers will go home empty handed and Seattle will get to have a big party the likes the city has never seen.

What an interesting past couple of years this has been is US professional sports. First the Red Sox winning the World Series and now the Seahawks in the Superbowl. What’s next? Who knows but stay tuned. And one last thing, GO SEAHAWKS!!!!

-5 [24 JAN 2006]: The first post

Posted in Ancient posts, Site stuff on 24 Jan 2006 by Lykofos

This is the first post of what I hope will be a decent blog. My hopes for this blog is that it will informative and updated on a regular basis. Then again, it will likely just get forgotten about like a 52 Chevy pickup truck, rusting away behind some old weathered barn, somewhere along US Hwy 2, in the middle of Nowhere, Montana. Pretty lenghthy and descriptive sentence eh?

The idea behind this blog is to feature things that interest me and I think would interest others. Subjects that I would like to cover include technology, gaming, some sports, and anything else that happens to come along. That is the plan but the rusting truck fate also awaits too if I am not careful. So without further delay on with the blog!

[Edited 14 Mar 2005 because I cannot spell worth a damn the first time around]