Jack Thompson challenged by Brian Crecente

Jack Thompson twisted the recent NIU tradgedy to promote himself… unfortunately for him though we’re not all gullible idiots. Read this to see why he’s a douche and always will be.

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Updated Admin Demo

I just updated the WordPress 2.5 demo to the newest version and you can see it it much farther along than the last demo. Go check it out.

Microsoft, Google, Verisign and IBM Join OpenID

openidlogo.jpgMicrosoft, Google, Verisign and IBM have joined OpenID. I think this will finally make OpenID a reality. All the site I run support OpenID through plugins and I think you will soon see CMS’s supporting OpenID natively.

Source: Techcrunch

Verizon Rejects Hollywood’s Call to Aid Piracy Fight

Unlike AT&T, Verizon won’t monitor its network to block unauthorized copying. That would violate customer privacy, it says, and would be expensive too.

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ICANN Adds IPv6 to Root DNS Servers

dns_small.pngICANN has started to switch some of the root DNS servers to support IPv6. This is one more step in moving from IPv4 to IPv6. I wonder how much longer we will need to wait for ISPs to switch over.

Source: ars technica

RIAA Wants to Cut Royalties

The RIAA wants to cut artist’s royalties from 13% down to 9%. Apple is pushing for the royalties to be dropped down to 4%. Is this the RIAA response to piracy? Do they plan to make up the money by giving less to the artists?

Source: Gizmodo

How to Make Category Specific Designs

One of the things Ben and I want to do on the SideStream Media website is allow for category specific CSS files. The reason we want to do this is so we can move all of our podcasts to one site and still make each podcast’s page look a little different. Revision 3 does this with it’s show pages, http://revision3.com/tekzilla/ and http://revision3.com/systm/ as 2 examples. The way we solved this issue was by calling on a .css file based on either what category page you were on or what category the post you are viewing is in. The code for this is :

<? if (is_category()) { ?>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”<? bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’); ?>/<?php single_cat_title(); ?>.css” type=”text/css” />
<? } elseif (is_single()) {?>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”<? bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’); ?>/<?php foreach((get_the_category()) as $cat)
{echo $cat->cat_name. ”;} ?>
.css” type=”text/css” />
<? } ?>

This code should go right after the link to you main CSS file. Once you have done this you just need to create CSS files in your themes folder by the same name as the category, and for most servers this will be case sensitive. You can see this code in action on some of the categories on this site. If you have any questions or know of a better way to do this please let me know.