Create Custom Genesis Page

If you are just wanting to modify the actual content.

Template Name: Custom Template
<?php remove_action( 'genesis_post_content', 'genesis_do_post_content' ); // Remove genesis content function ?>
<?php add_action( 'genesis_post_content', 'custom_do_content' ); // Add custom content function ?>
<?php function custom_do_content() { ?>
<?php the_content(); ?>
<?php } ?>
<?php genesis(); ?>

OpenFire and Webhuddle

MouseJust tested out some open source applications that will help me be able to work remotely effectively. I used one of the Linux boxes we have here in the office to host the applications.

OpenFire is an open source IM server written in Java. It uses the XMPP protocol which is more popularly know as Jabber. It was one of the easiest to install and well documented open source applications I’ve ever encountered. The backend admin I believe is where OpenFire excels. It is very user friendly and has a myriad of logging options, an interface for installing plugins and all the usual stuff like user administration, server administration, etc.

With OpenFire, you can also use Spark which is a cross-platform IM client created by the same folks at Ignite Realtime. I was very happy with this combination, and now we have a secure IM system all located in our very own data center.

Web Huddle
Another open source application I installed recently is Web Huddle. If you’re familiar with GotoMeeting or Webex then Web Huddle does most of what these applications were meant for, the only difference is Web Huddle is open source and is free to install and use.

Documentation is not one of Web Huddle’s strong points and I had some difficulty installing the application. Web Huddle was created also in Java but as a deployment for a JBoss server. Currently, it only supports JBoss 3.2. After, I got over the installation difficulties, Web Huddle turned out to be a really nifty tool. The web meetings that I initiated with 2-3 persons were all smooth and the attendees were all able to connect in smoothly (provided they have Java installed). I wasn’t able to test out the voice functionality as I’ll save that for a later date.

I really was amazed once again at the quality and usability of open source applications out there. Thanks to the people who make the open source community what it is today.

Pirate Bay Trial:Guilty

PirateAnd so the the verdict on Pirate Bay case was handed down by the Swedish courts and they were found to be guilty of ‘assisting in making copyright content available’. All 4 defendants were to be jailed for a year and pay $905,000.

At this point I’m not sure what to make of the case because there is still an appeals process, but I am just hoping that this does not affect the fight for net neutrality. Don’t get me wrong, those distributing ‘pirated’ materials should really be addressed because there’s are a lot of people who worked hard on producing them. What I am worried about is that this seems like a point that big corporations will use to advance their desires of having ‘censorship’ over the Internet.

The Internet is what it is because of the freedom of information. I know there’s viruses, spam, hacking, etc. but these are things that needs to be dealt with, the same as there is crime, scams, cons, etc. in the physical world. If these big corporations get a firm hold of the Internet and do as they wish, then the days of the World Wide Web as being a tool for research, networking and exchanging ideas might be in jeopardy.

Pirate Bay trial wraps up

PirateI have beenĀ  monitoring diligently the current Pirate Bay trial being held in Sweden against co-founder Peter Sunde and four others. I found the trial highly amusing given by the apparent lack of knowledge of the prosecutors on how bittorrent technology really works and what Pirate Bay’s participation in all of this really is. Aside from that, they have asked for $13 million in compensation for purported revenue loss which nobody clearly knows how they got to that amount.

The defendants throughout the trial maintained that Pirate Bay is a mere search engine and a repository of user uploaded content. Which is very true. They are no different than Google. When you do a torrent search in Google, it acts almost the same, giving you links to torrents. No copyrighted content exists on their servers because what users’ actually upload are torrent files which users made themselves.

The verdict is due on April 17th and I’m anticipating it because this sets a precedent. In the end, it is for the swedish courts to decide on the future of Pirate Bay, but I’m really a little bit scared on what the impact this will bring to the Internet and its users.