I am going to go back on a promise today, but only by the tiniest bit. I mentioned earlier this week that I had no intentions of publishing a “best of” list for console applications for the year.
And that’s still true, although I do have one that has surprised me more than others, and I think it’s worth a note of praise.
Which is to say, operating at the same time as rtorrent, while it seeds and manages a considerable list of files. That may not be impressive for most people, but it is to me.
Almost every audio tool I’ve tried to date has failed, since the overall speed of the machine just isn’t enough to keep up with the demands of the software and the environment.
And that’s not a terrible shortcoming. I don’t think less of them because they’re a teensy bit heavier. They’re still light as a feather, compared to the prevailing behemoths of audio playback.
And really, it’s very rare to find someone who relies on a 133Mhz Pentium to do two things at once. Or one thing at once, now that I think about it.
But cmus does its job without blinking … although I feel obligated to mention that during heavy traffic or exceptional workload, the skipping and stuttering does return.
I expect as much. I know enough to realize that there is only so much I can demand of machines of this era. Beyond that, I invite disappointment.
But for being a clean application that does a great job with old machines — even if it does “manage” my music — I say cheers. A gold smilie for the cmus staff: