Author Archives: Mark Headrick

Blog Updated to WordPress 5.8.3

I just updated my blog to WordPress v5.8.3 which contains mainly some security fixes. As always, I backed up my files and database first. I have automatic updates disabled so I can do this beforehand. As I usually do, I updated the local copy on my PC before updating the blog here.

Since none of the themes were updated I didn’t have to worry about any changes with them. So far, the update seems to have gone fine. 🙂

Improving MIDI Playback in Windows 10 and Firefox

Well, I finally got Firefox to play MIDI files using a Soundfont of my choice. Previously, I showed How to Make MIDI Files Sound Better in Windows 7. Well, this doesn’t work in Windows 10 mainly because Microsoft removed the MIDI Mapper functionality and the MIDI playing plugins that used to work in Firefox no longer do. Anyway, here’s what I did for Windows 10.

First thing in Firefox is to install the MIDI Player extension by Jazz-Soft. Then, install the Jazz-MIDI extension in Firefox. This is all you do with Firefox itself. The next two items are separate programs that run in Windows. You’ll need to restart Firefox after installing the other programs.

The two items are from CoolSoft. The first in their VirtualMIDISynth program which allows you to choose which Soundfont(s) to use and which MIDI device to play through (more on this later). For now, go ahead and install their MIDIMapper plugin. This is the replacement for the removed Windows MIDI Mapper.

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Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas for 2021!

EQ2 Christmas Tree 2015

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas for 2021! 🙂 There’s some cruddy weather in places so everyone take it easy out there and stay safe as well. Oh, the image on the left was taken in EverQuest II.

Looking forward to time spent with family and the good food. 🙂

Here’s a Christmas Lights to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 music video I found. I hope you enjoy it!

Blog Updated to WordPress 5.8.2

I just updated my blog to WordPress v5.8.2 which contains some security and bug fixes. Since I was on version 5.7.1 before, it also added several new features as well. As always, I backed up my files and database first. I have automatic updates disabled so I can do this beforehand. As I usually do, I updated the local copy on my PC before updating the blog here.

The Twenty Twelve theme I use was also updated to version 3.5. Doing a file comparison, no changes were needed in my child theme. I also needed to update around 8 plugins. So far, the update seems to have gone fine. 🙂