Code and Life

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Widget-ready WordPress sidebars without headlines

A lot of people are asking me (of course I have to make this stuff up because I don’t have any readers) how I’ve done the menu bar (the horizontal thing containing static pages and categories, just below the name of this blog). This is a good question, because the menu bar is actually widget-ready, so I don’t have to change it when I add new categories. “But how have you avoided the widget headers and still remained strictly XHTML compliant?”, I hear some of my imaginary readers say. Well, I’ll tell you how.

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Theme being updated, sorry for inconvenience

I was struck by the brilliant idea of designing and implementing my own design for this page. Because the page has been up for like two days and I have around one point three faithful readers, I decided to scrap the needless testing platform and go straight to production.

So bear with me for some hours while I stylize the posts and sidebar on line. For the random viewer, it may even be an interesting interactive event. Or then not. Anyways, sorry if your eyes hurt when reading!

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Paramount ditching HD-DVD and switching to Blu-ray?

Financial Times seems is suggesting that the recent “HD-DVD only” agreement made by Paramount (for which they got paid a huge amount of cash) may containt a clause that allows Paramount to rethink in case Warner Bros switches to Blu-ray (which just recently happened). If Paramount actually follows Warner, it would likely mark the end of the high definition format war.

In other news, I won’t be switching yet, as stand-alone Blu-ray players cost about $900 (600€) here where I live. And while PC drives for my media PC in both HD-DVD and Blu-ray have decreased sharply and can be had for around $200, I think charging $100 for playback software (with forums full of compatibility and playback problems) is absolute robbery.

Having said that, expect to hear first-hand account on these issues the second I can have both the drive and software for less than $200. :)

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NSI Registers Every Domain Checked

Domain registered! I originally thought to go for “Coding, Scene, and Life”, but the decided would just be less irritating to type. And speaking of domains, it seems I was lucky I wasn’t trying different domains using the whois tool on NetworkSolutions web page, as it seems they are “reserving” all searched domains with them (knowledge gained through the always-infallible Slashdot).

It seems official domain registrars can reserve a domain for free for five days, which can be released after that and the domain comes back available. NSI does just this for all .com domains searched through their website, effectively screwing you for five days if you decide to register the domain name somewhere else, after you find that it is available.

NSI of course tells (alleged response to it here) that this is done to “protect the customers”, but to actually protect them they should be honest about it, and ensure that the person registering the domain is the same who originally searched it. But this would of course hurt their business, as if the first person to search for a domain doesn’t buy it, they lose any other potential buyers stopping by within the next few days.

But NSI is right in a sense, as now the domain needs to be registered with them within the next five days, protecting their customer base, if not the individual customer. If you can get away with that, it is good for the business.

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