November 25th, 2002



I really like the media player 9 betas; even in beta the media library has been way faster, the minimise to toolbar skin lacks only xml metadata to be picked up by an LJ client and auto playlists are cool. Yesterday I accepted the latest upgrade; it would have been nice if it had said from the beginning that it was going to restart as I had a stack of Web pages and documents open and couldn't restart, so I had to play my music on my notebook (less than fabby speakers!) and when I finished my writing about 2am I rebooted. Shouldn't do updates unless you're ready to reboot you say? With side by side DLLs WinXP is moving towards the don't reboot unless you really have to model, which it really should do for its own as well as other software; I install a bazillion bits of software a month to try and rarely reboot (and rarely have to) but a WinUpdate does it every time. Roll on Longhorn.

This appears - from the Web page though not the about box nor flagged in the update toast prompt to be the release candidate; I imagine it redoes the nifty Explorer integration (want to listen to a track that you spot while browsing Explorer? easy! want to listen to another track afterwards without sitting around with the Explorer window open? choose Queue-It-Up which is easier to use than spell) and that's why it needs to have all Explorer windows closed, which it did ask for (so why not mention the reboot earlier? I think all installs should say upfront if they're going to reboot).

And when I launch the player this morning it wants to select its settings all over - treating the RC as a fresh install again. Fairy snuff, but the real grrrr-inducing part is when it tells me it seems this is the first time I've used Media Player and would I like to scan my PC for music. What about the substantial media library I already had, with tracks rated and auto playlists set up and my own playlists? The tracks and the physical playlists get found but yes, all the ratings are gone. The dangers of beta I know, but excessively grrr-making.

And why does it say it's going to skip previously deleted tracks if a. it doesn't know about old tracks so b. it doesn't? grrr again

And looking into this has made me a tad curious to boot (no, I know I started out curious, it's all the cats). The recent furore over copy-protected CDs that have the CD label on and hence should be Red Book standard has caused some fairly snotty replies from the RIAA ('get used to it, pirate', is the essence of it). So when the HighMAT feature is described as "creating a standard way for PCs to structure digital media on physical formats and for consumer electronics devices to read these discs" which sounds like CD Audio for multiple formats with menus that work on a DVD player and your car CD player, I wonder if that means it's going to be a really handy idea CD Audio for multiple formats with built-in DRM ?
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Official Certificate of Geekiness

This is to certify that mary has been tested in the fire of the Geek-o-meter and has shown her class in achieving the brilliant Geek Rating of 93%. Accordingly she has been awarded the following accolade...

"Ooh, who's a clever boy then? Or, increasingly (and eventually exclusively) who's a clever girl then? You really are a geek, and you do know your stuff. You didn't get fooled by those laughably easy questions. On the other hand, which did you get wrong? How very annoying. Now you'd better just go back and try it again (and again, and again), or you'll never be able to rest easy. Obsessive idiot."

or better yet
You are 100% geek
Oh well done. Well done indeed. You finally managed to work out which one of the questions you were getting wrong. You truly are a sad git with no control over your all-consuming desire for order. There's no hope for you, but if you tear yourself away from your flat panel monitor and into the fresh air occasionally and maybe even bathe from time to time, it'll be harder for the others to pick you out. Until you start talking down to them.
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