Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Jun 2015 13:51 UTC
Windows Windows is an old and complex operating system. It's been around for a very long time, and while it's been continuously updated and altered, and parts are removed or replaced all the time, the operating system still houses quite a few tools, utilities, and assets that haven't been updated or replaced in a long, long time. Most of these are hidden in deep nooks and crannies, and you rarely encounter them, unless you start hunting for them.

Most. But not all.

There's one utility that I need to use quite often that, seemingly, hasn't been updated - at least, not considerably - since at least Windows 95, or possibly even Windows 3.x. Using this utility is an exercise in pure frustration, riddled as it is with terrible user interface design and behaviour that never should have shipped as part of any serious software product.

This is the story of the dreaded Character Map. I'll first explain just how bad it really is, after which I'll dive into the little application's history, to try and find out why, exactly, it is as bad as it is. It turns out that the Character Map - or charmap.exe - seems to exist in a sort-of Windows build limbo, and has been stuck there since the days Microsoft scrapped Longhorn, and started over.

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RE[2]: Comment by ezraz
by ezraz on Wed 17th Jun 2015 22:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ezraz"
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i didn't know there could be a point of view in audio, but i know i have plenty of opinions. i don't get into arguments on pro-audio sites, i try to learn and lurk. it's when the topic is consumer audio that fights break out. considering how confused the modern consumer is about audio, that's no surprise.

i just preach signal chain, which says nothing can be better than what came before it. it can only degrade. to truly improve you must start at the top of the chain.

that said --- the very end of the signal chain is room treatment and speaker placement and those mean the world, are oftentimes free, and most people completely ignore them.

playback signal chain = 1-source to 2-DAC to 3-amp to 4-output to 5-transport to 6-speaker to 7-room

if you have really good 1,2,3,4 nearly every 5,6,7 sounds good, at least the best it can sound.

As far as digital resolution, I went from 1400k bitrate in 1990 down to 192k in 1999 then to 256k in 2004 and 320k in 2010,

Then I remembered 1400k and heard albums I love at 5400k and was sold. My mastering engineer had been telling me about 24bit for years, and now we all have hardware fast enough to upgrade.

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