MediaShift has launched ShiftMedia, a collaborative community for musicians, producers, designers, and developers.
The about page reads:
We focus on flexibility and communication with features like your own WordPress installation with full admin priviledges, custom graphic headers, and our promotion assistance program.
Other features include:
- Five (5) full e-mail addresses.
- Access to online storefront [comin soon!].
- User support services + resources.
- Addition of users feature requests.
I see GaryG, developer of freeware VST plug-ins bini and dandelion, has already joined.
Visit ShiftMedia for more information.
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on Aug 22, 2007 - 0 comments
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 21st, 2007:
- Hands-on with Transformers MP3 player – Takara Tomy’s Transformers MP3 player, which really transforms.
- Mini Arcade Project – This guy built 7 MAME arcade cabinets from scratch, the story of the most recent 5 cabinets is told on his blog.
- Save Me From Myself – Ex-Korn Guitarist writes about choosing Jesus over sex, drugs, and rock n roll.
- Why WordPress.com is Blocked in Turkey: Adnan Oktar – By the decision of Fatih 2nd Civil Court of First Instance, number 2007/195, access to WordPress.com has been blocked in Turkey.
- Han Solo Carbonite mod – How do you secure your nerd-cred for eternity? By acquiring a life-size replica of Han Solo in Carbonite, having Han’s face removed, and replacing it with your own.
- iphone-sdl-mame – Project to port MAME to the iPhone. Whether MAME will actually be playable from a performance and control perspective remains to be seen.
- Scanner Parts – Desk Lamp – How to make a desk lamp out of scrounged scanner parts and a few extras from Home Depot.
- Paper Critters: Online Paper Toy Creator – This Web tool allows you to create colorful little blockheads onscreen you can then print out, cut up, and paste together to make into well colorful little blockheads to stand guard on your desk.
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Posted in random posts
on Aug 20, 2007 - 0 comments
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 19th, 2007:
Mashable has published yet another article in their WordPress Tips series: 30+ WordPress 3-Column Themes.
Sean P. Aune writes:
So far in the WordPress Tips series, we’ve talked about all the killer plugins you can add to your WordPress powered blog. But what about the actual appearance? You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so you need a clean, easy to read, and well organized theme for your blog. Today we’re going to concentrate on three column designs.
Illacrimo WordPress theme by LifeSpy
So, 30+ themes for your WordPress blog. And quite an uninspiring bunch of themes at that, IMHO. Out of this 30+ list, only a few stand out for me: Illacrimo (see image above), Upstart Blogger Modicus and the i3Theme.
If you’re running WordPress, you might find this article from Mashable useful. They have compiled a list of 50+ admin tools for your WordPress blog.
Sean P. Aune writes:
Running your WordPress blog can feel like a full-time job sometimes. We’ve compiled an A-Z list of more than 50 plugins to help you streamline everything you need to do out back. As with any plugins list, don’t install them all at once!
rekkerd.org is also powered by WordPress, so I’ll recommend plugins as well.
- Simple Tagging, either this or Ultimate Tag Warrior (UTW) to tag your posts so that people will be able to find and browse related posts with ease.
- Search and Replace, it’s a very powerful tool to find and replace text in all your posts. Very handy, but be careful what you do!
- Akismet, checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. Works very well for me.
- iMP Download, allows you to manage download links inside wordpress admin. I use (a modified version of) this to offer the plugins and samples on rekkerd.org and keep track of download stats.
Some WordPress plugins in use @ rekkerd.org
Be sure to test these plugins well with your WordPress setup, some plugins may bite others and cause some problems.
Rod McFarland has created a few original WordPress themes.
The themes use some nifty AJAX coding allowing you to navigate through the whole site using a command line interface (CLI). You simply use commands like cd, ls and cat to browse, list and view posts.
Rod McFarland CLI 2.0 WordPress theme
The server is struggling a bit at the moment but check his cool themes out here.
Link via MakeZine.
Sometimes being lazy is a good thing. I was supposed to update my WordPress installation to version 2.1.1 last weekend, but I didn’t feel like checking what had changed exactly and if I needed the update. The short changelog said the update mostly consisted of small fixes and no critical stuff so I postponed.
Screenshot of WordPress website announcing 2.1.1 vunerability
It turns out the 2.1.1 update was quite critical after all:
Long story short: If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately.
It seems a cracker got access to a server that powers WordPress.org and was able to modify the download file.
More on this story at WordPress.org.
So I updated rekkerd.org to WordPress 2.1 today. After making some small modifications to code here and there all seemed to work just fine… Until I opened the site in Firefox…
It turns out WordPress 2.1 has some changes in the formatting code (formerly functions-formatting.php, now formatting.php in wp-includes) which do some nasty things in certain situations.
In my case I have images in posts that I wrap in a div container, kinda like:
<div><img src=etc /></div>
Now with the new formatting functions of WP 2.1 it somehow adds a paragraphs tag in the output. And it doesn’t even close it either. On rekkerd.org it resulted in something like this:
<div><p><img src=etc /></div>
Internet Explorer eats it and shows the site like normal, but Firefox shrinks the image to mini size. And of course the page won’t validate either.
I found a few mentions of this problem on the WordPress forum already, so I’m sure it’ll get fixed, but for now I just pasted the code from the old functions-formatting.php in the new formatting.php file and all seems well.
Let me know if you still find a problem.