When I made the initial comment that started this thread, I did so having read the whole article. It's seems from the comments that a few others, including myself, thought the article somewhat gloating or insensitive, and in that context I took the line about installing codecs from the command-line to be the 'usual' dig.
In hind-sight I now think that somewhat rash, and ultimately quite wrong.
My only excuse is perhaps that having heard almost the exact same line ad-nauseum, when meant very deliberately to be insulting or in some cases 'instructional', my tolerance has decreased somewhat.
To those that were pointing out dramatic irony, I understood quite clearly that the situation could fit into that construct, but I did not believe that was the intention - and such things are notoriously easy to justify a posteriori. I did not give the author of the line (who I initially thought the author of the article) much, if any, benefit of the doubt. To do that was wrong, even if I felt at the time it was justified.
In the end, I think I got it wrong - i've already apologised here to Anna as she had nothing to do with it, so this is to the rest - and diodesign (Drew ?) if I take you at your word.