‘Tis said absence makes the heart grow fonder. Or in this instance. Pant! Pant! Waiting for the next installment of this column. Fact of the matter is dear readers, running a company is a nearly full-time business. And after another hard day I come home and long day’s slog in front of a computer. I come home, listen to really loud music (damn the neighbors) to unwind. Have dinner and then go to sleep. Next morning its more of
I Owe! I Owe! It’s Off To Work I Go.
Luckily the weeks of silence add up to some tasty software. XMPlay, a really cool (aka tiny footprint) media player has been recently updated. XMPlay 22.214.171.124 adds limited support for the CDA (CD audio) format. Limited in this context means that when you open an audio CD, XMPlay displays tracks as Track01.CDA, Track02.CDA, Track03.CDA, etc. However in the play list tracks are correctly identified along with their running time. All without connecting to an online textual meta data service like CDDB or FreeDB. And to prevent accidental disk ejects, the integrated CDA plug-in can also lock the CD tray during playback.
I’ve discarded all other music players (including CoolPlayer and Windows Media Player 11) in favor of XMPlay. It’s aforementioned tiny (resource) footprint is one reason. But also because it supports all known computer audio formats. Including APE, FLAC, OGG, MP3, MP2, MP1, MO3, IT, XM, S3M, MTM, MOD, and UMX. Along with PLS and M3U play lists. As well as an ability to play such files from a RAR/Zip/7z archive too. XMPlay also supports skins of which the WAModern (Blue & Olive Green) based on basic WinAmp is really cool. And visualizations.
Also being updated weekly is Opera Web Browser 9.01 Beta (as of this column Build 8666 is the newest). The best place to pickup a build is the Opera Desktop Team blog. With download links. As well as lists of per-build changes.
And that’s it for this week! Stay Safe! Remember To Practice Safe Hex. And see you soon.