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A simple polarity inverter for FooBar2000 v0.9.x

I wanted to find one but all my searches returned nothing, then I was brought to the Foobar2000 forums at Hydrogenaudio and it seems it is not very hard to develop one.

I created one after a couple of hours (mostly for downloading Visual Studio 2005 Express, Platform SDK and messing around with foobar2000 9 SDK and some sample DSP codes), documentation is lacking for sure, but simple stuffs like this one is really rather simple.

It works only on stereo sources and there is no option/setting to mess with, include it in DSP Manager and you have your polarity inverted and that’s all about it. 🙂

Simple Polarity Inverter 1.00 for foobar2000 v0.9.x (file size 45 KB)

BTW, this is my first written foobar2000 plugin and I have only tried it on my foobar2000 9.2, I don’t guarantee it to work in any situation but I think such a simple plugin will work fine in most situations.

edit: re-named it from “Phase” to “Polarity” to be more exact

Firebird – a great and free RDBMS

Currently in 2.0 Release Candidate 2, it is a rather good RDBMS developed from Borland’s InterBase Open Source Edition.

It has both a full RDBMS server and an embedded server (for embedded applications), it is one of my most used RDBMS other than MySQL (which is considered free to an extent), the other embedded SQL compliant RDBMS that I use is VistaDB VCL edition, but it is not as fast as the embedded Firebird in my own tests (simple inserts and delete), and it’s documentation is just average.

The tool that I use with MySQL is MicroOLAP’s DAC for MySQL, but the insert performance (through Append … FieldByName … Post … cycle) is awfully slow, you’d rather roll your own batch SQL transactions than using it’s VCL components for insertion.

And most of the time those tools/components that claim to be compliant to Delphi/C++Builder has little to no code sample on C++Builder. It seems like the C++Builder versions are just step children of the tools/components for the money.

And BTW, if you didn’t realize it already, I use Borland C++Builder 6.0 as my main development tool on Windows Platform.

Microsoft Office 2007

The best has gotten even better, I have just checked its preview site (you can download a beta version to test drive it) and was amazed by its improvements, I can see and very much appreciate the thought, research and effort they put into the product than following the same old formula and adding more features. It is supposed to be released later this year.

I think it is time for me to upgrade my Office XP if they deliver a solid (i.e. no critical bugs) product with all the said features. Other than that, the major thing that matters may be whether those features can run smoothly on an average PC.