Slocify for Winamp 0.1 released

Submitted by Emil on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 13:39

Today, I released Slocify for Winamp version 0.1. Get it and read more over at the Slocify page.

Slocify makes playing Spotify tracks from other media players a breeze. It features a simple drag & drop interface where you simply drag tracks from Spotify to your playlist to add them. Slocify does not interfere with Spotify advertisements and works with both Spotify Premium and Spotify Free.

Rethinking Slocify

Submitted by Emil on Sat, 04/03/2010 - 20:31

I have decided to change the focus of Slocify from being a standalone media player to being a plugin for other media players that allows them to interact with Spotify.

The main reason for this change is that I have realised that a media player is quite a complex application and that I do not have the time to maintain that. Also, I believe you will be happier using your standard media player than having to learn yet another one.

First out will be a plugin for Winamp.

Mixing Spotify tracks and local tracks in the same playlist

Submitted by Emil on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 08:21

Update: I went with my code name and released Slocify.


I am working on a project that will allow you to mix Spotify tracks and local tracks (mp3 and other audio files you have on your hard drives) in the same playlist. It is coming along really nicely and will soon be released to the public, but I am having trouble coming up with a good name for it. Any ideas?


User script to turn off your browser's autocompletion on

Submitted by Emil on Wed, 02/17/2010 - 11:39

This is mostly valuable to us Swedes who live in Gothenburg and around, but I'll take it in English anyway.

At, Västtrafik has a great autocompletion mechanism that uses AJAX to find the stops you are interested in while planning to travel. However, they haven't included the attribute to turn off your browser's own autocompletion mechanism.

Luckily, I found a userscript that fixes this. All I've edited is the URL matching filter, so all credits to David Dahl.

Get it here:
Disable autocompletion on

Firefox on Wine on Ubuntu faster than Firefox on Ubuntu

Submitted by Emil on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 11:26

Last update: 2009-03-07 22:38

After reading this entry: Browser benchmarks 2: even Wine beats Linux Firefox, I decided to test it for myself. These were my results:

  • Google's V8 Benchmark Suite gives Firefox on Ubuntu 98.3 points, while Firefox on Wine gets 114 points.
  • Adobe Flash in Firefox on Wine seems to work well except from displaying full screen video, when it just hangs.
  • Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab doesn't work, use Ctrl+PgDn and Ctrl+PgUp instead.
  • Ubiquity, the command line interface for Firefox works, but looks like crap.
  • Scrolling on pages with fixed backgrounds (like Twitter) was slow. I created a user script for greasemonkey to deal with it by making the background scrolling.

All in all, Firefox on Wine on Ubuntu feels more snappy than Firefox on Ubuntu. I'm going to stick with it for a while and post any glitches I find here.

These tests were done with Firefox 3.0.7 on Wine 1.0.1 on Ubuntu 8.10 and Firefox 3.0.7 on Ubuntu 8.10, respectively.

I tried the latest Wine from here, but found that version 1.0.1 from the Ubuntu repositories worked better for me.

Disk not found?

Getting this at every start when you've just installed and reinstalled Ubuntu twice or more? Relax, the disk hasn't gone anywhere - all you need to do in order to get it to work is to append rootdelay=60 or more to the kernel line in grub :)

My Ubuntu Desktop

Submitted by Emil on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 10:14

Last update: 2009-03-07 22:42

This is an active list containing what extra applications and custom settings I have installed on my Ubuntu (8.10) machine in case of a computer crash and in case you are interested. Tips and comments are welcome!