MediaMonkey tricks

9 11 2007

If you have not heard of , its a little media player/organized based on WinAmp I like and use. Here are some plugins that can make it more useful.


  • Download MagicNodes from here
  • Rename it to MagicNodes.1.3b.vbs and move it to Program Files\Media Monkey\Scripts\Auto (create Auto if required)
  • You will need Mswinsck.ocx. Download from here if you want to get it without having to validate your Windows from Microsoft.
    • Copy msscript.ocx to Windows\system or WinNT\system32.
    • Register msscript.ocx using RegSvr32.exe. Example:
    • Regsvr32.exe c:\windows\system\msscript.ocx
  • Add a Node with Edit->Create New Magic Node. Enter Ragam\<Ragam>\<Artist>\<Album> to create a node grouped by Ragam, Artist, Album (I had Custom1 and Custom2 renamed as Ragam and Talam in Options->Apperance). This (Ragam) node should appear under Magic Nodes
  • Refer this tutorial for advanced usage.

Remote Control and Web Interface:

  • Download the plugin from here.
  • This will install the plugin under WinAmp. While installing select Program Files\MediaMonkey\Pugin instead to copy them to MediaMonkey.
  • Once installed, restart MediaMonkey and configure plugin under OPtions->GPlayer->General Plug-ins-> WinAmp Web Interface
  • In particular, change the port from default 80 to something else, Remove user anon and add another user with password.
  • Access the media collection and WinAmp/MM control at http://localhost:port

Syncing Google Calendar and Contacts with Thunderbird

29 10 2007

Keeping Google Calendar and Lightening in sync


This works for both Thunderbird caleder (Lightening) or the standalone Sunbird. The choice is matter of taste, since both offer the same functionality. But I fo

und the TB version more customizable (may be its just that I did n’t look harder on sunbird.

  • New Calendar
  • Select “On the Network”
  • Select Google Calendar (if you don’t see this option,then you don’t have the Provider extension installed right)
  • Enter your Private XML address of your Google Calendar (Under Manage Calendar/Private Address section)

Enjoy the comfort of desktop calendering with the features of Google Calendar!

Keeping Addressbook in sync:

Here is post explaining how to sync contacts. using KolabSync extension.

Media sharing and streaming in Windows

28 10 2007

audioShoutCast NAS Server : streaming server. (icecast equivalent) Download and install this. Edit cfg file (with Edit Config button). Change Port and Password at the minimum. Restart server and make sure the server is up. (check the logs shown on the window / try telnet localhost <port> from command line)

WinAmp: Download and install the latest (5.5 at this time). This is the media source for Shoutcast server (ices equivalent, less customozible though.  This also works as UPnP server (Cool!) and access your media over http at WinAmp Remote via orb. Now thats feature rich! Wow!

WinAmp DSP Pluggin: After installing, rerun WinAmp. Under Options->Preferences->DSP/Effects, select “Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP v1.9.0” and Configure.

  • Select WinAMP for Input Device under Input tab (last tab)
  • Choose MP3 Encoder for Encoder Type and a resonable Encoder settings (64 Kbps, 22 kHz, Stereo in my case) under Encode Tag (last but one)
  • Undr Output tab (2nd tab), select Connection button. Enter IP, port and password info of the Shoutcast server. Under YelloPages button, disable “Make server public” if you want this a private station.
  • Under output tab, click Connect button. Check Status to make sure this is up.
  • From another mp3 stream aware player (like windows media player) try connecting to the URL (http://localhost:port).

TVersity: This is essentially an UPnP server. Any UPnP client (like SMC EZ-Stream) can connect to the server over the network to access and play your music). This has a neat web interface (that gmediaserver lacks) that doubles as media access over http.

Useful Windows Applications

26 10 2007

windowsList of apps I find useful in Windows.




Audio, Video, DVD, Podcast, streaming

  • Audacity: versatile audio editor
  • WinAmp: the simple and complete player, can work as source for ShoutCast server, can also (5.5 and above) work as GnuMP3d equivalent.
  • Media Monkey: more intelligent and versatile player, on the fly reencoding while syncing with devices (slow though)
  • Ashampoo: CD and DVD burning (commercial)
  • PowerDVD: DVD Codec and player (commercial)
  • ImgBurn: Rip it
  • DVD Shrink: shrink it
  • VCdContolTool: mount iso as virtual drive (DaemonTools is a shareware now, but I was able to skip the installation of the SearchBar.)
  • PodNova Desktop client: for desktop and web podcasting
  • TVersity: UPnP server (works great with SMC Ez-Stream)
  • ShoutCast NAS: setup streaming server so local (and remote) clients can access your music. WinAmp can be used as source.
  • Windows Movie Maker: For a change, a clean looking, no bull free s/w from Microsoft

Photo, graphics

  • Picasa: the defacto photo management s/w
  • GIMP: for everything else


  • OpenOffice: The complete and competent office suite
  • FoxIt: light weight PDF reader
  • Vim: The Editor. PERIOD. If does not have the file, try


Private: Local services

17 10 2007
  • Router (Linksys WRT54G)
Router External URL:
  • Tversity
  • Network printer (Brother HL 2070N)

Useful thunderbird extensions

28 09 2007

Sharing linux file system on Windows

28 09 2007

Linux Version: Ubuntu 7.06 (server)
Windows: XP Pro (Toshiba laptop)

Samba ofcourse is the answer.

Add these to /etc/samba/smb.cfg:

You can change server_string if you want to.
server string = Samba server on %h

path = /home/nram
available = yes
browsable = yes
public = no
writable = no

path = /tmp
comment = /tmp on kanakangi (linux server)
available = yes
browsable = yes
public = no
writable = yes

path = /media/music
comment = Music
available = yes
browsable = yes
public = no
writable = yes

/etc/init.d/samba reload|restart

Create password for user with
smbpasswd <user> as root

When I tried smbpasswd as <user> it failed.

I also added this to

nram = nram
(format unix user = samba user)

Also on Network changed domain to

Also tried System -> Adminstrator -> Shared Folder. This is supposed to add the samba file sections to smb.conf ? Not much help.

Tried gsambad … Not sure what it does. There are tons of empty fields. Worse than editing a text file.

Tried TkSmb to make sure Iam able to view the samba share atleast on the local box.

On Windows Box

My Computer -> Tools -> Map Network Drive

Try Explore when the samba server (kanakangi) shows up.

If the dir doesn’t show up on double clicking server name, Just give the path

That worked

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