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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career In the 1990s doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines. Then I wrote technology commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon.com, Chicago Tribune, and lots of little places you've never heard of. Then I taught photographers how to create good websites. Then I helped a giant media corporation serve 40 million pages a day. Now I work on a small Django team at the largest translation company in the world. Feel free to email me.

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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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bitbucket, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, Markdown, Mercurial, OS X, Python, Review Board, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux

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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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