(Note: This trick requires you to be using either Windows 2000 or XP, and to have not already uninstalled Winamp3 and returned to version 2, sneering in disgust)
- Before you start, get yourself a decent skin. There. Doesn’t that feel better?
- Start playing a track. Choose something fun and jumpy that Winamp will like. (We don’t care about what you like.)
- Open the AVS window. (This is the visualisation window that does the pretty patterns. Look for it in the Thinger window. You want the icon that says avs in big letters.)
- Admire the pretty patterns for a moment.
- Double-click in the AVS window to bring up the Editor window.
- Choose Display from the Settings menu.
- Check the Overlay mode and Set desktop to color checkboxes on the right.
- Aaaand… wheeeeeee!
- Show it off to everyone in the vicinity.
- Now see how long you can carry on working with that running.
This is the bit where I’m meant to whinge about Winamp3’s size, slowness, bugginess, horrific default skin and the fact that it takes five times longer to load than Winamp 2.0. Fortunately, I’ve been distracted by the continually-increasing fabness of the AVS. However, I will say this: If premature optimisation is the root of all evil then Winamp3 can look forward to an unhindered ascent to heaven (where it will doubtless be given a huge, oddly-shaped halo textured with a picture of Jennifer Love Hewitt).