Software I Use A Lot in 2011

My original list of Software I Use A Lot was posted in Feb 2005 – 6 years ago. Here’s what I used then and what I use now:

Free Software:

Commericial Software:

  • 2005: Ultraedit (text/hex editor). 2011: Replaced with freeware mentioned above – Notepad++.
  • 2005: Microsoft Word (only at work). 2011: Same but version 14 (2010) now.
  • 2005: Microsoft Excel. 2011: Same but version 14 (2010) now.
  • 2005: Microsoft Money. 2011: Mint.
  • 2005: Winzip (ZIP utility). 2011: Replaced with freeware – 7-Zip.

CBC Radio in Winamp

Can anyone tell me how I can listen to CBC Radio through Winamp?

I used to tune in using the direct URL page, but those links stopped working with Winamp a few months ago (at least on my machines). The direct URL page (when it was working) was an alternative to the main listening page. I always thought it should be the other way around.

I’ve emailed the CBC about this. They haven’t responded.

I also want to listen to the CBC through my wireless system again — which I can’t do through the main listening page.

I’m not a huge fan of Winamp, but I have it configured just the way I like it, and it took a long time to get it the way it is, so switching to another media player is not an option.

If anyone can find a solution to this problem, I’ll send you a copy of my next CD, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at The Time – Vol. 2, provided CDs aren’t obsolete by the time I’m finished recording it. Thanks.

UPDATE: I followed the instructions left in the comments (thanks, Mr. Walkenbach) and it works — on Jody’s Winamp at his house, but not mine. I’ve updated Winamp and I still can’t connect. I keep getting an “error syncing to stream” message. So there must be a plug-in that’s messing things up. Now it’s a matter of uninstalling my plug-ins one at a time until it connects — which is probably won’t. (Deep sigh.) This isn’t the first time Winamp has done something like this. There must be something about my system it doesn’t like.

UPDATE #2: Does the direct URL page work for anyone? Does Winamp pick up the stream when you click one of the links? (Which is what it always used to do for me.) I have a plugin-free version of Winamp installed and it still won’t work for me. If I copy-and-paste one of the links into the play-URL option in Winamp, the stream eventually kicks in. But that’s not convenient. I click the Whole Wheat Radio link and it works. And as far as I know, it works with just about any media player. Simple. Why can’t the CBC do the same? The problem may be on my end, but I can’t figure it out. So I’ve decided to use Windows Media Player (not embedded) when listening to the CBC. I copied the links to the broadcasts I want to hear (the Newfoundland and Nova Scotia broadcasts) and pasted them to my desktop. I click their icons, associate them to WMP and the streams open in WMP by default now. Not great, but better than nothing. Thanks for your help, though.

Wireless Music – Part 2: The CompWide Plug-in

UPDATE (Sept. 2008: The CompWide plug-in hasn’t worked since I bought a PC pre-installed with Vista. I don’t use anything now and I’m sick of trying to find solutions for things that aren’t compatible with Vista.

While I’m waiting for my wireless music system to arrive, I’ve decided to check out some Winamp plug-ins that claim to automatically normalize the volume without spoiling the dynamics of the music. I’ll check them out and test them throughout the day when I have time. Then I’ll post my results.

KMG Dynamic Volume20 — This one isn’t the greatest, but it’ll do the job if you’re not picky and your sound system isn’t too hot to begin with. I tried it with some classical music and it was fine to my ignorant ears. But I couldn’t stand what it did to reggae and bluegrass and folk and all that other stuff I listen to. Changing the volume throughout a song is not a good idea. It doesn’t sound good — period. This plug-in also produced too many audio “artifacts” (clicks and pops). I hope the next one is better.

Zyraxs Evil Volume Normalizer — Hard to say if it’s as bad as the KMG plug-in, but it’s still not good. The sound is still being processed during playback, which seems to create artifacts. Like I said in my previous post, all I really need is a normalizer that doesn’t “process” the sound at all, but allows the user to simply save the best volume setting for any track that needs adjustment and remembers it whenever that track comes up again. Wouldn’t that be easier to program anyway?
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Software I Use A Lot

I’ve used the following software for years, using them most everyday. These are some of the first programs I install when I setup a new windows machine.

Free Software:

Commericial Software:

  • Ultraedit (text/hex editor)
  • Microsoft Word (only at work)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Money
  • Winzip (ZIP utility)