Category Archive

The following is a list of all entries from the Portability category.

Alternative to a loader: Use a new shell!

This post on the forums by TGStarfire about xoblite details how to use a new shell on your USB drive. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m about to. I’ll post back with results as soon as I can… probably Wednesday, because my schedule is jam-packed. Here’s a screenshot of the version TGStarfire uses.



Because the subject is so wide and constantly changing, I decided to make this post a page. Go have a look, and, if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Note: That page is still under construction — by no means is it complete!

Portable Media Players

I’ve been keeping an eye out for portable media players as of late, but I can’t seem to find one that matches exactly what I want. I’ve heard calls for portable WiMP (Windows Media Player) and iTunes, but neither is opensource and neither is non-restrictively licensed.

There is an interesting program in development called Songbird Media Player ( but unfortunately it hasn’t been released yet. (A 0.1 beta was promised for December last year but hasn’t been released yet.) When, if ever, it gets released, it could probably be made portable with a launcher similar to that of Portable Firefox — they both run off XUL and they are both based on the same framework.

Here’s what I want in a portable media player:

  • A library comparable to WiMP’s or iTunes — with search, sort, and the like.
  • Rip/Burn capabilities.
  • A CDDB lookup to show me what I’m playing.
  • An intuitive interface similar to WiMP or iTunes — it has to look good.

Unfortunately, semi-portable programs (like WinAmp) don’t quite do the job, and I don’t want to learn some brand-new interface like that of XMPlay… I just want something simple.

But it looks like, for now, we’ll have to wait.