I honestly can't agree with you on that... Apart from few problems it has with it's internal subtitle processor and video codec it is a great piece of software... And both of those problems can easily be solved by allowing it to use external codecs...
Other than that I see no disadvantages when compared to any other player in field of quality, usability, efficiency, memory usage, etc.
I fully agree with you. Ever since a friend recommended it to me, I've been using it ever since.
It's a lot better than MPC or even VLC, both of which I find terribly overrated pieces of software..
I've also been a huge fan of KMPlayer for a very long time. It had been, until I upgraded my computer, the only video player that didn't skip or lag, and worked with subtitles out of the box. Although, I'm not too happy with the more recent versions' added bloat. Since Windows 7--I'm running an RC, and can't wait for RTM--now has support for several major codecs, I have been using plain-old Windows Media Player more often than any other video player with no trouble so far.
Now, here are a couple of my favorite pieces of technography:
- AutoHotKey - Awesome scripting/macro language to automate just about anything.
- Dropbox - Free 2GB storage for file synchronization between PC/Mac/Linux computers. Increase the possibilities by using mklink in Windows and ln in Linux/Mac
- QSoft RamDisk - Not free (Varying Prices) but the evaluation version works until Jan 2010 and is fully functional! Who likes super fast web browsing? I use this program to create a ram drive of about 128mb then move my Firefox's cache to the ramdisk (*cough* 2000+ MB/sec r/w times)
- Digsby - If you chat on just about any of the major IM clients, frequent major social networking sites, and/or use email frequently, this is thing is awesome. It puts it altogether, lets you use skins, and gives you instant notifications when you receive emails, messages, pokes, IMs, etc...seriously dump all of your other IM clients and use this.
- Adium - (Sadly, Mac Only) Quite similar to Digsby (although Adium was born long before) minus the social networking and plus some beautiful customization abilities. You can turn your buddy list into a thing of beauty.
- YouMail - Not a piece of software, but still another way to let the machines take over every aspect of your life. YouMail is a free voicemail service. There are paid services as well, but they aren't really worth it especially since Google Voice will be going mainstream soon and is free. Sign up for a free account, run through the wizard on how to configure your cell to work with YouMail, and then after some tweaking, you can have it setup so that you'll receive all of your voicemails in your email account inbox attached as an mp3 or wav file. I have every single voicemail I've ever received for the past 4 years in my Gmail account. Plus it says people's names when they call and leave you a voicemail (creeped out all of my friends first couple times around).
- Stylish - An addon for Firefox that allows you to change the way websites (actually even the browser as well) look and work in your browser to your tastes...well, if you have CSS skills, but luckily there are thousands and thousands of premade user styles available online for you to use.
- Wireshark - Basically, if you have a need for it, you know what it does or knew it by its old name Ethereal. For those who wish to know, it is a wonderful tool for checking out what's going on within your network at a very low level. This one's just a tad out of left field, but I did feel I would suffer the wrath of something or someone if I hadn't mentioned this wonderful piece of software I use daily.
There are hundreds of other pieces of software I use every day (if you couldn't tell, I'm in the IT industry), so if anyone finds my choices useful and would like a recommendation on a piece of software for a specific use, feel free to ask me. Also, if anyone has suggestions on better alternatives to some of the titles I listed, please let me know.