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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!


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OpenOffice.org 2.0 has arrived

OK, no more grousing from the FUD department about how OpenDocument isn't actually supported by any shipping applications. OpenOffice.org 2.0 was released yesterday, making it the first office suite which uses OpenDocument as a native format.

(KOffice, which reads and writes OpenDocument via filters, says native support is coming in its 1.5 release in a few months.)

For us Mac users, there's a bit of a lag -- NeoOffice/J is still at 1.1, and even the X11 builds for Mac OS X have not caught up to the release yet.

Even if you don't want to download the whole thing, check out the list of new features -- besides OpenDocument you have improvements in native GUI support (so it looks like a "real" Windows app on Windows), floating toolbars, PDF export improvements, mailmerge wizards, digital signature support, and improved database tools.

I'm not much of an office-suite kind of guy, but this release is really good news.

Friday, October 21st, 2005

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