Archive for month: September, 2007

Free ad-supported MP3 download service

17 Sep
September 17, 2007

New legal music download service We7 offers free, non-DRM MP3 downloads from a number of popular artists. The catch? Each track has a 10-second advertisement tacked on to the start. A month after downloading an ad-supported track, you are able to go back to the We7 site and download a version with the advert removed. However, I downloaded two test tracks and found that the advert can be removed easily through the use of simple audio editing software. A very interesting business model indeed… only time will tell whether it is ultimately successful.

Remove “BETA” tags from new Winamp skin

15 Sep
September 15, 2007

The Winamp 5.5 beta ships with the snazzy-looking new Bento skin, which is somewhat spoiled by the “Winamp Bento v0.7” and “Winamp 5.5 BETA” text in the top-right and bottom-right corners. Fortunately, these can removed fairly easily.

In the skin folder (C:\Program Files\Winamp\Skins\Winamp Bento\xml), open player-normal.xml in a text editor and remove or edit the line beginning text id=”reporter” (line 78 in Beta Preview 1). This will allow you to edit or remove the “Winamp 5.5 BETA” text.

To do the same for the “Winamp Bento v0.7” text, open player-normal-group.xml and edit/remove the line beginning text id=”gen.infotxt”) (line 436).

Next time you load Winamp (or hit F5 if Winamp is already running), the text should be gone or replaced with your custom text.

This will probably invalidate any bug reports you give to Nullsoft, and obviously will not magically transform your beta copy into the final release version, but hey, it looks heaps better. :)


Time to upgrade to MS-DOS 5!

12 Sep
September 12, 2007

This cheesy Microsoft promo video from 1991 explains why you should upgrade to MS-DOS 5. Ah, the good old days…

FlashBlock – disable embedded Flash content in Firefox

07 Sep
September 7, 2007

Free Firefox extension FlashBlock replaces all embedded Flash objects with a placeholder that can be clicked to reveal the blocked element. This can improve performance and reduce memory usage. The extension also has a whitelist feature which enables you to define sites on which you don’t want the block to apply, for example YouTube.

Get started in web design with free software

06 Sep
September 6, 2007

There’s an awful lot that can be accomplished using only free software, and web design is no exception. All you really need is Kompozer (to create and edit web pages), Paint.NET (to create and edit images) and FileZilla (client version – to upload pages and images to a Web server).

Fast, free disk optimisation utility

04 Sep
September 4, 2007

JkDefrag is an open-source disk optimisation utility (or “defragger”) for Windows operating systems. As well as the standard GUI, it also comes with a command line version for scripting and scheduling, and there’s even a screensaver version installed for defragmenting your disks while your machine is idle.

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