Reporters Without Borders Petition Steve Jobs

Apple’s subcontractor is attempting to finish their cleanup job. After running a quick PR campaign to convince people that their sweatshops in China weren’t bad (because, hey, they’re Apple, right?) contractor FoxConn swept into high gear and and had the Chinese reporters who covered the story’s assets frozen and filed a ~3 million Euro lawsuit against them.

While the Reporters Without Borders group is petitioning Steve Jobs to intercede on the Chinese reporters behalf, he doesn’t have such a good track record with press freedom.

Hopefully the reporters involved will have someone intercede on their behalf. Their reporting did expose some valid flaws in Foxconn’s working conditions based on Apple’s “Code of Conduct” and it looks like they’ll be punished for it if no one intercedes.

DoomBook Now Open

It needs some thematic elements added in. Aside from that DoomBook is now ready to roll. After considering quite a few CMS packages for the site, WordPress still seems to be the best option.

Joomla was okay, but lacked the advanced features that a proper weblog needs these days. It doesn’t really have a “weblog” integrated per-say and seems to be geared toward a much heavier format, such as a corporate intranet’s hub.

Typo looked much lighter, but unfortunately it also looked to be totally undocumented. While I’m all for doing a bit of hacking (I had to with Joomla), I’m not all for having to learn the CMSs programming language every time I need to do an update. PCBurn provides all the site code whacking fun I need in my day.

So there we have it. I tried a few others, checked out even more, and gave them a thorough thrashing. WP came out on top even with it’s sometimes-kludgy method of getting things done. It integrates all the features, where none of the other CMSs I looked at even come close.